Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science

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Publication analysis


About the publication

TitleCanadian Journal of Information and Library Science / La Revue canadienne des sciences de l’information et de bibliothéconomie

ISSN: 1195-096X (Print) and 1920-7239 (Online)1

Website: Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science: http://cais-acsi.ca/the-canadian-journal-of-information-and-library-science/ / La Revue canadienne des sciences de l’information et de bibliothéconomie: http://cais-acsi.ca/fr/the-canadian-journal-of-information-and-library-science/

Purpose, objective, or mission: As the vehicle of the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS), the journal seeks to advance the study of information and library science in Canada “by serving as a forum for discussion of theory and research. The journal is concerned with research findings, understanding of issues in the field, information practices of individuals and groups, and understanding of the history, economics, and technology of information or library systems and services.”2

Target audience: Canadian LIS community3

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Journals Division4

Peer reviewed? Yes5

Type: LIS scholarly6

Medium: Print and online7

Content: “The journal publishes research papers, scholarly opinion papers, reviews of research, brief communications, and reviews of books and other media” in both English and French.8

Frequency of publication: Quarterly9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: In English: http://cais-acsi.ca/guidelines-for-submission/ / In French: http://cais-acsi.ca/fr/guidelines-for-submission/

Types of contributions accepted: The journal accepts submissions of “research papers, scholarly opinion papers, reviews of research, brief communications, and reviews of books and other media” in both English and French. Reviews of publications by Canadian authors are of particular interest.10

Submission and review process: Manuscripts should be submitted as email attachments in Word or RTF format. A tentative title and an abstract of fifty to one hundred words, preferably in both English and French, should be included. Submissions will be reviewed by at least two independent referees. Additional details about manuscript formatting are available on the journal website.11

Editorial tone: Scholarly12

Style guide used: The journal uses an in-house style that is outlined on its website.13

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

The Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science provides an excellent opportunity for LIS authors looking to publish scholarly, career advancing work and establish a presence outside the United States.

This publication is abstracted and indexed in Academic Search Elite/Premier, Canadian Periodical Index, Computer and Control Abstracts, Cultures, Langues, Textes: La revue de sommaires, Current Contents: Social and Behavioural Sciences, ERIC, Information Science & Technology Abstracts, International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (IBR), International Bibliography of Periodical Literature on the Humanities and Social Science (IBZ), SCOPUS, Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA), Library Literature, Professional Development Collection, and Social Science Citation Index.14

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Exact circulation numbers are not available, but the journal is a benefit of membership in Canadian Association for Information Science / L’€™Association canadienne des sciences de l’information (CAIS/ACIS). Membership is automatic for all attendees of the annual conference of the association.15 The journal is also available online through Project MUSE.16

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: This journal, while covering LIS topics in general, is written and aimed at LIS academics, both English and French speaking, practicing in Canada.17

Reader characteristics: Highly educated individuals, many of whom have at least two university degrees, and often more. Most have a library science graduate degrees. Considering the membership includes a mix of academics and industry and government professionals, a variety of interests and knowledge are included here. There is no information provided on age, gender, or ethnicity of the members, but all speak either English or French. The audience for this journal is a mix of academics and industry and government professionals such as information scientists and archivists, librarians, computer scientists, and educators. This indicates a variety of workplaces from universities, large corporations and government organizations.18

While this is a bilingual publication, published by the University of Toronto, according to the CAIS/ACIS writer guidelines, “The journal is concerned with research findings, understanding of issues in the field, information practices of individuals and groups, and understanding of the history, economics, and technology of information or library systems and services.”19 Note there is no distinction made that the work need be conducted in, or specifically concern Canada. A review of recent articles shows authors and research papers from through out North America with the focus on LIS theories that are applicable anywhere.20

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Considering their shared interest in the mission of the CAIS/ACIS, it suggests the readers, while not all information science professionals, have considerable knowledge of LIS subject matter.21

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

Readers of this publication are interested in furthering their ability to practice in the field, to acquire information on new research that will support their work in support of libraries. The readers are also most likely residents of Canada and, while most of the papers published would easily benefit a librarian or information professional residing anywhere in the world, submissions need to be relevant to librarians practicing in Canada.

Last updated: November 5, 2014


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  14. “Abstracting and Indexing,” Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS), accessed November 15, 2016, http://www.utpjournals.com/Canadian-Journal-of-Information-and-Library-Science.html
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