Contributed Paper Submission Instructions

Contributed paper presenters have the opportunity to submit an accompanying research and position paper that will be published as part of the ACRL 2021 Conference Proceedings. Completed papers are due by Monday, April 12, 2021. We understand that because of the delay of acceptance notifications, coupled with the pressures of the pandemic, that you might not be able to complete your paper by the deadline. Papers s are optional and you are not required to submit a paper.

Submission Instructions

The deadline for submitting your paper is Monday, April 12, 2021.

The suggested length of papers is 2,500-5,000 words.

The conference proceedings will follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Pr., 2017) for capitalization, punctuation, quotations, tables, captions, endnotes, and bibliography. Please use the notes and bibliography format for citations (see the Chicago Manual of Style Citation Quick Guide).

As the author, you are responsible for verifying all citations carefully. Endnotes should be consecutively numbered throughout the manuscript. References used more than once should receive new endnote number with abbreviated or ibid endnotes. Endnotes should appear on separate pages at the end of the paper. The endnotes should be numbered sequentially with superscripted. Arabic numbers to correspond with numbers in the body of the paper (1., 2., etc.). Bibliographies should only be used if full citations are not already listed in endnotes.

Tables and illustrations should appear on separate pages at the end of the paper. Indicate desired placement by adding an instruction to the editor within the body of the manuscript, such as (Insert table 2), in parentheses. Each illustration or table should have a number and a brief title. Tables should follow examples in The Chicago Manual of Style and should be included in electronic submissions in either Word or Excel format. Graphs and charts should be submitted in Excel. Since this is an online-only publication, figures and illustrations can be in full-color. Image resolution should still aim for 300 dpi or better wherever possible for maximum legibility.

While the editor will make every effort to catch typos or glaring errors, it is your job to ensure that your paper is as clean and error-free as possible at the time of submission. We cannot guarantee that late changes or corrections will make it into the final publication.

Include the names, positions, institutions, and e-mail addresses of each author. These will be included in the finished product unless otherwise requested.

Copyright of your paper remains in your name. The ACRL 2021 conference proceedings will be an online-only, open-access publication and will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0.

How to Submit

Papers must be submitted in electronic format. Microsoft Word is the preferred format. E-mail your completed paper by April 12, 2021, to Dawn Mueller, ACRL Senior Production Editor, at For excessive files (over 2 MB), please send separate confirmation e-mail to ensure receipt of file.