FAQ: Writing for Computers
• Who is eligible to write
Any working library professional who
has an article idea is welcome to query. Of course it helps if you are
comfortable writing and if you have published previously. Vendors and
PR contacts however are not eligible to write for CIL.
We are exclusively “by librarians, for librarians.”
• Do I need to have prior
Prior publishing experience is not a
prerequisite for getting published in CIL. We are
more concerned with the valuable experiences and information you have
to share than we are with your past publishing record.
• What is CIL
all about? What does it cover?
You can easily understand the magazine
by studying our mission statement:
CIL's mission is to provide librarians and other information professionals with useful and insightful articles about the technology that affects them, their institutions, and their patrons.
We aim to publish interesting stories, case studies, and opinions that are of professional value to people working with technology in public, academic, special, and corporate libraries, as well as archives and museums.
CIL is written by librarians for librarians, and it's about technology all the time.
• I want to write an article. What do I do?
Please, do not write and send in a
finished article! We have a query process that we use to get all our
feature articles. First, study this document and our list of themes
to see what sort of articles we’re looking for, and when. Then, send us
a formal query telling us who you are and what your article would be
about. When the query deadline for a given month has passed, we editors
get together, evaluate all the ideas on that related subject, choose
the ones we want to print, and notify all authors. When
you’re ready to submit an idea, you can use our handy Online Query Form.
• How long after sending my
query will I have to wait to hear if my article idea has been accepted?
Allow 4 to 6 weeks after that issue’s
query deadline (not after you send it in!) for a response. Don’t worry,
we will make sure to leave you enough time to write the article before
• Does my article idea have
to fit one of your themes?
All articles in each issue do not have
to fit that month’s theme, but those queries that fit the theme will be
considered over those that don’t. Queries that don’t fit a theme will
be reserved as extras and used when we have extra space.
• I’m a vendor who wants to
get my product written up. What should I do?
CIL does not accept
features written by vendors. Consult the advertising kit for sponsored content opportunities.
Please direct your press releases and product announcements to: News
Editor, Computers in Libraries magazine,
Information Today, Inc., 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055 or
e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Can I submit a paper for
the Computers in Libraries Conference here?
No, this is not the right place. The
conference is organized by a related but separate group of people. All
paper submissions should go to Jane I. Dysart, Program Chair, in
Toronto, Canada: email@example.com
or 416/484-6129. For full information see our Computers in Libraries
Conference home page at cil.infotoday.com.
• Exactly who are the CIL
readers that I’d be writing for?
CIL’s readers are
just like its writers—librarians working with technology in any library
• Is CIL
a peer-reviewed journal?
No, CIL is not a
• Can I make simultaneous
submissions to other magazines?
Please do not send simultaneous
submissions to other magazines.
• How do you choose the
articles you publish?
We choose the articles based on how
well they relate to a given month’s theme, and how interesting we think
they will be for our readers.
We also take into consideration the
quality of the writing in the query, the submitter’s experience in the
area they want to write about, and the type of library/work situation
(trying to include articles about all types of libraries and
information centers). We look for writers who demonstrate that they
really know CIL magazine, what it’s about, and what
our style is.
As with any writing submission, the
first rule of thumb is “Know your audience!” Your idea needs to be on
target for our readers, our content, and our style.
• How should I send my query?
You must send your
query using our online form.
• Do you pay for articles?
CIL makes honorariums for most pieces. Features usually pay between $150 and $225 (when authors are allowed to be paid; some work situations do not allow this). Authors will receive payment after their article is published. We also routinely send a few copies of the magazine to each feature author, so they can prove to everyone that they have become famous.
• Can I share my work by
putting it on my Web site?
We do give authors permission to post
their articles on their own personal or organizational Web sites, 90
days after the article is published in the magazine.
• Wow, all of this sounds too
good to be true! You mean you might really publish my article?
We can’t publish it if you don’t send
it! So send us a query