Manuscript Submission

Submissions are closed.

Submissions will reopen on Thursday February 29, 2024

Please note: This is NOT an Education Journal. Only manuscripts that fit the Scope of Literature and Librarianship will be considered for review. Please visit the IAFOR Journal of Education to submit papers in the field of education.

Papers must cite the most recent literature in the field; papers relying on old (except seminal works and original source material) and non-academic references will be rejected.


  1. Articles that do not follow our guidelines and APA style will be rejected. Short papers: 1,500 to 2,500 words (from introduction to conclusion, NOT including references/footnotes; no abstract/keywords needed). Regular papers: 4,000 and 7,000 words from introduction to conclusion, NOT including references/footnotes; abstract 250 words maximum, 3-6 keywords).
  2. We do not send to reviewers papers with a similarity index higher than 15% (submissions should not be a collection of quotes, even if properly cited and referenced). Furthermore, in the field of literature, we won’t select papers that paraphrase and summarize without quoting primary and secondary sources.
  3. We will reject submissions that are not about literature or librarianship.
  4. Manuscripts that offer long synopses of literary texts, along with critical analyses with derivative conclusions, are discouraged from submission. These papers are very unlikely to reach the publication stage.
  5. The IAFOR Journal of Literature & Librarianship is an international endeavour with an international audience. This means that papers may be rejected to maintain the journal’s Internationality when there is a disproportionately high number of submissions from one country.
  6. Submissions must be professionally edited and proofread before submission. Please seek the help of an expert and native speaker in the field. These standards are non-negotiable and strictly enforced by the editor of the IAFOR Journal of Literature & Librarianship.

Because we receive so many submissions, we generally won’t be able to offer detailed feedback on the reasons why an article is not accepted.

For papers that are selected for review:

Submissions that receive one positive and one negative feedback will be sent to one more reviewer. If the third review is negative, the paper is rejected. Papers that receive two negative reviews are rejected.

We do not offer short peer review times, although reviewers are requested to return their review within 3 weeks. The editorial process may take more time (sometimes considerably) when there are extenuating circumstances, such as conflicts with the evaluators’ teaching duties at the beginning or end of an academic semester.

Our Plagiarism Policy
Every paper submitted to the journal is checked with iThenticate plagiarism screening software.

We do no accept submissions with borrowed text that is not properly quoted and referenced and we reject articles that copy-paste entire paragraphs/sections from authors’ previous publications (self-plagiarism, auto-plagiarism).

What is Plagiarism? – See here for the Complete Guide [eBook]

Where plagiarism is detected, the submitted manuscript is returned to the author and no further submission is allowed for that issue of the journal. These standards are non-negotiable and strictly enforced by the editors of the IAFOR Journal of Literature & Librarianship.

  • We will only accept one submission from any author in a particular issue and no more than two submissions, in different issues, over the course of a year. This includes both individual and shared authorship. If you submit as an individual you may not be a shared author on another submission, and vice versa. Also, if you have had a submission rejected you cannot be an author on another paper for that same issue.