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How to Write for Computers in Libraries
If you have an idea for an article for Computers in Libraries magazine, please let us know!
  • To learn more about CIL magazine and the types of articles we want, read the FAQ.
  • If you have an idea for an article that would fit our needs and style, take a look at our themes for the 2014 issues and try to match your article idea to one of the issues. Every feature article does not have to fit a theme, but we use theme-related articles first and then accept general articles when space allows.
  • Don’t send already written manuscripts, please.
  • We are looking for interesting articles, written as case studies or how-we-did-it pieces. We do not publish academic research papers or vendor-written articles, and CIL is not a peer-reviewed journal.
  • When writing queries, please remember this:
    • CIL’s mission is to provide librarians and other information professionals with useful and insightful information about all computer-related subjects that affect their jobs. CIL does this through articles that are written by library professionals for library professionals, with a friendly, personal voice. These general technical articles should be practical and helpful for the average librarian in any sort of environment—academic, public, special, K–12, or corporate libraries. CIL aims to publish articles that are interesting to read and appealing to people in many aspects of the field.
  • Allow up to a month after the query deadline for a response.

You may submit queries using our online form. For more details see our FAQ!


Computers in Libraries
2014 Editorial Calendar and Deadlines for Authors

Transforming Libraries with Libtech
Issue Theme  Cases On Focus On Query By*

Patron Driven

User-defined services

Ebooks and computing literacy


Cloud Sourced

Workflows—fitting yours with theirs; moving your techno infrastructure to the cloud

ILS platforms, web services, and social media literacy


Tricked Out

User interfaces, apps, and APIs; plus makerspaces and other techno geeky stuff

Discovery systems and system literacy Mid-January

Web Enabled

Remote access and user engagement; library sites and apps as access points

Web-scale solutions and online literacy


Mobile and Mobilized

Responsive websites, adaptive content, and all other things mobile E-resources and library advocacy Mid-March

How We Did That

Choosing and using library stuff All library products and services Mid-April

Data Based

Studies, stats, and analytics on any libtech topic; plus, Big Data and data visualization Research databases and database literacy Mid-June

Built for Discovery

Next-gen OPACs, search-and-browse tools, and finding without having to look

Econtent and media literacy



Special collections and web curations, archives, repositories, and data depositories Digital collections and online security and privacy literacy Mid-August


Innovation in public and academic libraries—trials, pilots, and proven results Educational resources, lifelong learning, and library MOOCs Mid-September
Any Topic,
Any Time
Query us on any libtech topic at any time!

*Send your proposal via our online query form by the dates noted above. After considering all ideas received, we will notify those whose articles have been accepted. We’ll discuss exact materials due dates when your query is accepted. 

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