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Northern Lights - Author Guidelines

Who can contribute to the newsletter?

All members of the North Health Library and Knowledge Networks (i.e. Yorkshire and Humber; North East and North West) are welcome to contribute to “Northern Lights”. We particularly encourage contributions from para-professional staff and anyone who has not previously written for publication.  Still not sure if you can contribute? Drop the editorial board an email  northernlights@lksnorth.nhs.uk

Why contribute to the newsletter?

  • Share learning (things that worked and things that didn’t work so well) with colleagues
  • Hone your writing for publication skills
  • Articles make great pieces of evidence if you’re working towards professional registration

What can I write about?

Really it is up to you.  We’re looking for topics of interest to health library and knowledge services staff. Below are some suggestions:

  • Something new that you have used, or your library or service has introduced
  • An overview of a piece of software (i.e. a social media tool)
  • Lessons learned (good or bad) from doing something differently in your service
  • Good news that you want to share with North colleagues
  • Introducing and welcoming a new starter to the networks
  • An account of an event or course you have attended. For conferences or courses please include what you found most valuable and what you will do differently having attended the event or course
  • Anything else you think North colleagues would be interested in

What format should I use to send my contribution and what should I include?

  • Send your documents as a Word file (either .doc or .docx)
  • Please ensure you include your Name and the organisation your work for as well as a title for your article and a date. You might also want to include some subject tags with your article
  • Any photos or artwork you want to include (preferably in JPG format). Please attach these as separate files, with a meaningful caption, rather than embedding them in the Word document. Make sure you’re happy these can be shared online via the blog and on Twitter
  • Give full details of events, courses and conferences This should include:
    • The name of event and location
    • Date of event
    • Name of organising or sponsoring body
    • Details of how any support materials can be obtained e.g. website urls
    • Full references to any published reports, articles etc.
  • Write out all acronyms in full the first time they are used in the text
  • The tone can be quite informal (articles will be posted to the North LKS blog and then included in a quarterly email bulletin so whatever writing style you think is appropriate)

Where should you send your article to?

Please send your contribution, or queries, to northernlights@lksnorth.nhs.uk

All contributions will be reviewed, and proof read by the editorial board before final publication.

Is there a deadline for contributions?

There is no deadline as such. Articles will be published on the blog as soon as they are received and approved by the editorial board. Once a quarter the editorial board will also produce an e-bulletin - this will include a round-up of all the articles that have been published on the blog up to two weeks before it is distributed. Any articles submitted after that date will be included in the next quarterly bulletin.

Any other questions?

If you have any other questions or concerns just drop the newsletter board an email:

northernlights@lksnorth.nhs.uk 

We look forward to hearing from you,

The Northern Lights Editorial Board