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How to Submit a Bibkit Proposal

MLA Bibkits are selective, annotated bibliographies of specific subject areas in the health sciences literature. Annotations should be evaluative, rather than merely descriptive, and should be based on the compiler's examination.

Individuals interested in compiling a Bibkit for publication by the Medical Library Association must submit a formal proposal to the Books Panel.

Potential Bibkit authors should submit the following information in a written proposal.

1. Statement of the author's qualifications, limited to a one-page summary of related work experience, committee activities, publications/presentations, and education or training.

2. A brief narrative of one to two pages that explains

  • the need for the BibKit
  • the purpose of the BibKit
  • the scope of the BibKit
  • the intended audience
  • the benefits and unique features of the BibKit; how it differs from similar publications

3. A detailed outline that includes

  • an introduction
  • a table of contents
  • three to five sample citations, with annotations
  • the estimated length of the completed BibKit
  • the estimated time required to complete the project

Submission and Review of Proposals

Proposals should be emailed to MLA's director of publications. Proposals are then forwarded to members of the Books Panel for evaluation. The deadline is open-ended. The panel meets monthly to review proposals and generally reviews any proposals received at least one week before their meeting.

The decision to accept or reject a proposal is influenced by many factors, including the need for such a publication; its potential market; the author's qualifications (subject knowledge and writing skills); estimated production and marketing costs; and estimated sales. Comments and decisions on proposals are shared with prospective authors after final review.

Approved Proposals

The Books Panel will provide compilers of approved proposals with production guidelines and a letter of agreement from MLA headquarters specifying the rights (including the receipt of author royalties) and responsibilities of the compilers and MLA regarding published BibKits.

A letter of agreement between the author and MLA is signed only after the proposal is accepted by the Books Panel.

Manuscript Review and Production

The completed BibKit will be reviewed by editorial staff at MLA headquarters. Only the table of contents and introduction will be proofread; the remaining documents will be reviewed briefly for production quality. MLA's Publications Department coordinates the production, printing, and marketing of the kit. 

More Information

For more information, contact MLA's director of publications, 312.419.9094 x23.