Introduction and Submission Information

Authors are requested to submit research articles via email to the Managing Editor, Tami Robinson. No submission fee is required. Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint) and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere without the written consent of the copyright-holder. Authors may submit their manuscript files in Word (as .doc or .docx), or in RTF format. Word files should not be protected. Upon acceptance of an article, authors are asked to complete a ‘Grant of License’ form which is available via the following link. An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a ‘Grant of License’ form or a link to the online version of this agreement. Submissions should be written in good English (American usage is accepted). Authors who feel their manuscript may benefit from professional editing are encouraged to use language-editing and copyediting services. Obtaining this service is the responsibility of the author, and should be done before initial submission. Content must be in accordance with the mission, statement of faith, constitution, and corporate viewpoints of the ACL. Additionally, it must reflect the purpose of the publication and ACL, and relate to the concerns of ACL and Christian librarians in institutions of higher learning.

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Manuscript Preparation

The recommended length for a research paper is between 4,000 and 8,000 words. The recommended length for practical and non-research papers is between 2,500 and 5,000 words. Resource reviews should be between 300 and 500 words, with bibliographic essays between 1,000 and 1,500 words. All manuscripts should be double-spaced and have page numbers. All research and non-research papers should have the following sections:

  • Title
  • Author(s)
  • Affiliations
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • and they should end with:
  • About the author
  • References

Figures and tables should be cited in ascending numeric order upon first appearance.


Authors are encouraged to submit titles with fewer than 300 characters. Titles should be concise and descriptive, and without abbreviations (where possible).


All author names should be listed in the following order:

  • First names
  • Middle names (or initials, if used), and
  • Last names

Each author, whenever possible, should list a college, university or organizational affiliation.


A concise and factual abstract is required (maximum length: 100 words), which briefly states and the purpose of the research, and principles results/conclusions. Abstracts, whenever possible, should not contain citations.

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References should be formatted according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) and every reference cited in the text should also be present in the reference list. Additionally, no reference should appear in the reference list without having been cited in the text. The reference list should be double-spaced.

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Resource Reviews

Resource reviews should be submitted via email to the Reviews Editor, Craig Kubic.

Reviewers may keep the resources in exchange for their reviews. A list of available resources for review can be found online here.

Reviews should include the subject and scope of the work and a statement of the author's thesis. Reviews should reveal the nature of treatment: reference, introductory, scholarly, textbook, etc., and a synopsis of the content. They should evaluate the work and identify the author if they are not well known. Reviews should address how well the resource achieves its purpose? How does it compare with others of its kind? What does it contribute to its field? Is it clear, thorough, and well documented? Reviews should be headed with the appropriate format of the following samples:


Author, A. A. (2016). Title of work. Location: Publisher. 200 pp. $20.00. ISBN 9781234567890

Editor, A. A. (Ed.). (2016). Title of work. Location: Publisher. 200 pp. $20.00. ISBN 9781234567890


Jane A. Smith, University of Higher Education

John A. Smith, Pastor, City Church, Chicago, IL

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