Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA)

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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA)

Website: https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla

Purpose, objective, or mission: According to the journal’€™s website: “The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal that seeks to advance the practice and research knowledgebase of health sciences librarianship.”1

Target audience: Instructors, practitioners, and students interested in the practice and research knowledgebase of health sciences librarianship.2

Publisher: Medical Library Association.3

Peer reviewed? Yes.4

Type: LIS scholarly.5

Medium: Print and online.6

Content: According to the journal’€™s website, the JMLA “€œwelcomes the submission of any original manuscript that seeks to improve the practice of health sciences librarianship or information provision in health or biological sciences or articulates developments and history of the profession and related fields. The JMLA also welcomes manuscripts that extend the knowledgebase through research in the organization, delivery, use, and impact of information on health care, biomedical research, and health professionals’ education.”7

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html

Types of contributions accepted: The journal accepts submissions of original works which may fall under one of several categories of the journal including full-length papers, case studies, systematic reviews, research reports, comment and opinion, and letters to the editor.9

Submission and review process: The journal provides a detailed, in-depth overview of the submission and review process at the aforementioned website. Each of the categories has different requirements or guidelines for authors to follow concerning length and format, among other criteria.10

JMLA uses a double-blind peer review process where a minimum of three members of the editorial board (or subject experts chosen by the editor) review the submitted manuscript. Submissions are treated as confidential and authors are asked to review their material for relevance, originality, contribution to the knowledge-base of the field, and importance to the aims of the JMLA.11

Editorial tone: Overall editorial tone appears to be viewpoint neutral, though adherence to formatting guidelines is highly stressed. Manuscript should be well-written and for an academic audience.12

Style guide used: Conforms to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journal, or Vancouver Style (http://www.icmje.org/). Authors should also reference The Chicago Manual of Style (sixteenth edition).  and the National Library of Medicine’€™s Citing Medicine (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256/), among other authoritative resources.13

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

The JMLA is arguably the premier journal for medical librarianship. This specialty journal carries prestige within the specialty area of health sciences. Potential LIS authors will find this journal as an attractive avenue for publication given the subject matter is relevant, original, and contributes to the knowledge-base of the field. Authors unfamiliar with the journal should review current and archived articles to become more familiar with the format and style.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: International.14 Exact circulation numbers unavailable.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: International,15 although the journal is based in the US.16 Published in English.17

Reader characteristics: Readership is limited to members of the Medical Library Association (MLA), which presumes a high interest in and knowledge of medical librarianship.18 Readers will likely consist of professionals in the medical librarianship field. Instructors and students will also have a presence among readers.19

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers of the journal will likely have a background in LIS with specific knowledge associated with medical LIS field.20

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

The audience for JMLA is interested in substantive discourses related to the health sciences field. Readers will have specialized knowledge within this field and have high levels of technical knowledge. Potential LIS authors should have specialized technical knowledge within the health sciences with potential submissions having relevant, original, and important impact.

Last updated: November 3, 2014


References

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  2. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla
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  7. Medical Library Association. (2014). Information for JMLA Authors and Reviewers. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/author_reviewer_info.html
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  9. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA Instructions to Authors. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html
  10. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA Instructions to Authors. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html
  11. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA Instructions to Authors. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html
  12. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA Instructions to Authors. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html
  13. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA Instructions to Authors. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html
  14. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA Instructions to Authors. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html
  15. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA Instructions to Authors. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html
  16. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Library Association. Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383
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  18. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla
  19. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA Instructions to Authors. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html
  20. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA Instructions to Authors. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html
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