Information Research

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Information Research

Website: http://informationr.net/ir/

Purpose, objective, or mission: According to its website, Information Research (IR) is an “. . . open access, international, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, dedicated to making accessible the results of research across a wide range of information-related disciplines.”1

Target audience: Practitioners and scholars interested in the field of information science, management, librarianship, and information systems2

Publisher: T. D. Wilson3

Peer reviewed? Yes4

Type: LIS scholarly5

Medium: Online6

Content: Articles in the field of information science, information management, information systems, information policy, and librarianship, as well as book reviews and software reviews7

Frequency of publication: Quarterly8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://informationr.net/ir/author2.html

Types of contributions accepted: The journal accepts completed papers and working papers within the scope of the journal. It also commissions book reviews and software reviews.9

Submission and review process: All papers are submitted by registering and using this site. Papers are first reviewed by a member of the editorial team. If the paper is found to be within the scope of the journal, it is sent to be read by two referees selected for their expertise in the paper’s field.10

Editorial tone: The journal emphasizes clarity of expression and quality research. Due to the international readership of the journal, authors are required to spell out local acronyms and initials and avoid local jargon. Papers should be easy to read in order to reach all audiences.11

Style guide used: An online style guide created by the publisher is provided. For citations and references, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition is used.12

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This is a peer-reviewed electronic journal available free of charge to a wide range of readers. The journal recognizes the needs of its audience and takes this into consideration when accepting manuscripts for publication. Online availability and provides authors with a wide readership, allows them to meet tenure requirements, and to gain notice within their field. IR is indexed by the Web of Knowledge, international website tools, and is cataloged in numerous college and university online catalogs.13

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Statistics on readership are not available, but as an open access electronic journal it may be assumed that Information Research has a wide readership.14

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: IR has a world- wide readership. Out of consideration for its international audience, the editor requires that articles be clearly written in British English, free of local jargon, obscure idioms and undefined acronyms.15

Reader characteristics: The readers of Information Research consist of library and information science practitioners as well as managers in information  organizations and scholars in information science, information management, and systems. Workplaces for the readers include public and academic libraries, special libraries, business organizations, and universities. The readers share an interest in findings from research conducted in the field of information.16

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: It may be assumed that many in this group hold an MLIS or equivalent, and therefore do have knowledge of LIS subject matter. 17 The editors have degrees in communication, electronic engineering, human information behavior, information seeking behavior, and collaboration technology. Many of the readers may also be students in these areas of study.18

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

Given that this journal has a worldwide readership, potential authors should ensure that their submissions are broadly relevant in terms of subject matter and writing style, and strictly employ British English. The readers of this journal are diverse in terms of language and geographic location. The editor advises authors to stay focused on the topic on which they are writing, and to be clear and to the point. Local jargon should not be used and acronyms must be spelled out to ensure the writing appeals to a wide readership.

Last updated: May 7, 2017


References

Show 18 footnotes

  1. Information Research,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017, http://www.informationr.net/ir/
  2. “About the Journal,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/about.html#Introduction
  3. “About the Journal,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/about.html#Introduction
  4. Information Research, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405691652016/135784
  5. Information Research, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405691652016/135784
  6. Information Research, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405691652016/135784
  7. “About the Journal,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/about.html#Introduction
  8. Information Research, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405691652016/135784
  9. “About the Journal,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/about.html#Introduction
  10. “Instructions on the Submission of Papers to Information Research,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/author2.html
  11. “Instructions on the Submission of Papers to Information Research,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/author2.html
  12. “Instructions on the Submission of Papers to Information Research,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/author2.html
  13. “About the Journal,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/about.html#Introduction
  14. “About the Journal,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/about.html#Introduction
  15. “Instructions on the Submission of Papers to Information Research,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/author2.html
  16. “About the Journal,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/about.html#Introduction
  17. “About the Journal,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017, http://www.informationr.net/ir/about.html#Introduction
  18. “The Editors, Editorial Board, and Associates,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017, http://www.informationr.net/ir/editors.html
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