Journal of New Librarianship

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title</strong>: <em>Journal of New Librarianship</em> <strong>ISSN</strong>: 2471-3880 <strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://newlibs.org" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://newlibs.org</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> The <em>Journal of New Librarianship</em> editors acknowledge the "need to offer quality literature in our field in an open, independently produced journal. Beyond that, we believe that the library is meant to set an example for academia. Free and open access to information and innovation is crucial to the future of our institutions and profession. By providing an outlet that mixes both traditional and disruptive forms of scholarly and professional communication, we can change the way our profession shares and leads."[1. "About the Journal," <em>Journal of New Librarianship,</em> accessed April 16, 2018, <a href="http://www.newlibs.org/about" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.newlibs.org/about</a>.] <strong>Target audience:</strong> The <em>Journal of New Librarianship</em> aims to reach all library and information science (LIS) professionals, practitioners, scholars, teachers, and graduate students, as well as those who are interested in the LIS field. <strong>Publisher:</strong> The journal is "independently produced." It uses the Scholastic academic journal management system.[2. "About the Journal."] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Yes, blind review. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles and other content that is not peer-reviewed.[3. "For Authors," <em>Journal of New Librarianship,</em> accessed April 16, 2018, <a href="http://www.newlibs.org/for-authors" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.newlibs.org/for-authors</a>.] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS scholarly journal. <strong>Medium:</strong> Online, open access. <strong>Content:</strong> The <em>Journal of New Librarianship</em> is a new journal, first published in 2016. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles, essays, editorials, book reviews, and columns[4. "Issues," <em>Journal of New Librarianship,</em> accessed April 16, 2018, <a href="http://www.newlibs.org/issues" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.newlibs.org/issues</a>.] on all topics in the field of LIS and seeks both "traditional and disruptive" forms of communication.[5. "About the Journal."]  The Columns section publishes "short pieces on topics of timely interest to information professionals covering innovations and issues for the next generation of librarians."[6. Stephen P. Weiter, "Editor’s Note: We Proudly Offer You the Third Issue of the <em>Journal of New Librarianship</em>, <em>Journal of New Librarianship</em> 2, no. 2 (2017): 100, <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.21173/newlibs/3/1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://dx.doi.org/10.21173/newlibs/3/1</a>.] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Articles are published on a rolling basis on the website; these are collected into two issues each year.[7. Weiter, "Editor’s Note: We Proudly Offer You the Third Issue," 100.] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a href="http://www.newlibs.org/for-authors" target="_blank" rel="noopener">For Authors</a>. <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> "Submissions may include, but are not limited to: Solicited articles; Scholarly Articles; Essays; Experience and opinion pieces; Media (i.e., podcasts, video, etc) relevant to innovative practices in librarianship; Book reviews; Technology reviews; Letters to the Editor on topics relevant to the field; Data sets; Manifestos; Extended scholarship (Greater than 15,000 words); and Interviews."[8. "For Authors."] "We want lengthy treatises on intersectionality and library practice just as much as we want data analysis and recorded interviews with people doing awesome teen programming or video projects on the transformation of a library's physical space and the perceived impact. All aspects of librarianship - by any name - are within the intended scope of the journal."[9. "Policies &amp; FAQS," <em>Journal of New Librarianship</em> Blog, December 29, 2016, <a href="http://www.newlibs.org/post/55" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.newlibs.org/post/55</a>.] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> Authors are asked to submit their articles stripped of identifying information so they are ready for peer review. They ask for a cover letter that explains "the origin of the project, whether it has been presented and if so where, and affirmation of its originality, veracity, and the author’s right to include all submitted material, data, and media." Further, the cover letter should explain if the article has time constraints, for example, if it should be published immediately or during a particular conference. Finally, during the online submission process, authors are asked to list potential peer reviewers who are appropriate or those who should be avoided, and these suggestions should be explained in the cover letter. The editors ask authors to contact them with "preliminary pitches," and they "encourage ideas for content in any and all forms."[10. "For Authors."] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> The editors encourage "submissions that we have no idea how to categorize," so the tone should be appropriate to the piece: scholarly, conversational, casual, experimental, and so on.[11. "Policies &amp; FAQS."] <strong>Style guide used:</strong> <em>Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association</em> (6th edition).[12. "For Authors."] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> The <em>Journal of New Librarianship</em> is an interesting, high-quality, experimental journal that aims to set an example in academia for free and open access to information, scholarship, and ideas.[13. Stephen P. Weiter, "Editor's Note: Welcome to the <em>Journal of New Librarianship</em>" <em>Journal of New Librarianship </em>1, no. 1 (2016): 1, <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.21173/newlibs/2016/1/weiter.1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://dx.doi.org/10.21173/newlibs/2016/1/weiter.1</a>.] This is a great publication for LIS authors who want to publish traditional academic scholarship or who have novel explorations in theory or practice, timely observations, or experimental pieces, including multimedia, to contribute. LIS graduate students are encouraged to submit work and to volunteer as a part of the journal's editorial team.[14. "Policies &amp; FAQS."] This is an exciting new journal that is breaking new ground in the discipline's publishing practices. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> Data are not available. <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> This is an open-access journal that is produced in the United States. Editorial board members are from U.S. universities and libraries.[15. "Editorial Board," <em>Journal of New Librarianship,</em> accessed April 16, 2018, <a href="http://www.newlibs.org/editorial-board" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.newlibs.org/editorial-board</a>.] The journal welcomes non-English-language content and will provide translation assistance.[16. "For Authors."] <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> Readers are librarians in all types of libraries and institutions and LIS professionals, scholars, and students. <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> Readers' will have both an academic and practical knowledge and understanding of LIS subject matter. <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> Readers are members of the LIS community who are looking for novel, interesting, relevant, timely, and experimental work in the LIS field. The editors, and presumably the readers, "share a steadfast commitment to recognizing and discussing intersectionality --how social categories like race, class, and gender create overlapping and situational systems of discrimination and privilege."[17. "Policies &amp; FAQs."] Readers of this journal look for innovative models and practices in libraries and in LIS scholarship. <strong>Last updated:</strong> April 16, 2018 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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