Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
Follow the instructions below to submit an article to Judaica Librarianship. Shortly afterward, you will receive an email confirming your submission. The submission process consists of the following steps: Upload biographical, manuscript, and article information as described below. Make sure you have all the information that is needed to make your journal entry complete.
- Create an account.
- Read and accept the Article Submission Agreement.
- Provide information about yourself and other authors (for co-authored articles).
- Upload your submission and enter related information.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN, PLEASE BE SURE YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
- Article title
- Abstract (separate from the article body, up to 400 words)
- Keywords for your article (specific search terms for your article)
- Subject categories
- Short biographical information about the author/s (a few sentences)
- Submission in one of the following formats: Microsoft Word, RTF, or Open Office
Articles must be submitted without a title page, abstract, headers, or page numbers. These will be generated by the system. This is especially important so that you do not include any identifying information about the authors, as the article you submit will be sent to reviewers.
No part of the submission is final until all steps have been completed and you click the final Submit button. The review process begins as soon as Judaica Librarianship receives a readable article, along with the abstract and article title. You may revise any of these elements later by clicking the submitted article's title on your My Account page.
Style and Formatting
Follow the style guidelines of Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010), and the Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition (Merriam-Webster, 2003). For academic writing guidelines, refer to Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style (Longman: 2000) and to Christopher Hollister’s Handbook of Academic Writing for Librarians (Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of ALA: 2013).
Use a Times Roman 12 point font; singe line spacing; and left-aligned margins.
Remove any page numbers you have in your article.
Place illustrations, figures, and tables within the text at the appropriate points. Large audio or video files should be uploaded as supplemental files and linked separately.
Images should be no more than 6" in width and scanned at a resolution between 150–300 dpi. The larger the file you upload the longer the downloading time for readers.
Document all photographs and reproductions with appropriate caption information. Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission for the reproduction of copyrighted materials and for reproduction fees. The permission must clearly state that the material may be reproduced in Judaica Librarianship.
Romanization is required for any words, phrases, and titles (in-text citations and Resources section) that origin in a non-Latinized language. Please use the Library of Congress Romanization Tables for Hebrew, Cyrillic, Ladino and Judeo-Arabic, and the YIVO system for romanization of Yiddish for Yiddish.
In addition, both romanized and original-alphabet data for non-Latinized citations should be included in a list of bibliographic references at the end of the manuscript. Each romanized reference should appear in the general alphabetic sequence of references arranged by author, with the non-Latinized reference immediately following the romanized one. Full bibliographic data should appear in both the non-Latinized and romanized references.
Authors should take responsibility for the provision of complete and accurate bibliographic references. Full journal titles, rather than abbreviations, should be given in bibliographic references. Textual footnotes should be used sparingly. The preferred method of referencing is the author-date system, also known as the Harvard System of Citation. Please consult the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide (click on the Author-Date option) and the guidelines for Formatting Author-Date Citations and Reference Lists published by Harvard University Press . For full background, see the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, revised (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010).
Here are some brief instructions on the use of the system:
When a statement in a text requires documentation, place the author's name, the date of publication, and, if necessary, the page reference in parentheses before the period that ends the sentence, e.g.: (Schwartz 1982, 21).
If the author's name is part of the sentence, the date (and page) may be placed right next to it, e.g.: This suggestion was made by Schwartz (1982, 21).
If the work to be cited has a lengthy corporate author, the parenthetical reference may be an abbreviation, e.g.: (AJL 1981).
In the list of references at the end of the paper, the abbreviated form should be bracketed, and the full name of the organization spelled out after it, e.g.: [AJL 1981] Association of Jewish Libraries.
If you are citing two works by one author that were published in the same year, add a and b to the dates in parenthetical references, e.g., (Levy 1984a). Repeat the date code after the author's full name in the reference at the end of the paper, e.g.: Levy, Jacob. 1984a.
Where only one work by a given author, or works published in different years, are cited, the dates need only be placed in the references in normal position, following the volume and issue number of a periodical and preceding pagination, or following the publication data for a book.
Reviews of Digital Humanities Projects
DH Projects must fall within the content domain of the journal (very broadly, digital humanities and Jewish Studies). This does not include digitization projects that are only digital facsimiles of objects. Reviewers should keep in mind that many digital humanities projects are in-progress. Rather than a critique of what is missing in the project, a reviewer should advise the creator(s) as to what changes could be made to improve the site. In some cases, we will allow the creator(s) of the project to respond to particular critiques from the reviewer to help contextualize gaps in the project.
The review must have an argument, and it should represent an original contribution to the research and practice of the field of Jewish Studies within the digital realm, or should offer an original analysis, critique, or viewpoint on some aspect thereof. The review must be well written, and must present its argument clearly and interestingly.
The review should be addressed to an appropriate audience. The audience of Judaica Librarianship includes a broad array of people working with Jewish books, many with no knowledge of technology. Articles reviewing digital humanities projects should avoid DH jargon, should not rely on insider knowledge, and should situate their argument within a broader context of research. For more information regarding reviews of DH projects, please contact section editor Michelle Chesner.
Adjustments and Editing
Articles in Judaica Librarianship go through a double-blind peer review process. If your uploaded information or manuscript requires adjustments, the editors will contact you through the online system. The copy editors tend to use Track Changes to suggest edits. You may accept or reject the changes individually or accept them all at one time. Please make sure to remove all track changes markings in your document before uploading the final copy, or they will appear in the online journal. When extensive rewriting is required before a submission is publishable, the article will be returned to the author with suggestions for rewriting. The editorial staff may not seek approval for minor editing done for style and grammar. Authors re-submitting manuscripts are expected to complete their revisions in a timely manner.