The Information Advisorís Guide to Internet Research

Guidelines for Authors

Editor: Sheri R. Lanza
Please query editor before submitting an article.

Our Audience:
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 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.

Article Length:
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 for practicality.

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 qualifications.

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” to read.

Screen Shots
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 suggestions.

Style Guidelines

• 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.
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• 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 between paragraphs.
• 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 word count.
• 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 word count.

All articles should be submitted by the assigned deadline to Sheri R. Lanza, Editor, ( 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.