Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Children and Libraries (CAL) is the official journal of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. The Journal primarily serves as a vehicle for continuing education of librarians working with children, which showcases current scholarly research and practice in library service to children. It also serves as a vehicle for communication to the ALSC membership, spotlighting significant news, activities, and initiatives of the Association.


Section Policies


Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted for consideration for publication in Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children must be entered into the review process, with the following exceptions: speeches or articles derived directly from programs and other events sponsored by ALSC may be accepted for publication at the editor’s discretion (the Journal’s "Policies and Procedures" document gives right of first refusal to publication of such material); column materials; interviews and articles written by or solicited by the editor. At the discretion of the editor, solicited articles may be submitted for review.