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

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association (JCHLA)</em> / <em>Journal de l'Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (JABSC)</em> <strong>Website:</strong> <a title="Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association" href="http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/journal/jchla" target="_blank">http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/journal/jchla</a> (French language edition at same link, click on upper right hand button "French") <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> Per their website, "<em>'The Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association (JCHLA)</em> / <em>Journal de l'Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (JABSC)</em> is a forum for the provision of increased communication among health libraries and health sciences librarians."[1. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). <em>Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association" href="http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/journal/jchla" target="_blank">http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/journal/jchla</a>] <strong>Target audience:</strong> Canadian information professionals involved with health libraries.[2. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). <em>Instructions for Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association Instructions for Authors" href="http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf" target="_blank">http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf</a>] <strong>Publisher:</strong> Canadian Health Libraries Association[3. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Canadian Health Libraries Association. Journal. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Yes.[4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Canadian Health Libraries Association. Journal. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077</a>] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS scholarly.[5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Canadian Health Libraries Association. Journal. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077</a>] <strong>Medium:</strong> Online.[6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Canadian Health Libraries Association. Journal. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077</a>] <strong>Content:</strong> Publishes research articles, case reports, reviews and opinion pieces of interest of health library professionals.[7. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). <em>Instructions for Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association Instructions for Authors" href="http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf" target="_blank">http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Triennial.[8. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). <em>Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association" href="http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/journal/jchla" target="_blank">http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/journal/jchla</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a title="JCHLA Instructions to Authors" href="http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf" target="_blank">http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> 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. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). <em>Instructions for Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association Instructions for Authors" href="http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf" target="_blank">http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf</a>] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> Manuscript submissions only accepted online via email attachment to editor. All work submitted reviewed and edited for publication. Extensive information provided in <em>JCHLA Instruction to Authors</em> pdf doc including manuscript length, construction, formatting of charts and illustrations and footnotes.[10. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). <em>Instructions for Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association Instructions for Authors" href="http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf" target="_blank">http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf</a>] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> Formal and scholarly.[11. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). <em>Instructions for Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association Instructions for Authors" href="http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf" target="_blank">http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf</a>] <strong>Style guide used:</strong> National Library of Medicine's Citing Medicine.[12. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). <em>Instructions for Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association Instructions for Authors" href="http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf" target="_blank">http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> 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. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). <em>Instructions for Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association Instructions for Authors" href="http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf" target="_blank">http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf</a>] 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. Canadian Health Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Login Canada Student Paper Prize</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Login Canada Student Paper Prize" href="http://chla-absc.ca/node/290" target="_blank">http://chla-absc.ca/node/290</a>] 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 <em>JCHLA</em>, a certificate and a cheque for $500.00."[15. Canadian Health Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Login Canada Student Paper Prize</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Login Canada Student Paper Prize" href="http://chla-absc.ca/node/290" target="_blank">http://chla-absc.ca/node/290</a>] 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. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). <em>About the journal: indexing</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association Indexing" href="http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/page/jchla/editors" target="_blank">http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/page/jchla/editors</a>] Their website offers citation figures for each article (provided by CrossRef) under the "Most Cited Articles" tab in the side menu.[17. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). <em>Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association" href="http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/journal/jchla" target="_blank">http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/journal/jchla</a>] &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> 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. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). <em>Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association" href="http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/journal/jchla" target="_blank">http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/journal/jchla</a>] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> Canada.[19. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Canadian Health Libraries Association. Journal. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077</a>] 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. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). <em>Instructions for Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association Instructions for Authors" href="http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf" target="_blank">http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf</a>] <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> 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. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). <em>Instructions for Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association Instructions for Authors" href="http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf" target="_blank">http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf</a>] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> 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. Canadian Health Libraries Association of Canada. (2014). <em>Instructions for Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association Instructions for Authors" href="http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf" target="_blank">http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/userimages/ContentEditor/1377011501166/JCHLA_Instructions_to_authors.pdf</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> 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. <strong>Last updated:</strong> November 3, 2014 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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