CFP: 'Versed': The Bulletin of the Office for Diversity (ALA)

CFP: 'Versed': The Bulletin of the Office for Diversity (ALA)

Call for Papers: 'Versed': The Bulletin of the Office for Diversity (ALA)
Deadline: August 30, 2004 (though they are continually accepting documents)

The Office for Diversity has extended the deadline for submissions to the September - October issue of 'Versed': The Bulletin of the Office for Diversity ( Don't miss this opportunity to have your own writing featured in the forthcoming issue available online in September.

Guidelines for Submitting Manuscripts
True to its meaning: practiced, skilled, or knowledgeable; Versed will bring together the most progressive practitioners and the best practices in current library-based diversity work. To be published 5 times per
year, Versed will be based primarily online on the Office for Diversity's site with paper printings available twice yearly at Midwinter and Annual conferences.

Please consider submitting an article or editorial; sharing a successful program or initiative; reviewing and recommending diversity-related books and videos of interest to library service (whole biblio- and video-graphies are especially welcome); tackling pressing social or professional issues; and publicizing diversity related events or conferences.

Electronic submissions preferred. Submit items as both plain-text in the body of the email and as a Word attachment via email to [email protected]

Review the Editorial Calendar online for deadlines for submitting manuscripts for publication in upcoming issues of Versed.

Informal, but informative and practice/praxis oriented. Factual article must be inviting and readable, with all statements backed by responsible research and interviews. The Chicago Manual of Style may be used in
styling articles for publication, but extensive footnoting is discouraged.

Versed will consider manuscripts sent by e-mail to [email protected] When e-mailing a submission, be sure to include your full name, title, institutional affiliation, and contact information.

Manuscripts should be submitted by e-mail in both plain text format within the body of the e-mail and as a Word attachment. While Versed is capable of handling a wide range of word processing programs in both the PC and Mac formats, we prefer that manuscripts be in Word 6.X for Windows. When submitting a manuscript in any other format, indicate the word processing program used.

400-900 words, longer articles accepted by previous arrangement.

Versed does not currently offer honoraria for submissions.

It is assumed that no other publisher is or will be simultaneously considering a manuscript submitted to Versed until that manuscript is returned or written permission is provided by the Versed editors.

According to the contract provided to authors, exclusive North American rights are retained until three months after publication, unless another arrangement is made in writing. Versed retains rights to have the published material reproduced, distributed, and sold in print or electronic text. Versed should be credited as the point of original publication.

No reprints can be provided, but permission is usually granted for authors to reproduce their contributions as published in Versed. Others wishing to republish the text of an article are referred to the author for permission and fee information. A reasonable number of copies are sent to each author. Special arrangements may be necessary to
reproduce illustrations.

Unsolicited manuscripts are acknowledged when received.

The editors try to report on manuscripts within 4-8 weeks. Written reminders from the author after this period are welcome, and usually result in a prompt reply.

On acceptance, an estimated date of publication may be provided to the author. Usually manuscripts can be published no sooner than two months after receipt.

On accepted manuscripts, the editors reserve the right to make editorial revisions, deletions, or additions which, in their opinion, support the author's intent. When changes are substantial, every effort is made to work with the author.

Galleys are not provided to the author.

Color prints are preferred for use with manuscripts or as picture stories. If the manuscript is selected for publication in the online version of Versed, an electronic copy of the image in GIF or JPEG format will be requested.

Illustrations are commissioned for certain articles and features.

Wendy Prellwitz
Program Officer
Office for Diversity & Spectrum Initiative
American Library Association
1.800.545.2433 x. 5048
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