16th Distance Library Services Conference: Paper Requirements

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Important Dates

January 8, 2014 Registration opens
April 9, 2014 Registration closes
April 23, 2014 Conference begins

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Paper Requirements

Presentation papers will be included in the Distance Library Services Conference proceedings. The proceedings will also be published in special issues of the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning.

Completed papers should be scholarly, well-organized, and clearly written. Your paper is expected to be in publication-ready condition when submitted. Please proofread and copy edit your paper before submitting it for review.

Please observe the guidelines below when writing your paper. All papers must be submitted as Microsoft Word documents. Tables, graphs, and other illustrations should be submitted in a separate file from the paper. You can either send each table/graph/illustration separately or combine them into a single document with one item per page. Papers submitted in PDF or any other format will not be accepted.


All papers must be composed according to the organization and style presented in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.; 2009).

Additional requirements:

  • All margins must be one and a half inches on the left, at least one inch top, bottom and right on every page.
  • Use a 10 pt., Times New Roman font.
  • Single space within paragraphs; double space between paragraphs.
  • Do not right justify the right margin.
  • Do not number pages.
  • Do not use a running head.
  • All verbatim comments used in the text or appendices that include wording, spelling and punctuation errors must be followed by [sic]. (See p. 172 of the 6th ed. of the APA manual)
  • Title, author(s), and affiliation(s) must be included at the top of the first text page as shown on the following sample title page.
  • The exact spelling and order of name(s) and affiliation(s) that appear on the paper will be used in the official conference program with no exceptions or changes after submission and should be identical with the author’s agreement.
  • A one-paragraph abstract must follow the title, author(s) and affiliation(s). Space the abstract two and one-half inches on the left and two inches on the right; right justify the abstract only. The abstract must not exceed 150 words.
  • Poster session, panel and workshop abstracts must follow the same abstract guidelines as those for papers and must not exceed 250 words.
  • All tables and appendixes must be formatted to the margin widths specified above.
  • All tables, graphs, and charts must be in the proper APA format and submitted as separate image files, so that the editors can place them where most appropriate in the text. You can either send each table/graph/illustration file separately or combine them into a single document with one item per page. Include a short, descriptive title for each table, graph and chart used. 


Minimum length is 5 pages, excluding appendices and references.


Submitted papers remain the property of the author(s). Central Michigan University does request that it be granted use exceptions in the following instances:

  1. Central Michigan University reserves the right to publish the paper in the official conference proceedings of the Sixteenth Distance Library Services Conference;
  2. Central Michigan University reserves the right to sign a contract with Taylor and Francis Group, LLC that allows Taylor and Francis to print, publish, reproduce, and distribute the aforementioned paper in (but not limited to) the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning and to distribute it through third-party database aggregators;
  3. Central Michigan University reserves the right to provide public access to the paper content, after a two-year embargo, through the Distance Library Services Conference website.


The DLS Conference Executive Committee reserves the right to omit papers that do not conform to these guidelines and the Standards for Writing Papers from the conference proceedings.


Papers are due on December 6, 2013. Submit papers as attachments to an email to dls2014@cmich.edu. Papers submitted as PDF will not be accepted.



If you have questions about preparing the paper, please contact us.

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