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Manuscripts should be submitted to this site, either in MS Word or in OpenOffice/LibreOffice Writer format. They must be written in English and include an abstract (except for book reviews) and two or three key words. The sections and subsections of the paper should be numbered. Tables must be embedded in the text, pictures also embedded and preferably added in separate files. Special attention must be given to the references, where we follow the APA style (American Psychological Association, see, e.g.,http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/citation/apa/#internet).
If available, please give a persistent identifier for your references (e.g. DOI). The preferred format for DOI is as follows: https://doi.org/......
References should be separated from notes (we use end-notes instead of footnotes). Where appropriate, the accompanying dataset(s) should be submitted along with the work. The data should be restricted to the work's scope. In the case of datasets, please avoid binary formats in favour of long-term readability - CSV or alike are most welcome. Contact the journal manager in order to store them in the journal’s dataset at Harvard Dataverse.
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Below you find - by way of template - a fictitious article explaining the expected layout of the paper. Remark that the papers do not mention titles or professions of the authors (such as PhD, Professor, Librarian…). You will find on the submission pages of the journal a special field where you can enter such details, and the HTML version of the paper will have a link to this field. Nevertheless, we strongly recommend authors to apply for an ORCID number, which can be linked to a more detailed information page with personal data.
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How to Write a Paper for LIBER Quarterly
Author A. (full name)
Author B.(full name)
Abstracts should clearly explain the most important aspects of the paper. These include the objectives of the work (what is it about, why is it important?), a historical situation of the problem (what other approaches have been tried, what was the common knowledge at the start of your project?), a description of the methodology followed for obtaining your results, and finally a brief summary of the results obtained.
Give minimum 3 and maximum 5 keywords, separated by a semicolon (“;”). Example:
Key Words: library; university; research; open access journal
The present paper contains some instructions on how to design and edit your paper, and at the same time it offers an example of how to construct your final text. An easy way to proceed is to use this text and to replace all items (title, author names, affiliations and e-mails, abstract, key words, subheadings, text, tables, figures, acknowledgement, references, endnotes, etc.) by your own items.
All papers should be written in English, preferably the UK version. Authors who are not native English speakers are strongly recommended to have their texts read and corrected by a native English speaking colleague.
2. Writing of the paper
2.1. Structure of the paper
As shown in this example, it is recommended to structure the paper in numbered sections and subsections.
The introduction should not be a repetition of the abstract, but it should describe more explicitly the starting point of your result: what is the problem that you wanted to solve, what were the questions that needed to be answered. This will usually require some description of the background of your topic.
Subsequent sections may contain a discussion of related work by other authors (or by yourself), a detailed description of the methodology followed for treating your subject (was it a user survey, a study of the literature, a theoretical analysis, an empirical testing of various approaches, or what?), a clear description of the results obtained, and certainly a conclusion in which you comment on your results and elaborate on their value and applicability, especially from the point of view of the knowledge and information transfer through our academic and research libraries.
Avoid using the first person singular (I), write ‘we’ instead, or use a description like ‘This work…’.
3. Special elements of the paper
Figures should be numbered consecutively, provided with a caption above the figure. The main text should contain at least one reference to each figure. Pay attention to the readability of all text inside the figures. The LIBER logo is shown in Figure 1 as an example.
Figure 1: LIBER logo
Also the tables must be numbered consecutively and be provided with a caption. The main text should contain at least one reference to each table. Avoid inserting tables that are too long. If necessary, you can move them to an appendix, or add separate data files to be attached to the article. Remember that a graph (which can be produced from a table with, e.g., MS Excel) gives a much better visual presentation of numerical data than a table. As an example, Table 1 gives an overview of the publications in volume 21 of LIBER Quarterly.
Table 1: Contributions to LIBER Quarterly in volume 21
Number of Papers
Number of Book Reviews
Whenever you refer to previously published work, you should include a reference to acknowledge the work you build upon.
3.3. Citations and References
Special attention must be given to the references and citations. All references should be cited at least once in the text and to each citation there should correspond an item in the reference list. We are following the APA Style (American Psychological Association. See, e.g., http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/citation/apa/#internet or http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/citmanage/apa). The most important points of this style are described below, and illustrated in some examples.
There are different rules for in-text citations and for citations in parenthesis. An in-text citation was explained by Johnson (2012), but you may also have a citation in parenthesis (Johnson, 2000) or (Smith & Moore, 2008a). For multiple authors, join them in-text with ‘and’, but with the ampersand when in parenthesis, as explained by Martin, Single and Double (2005) and others (Flirt, Dance, & Jump, 2003; Flirt & Dance, 2005). For 3-5 authors, all authors should be mentioned in the first citation, but in subsequent citations only the first author should be mentioned, followed by “et al.” (Martin et al., 2005). For 6 authors or more, you use the “et al.” already in the first citation.
Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). The list of references should be arranged alphabetically by authors' names and include all authors. (When a work has more than 6 authors, list the first 6 and use ‘et al.’ for the remaining ones.) The layout of a journal reference should follow the examples of Johnson (2000) and Johnson (2012), while an example of a typical book reference is given by Flirt, Dance and Jump (2003) or by Smith and Moore (2008b). A reference to a paper on the Internet is shown by Smith and Moore (2008c). The manuscript should be carefully checked to ensure that the spelling of authors' names and dates are exactly the same in the text as in the reference list. When available, add to the reference its persistent identifier (doi-number or urn), and as much as possible a website where it can be consulted in Open Access. Since such websites may change or disappear over time, you should mention the date on which you have tested it, in the format “Retrieved Month Day, Year, from URL” (see Johnson, 2012).
We thank the Editorial Board of LIBER Quarterly for their critical remarks about this template.
We also acknowledge the continuing support from the LIBER Executive Board, whose financial contribution allows us to publish this journal in Open Access.
 LIBER Quarterly is available both in an html- and pdf-version. Since the former does not contain pagination, you should not use footnotes, but always endnotes.
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