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About the publication

Title: The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (JRLYA)

Website: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/

Purpose, objective, or mission: The official research journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association, JRLYA‘€™s purpose is to “€œenhance the development of theory, research, and practices to support young adult library services.”1€ As part of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA,€“ a subspecialty of the ALA), their mandate is part of YALSA’€™s National Research Agenda. Specifically to reach the mission’€™s goals, YALSA “Evaluates and promotes materials of interest to adolescents through special services, programs and publications, except for those materials designed specifically for curriculum use.”€2€

Target audience: “€œThe primary audience for Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults includes academics, public librarians, school library media specialists, and secondary school educators who advocate for young adults and strive to support their developmental and educational needs.”€3€

Publisher: Young Adult Library Services Association4

Peer reviewed? Yes.5

Type: LIS Scholarly.6

Medium: Online.7

Content: From the YALSA website: JRLYA “€œpromotes and publishes high quality original research concerning the informational and developmental needs of young adults; the management, implementation, and evaluation of library services for young adults; and other critical issues relevant to librarians who work with young adults.”8

Articles in the journal also include literary and cultural analysis of writing for young adults.€9€

Frequency of publication: Irregularly.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/author-guidelines/

Types of contributions accepted: Original, research-based manuscripts. From the Author Guidelines: “€œManuscripts may be based on original qualitative or quantitative research, an innovative conceptual framework, or a substantial literature review that opens new areas of inquiry and investigation.”€11€€ You may also submit manuscripts from other disciplines focused on “enriching theory, research and practice in young adult library services.”12€€

As of 2013, new editor Denise Agosto notes that: “We are still actively searching for good research manuscripts and welcome them from students and librarians as well as more seasoned researchers.”13

Submission and review process: Send the submission as an email attachment (.doc, .txt. or .rft) to editor Denise E. Agosto: yalsaresearch@gmail.com. Submissions should average between 4000-7000 words double spaced.14€€

The editor will acknowledge all submissions, and the review process generally takes 10-12 weeks. The review process includes an initial assessment by the editor: if the submission reflects the journal’€™s mission statement and is considered for inclusion, it’€™s sent to at least two reviewers for a double-blind review process, where the next step is determined. Manuscripts will either be accepted for publication; accepted pending revisions; sent back for major revisions and resubmission; rejected, or deemed not appropriate for the journal, with other journals suggested.15€€

Editorial tone: While the articles are stringently peer reviewed and of professional quality, they are extremely readable in tone; friendly, engaging, concise, while delivering excellent information to the reader.16€€

Style guide used: Chicago Manual of Style (15th Edition), for overall formatting. Random House Webster’€™s College Dictionary for spelling & usage. See the Author Guidelines for specifics.17€€

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

LIS authors with even a modicum of interest in working with young adults should take a look at this journal and consider submitting an article for publication. It is extremely helpful that, even if your paper is rejected by JRLYA, the editors will attempt to give you alternate publications to submit to.

Writing topics cover every aspect of YA/librarianship you can think of. A 2013 article discussed bi-racial identity in young adult books, with the author delving into her own ethnic and racial identity as a basis for setting the tone.18 Another was about the popular X-Men characters, focusing specifically on  X-Women’€™s sexual objectivity.19 You’€™ll find this type of article alongside a more research oriented study on South Korean adolescent immigrants,20 or issues in juvenile detention center libraries.21

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Not available.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The journal is purely online,22 and intended to reach anyone interested in YA library services and studies.23€ Written in American English,24 with references to all sorts of young adult literature and pop culture subjects.25€

Reader characteristics: JRLYA is intended for LIS researchers, faculty, students, and professional librarians interested in young adult library services.26€

Per the Author Guidelines, the journal asks authors to consider the following style points when submitting for publication:

  • Choose terms that reflect YALSA’€™s philosophy.
  • Avoid sexist language.
  • Articles should be of a scholarly, research-based nature.27€€

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Most likely very strong, but the journal doesn’€™t just cater to professionals librarians, per their website: “The scope of the journal includes all aspects of library services to young adults at every level and for all types of libraries.”28€€ So if including LIS jargon in your submission, make sure it’s explained or easily inferred within the context.

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

Esteemed authors such as Anthony Bernier, Carol C. Kuhlthau and Virginia Walter have written for and commended the efforts of JRYLA.29€€ Readers can connect through YALSA on Facebook, Twitter, various blogs and via a special wiki YALSA maintains to facilitate research and discussion on all things young adult. This is a wonderful publication, to read or write for; it is helpful and respectful of authors and takes its content very seriously, while never being dull or stuffy. A highly valued source of YA information.

Last updated: November 3, 2014


References

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  1. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). About JRLYA. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/about/
  2. American Library Association. (2014). YALSA national research ageda. Young Adult Library Services Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/yalsa/guidelines/research/researchagenda
  3. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). About JRLYA. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/about/
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404854519497/751217
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404854519497/751217
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404854519497/751217
  7. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404854519497/751217
  8. American Library Association. (2014). Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Young Adult Library Services Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/yalsa/products&publications/yalsapubs/jrlya/journal
  9. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). About JRLYA. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/about/
  10. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404854519497/751217
  11. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/author-guidelines/
  12. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/author-guidelines/
  13. D. Agosto, personal communication, 8 May 2013
  14. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/author-guidelines/
  15. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/author-guidelines/
  16. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/author-guidelines/
  17. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/author-guidelines/
  18. Gomez, S.H. (2013). This, that, both, neither: The badging of biracial identity in young adult realism. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/2013/04/this-that-both-neither-the-badging-of-biracial-identity-in-young-adult-realism/
  19. Stauffer, S.M. (2013). Taking a dip in the crazy pool: The evolution of X-Women from heroic subject to sexual object. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/2013/04/taking-a-dip-in-the-crazy-pool-the-evolution-of-x-women-from-heroic-subject-to-sexual-object/
  20. Koo, J.H. (2012). Recent South Korean immigrant adolescents’ every day life information seeking when isolated from peers: A pilot study. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/2012/09/recent-south-korean-immigrant-adolescents-everyday-life-information-seeking-when-isolated-from-peers-a-pilot-study/
  21. Austin, J. (2012). Critical issues in juvenile detention center libraries. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/2012/07/critical-issues-in-juvenile-detention-center-libraries/
  22. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404854519497/751217
  23. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). About JRLYA. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/about/
  24. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404854519497/751217
  25. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). About JRLYA. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/about/
  26. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). About JRLYA. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/about/
  27. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/author-guidelines/
  28. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). About JRLYA. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/about/
  29. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). All Volumes. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/all-volumes/
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