British Columbia Library Association

Guidelines for Submissions

Focus and Scope (Content Areas)

Material selected for publication should fit into one of the following categories: Executive Updates, News, Features, Conference Reports, Professional Development Opportunities, Events, Opinion. For more details on these sections, see the Content Areas section.

Guidelines for submissions

Opinion Writing Guidelines

Opinion pieces reflect personal and/or professional opinion. They add to an existing debate or begin a new discussion. Opinion pieces are thoughtful, respectful, measured, and present evidence-based argument. They do not use inflammatory language, cliché, or make unsupported and/or wide-sweeping allegation. Opinion pieces are provocative and require the writer to take a position. Strong opinion pieces state the argument at the beginning, present factual and non-emotive evidence, and address potential counter-arguments. The writing is in active – not passive – voice. Most importantly, opinion pieces should inform and engage BCLA membership and encourage dialogue.

All opinion pieces in Perspectives will be noted as such and will contain the byline and short bio of the author. All current editorial policies apply to opinion pieces. These policies include the Perspectives Focus and Scope.


Submission process

Deadline for submissions (subject to change with specific issues):

Guidelines for images

Editing and approval process

All content is reviewed by the Editorial Board and Editors, and the final copy of the publication is approved by the Editorial Team.

Content that has been previously published, including via the BCLA email listserv, must be re-purposed for use within Perspectives. Content authors will assume full responsibility for ensuring that the rights of materials, imagery and artwork for their content have been cleared prior to submission to the Perspectives.

If errors or incorrect information are brought to the attention of the Editorial Board, a message will be included in the next issue noting the error and correction.

Publication dates and deadlines

In 2021 we will publish 3 issues of Perspectives.

Issue 1: The Remote Work Issue

Issue 2: Summer 2021 – Human Resources

Issue 3: December 2021