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Writing Opportunities at MLA

JMLA is MLA's quarterly peer-reviewed journal. JMLA welcomes the submission of any original manuscript that seeks to improve the practice of health sciences librarianship or information provision in health or biological sciences or articulates developments and history of the profession and related fields. JMLA also publishes commentary, editorials, and book and electronic resources reviews. Start the submission process for JMLA.

MLA News, our member newsletter published 10 times per year, is a great venue for shorter, practical pieces about the profession and how you're using new ideas in your work. MLA News also publishes personals (announcements of promotions, retirements, etc.) and news items about professional activities. Submit to MLA News.

The MLA blog is open to the public and publishes several articles per week. Blog pieces are generally about 250-500 words and cover timely news stories or issues. Suggest an idea or submit an entry by emailing us.

MLA-FOCUS, our members-only email newsletter, is published twice a month. MLA-FOCUS publishes short, timely pieces--usually just a paragraph or two. Submit to MLA-FOCUS to get the word out about a call for submissions, survey, or other professional activity.  

The MLA books program publishes full-length works of interest to medical librarians or leveraging the expertise of medical librarians for a wider audience. If you have an idea for an in-depth work about our profession, consider writing a proposal. Or just reach out to us to let us know about a book you think should exist. The Books Panel often issues calls for proposals to find an author for a particular topic. See the main books page or recent issues of MLA-FOCUS and MLA News for current calls. 

Many MLA chapters and sections also publish newsletters and blogs--see our list of sections for more information.

And, of course, if you just want to share something or start a conversation, you can always post in our forums. The main members forum is a great place to start. Check out our special interest groups (SIGs) for discussion areas for more specific topics.