Journal of Information Architecture

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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Journal of Information Architecture

Website: http://journalofia.org/

Purpose, objective, or mission: The Journal of Information Architecture states that “€œits aim is to facilitate the systematic development of the scientific body of knowledge in the field of information architecture.”1

Target audience: The journal primarily targets researchers, practitioners, students, and educators in the field of information architecture.2

Publisher: The journal is published through the Research and Education Group in Information Architecture (REG-iA).3

Peer reviewed? Yes4

Type: Computers–computer architecture, scholarly5

Medium: Online6

Content: According to the journal’€™s website, “The Journal’s €œfocus is on information architecture research and development in all types of shared information environments, such as for example social networks, web sites, intranets, mobile, and Rich Internet Applications, from different perspectives, such as for example technical, cultural, social, and communicational.”7

Frequency of publication: Semi-annually8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://journalofia.org/cfp/.

Types of contributions accepted: According to the journal’€™s website, “The journal publishes original papers; original research already published by other journals, but rewritten with a clearer focus on information architecture or for the purpose of demonstrating its relevance to information architecture; systematic bibliographies and recognition works in the field of information architecture; useful case studies; students’ papers on information architecture-related projects.”9

Submission and review process: Submissions will undergo a blind, peer-reviewed process. Specific submission guidelines are currently being reviewed for publication. Check the journal’™s website for current guidelines.10

Editorial tone: Scholarly11

Style guide used: Questions about length, format, and style may be addressed to the editor.12

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

The Journal of Information Architecture provides an excellent forum for LIS authors interested in the information architecture field. Browsing through some of the titles, the journal does publish the traditional scholarly studies and articles, and also publishes articles which appear to be in the essay format. The journal also specifically points out that previously published work could be modified in such a way to provide “€œa clearer focus on information architecture or for the purpose of demonstrating relevance to information architecture.”13 This aspect could be appealing to already published authors who could re-work publications with an increased focus on information architecture. The journal’€™s website also provides a list of suggested topics which could be helpful in determining whether you have an interest in publication and/or whether an existing work fits within the journal’s focused areas.14

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Circulation data is not provided, but the publication is freely available online.15

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Published in English in Denmark, but the scope is international.16

Reader characteristics: The journal does not provide information about individual characteristics of the readers. However, according to the website, the journal’s focus is to create “€œa forum for new research and sharing of good ideas and case studies that are useful to the field’€™s researchers, practitioners, students, and other interested parties.”17 The audience consists of professionals, students, and educators interested in shared information environments,18 such as social networks, websites, intranets, mobile, and Rich Internet Applications.19

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: While the journal does not specifically focus on the LIS field, information architecture is prevalent within LIS. Authors should be cognizant of the likelihood that the journal’€™s readers may not have specific knowledge of LIS jargon. However, the audience will likely have some background in this area so technical language specific to this field need not be wholly abandoned.20

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

The Journal of Information Architecture is appealing to potential LIS authors due to the diversity of its audience. With the first issue having appeared in 2009, the journal may not have the name recognition of some other longer-established journals. However, the information architecture field continues to grow, and the journal provides a unique forum for this area within the LIS discipline.

Last updated: May 15, 2017


References

Show 20 footnotes

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  2. “About the Journal,” Research and Education Group in IA, accessed May 15, 2017, http://journalofia.org/about/
  3. Journal of Information Architecture. (2013). About the Journal. Retrieved from http://journalofia.org/about/
  4. Journal of Information Architecture, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405036775282/694365
  5. Journal of Information Architecture, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017,  http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405036775282/694365
  6. Journal of Information Architecture, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405036775282/694365
  7. “Focus and Scope,” Research and Education Group in IA, accessed May 15, 2017, http://journalofia.org/focus/
  8. Journal of Information Architecture, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405036775282/694365
  9. “Open Call for Papers,” Research and Education Group in IA, accessed May 15, 2017, http://journalofia.org/cfp/
  10. “Open Call for Papers,” Research and Education Group in IA, accessed May 15, 2017, http://journalofia.org/cfp/
  11. “Open Call for Papers,” Research and Education Group in IA, accessed May 15, 2017, http://journalofia.org/cfp/
  12. “Open Call for Papers,” Research and Education Group in IA, accessed May 15, 2017, http://journalofia.org/cfp/
  13. “Open Call for Papers,” Research and Education Group in IA, accessed May 15, 2017, http://journalofia.org/cfp/
  14. “Open Call for Papers,” Research and Education Group in IA, accessed May 15, 2017, http://journalofia.org/cfp/
  15. “Current Issue,” Research and Education Group in IA, accessed May 15, 2017, http://journalofia.org/
  16. Journal of Information Architecture, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405036775282/694365
  17. “About the Journal,” Research and Education Group in IA, accessed May 15, 2017, http://journalofia.org/about/
  18. “About the Journal,” Research and Education Group in IA, accessed May 15, 2017, http://journalofia.org/about/
  19. “Focus and Scope,” Research and Education Group in IA, accessed May 15, 2017, http://journalofia.org/focus/
  20. “Focus and Scope,” Research and Education Group in IA, accessed May 15, 2017, http://journalofia.org/focus/
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