Guidelines for Authors
Sheri R. Lanza
Please query editor before submitting an article.
Librarians, serious researchers, and other information professionals
who use internet resources in a knowledgeable and sophisticated
manner in their practice.
Free or low-cost internet sites and tools that have value
for serious researchers. “How to do it” case studies
of information-gathering using the internet. Comparisons of
multiple internet research tools and techniques. Hints on
dealing with technical practicalities such as browsers and
search tools. Please review the sample issue at www.cyberskeptic.com/sample/index.shtml and request other information from the editor. This helps
to ensure your article will be written in the proper style
for the CyberSkeptic audience. Also, please review
the cumulative index in PDF at the Cyber website to be certain
your topic and/or website hasn’t been recently addressed.
One page is approximately 750 words as published. Most, but
not all, CyberSkeptic articles are either one or
two pages, to save the reader’s time.
Write in the first person. When describing work you’ve
done, use “I” and “we”; use “you”
when speaking to the reader. Be informative, but brief, crisp,
and to the point. Write in a friendly, active tone. Strive
Be sure to check all URLs, and check them again just before
submitting the article. Also, please check the source of the
website. You must ascertain that it is a credible source.
If you aren't certain, please contact the author of the site
for verification. We do not want to recommend sites compiled
by an individual or organization lacking in expertise and/or
Headlines and Subheadings
Please write a headline for your article; it may be adjusted
later, but it’s a good starting point. When changing
topics in your article, please include subheadings to help
break up the article. It is much easier for the reader to
read an article when subheadings are used to break up the
text; otherwise an article may appear too “dense”
If you have suggestions for screen shots to accompany your
article, please include each one in a separate document in
.jpg or .png format; do not include them within the text of the article.
Also include the URL for the screen shot. Depending upon space
they may or may not be used but it's helpful to know your
• All URLs should be enclosed in parentheses ().
• Do not include the http:// at the beginning of the URL unless the URL does not begin with www. If the URL starts with https:// (or anything
other than http://), it must be included or the URL won't work.
• Do not capitalize internet.
• Use website (one word); web is not capitalized except
in World Wide Web.
• Use email, not e-mail or E-mail.
• Use single spacing format and the font Times New Roman 12.
• Indent each paragraph and do not leave a blank line
• Use only one space after a period (.) at the end of
a sentence, not two.
• When indicating time,
use a.m and p.m.
• Titles of publications, whether print or web, should be italicized.
• Sections of websites get initial caps; do not use
italic or quotation marks.
• Articles, whether in print or online, are always put
in quotation marks.
• One page is approximately 750 words; one and a half
pages are 1125 words; two pages are 1500 words.
• At the end of the article, please list all internet
sites mentioned in the article, along with the URLs for the
sites; this portion is not included in the word count. This
is to facilitate the compilation of the electronic CyberSummary
that is sent to subscribers.
• Specialty Scans should be 85 to 100 words; a double
Spec Scan should be 270 words. The site name, URL, and the
byline at the end of the Spec Scan are all included in the
• For articles and columns (not Spec Scans): Include
a short bio of yourself (1 or 2 sentences, along with an email
address) at the end of the article. This is included in the
All articles should be submitted by the assigned deadline
to Sheri R. Lanza, Editor, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
as an email attachment. When submitting the article, please
include an invoice for Information Today. The invoice must
include your Social Security or tax identification number
and all contact information. Payment will be made upon publication,
usually about two months after submission.