Code4Lib Journal

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title</strong>: <em>Code4Lib Journal </em>(<em>C4LJ</em>) <strong>Website</strong>: <a title="Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ)" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/" target="_blank">http://journal.code4lib.org/</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission</strong>: According to the <a title="Code4Lib Journal Mission Statement" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/mission" target="_blank">website</a>, "the <em>Code4Lib Journal</em> exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future."[1. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Mission. <em>Code4Lib Journal.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Mission" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/mission">http://journal.code4lib.org/mission</a>] It "aims to help engender collective understanding and the necessary support for improving library technology and digital services."[2. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Mission. <em>Code4Lib Journal.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Mission" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/mission">http://journal.code4lib.org/mission</a>] <strong>Target audience</strong>: The target audience includes anyone who is involved in the "wider library community" who has an interest in libraries and technology.[3. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Mission. <em>Code4Lib Journal.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Mission" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/mission">http://journal.code4lib.org/mission</a>] <strong>Publisher</strong>: <a title="Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ)" href="http://code4lib.org/" target="_blank">Code4Lib</a>. Publication began in 2007.[4. ProQuest. (2016). The Code4Lib Journal. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodical Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411489602963/658750">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411489602963/658750</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed</strong>? Submissions to the journal are reviewed by a non-anonymous editorial committee of professional peers. The journal does not use a refereed process.[5. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Process and Structure. <em>Code4Lib Journal.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Process and Structure" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/process-and-structure">http://journal.code4lib.org/process-and-structure</a>] <strong>Type</strong>: Although the editorial committee consists mainly of those involved in the academic library community, contents do not necessarily have the format of a traditional scholarly research article, and the journal does not use a traditional blind refereed review. Articles can vary in formality, and can include case studies and personal opinion pieces. Articles do not generally include extensive literature reviews. For these reasons, the journal is currently classed here as 'professional news'. Articles tend to be focused on the practical application of the ideas presented.[6. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Issue 25, 2014-07-21. <em>Code4Lib Journal.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Issue 25" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/issues/issues/issue25">http://journal.code4lib.org/issues/issues/issue25</a>] <strong>Medium</strong>: <em>Code4Lib Journal</em> is available online.[7. ProQuest. (2016). The Code4Lib Journal. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodical Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411489602963/658750">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411489602963/658750</a>] <strong>Content</strong>: From the <a title="Code4Lib Journal Call for Submissions" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/call-for-submissions" target="_blank">Call for Submissions</a>, "the editorial committee is looking for content that is practical, demonstrates how to exploit technology to create digital library collections and services, or offers insight and forethought regarding the use of computers in any type of library setting."[8. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Call for Submissions. <em>Code4Lib Journal.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Call for Submissions" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/call-for-submissions">http://journal.code4lib.org/call-for-submissions</a>] The journal publishes articles on a multitude of subjects, as long as they support the mission statement, and is flexible with length (1,500 to 5,000 words is an approximate word count). The types of articles published in the journal include: <ul> <li>Case studies of projects (failed or successful), how they were done, and challenges faced.</li> <li>Descriptions of projects in progress, project updates, and new project proposals.</li> <li>Effective processes for project management.</li> <li>Reviews/comparisons of software, frameworks, libraries, etc.</li> <li>Analyses and case studies of using library metadata in technological application: novel applications or solutions, or unsolved challenges,</li> <li>Thought pieces on the big problems associated with library and technology, ideas for new solutions, visions for the future.</li> <li>Findings on user behavior and interaction with systems.</li> <li>Best practices.[9. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Article Guidelines. <em>Code4Lib Journal.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Article Guidelines" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines">http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines</a>]</li> </ul> <strong>Frequency of publication</strong>: It is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December.[10. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Call for Submissions. <em>Code4Lib Journal.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Call for Submissions" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/call-for-submissions">http://journal.code4lib.org/call-for-submissions</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines</strong>: <a title="Code4Lib Journal Call for Submissions" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/call-for-submissions" target="_blank">http://journal.code4lib.org/call-for-submissions</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted</strong>: The types of articles the journal is looking for include: <ul> <li>Book &amp; software reviews</li> <li>Code snippets &amp; algorithms</li> <li>Conference reports</li> <li>Opinion pieces[11. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Article Guidelines. <em>Code4Lib Journal.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Article Guidelines" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines">http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines</a>]</li> </ul> <strong>Submission and review process</strong>: Submissions can be sent in the form of either an abstract or a complete draft. Submit articles using the <a title="Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) Online Submission Form" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/submit-proposal" target="_blank">online form</a>, or via email to journal@code4lib.org. Once submitted the article goes through an editorial process, and not a peer review.[12. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Article Guidelines. <em>Code4Lib Journal.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Article Guidelines" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines">http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines</a>] <strong>Editorial tone</strong>: "Writers should aim for the middle ground between, on the one hand, blog or mailing-list posts, and, on the other hand, articles in traditional journals."[13. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Article Guidelines. <em>Code4Lib Journal.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Article Guidelines" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines">http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines</a>] <strong>Style guide used</strong>: From the article guidelines: "While articles in <em>C4LJ</em> should be of a high quality, they need not follow any formal structure or guidelines."[14. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Article Guidelines. <em>Code4Lib Journal.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Article Guidelines" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines">http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines</a>] However, end notes and references should be cited using the <em>Council of Science Editors (CSE) Style Guide</em>.[15. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Article Guidelines. <em>Code4Lib Journal.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Article Guidelines" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines">http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> This journal provides a semiformal setting in which to discuss issues of technology in the library and information science world. It is a newer journal, which may make it less competitive than more established journals. The information in the journal is concentrated around technology, and its place within the library setting, so it would be a good place for anyone with an interest in this subject to find a home for one of their articles. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation</strong>: Since the journal is 100% online, there was no information on the exact circulation available.[16. ProQuest. (2016). The Code4Lib Journal. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodical Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411489602963/658750">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411489602963/658750</a>] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations</strong>: The editorial committee is based throughout the United States, but the writers come from both within and outside the United States.[17. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Editorial Committee. <em>Code4Lib Journal.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Editorial Committee" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/editorial-committee">http://journal.code4lib.org/editorial-committee</a>] The journal is written in English, and although the editorial committee is American, not all of the contributors are. (Article guidelines note that articles should be written in good English, and that "American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these.")[18. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Article Guidelines. <em>Code4Lib Journal.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Article Guidelines" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines">http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines</a>]  Also, due to the online nature of the journal, people from anywhere in the world would have the ability to access the articles. Because of this, it would most likely be prudent to avoid the use of any language or content that was too culturally specific. <strong>Reader characteristics</strong>: Code4Lib is a "volunteer-driven collective of hackers, designers, architects, curators, catalogers, artists and instigators from around the world, who largely work for and with libraries, archives and museums on technology 'stuff'." From looking through the author information supplies with the articles, it appears that almost all of the contributors work in academic libraries, although their actual job titles vary quite a bit. These job titles range from web designer to information technology coordinator to systems librarian. While this information is about the writers, it goes to show that the journal is of interest to all different types of professionals involved technologies in libraries. Of course, they also all have a professional interest in the intersection of libraries and technology. <em>Code4Lib</em> is of interest to "technology folks in libraries, archives and museums to informally share approaches, techniques, and code across institutional and project divides."[19. Code4Lib. (2016). About. <em>Code4Lib.</em> Retrieved from <a title="About " href="http://code4lib.org/about/">http://code4lib.org/about/</a>] The readers of this journal are likely to have established opinions about the place of technology in libraries. A look at the <a title="Code4Lib Journal Mission Statement" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/mission" target="_blank">mission statement</a> shows that the readers are likely to feel that technology holds a key position in the future of libraries.[20. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Mission. <em>Code4Lib Journal.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Mission" href="http://journal.code4lib.org/mission">http://journal.code4lib.org/mission</a>] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter</strong>: The readers of <em>Code4Lib Journal</em> would have a good knowledge and understanding of LIS topics and issues. They would also be familiar with library jargon. On top of that, due to the technical nature of the journal, they would also be familiar with most technical jargon.[21. Code4Lib. (2016). About. <em>Code4Lib.</em> Retrieved from <a title="About " href="http://code4lib.org/about/">http://code4lib.org/about/</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> The common thread running among these readers is an interest in, and a passion for, technology and its use within a library setting. Their level of technical knowledge would be rather high, and this would be an important thing for writers to keep in mind. In fact, it would also be a necessity for the writers of a proposed article for <em>Code4Lib Journal</em> to be technological experts. An important element of the journal is the inclusion of the actual coding used in the project being discussed, hence the name of the journal. That being said, the readers would most likely not only have an understanding of technology, but also experience with its application and creation. <strong>Last updated</strong>: May 14, 2016 <hr /> <h4>References<strong> </strong></h4>
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