Call for Submissions

Consider submitting proposals for articles, book & software reviews, code snippets & algorithms, conference reports, opinion pieces, etc. to the Code4Lib Journal. The Code4Lib Journal strives to fill a communication niche above simple description of software implementations but below pure theoretical digital library investigation. The editorial committee is looking for content that is practical, demonstrates how to exploit technology to create digital library collections and services, or offers insight and forethought regarding the use of computers in any type of library setting.

While articles in the journal should be of a high quality, they need not follow any formal structure or guidelines. Writers should aim for the middle ground between, on the one hand, blog or mailing-list posts, and, on the other hand, articles in traditional journals. We want publishing in the journal to be easy and painless, helping the community to share timely, relevant information that is currently shared all too rarely.

The Journal welcomes submissions at any time on a rolling acceptance basis. We publish quarterly. The proposal deadline for the next issue is October 24, 2014, to be published January 19, 2015. Upon provisional acceptance, authors will be given an article deadline, typically 8 weeks before journal publication. Proposals are typically abstracts submitted to or sent in the body of an email to If sending via email, please use as the ‘subject’ line for your email the word “proposal:” followed by a provisional title for the proposed article to make our email management easier. Submit proposals inline (rather than attachments) whenever feasible.

Send in a submission. Your peers would like to hear what you are doing.

Submission of Articles

When a draft has been completed, articles should be submitted electronically to in a format likely to be widely readable. The article should be accompanied by some brief author metadata. We have no more precise specs at this time, but may develop some at a later date and reserve the right to ask for submission in a different format if we have trouble with yours. Authors are welcome to submit a proposal to the Editorial Committee for approval prior to completing a full draft.

Please note that articles published in C4LJ must be licensed by their authors under a US CC-BY license. We recommend but do not require that any included code also be given an open source license suitable for code. Authors are free to publish articles anywhere else in addition to C4LJ.

For more information, see our Article Guidelines and the Journal’s Process and Structure.