Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA)

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA)</em> <strong>Website:</strong> <a title="Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA)" href="https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla" target="_blank">https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> According to the journal'€™s website: "The <em>Journal of the Medical Library Association</em> (<em>JMLA</em>) is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal that seeks to advance the practice and research knowledgebase of health sciences librarianship."[1. Medical Library Association. (2014). <em>JMLA</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA)" href="https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla" target="_blank">https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla</a>] <strong>Target audience:</strong> Instructors, practitioners, and students interested in the practice and research knowledgebase of health sciences librarianship.[2. Medical Library Association. (2014). <em>JMLA</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA)" href="https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla" target="_blank">https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla</a>] <strong>Publisher:</strong> Medical Library Association.[3. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Library 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/1404782616098/49383" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Yes.[4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Library 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/1404782616098/49383" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383</a>] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS scholarly.[5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Library 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/1404782616098/49383" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383</a>] <strong>Medium:</strong> Print and online.[6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Library 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/1404782616098/49383" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383</a>] <strong>Content:</strong> According to the journal'€™s website, the <em>JMLA</em> "€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 <em>JMLA</em> 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. Medical Library Association. (2014). <em>Information for JMLA Authors and Reviewers</em>. Retrieved from <a title="JMLA Information for Authors" href="https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/author_reviewer_info.html" target="_blank">https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/author_reviewer_info.html</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Quarterly.[8. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Library 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/1404782616098/49383" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a title="JMLA Instructions for Authors" href="https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html" target="_blank">https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> 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. Medical Library Association. (2014). <em>JMLA Instructions to Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="JMLA Instructions for Authors" href="https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html" target="_blank">https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html</a>] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> 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. Medical Library Association. (2014). <em>JMLA Instructions to Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="JMLA Instructions for Authors" href="https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html" target="_blank">https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html</a>] <em>JMLA</em> 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 <em>JMLA</em>.[11. Medical Library Association. (2014). <em>JMLA Instructions to Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="JMLA Instructions for Authors" href="https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html" target="_blank">https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html</a>] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> 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. Medical Library Association. (2014). <em>JMLA Instructions to Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="JMLA Instructions for Authors" href="https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html" target="_blank">https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html</a>] <strong>Style guide used:</strong> Conforms to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journal, or Vancouver Style (<a title="Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journal" href="http://www.icmje.org/" target="_blank">http://www.icmje.org/</a>). Authors should also reference <em>The Chicago Manual of Style</em> (sixteenth edition).  and the National Library of Medicine'€™s <em>Citing Medicine</em> (<a title="National Library of Medicine's Citing Medicine" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256/" target="_blank">http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256/</a>), among other authoritative resources.[13. Medical Library Association. (2014). <em>JMLA Instructions to Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="JMLA Instructions for Authors" href="https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html" target="_blank">https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> The <em>JMLA</em> 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. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> International.[14. Medical Library Association. (2014). <em>JMLA Instructions to Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="JMLA Instructions for Authors" href="https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html" target="_blank">https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html</a>] Exact circulation numbers unavailable. <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> International,[15. Medical Library Association. (2014). <em>JMLA Instructions to Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="JMLA Instructions for Authors" href="https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html" target="_blank">https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html</a>] although the journal is based in the US.[16. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Library 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/1404782616098/49383" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383</a>] Published in English.[17. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Library 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/1404782616098/49383" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383</a>] <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> Readership is limited to members of the Medical Library Association (MLA), which presumes a high interest in and knowledge of medical librarianship.[18. Medical Library Association. (2014). <em>JMLA</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA)" href="https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla" target="_blank">https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla</a>] Readers will likely consist of professionals in the medical librarianship field. Instructors and students will also have a presence among readers.[19. Medical Library Association. (2014). <em>JMLA Instructions to Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="JMLA Instructions for Authors" href="https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html" target="_blank">https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html</a>] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> Readers of the journal will likely have a background in LIS with specific knowledge associated with medical LIS field.[20. Medical Library Association. (2014). <em>JMLA Instructions to Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="JMLA Instructions for Authors" href="https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html" target="_blank">https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> The audience for <em>JMLA</em> 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. <strong>Last updated:</strong> November 3, 2014 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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