Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association (JCHLA/JABSC)

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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association (JCHLA) / Journal de l’Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (JABSC)

Website: http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/journal/jchla (French language edition at same link, click on upper right hand button “French”)

Purpose, objective, or mission: Per their website, “‘The Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association (JCHLA) / Journal de l’Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (JABSC) is a forum for the provision of increased communication among health libraries and health sciences librarians.”1

Target audience: Canadian information professionals involved with health libraries.2

Publisher: Canadian Health Libraries Association3

Peer reviewed? Yes.4

Type: LIS scholarly.5

Medium: Online.6

Content: Publishes research articles, case reports, reviews and opinion pieces of interest of health library professionals.7

Frequency of publication: Triennial.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf

Types of contributions accepted: Publishes research articles, case reports, program descriptions, reviews and opinion pieces, of interest to health library professionals, such as traditional LIS topics of funding, access and technology, as well as topics specific health libraries field such as consumer health information services, primary health care reform and implications of electronic health records.9

Submission and review process: Manuscript submissions only accepted online via email attachment to editor. All work submitted reviewed and edited for publication. Extensive information provided in JCHLA Instruction to Authors pdf doc including manuscript length, construction, formatting of charts and illustrations and footnotes.10

Editorial tone: Formal and scholarly.11

Style guide used: National Library of Medicine’s Citing Medicine.12

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Authors interested in establishing themselves in the LIS field in Canada or health libraries and are skilled in producing solid research papers would find opportunities at this publication. This publication is aimed at Canadian information professionals in the health libraries field, but there is no mention of authors being exclusively Canadian or practicing in Canada. (The only exception is the JCHLA membership requirement for the Student Paper Prize detailed below.) The publication accepts submissions in either English or French, but the editors will not provide translations.13

The journal offers an annual competition, Login Canada Student Paper Prize. “Currently enrolled students in accredited master’€™s programs in library science or library technician programs are eligible to enter the competition. Personal or Institutional membership in the Canadian Health Libraries Association is required.”14 Per their website, “The Login Canada Student Paper Prize is awarded annually to the library and information science or library technician student who submits the best unpublished paper on health sciences librarianship to the competition. Research papers, program descriptions and review articles are eligible for the prize…The Login Canada Student Paper Prize includes publication in JCHLA, a certificate and a cheque for $500.00.”15

Per their site, this publication “is indexed in Library and Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA) and Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL). JCHLA is also indexed in Informed Librarian Online.”16 Their website offers citation figures for each article (provided by CrossRef) under the “Most Cited Articles” tab in the side menu.17

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Circulation not available. Journal is benefit of membership in Canadian Health Libraries Association / Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada, but is also open access online.18

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Canada.19 Publication is bilingual, accepts submissions in either English or French, however authors outside of Canada will need to be able to write using Canadian English and be aware of the spelling variations. Also, while the relevance of many LIS topics span North America, even the world, consideration needs to be given to ensure the submission is relevant specifically to information professionals working in Canadian health libraries.20

Reader characteristics: The association and publication do not provide any description of the readers other than they are professionals in the “health sciences library field.” Due to the specificity of the publication one could assume that the reader has a keen interest in the details of their field, a desire to improve their work and the reputation of their profession. Readers are interested in providing accurate health services information and comfortable with the technology in use to provide health library services. It would be safe assume the majority of the readers are employed in health science libraries. Readers, given the specific focus of this publication, would have limited interest in general LIS topics or work considering LIS issues only relevant to readers in the United States.21

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Since the membership, the readers, of this publication are called professional librarians and, a librarian in Canada as in the United States, needs to hold a Master’s level degree in library science, it is safe to assume that readers have a basic understanding of LIS subject matter.22

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

The readers, as professional librarians working in health libraries, interested in increasing their knowledge and promoting the field of health science libraries, will expect to find well-researched, informative articles that will support them in their work. As a Canadian publication, readers will expect authors to demonstrate their understanding of the Canadian workplace culture and knowledge of the government’s role in their work. Authors hoping to be published in this publication would be well served by reading the publication and the author guidelines to ensure they understand the expectations of the editors and readers.

Last updated: November 3, 2014


References

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  1. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association. Retrieved from http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/journal/jchla
  2. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf
  3. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Canadian Health Libraries Association. Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Canadian Health Libraries Association. Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Canadian Health Libraries Association. Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Canadian Health Libraries Association. Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077
  7. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf
  8. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association. Retrieved from http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/journal/jchla
  9. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf
  10. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf
  11. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf
  12. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf
  13. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf
  14. Canadian Health Libraries Association. (2014). Login Canada Student Paper Prize. Retrieved from http://chla-absc.ca/node/290
  15. Canadian Health Libraries Association. (2014). Login Canada Student Paper Prize. Retrieved from http://chla-absc.ca/node/290
  16. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). About the journal: indexing. Retrieved from http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/page/jchla/editors
  17. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association. Retrieved from http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/journal/jchla
  18. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association. Retrieved from http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/journal/jchla
  19. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Canadian Health Libraries Association. Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077
  20. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf
  21. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf
  22. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf
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