Australian Library Journal (ALJ)

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title</strong>: <em>Australian Library Journal (ALJ)</em> <strong>Website</strong>: <a title="Australian Library Journal (ALJ)" href="http://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission</strong>: The <em>Australian Library Journal (ALJ)</em> is the "flagship publication of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), supporting the Association's Objects by documenting progress in research and professional practice and stimulating discussion on issues relevant to libraries and librarianship."[1. <em>"Australian Library Journal (ALJ),"</em> Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10, 2016,  <a title="Australian Library Journal" href="https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj">https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj</a>] This<em> </em>internationally recognized journal "showcases the best of Australian library and information research and practice."[2. <em>"Australian Library Journal (ALJ),"</em> Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10, 2016, <a title="Australian Library Journal" href="https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj">https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj</a>] <strong>Target audience</strong>: Australian LIS community[3. <em>"Australian Library Journal (ALJ),"</em> Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10, 2016, <a title="Australian Library Journal" href="https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj">https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj</a>] <strong>Publisher</strong>: Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group[4. <em>"Australian Library Journal (ALJ),"</em> Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10, 2016, <a href="https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj">https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed</strong>? Yes[5. <em>Australian Library Journal,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed November 10, 2016, <a title="Global Serials Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1423603424472/355517">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1423603424472/355517</a>] <strong>Type</strong>: LIS scholarly[6. <em>Australian Library Journal,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed November 10, 2016, <a title="Global Serials Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1423603424472/355517">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1423603424472/355517</a>] <strong>Medium</strong>: Print and online; open access after four years[7. <em>"Australian Library Journal (ALJ),"</em> Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10 2016, <a href="https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj">https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj</a>] <strong>Content</strong>: The Australian Library Journal "contains a wide coverage of Australian library issues ranging from ongoing research to day-to-day articles from practitioners in the workplace."[8. <em>"Australian Library Journal (ALJ),"</em> Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10 2016, <a title="Australian Library Journal" href="https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj">https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj</a>] The content includes theory- and practice-based writing, as well as book reviews.[9. “Instructions for Authors,”Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, accessed November 10, 2016, <a title="Instructions for Authors" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ualj20&amp;page=instructions#.VNqHsy4YFZJ">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ualj20&amp;page=instructions#.VNqHsy4YFZJ</a>] As a supplement to each issue of the journal, the ALIA publishes a series of themed, online-only book reviews.[10. "Archive of ALJ Online Reviews," Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10, 2016, <a title="ALJ Online Reviews" href="https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj/alj-online-reviews">https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj/alj-online-reviews</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication</strong>: Quarterly[11. <em>Australian Library Journal,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed November 10, 2016, <a title="Global Serials Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1423603424472/355517">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1423603424472/355517</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines</strong>: <a title="Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ualj20&amp;page=instructions#.VN0EDS4YFZJ">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ualj20&amp;page=instructions#.VN0EDS4YFZJ</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted</strong>: <em>ALJ</em> welcomes submissions on a variety of library and information topics, ranging from ongoing research to practical articles directly relevant to the workplace.[12. <em>"Australian Library Journal (ALJ),"</em> Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10 2016,  <a title="Australian Library Journal" href="https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj">https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj</a>] The use of Australian English and spelling is preferred. Manuscripts should include a title page with acknowledgements of any funding an abstract of up to 300 words, up to six keywords, implications for best practice, the main text of up to 5,000 words, references, appendices, any tables with captions on separate pages, and a list of any figure captions.[13. “Instructions for Authors,” Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, accessed November 10, 2016, <a title="Instructions for Authors" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ualj20&amp;page=instructions#.VNqHsy4YFZJ">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ualj20&amp;page=instructions#.VNqHsy4YFZJ</a>] Of special note is the journal's "Librarianship-in-Practice" section, for shorter case studies of projects and programs that have already been implemented.[14. <em>"Australian Library Journal (ALJ),"</em> Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10 2016, <a href="https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj">https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj</a>] Articles for this section should observe a 2,000 to 2,500 word limit, and adhere to an organizational structure outlined on the publication website.[15. “Instructions for Authors,” Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, accessed November 10, 2016, <a title="Instructions for Authors" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ualj20&amp;page=instructions#.VNqHsy4YFZJ">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ualj20&amp;page=instructions#.VNqHsy4YFZJ</a>] <em>ALJ</em> also features an extensive book review section, in both its print and online versions, and an in an online-only version.[16. "<em>ALJ</em> Online Reviews," Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10, 2016, <a title="ALJ Online Reviews" href="https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj/alj-online-reviews">https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj/alj-online-reviews</a>] Those wishing to review books should first consult the online instructions.[17. "Instructions for Reviewers," Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, accessed November 10, 2016, <a href="http://www.editorialmanager.com/JALIA/default.aspx">http://www.editorialmanager.com/JALIA/default.aspx</a>] <strong>Submission and review process</strong>: Detailed submission guidelines can be found on the publisher's website.[18. "Instructions for Authors," Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, accessed November 10, 2016, <a title="Instructions for Authors" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ualj20&amp;page=instructions#.VNqHsy4YFZJ">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ualj20&amp;page=instructions#.VNqHsy4YFZJ</a>] <strong>Editorial tone</strong>: Scholarly[19. <em>Australian Library Journal,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed November 10, 2016, <a title="Global Serials Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1423603424472/355517">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1423603424472/355517</a>] <strong>Style guide used</strong>: <em>Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association</em>, 6th edition[20."Taylor &amp; Francis Standard Reference Style: APA," Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, accessed November 10, 2016, <a title="APA Reference Style Guide" href="http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/authors/style/reference/tf_APA.pdf">http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/authors/style/reference/tf_APA.pdf</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of the publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> The <em>Australian Library Journal</em> offers a variety of publishing opportunities for LIS authors. Whether it's original research, advancements in professional practice, or book reviews, there are many different writing avenues to explore. As this journal focuses on Australian library and information research, potential authors should tailor their writing to this geographical area. For North American authors, the potential for publication seems to be greatest as a book reviewer, as the book review section features publications by the wider global community. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation</strong>: Circulation statistics are not readily available for this journal. However, as the flagship publication for the ALIA, the journal is received by 800 institutional members of the professional organization.[21. "ALIA Fact Sheet," Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10, 2016, <a title="ALIA Fact Sheet" href="https://www.alia.org.au/sites/default/files/ALIA-Fact-Sheet.pdf">https://www.alia.org.au/sites/default/files/ALIA-Fact-Sheet.pdf</a>] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations</strong>: The majority of readers are Australian and the content reflects this. Authors should be aware of the language and cultural differences between the United States and Australia. As per the submission guidelines, "Australian English spelling and punctuation are preferred."[22. "Instructions for Authors," Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, accessed November 10, 2016, <a title="Instructions for Authors" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ualj20&amp;page=instructions#.VNqHsy4YFZJ">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ualj20&amp;page=instructions#.VNqHsy4YFZJ</a>] Colloquialisms and cultural references unique to the United States should be avoided. <strong>Reader characteristics</strong>: <em>ALJ</em> does not provide demographic information of its readers. As it is the flagship publication of the ALIA, however, it is likely that the majority of readers hold memberships in ALIA, which serves 4,200 individual members and 800 institutional members.[23. "ALIA Fact Sheet," Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10, 2016, <a title="ALIA Fact Sheet" href="https://www.alia.org.au/sites/default/files/ALIA-Fact-Sheet.pdf">https://www.alia.org.au/sites/default/files/ALIA-Fact-Sheet.pdf</a>] Readers of the <em>ALJ </em>hold a wide variety of professional and research interests within the LIS field. <strong>Reader knowledge of LIS subject matter</strong>: Although some readers may not be information science professionals, the majority work in LIS fields and would therefore be very knowledgeable about LIS subjects. <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> <em>Australian Library Journal</em> is an internationally recognized publication that holds high standards for its published works. This journal reaches a wide audience of library and information professionals who are interested in current research in the field as well as relevant issues in their workplaces. For current Australian residents, or even North Americans who have lived or travelled in Australia, this journal provides the potential author a large and knowledgeable audience. Although the majority of readers are Australian,[24. Taylor &amp; Francis Group. (2014). Aims and Scope. <em>Taylor &amp; Francis Online</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Aims and Scope" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=ualj20#.VPdI7uFFYm8">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=ualj20#.VPdI7uFFYm8</a>] authors outside of Australia will find a publishing opportunity in the book review section. <strong>Last updated</strong>: November 14, 2016 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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