BibKit authors responsibilities include:
- defining the scope of the project
- writing the introduction
- numbering the pages, including the table of contents
- using one citation style consistently, preferably the JMLA (based on Index Medicus, the MLA Style Manual for examples)
- distributing a draft copy to the MLA director of publications for review
- making revisions based on recommendations from the BibKit coordinator
- sending the final document to MLAs director of publications, where staff will edit introduction and table of contents and provide cover sheets
- making final revisions recommended by MLA staff
BibKits should be setup as 8½x11-inch, letter-style documents and submitted electronically. The final manuscript should be sent as an attached Word file (preferred format) to MLA's director of publications.
MLA provides no editorial revision or formatting of copy other than proofreading and editing of the introduction and table of contents. Materials should follow these guidelines:
- If documents are not electronic, editors(s) should submit only original documents or very clear photocopies; introductory material must be sent in electronic format
- pages should have ¾" to 1" margins adequate for spiral binding
- documents should be on white paper with black print
- all pages, including the table of contents, should be numbered
- close attention must be given to the format of the tables submitted. Tables should be setup using a word processor's table commands or a single tab between columns and a hard return between rows should be used.
Final documents are maintained at MLA headquarters and reproduced on demand either in print, PDF, or HTML formats.
For More Information
For additional information about MLA BibKits, contact MLA's director of publications, Medical Library Association, 65 East Wacker Place, Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60601-7246; 312.419.9094 x23; fax, 312.419.8950.