Perspectives on History

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Perspectives on History
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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Perspectives on History</em> <strong>Website:</strong> <a title="Perspectives on History" href="http://www.historians.org/perspectives/" target="_blank">http://www.historians.org/perspectives/</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> <em>Perspectives on History</em> is the news magazine of the American Historical Association (AHA); it serves as the "œprincipal source for news and information about the historical profession."[1. "Perspectives on History," Historians.org, accessed October 20, 2016, <a href="http://www.historians.org/perspectives/">http://www.historians.org/perspectives/</a>] <strong>Target audience:</strong> Members of the AHA; although many members are not affiliated with an academic institution, the content of <em>Perspectives</em> is heavily oriented toward faculty interests.[2. "<a href="http://www.historians.org/perspectives/">Perspectives on History</a>."] <strong>Publisher:</strong> American Historical Association.[3. "<a href="http://www.historians.org/perspectives/">Perspectives on History</a>."] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> No. Content decisions are made by the editorial board.[4. "Submissions," Historians.org, accessed October 20, 2016, <a href="https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/submissions">https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/submissions</a>] <strong>Type:</strong> Civilian: <em>Perspectives</em> is the primary news publication of the historical profession.[5. "<a href="http://www.historians.org/perspectives/">Perspectives on History</a>."] While some members of the AHA might also be information professionals (and many other members will have a strong understanding of the library profession), most members will not be intimately familiar with the LIS profession. <strong>Medium:</strong> Print and online. <strong>Content:</strong> In addition to a letter from the president, and administrative news from the AHA, each issue of <em>Perspectives on History</em> contains several articles on diverse topics of interest to historians. While some will present original research, more common are opinion pieces, news reports on developments affecting historians, and reports on new approaches or tools for teaching or research. Each issue also contains letters to the editor, as well as extensive listings of job openings, grant programs, and upcoming conferences.[7. "<a href="http://www.historians.org/perspectives/">Perspectives on History</a>."] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Nine issues per year (September to May).[8. "Subscriptions," Historians.org, accessed October 20, 2016, <a href="https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/subscriptions">https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/subscriptions</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a title="Perspectives on History Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/submissions" target="_blank">http://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/submissions</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> Articles (approximately 1,500 words), reviews, and shorter letters to the editor.[9. "<a href="https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/submissions">Submissions</a>."] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> While <em>Perspectives on History</em> does commission articles, it also accepts both completed submissions and proposals. Articles and letters are reviewed by the editorial board, and, in the case of article submissions, the board may make suggestions for revisions.[10. "Guidelines for Articles," Historians.org, accessed October 21, 2016, <a href="https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/submissions/guidelines-for-articles">https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/submissions/guidelines-for-articles</a>] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> The submission guidelines state a preference for a €œjournalistic or conversational style. In general, the articles in <em>Perspectives on History</em> are written with a semi-formal tone. Additionally, authors are asked to limit the number of citations in their articles.[11. "<a href="https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/submissions/guidelines-for-articles">Guidelines for Articles</a>."] <strong>Style guide used:</strong> <em>The Chicago Manual of Style </em>(16th ed.). For copy-editing, the editors also use <em>Webster's Collegiate Dictionary </em>(11th ed.) as well as in-house guidelines, such as gender-neutral pronouns when possible.[12. "<a href="https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/submissions/guidelines-for-articles">Guidelines for Articles</a>."] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> The organization and preservation of information are central to the tasks of both the historian and the LIS professional, and so it is not uncommon for their interests to intersect. Many developments in the Information field would be of interest to historians, especially if those developments were presented specifically for that audience. Such a presentation could generate a significant amount of name recognition if received favorably by some of the more than 15,000 members of the AHA.[13. "Advertise with the AHA," Historians.org, accessed October 21, 2016, <a title="Advertising" href="http://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/advertising">http://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/advertising</a>] While <em>Perspectives on History</em> is not, strictly speaking, a scholarly publication, it does possess enough prestige that an article printed in it would add weight to a tenure or promotion cause. However, this is not a venue for early-career publishing. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Population circulation:</strong> Nearly 15,000.[14. "<a href="http://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/advertising">Advertise with the AHA</a>."] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> AHA members are generally based in the United States, and the magazine is published in English.[15. "<a href="http://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/advertising">Advertise with the AHA</a>."] AHA members will be familiar with many of the same research terminologies that librarians use, but they will be completely unfamiliar with much of the jargon of information science. Similarly, historians have their own jargon, and an author writing for a history publication would do well to familiarize themselves with it. <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> Readership includes "college and university professors, and K–12 teachers of history; historical administrators; editors; museum professionals; publishers; librarians; and students of history."[16. "<a href="http://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/advertising">Advertise with the AHA</a>."] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> As historians, the members of the AHA will generally have a strong understanding of research and research tools. However, they will not be familiar with aspects of LIS subjects outside those that apply to their discipline. <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> The historians who comprise the membership of the AHA are, like most faculty, very busy people. It is essential, when writing for them, to show them -- in their own terms -- how you can save time or make their research easier. <em>Perspectives on History</em> is primarily a newsletter, even though it does publish some research-based articles. A librarian writing for this history magazine would do well to simplify the presentation of their research, an focus primarily on the practical application of their results. <strong>Last updated: </strong>October 21, 2016<strong> </strong> <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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