College & Research Libraries

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title</strong>: <em>College &amp; Research Libraries (C&amp;RL)</em> <strong>Website</strong>: <a title="College &amp; Research Libraries" href="http://crl.acrl.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://crl.acrl.org/</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission</strong>: <em>"</em><em>College &amp; Research Libraries (C&amp;RL)</em> is the official scholarly research journal of the Association of College &amp; Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association."[1. <em>College &amp; Research Libraries,</em> American Library Association, accessed April 1, 2017,  <a title="College &amp; Research Libraries" href="http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/about.xhtml" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/about.xhtml</a>] Its goal is to publish thoughtful, scholarly research that contributes to the dialogue in academic librarianship.[2. "Instructions for Authors," American Library Association, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="College &amp; Research Libraries Instructions for Authors" href="http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml</a>] <strong>Target audience</strong>: <em>C&amp;RL</em> is focused on academic and research librarians who are interested in keeping abreast of the latest developments in library science with a strong emphasis on original research.[3. "Instructions for Authors," American Library Association, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="College &amp; Research Libraries Instructions for Authors" href="http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml</a>] <strong>Publisher</strong>: Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)[4. <em>College and Research Libraries,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406237758571/280605" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406237758571/280605</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed</strong>? Yes[5. <em>College and Research Libraries,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406237758571/280605" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406237758571/280605</a>] <strong>Type</strong>: LIS scholarly[6.<em>College and Research Libraries,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406237758571/280605" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406237758571/280605</a>] <strong>Medium</strong>: Online, open access[7. "About College &amp; Research Libraries," American Library Association, accessed April 1, 2017, <a href="http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/about.xhtml">http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/about.xhtml</a>] <strong>Content</strong>: Each issue contains from four to six scholarly articles covering a wide range of LIS-related research topics. The journal periodically highlights these studies  through free, live, online panel discussions that include the study authors and additional experts. Along with the feature articles, the journal also carries a few in-depth LIS-related book reviews.[8. <em>College &amp; Research Libraries,</em> American Library Association, accessed April 1, 2017, <a href="http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/about.xhtml">http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/about.xhtml</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication</strong>: Bimonthly (6 times a year)[9. <em>College &amp; Research Libraries,</em> American Library Association, accessed April 1, 2017, <a href="http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/about.xhtml">http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/about.xhtml</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines</strong>: <a title="College &amp; Research Libraries Submission Guidelines" href="http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted</strong>: Any scholarly articles that an academic or research librarian would find of interest, including narratives of failed projects. The editor has the final say on whether an article is appropriate for the journal.[10. "Instructions for Authors," American Library Association, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="College &amp; Research Libraries Instructions for Authors" href="http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml</a>] <strong>Submission and review process</strong>: Articles are submitted through a web-based, automated system (link and details included in guidelines). After an initial review to confirm that manuscripts fall within the scope of the journal, the editor sends prospective articles to least two reviewers, maintaining a double-blind peer review process.[11. "Instructions for Authors," American Library Association, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="College &amp; Research Libraries Instructions for Authors" href="http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml</a>] <strong>Editorial tone</strong>: Simple prose in the active voice is preferred.[12. "Instructions for Authors," American Library Association, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="College &amp; Research Libraries Instructions for Authors" href="http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml</a>] <strong>Style guide used</strong>: <em>Chicago Manual of Style</em>, 16th edition[13. "Instructions for Authors," American Library Association, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="College &amp; Research Libraries Instructions for Authors" href="http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> <em>C&amp;RL</em> is a respected, peer-reviewed journal that is nevertheless accessible to the author who wants to produce scholarly work. The journal gives research-oriented librarians opportunities to share their work by publishing articles covering a wide variety of LIS topics, everything from relatively technical research on metasearching to more accessible articles on library benchmarking. The aspiring author who doesn't have a body of research to write about or a project to dissect might find an opportunity for publication in writing book reviews for <em>C&amp;RL</em>, a relatively easy way to be published in this journal. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation</strong>: Exact numbers are not available, but the journal is open access so wide circulation may be assumed.[14. "Instructions for Authors," American Library Association, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="College &amp; Research Libraries Instructions for Authors" href="http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml</a>] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations</strong>: <em>College &amp; Research Libraries</em> does not focus on any particular region, though it does largely concern itself with libraries in the United States.[15. <em>College and Research Libraries,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406237758571/280605" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406237758571/280605</a>] The occasional articles dealing with libraries outside the United States would be applicable to American librarianship.[16. "Current Issue and Archives," American Library Association, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="College &amp; Research Libraries" href="http://crl.acrl.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://crl.acrl.org/</a>] Articles are written in English[17. <em>College and Research Libraries,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406237758571/280605" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406237758571/280605</a>] and, due to the style of academic writing, there are not any cultural considerations that need to be addressed that would not automatically be evident in the research, beyond defining any jargon or acronyms that might be of purely local origin. It is safe to assume that the reader will have a general knowledge of librarianship, so basic concepts common throughout the profession do not need to be defined.[18. "Instructions for Authors," American Library Association, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="College &amp; Research Libraries Instructions for Authors" href="http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml</a>] <strong>Reader characteristics</strong>: As this is a scholarly journal, consideration of gender, age, etc., is not as important as in a lay publication, though it can be safe to assume that the majority of readers will be well educated and intensely interested in their own professional development and the continuing scholarly dialog that they expect to find within the pages of the journal.[19. "Instructions for Authors," American Library Association, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="College &amp; Research Libraries Instructions for Authors" href="http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml</a>] If the readership follows the demographics of librarians in the US, most will also be Caucasian, female, middle-aged, and probably in a middle or upper administrative position within their library.[20. "ALA Demographics Studies, July 2013," American Library Association, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="ALA Demographics Survey" href="http://www.ala.org/research/sites/ala.org.research/files/content/July13report.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.ala.org/research/sites/ala.org.research/files/content/July13report.pdf</a>] The academic and research librarian works in a unique environment where he or she  must meet the needs of three distinct patron groups: faculty scholars, students, and other school staff. It is safe to assume that the majority of readers will share a common professional outlook and an interest in new developments within academic and research librarianship. Most will be in management positions and some will have published their own research.[21. "Instructions for Authors," American Library Association, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="College &amp; Research Libraries Instructions for Authors" href="http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml</a>] Because the aim of this journal is to present the latest research on important contemporary issues in librarianship, the tone is objective. The journal does not seem to carry any biases except to favor well-researched writing over opinion and review pieces, though the are occasionally found within its pages. It could be assumed that the journal has a progressive bent to it as it regularly publishes articles on the newest technological trends as well as more traditional articles on patron usage and information literacy.[22. "Instructions for Authors," American Library Association, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="College &amp; Research Libraries Instructions for Authors" href="http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml</a>] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter</strong>: Because the readers are mostly well-read professionals, they will be familiar with the general jargon and acronyms of the profession. Only jargon of local or specialized usage would need to be defined, and acronyms should always be spelled out on first use.[23. "Instructions for Authors," American Library Association, accessed April 1, 2017, <a title="College &amp; Research Libraries Instructions for Authors" href="http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/author.xhtml</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> A potential author for <em>College &amp; Research Libraries</em> must keep in mind that the average reader of this journal will be very knowledgeable on the finer details of the profession and will be looking for thoughtful scholarship written in an accessible style. The C&amp;RL author is writing for professionals, usually published scholars in their own right, with high expectations. <strong>Last updated</strong>: April 1, 2017 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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