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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>mental_floss</em> <strong>Website:</strong> <a title="mental_floss" href="http://www.mentalfloss.com/" target="_blank">http://www.mentalfloss.com/</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> "mental_floss is the international media brand that gives <span class="mf_green">smart, curious knowledge junkies</span> their fix with upbeat, witty explorations of everything from <span class="mf_green">science</span> to <span class="mf_green">pop culture</span> to <span class="mf_green">tech</span> to <span class="mf_green">history</span>."[1. "What is mental_floss?," mentalfloss.com, accessed December 11, 2016, <a href="http://mentalfloss.com/about-us">http://mentalfloss.com/about-us</a>] <strong>Target audience:</strong> "Busy people who love to feel smart."[2. "Advertise," mentalfloss.com, accessed December 11, 2016, <a href="http://mentalfloss.com/advertise">http://mentalfloss.com/advertise</a>] The audience might be similar to anyone frequenting a library. <strong>Publisher:</strong> Mental Floss, Inc.[3. "<a href="http://mentalfloss.com/about-us">What is mental_floss?</a>"] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> No. <strong>Type:</strong> Civilian magazine. <strong>Medium:</strong> Online.[4. "This is Our Last Print Issue!," mentalfloss.com, accessed December 11, 2016, <a href="https://service.mentalfloss.com/servlet/Show?WESPAGE=csp-dp/login.jsp&amp;MSRSMAG=LF">https://service.mentalfloss.com/servlet/Show?WESPAGE=csp-dp/login.jsp&amp;MSRSMAG=LF</a>] <strong>Content: </strong>Fun and informative pieces on a wide variety of subjects, including the "hidden sides of topics in the news you thought you already knew all about."[5. "<a href="http://mentalfloss.com/about-us">What is mental_floss?</a>"] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> New stories posted daily.[6. "<a href="https://service.mentalfloss.com/servlet/Show?WESPAGE=csp-dp/login.jsp&amp;MSRSMAG=LF">This is Our Last Print Issue!</a>"] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines: </strong><a href="http://mentalfloss.com/article/66292/freelance-help-wanted">http://mentalfloss.com/article/66292/freelance-help-wanted </a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> "We're always looking for lists and Big Questions to fill out those two sections of the site, but if you know a great story from history, a strange science phenomenon, or anything else fascinating that we need to cover, we'd love to hear it."[7. "Freelance Help Wanted," mentalfloss.com, accessed December 11, 2016, <a href="http://mentalfloss.com/article/66292/freelance-help-wanted">http://mentalfloss.com/article/66292/freelance-help-wanted</a>] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> Send pitches to webpitches [at] mentalfloss.com.[8. "<a href="http://mentalfloss.com/article/66292/freelance-help-wanted">Freelance Help Wanted</a>."] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> Informal and conversational. Witty, humorous, and informative. <strong>Style guide used:</strong> None stated. <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> This would be an excellent publication for LIS authors. Librarians are knowledge and information brokers and are often referred to as Renaissance people because of their vast array of knowledge. This type of website caters to that deep storehouse of information. And this website in particular might provide a nice respite from the regular scholarly articles<span class="st" data-hveid="42" data-ved="0ahUKEwj9yrHniO3QAhWD6SYKHaIABokQ4EUIKjAC">—</span>a way to showcase not only your knowledge but your sense of humor. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> The website receives 20 million unique visitors per month.[9. "<a href="http://mentalfloss.com/about-us">What is mental_floss?</a>"] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> Information about audience location is not provided, but content is written in English. Readers have a high degree of knowledge in pop culture, trivia, and current events. <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> According to the website, readers are "brainy millennials."[10. "<a href="http://mentalfloss.com/about-us">What is mental_floss?</a>"] In general, readers want to expand their knowledge in easily digested tidbits without having to read a whole book on a subject. For example, a past issue boiled down complex theories such as chaos theory, string theory, evolution, game theory, and artificial intelligence into one-to-two-page summaries that mix facts with wit and humor. There are no particular biases in the readership of this publication, except a propensity for trivia and Jeopardy-like knowledge. <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> Readers' LIS knowledge would vary depending on their interest and work environment. It would be safe to assume a number of librarians read and enjoy this publication, but as the focus is on providing intelligent, humorous articles, use of LIS jargon should be avoided. <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> Potential authors should keep in mind that readers already have a vast amount of information and wish to add to that knowledge in an enjoyable way. When writing articles for this publication, try to mix education with entertainment. No topic is off limits if you can approach it with new or interesting information presented in a fun way. <strong>Last updated: </strong>December 11, 2016 <hr /> <h4>References<strong> </strong></h4>
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