DttP or Documents to the People

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Dttp or Documents to the People

ISSN: 0091-20851

Website: http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP

Purpose, objective, or mission: The official publication of the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) of the American Library Association (ALA). This publication disseminates information to ALA and GODORT members about government information and activities on a local, state, national, and international level, and provides information on the professional activities of GODORT.2

Target audience: ALA and GODORT members as well as individuals interested in the global and national environments, and government information and activities.3

Publisher: American Library Association.4

Peer reviewed? No.5

Type: LIS professional news magazine.6

Medium: Print and online (as a pdf)7

Content: From their site, they publish articles on government information and government activities at local, state, national, and international, and intergovernmental levels, and documents the professional activities of GODORT.8

Of particular interest to students, DttP publishes a Student Papers Issue, “designed to showcase the talents and interests of current library school students.”9 Faculty members nominate and forward student papers focusing on government information in all levels of librarianship to the current editor.10

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.11

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Information_for_Authors12

Types of contributions accepted: Accepts full-length articles (prefer 1,500-3,000 words in length), news items, letters and other information intended for publication encompassing subjects within DttP‘s scope.13

Submission and review process: Manuscripts are submitted via email to the Co-Lead Editors at dttp.editor@gmail.com, and reviewed for acceptance by editorial staff. Email attachments preferred, in MS Word.14

Editorial tone: The Instructions for Authors ask for articles written “in a grammatically correct, simple, readable style.”15

Style guide used: Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Ed. The website lists more detailed instructions for formatting in the Instructions for Authors document, linked on the Information for Authors page (above).16

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Within the scope of this publication’s focus there is considerable potential for LIS authors interested in writing to increase their visibility. While this publication is not peer-reviewed they offer informative works covering a variety of topics. While it may seem that government documents is a narrow field with limited audience, a previous issue contained these articles: Remembering the Forgotten Internment-Attempts at Redress for the Japanese Latin American Internees of World War II, Inventing Nature-The History and Impact of Plants as Intellectual Property, and By the Authority Vested in Me-The Healthy Marriage Initiative and the Federal Government’™s Historical Love Affair with Marriage.17

The Student Papers Issue in particular would be an ideal place for students to have work submitted. 2012 editor Greg Curtis notes, of this year’s student papers issue, “The breadth of topics reaffirms that government information sources cover most, if not all, current research areas. The articles presented here are about government information, but they also are about relevant topics that the reader might find in other journals and periodicals across the intellectual spectrum.”18 DttP‘s December 2012 Student Papers Issue included articles titled Delicate Balance: National Security, Government Transparency, and Free Speech and Historical Data Recovery through Crowdsourcing.19

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: 1,350 (per DttP advertising info page).20

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Because DttP covers local, state, national, and international government information, it is safe to assume that a majority of its subscribers are U.S. LIS professionals and its circulation is limited to the United States. Additionally, DttP is sent to subscribing ALA/GODORT members on an annual basis.21 Because it deals primarily with information that affect the United States, DttP is published in English. And like most trade and scholarly journals published in English in the United States, the articles are free of all colloquialisms and accessible to the country’s diverse population. Although most articles deal with issues within the LIS field, they are written in language that is comprehensible to the layperson, informal, and straightforward.22

Reader characteristics: GODORT does not have any demographic information specified on their circulation information but, because they stress the subject scope of DttP, we might assume that most subscribers are LIS professionals within a law library or government setting and also include LIS students and laypersons interested in government records. The majority of DttP readers are ALA/GODORT members and are likely to be LIS professionals.23 The scope of the magazine being what it is, most subscribers are probably documents librarians or librarians with an interest in government information. According to the ALA website, GODORT works to “provide a nexus for initiating and supportng programs to increase the availability, use and bibliographic control of documents.”24 Readers of DttP, GODORT’s official publication, most likely support equal access and oppose restrictions of any kind to government documents and, as most of them are probably librarians, are advocates of the free exchange of ideas.

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Because most readers are most likely ALA/GODORT members, the DttP audience is probably knowledgeable about general LIS issues and topics. They would be especially familiar with subject matters that involve government information use and dissemination, as well as national efforts to restrict as well as to promote access to these types of information.25

Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors

A majority of the readers of DttP are GODORT members that are documents librarians or interested in local, state, national, and international government information, however, this publication is also available to non-GODORT or ALA members and, because it is a trade and not a scholarly publication, it is also made accessible to non-LIS professionals. Authors who want to contribute to the journal should opt for an informal yet informative tone and avoid discussing specialized LIS issues that the layperson would not immediately understand, such as bibliographic organization. Although it does pay attention to LIS issues, the primary focus of the journal is on documenting government information and the professional activities of GODORT.26

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

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