Journal of Library Innovation

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Per the Journal of Library Innovation (JOLI) website, “The editors of JOLI ceased publication of the journal following the publication of the fall 2015 issue. Articles will remain discoverable and available as PDFs through aggregated databases, and the site will be available for an undetermined time.”

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Journal of Library Innovation

Website: http://www.libraryinnovation.org/

Purpose, objective, or mission: “[The journal’s] mission is to disseminate research and information on innovative practice in libraries of all types.”1

Target audience: Librarians in all types of libraries.2

Publisher: Journal of Library Innovation.3

Peer reviewed? Yes.4 Articles that appear in the “Featured Article”€ and “€œInnovative Practice”€ sections are peer reviewed. In some cases, invited submission may undergo editorial revision but not peer review. Book reviews and editorials are not peer reviewed.5

Type: LIS scholarly.6JOLI is an open access journal. Authors retain the copyright to their work under the terms of the following Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 (United States).”7

Medium: Online.8

Content: Publishes “original research, literature reviews, commentaries, case studies, reports on innovative practices, and book, conference and product reviews…The journal also welcomes provocative essays that will stimulate thought on the current and future role of libraries in an Internet Age.”9

Frequency of publication: This journal premiered in 2010. It is published semi-annually.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

Types of contributions accepted: English language manuscripts for “Feature Articles” and “Innovations in Practice” sections covering topics of interest to library and information professionals committed to exploring innovative ideas and practices. Original research, literature reviews, commentaries, case studies, reports on innovative practices, and book, conference and product reviews. Articles may be theoretical, research-based, or of a practical nature. Editorials and reviews are written by invited authors.11

“Innovation in libraries can include, but is not limited to the following:

  • The discovery of unmet user needs.
  • The introduction of new services or the retooling of traditional services resulting in a better user experience.
  • Creative collaboration between libraries, or between libraries and other types of institutions, resulting in demonstrable improvements in service to users.
  • Implementing new technologies to improve and extend library service to meet user needs.
  • Explorations of the future of libraries.
  • Pilot testing unconventional ideas and services.
  • Redefining the roles of library staff to better serve users.
  • Developing processes that encourage organizational innovation.
  • Reaching out to and engaging library users and non-users in new and creative ways.
  • Creative library instruction and patron programming.
  • Finding new ways to make library collections or library facilities more useful to users.”12

Submission and review process: The editors recommend that prospective authors query before submitting work. No previously published submissions.13

Submit files in Microsoft Word or RTF files. Submissions should be double-spaced, 12-point Arial font, and employ italics rather than underlining (other than URLs). Where available, provide URLs for references provided. All illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at appropriate points, rather than at the end.14

The review process takes a minimum of six to eight weeks. Authors are notified when a decision has been made.15

The section editors and managing editors evaluate submissions to determine that the content and topic are aligned with the scope and purpose of JOLI. Submissions that clear the initial review are subject to a single-blind review process, performed by at least two referees selected by the editorial board. Once referees complete their reviews, the section editor makes a recommendation to the managing editor before the author is notified of the decision.16

Editorial tone: No stated guidelines. Upon examination of several articles, “€œFeature” articles are written in clear, scholarly language. “Innovative Practice” articles are written in professional, clear language that is less formal.

Style guide used: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th Edition (2009).17

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This young scholarly journal would be a good choice for unpublished graduate students with fresh, well-researched articles about innovative ideas, services, products, or programs in libraries. It would also be a good choice for information professionals interested in publishing articles on unconventional ideas or services implemented at their libraries.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Because this journal is not subscription-based, circulation is difficult to determine. As of 2012 there were 1,296 registered readers.18

This journal is indexed in Directory of Open Access Journals, Google Scholar, The Informed Librarian Online, Library Literature and Information Full Text, and Library Literature, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA).19

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Readership is international, but most reside in the U.S.20 This journal accepts submissions in English. Because this journal is open access and available for an international readership, avoid regionalisms and be sure references to currency and location are clear.21

Reader characteristics: Most readers are librarians and are interested in innovative, thought-provoking theory and practices that stimulate thought about the library’€™s current and future role in an Internet Age. They value independent thinking and forward-looking practices that embrace technology.22

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Because readers may be specialists in different areas within different types of libraries, technical jargon should be used moderately and terms should be explained when they are included in articles.23

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

No demographic information on readership is available at this time, but a review of selected articles indicates that readers are LIS professionals with an interest in library services, programs, and products that are exciting, different, and effective.

Last updated: November 3, 2014


References

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  1. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  2. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  3. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Journal of Library Innovation. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404955462623/686258
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Journal of Library Innovation. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404955462623/686258
  5. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Journal of Library Innovation. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404955462623/686258
  7. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  8. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Journal of Library Innovation. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404955462623/686258
  9. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  10. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Journal of Library Innovation. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404955462623/686258
  11. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Submissions. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  12. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  13. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Submissions. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  14. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Submissions. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  15. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  16. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  17. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Submissions. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  18. P. Jones, personal communication, 9 May 2013
  19. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  20. P. Jones, personal communication, 9 May 2013
  21. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Submissions. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  22. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  23. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
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