Purpose This paper aims to present the summary of the training workshop on How to write publishable papers by Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals organized by the Nigerian Library Association (NLA), Ogun State Chapter on 25 May 2006 at Simeon Adebo Library, Kuto, Abeokuta, Nigeria. Design/methodology/approch This paper begins by looking into why LIS professionals have to publish in professional journals and then examines factors responsible for manuscript rejection by editors of such journals. Other areas covered include the role of mentoring librarians to publish. Findings The main objective of the workshop is to train as well as provide useable guidelines to assist LIS authors in writing publishable manuscripts which they will submit for consideration and publication in professional journals. One of the most significant current discussions in the field of library and information science (LIS) profession is the perception of poor quality in manuscripts submitted for publication by librarians. Practical implications Hints for structuring a more nurturing environment for improving writing and perfecting manuscript preparation in the field of Library and Information Science. Originality/value The paper makes recommendations on improving the overall quality of manuscripts written by LIS professionals.