Information & Culture: A Journal of History (formerly Libraries and the Cultural Record)

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title: </strong><i>Information &amp; Culture: A Journal of History</i> The journal has gone through a number of name changes: 1966-1972, <em>Journal of Library History </em> 1972-1973, <em>Journal of Library History, Philosophy, and Comparative Librarianship </em>1973-1987, <em>Journal of Library History </em>1987-2006, <em>Libraries and Culture </em>2006-2012, <i>Libraries and the Cultural Record</i>.[1. "About," University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, <a title="About Information and Culture" href="http://www.infoculturejournal.org/about" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.infoculturejournal.org/about</a>] <strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://www.infoculturejournal.org/">http://www.infoculturejournal.org/</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> Per journal website, <em>Information &amp; Culture</em> ". . . publishes high-quality, peer reviewed articles on topics related to the history of information. The journal's scope has broadened significantly in recent years to encompass the historical study of any topic that would fall under the purview of the modern interdisciplinary schools of information . . . However, the journal honors its (50+ year) heritage by continuing to publish in the areas of library, archival, museum, conservation, and information science history."[2. <em>"Information &amp; Culture,"</em> University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, <a href="http://www.infoculturejournal.org">http://www.infoculturejournal.org</a>] <strong>Target audience:</strong> Library historians and other scholars whose interests might relate to the history of information, such as historians of computing, labor, gender, economics, business, and politics; critical theorists, and scholars of cultural studies, science, and technology[3. <em>"Information &amp; Culture,"</em> University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, <a title="About Information and Culture" href="http://www.infoculturejournal.org/about" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.infoculturejournal.org/about</a>] <strong>Publisher:</strong> University of Texas Press[4. <em>Information &amp; Culture,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 6, 2017, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Yes[5. <em>Information &amp; Culture,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 6, 2017, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581</a>] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS and history, scholarly[6. <em>Information &amp; Culture,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 6, 2017, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581</a>] <strong>Medium: </strong>Print, with online subscriptions available.[7. <em>Information &amp; Culture,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 6, 2017, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581</a>] <strong>Content:</strong> The journal website states, "In keeping with the spirit of information studies, the work is human centered and explores the interactions of people, organizations, and societies with information and technologies. Social and cultural context of information and information technology, viewed from a historical perspective, is at the heart of the journal's interests."[8. "About," University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, <a title="About Information and Culture" href="http://www.infoculturejournal.org/about" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.infoculturejournal.org/about</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication: </strong>Quarterly[9. <em>Information &amp; Culture,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 6, 2017, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a href="http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions">http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions</a><a title="Libraries and the Cultural Record Submission Guidelines" href="http://sentra.ischool.utexas.edu/~lcr/submissions/index.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> </a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> Research articles[10. "Submissions," <em>Information and Culture,</em> University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, <a href="http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions">http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions</a>] and book reviews[11. "Book Reviews," University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, <a href="http://www.infoculturejournal.org/book_reviews">http://www.infoculturejournal.org/book_reviews</a>] and book reviews Among the content requirements are that an article be primarily historical in nature, take an interpretative, not merely descriptive approach, and have a clearly stated thesis supported by appropriately cited evidence.[12. "Submissions," <em>Information and Culture,</em> University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, <a href="http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions">http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions</a>] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> Manuscripts should be submitted via email, accompanied by a cover sheet and abstract, in MS Word format. Authors are asked to provide the names of at least two potential reviewers.[15. "Submissions," <em>Information and Culture,</em> University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017,  <a href="http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions">http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions</a>] Submission includes an initial review by the editor, and, if accepted, a double blind process by at least two outside reviewers.[16. "Peer Review Process," University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, <a href="http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions/peer_review">http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions/peer_review</a>] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> Scholarly[17. <em>Information &amp; Culture,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 6, 2017, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581</a>] <strong>Style guide used:</strong> <em>Chicago Manual of Style, </em>16th Edition.[18. "Submissions," <em>Information and Culture,</em> University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, <a href="http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions/peer_review">http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions/peer_review</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> LIS authors may find that it is a bit more difficult to get articles published in this journal as the acceptance rate is less than half. However, the journal is very prestigious. The editors state that "we do not yet have enough data to make an accurate forecast of acceptance rates. For the period April 2011-March 2012 our acceptance rate was 20.5%. We anticipate that the acceptance rate will stabilize at well below 50 percent of submitted manuscripts."[19. "Peer Review Process," University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, <a href="http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions/peer_review">http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions/peer_review</a>] &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> Exact submission numbers not available. <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> Readership is worldwide. However, based on the content of the articles, most readers most likely reside in North America, South America, and Europe. In past issues, there were articles about Mexico, France, and the United States as well as a review of a book in German. This indicates the editorial board expects reader interest to be broader than merely North America.[20. "Archive," University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, <a href="http://www.infoculturejournal.org/archive">http://www.infoculturejournal.org/archive</a>] The journal publishes articles in English,[21. <em>Information &amp; Culture,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 6, 2017, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581</a>] but the topics are wide ranging and are not necessarily limited to the English-speaking world.[22. "Archive," University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, <a title="Information &amp; Culture Archives" href="http://www.infoculturejournal.org/archive" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.infoculturejournal.org/archive</a>] <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> Readers of this journal are generally scholars and professionals in a variety of fields, but especially history and library science. This publication has a broad base of support in a variety of disciplines. Articles could easily fit under history, literature, art, and political science as well as library science.[23. "About," University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, <a title="About Information and Culture" href="http://www.infoculturejournal.org/about" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.infoculturejournal.org/about</a>] The professional interests of the readers of this publication would be generally academic and scholarly. It might fit those working in all manners of libraries, museums, and archives as well as both faculty and students at academic institutions. The journal strongly follows a particular historiography, that of social and cultural history. In this sense, it is far less likely that one would find an article that is based in political history or in reconstructing grand narratives.[24. "About," University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, <a title="About Information and Culture" href="http://www.infoculturejournal.org/about" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.infoculturejournal.org/about</a>] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> Knowledge of LIS subject matter is very high when it comes to the historical aspects of the profession. Because other academics in other disciplines are actively participating in the creation and use of this journal,  knowledge of current information profession issues might not be as high as it is with other LIS-specific journals.[25. "About," University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, <a title="About Information and Culture" href="http://www.infoculturejournal.org/about" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.infoculturejournal.org/about</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> Readers of this publication are generally highly educated, scholarly, and professional. Potential authors need to be exact and precise and have expertise in the field. The journal, while overwhelmingly about library science topics, is also very rooted in historical study. The editorial staff and the readers are exacting in their quest for solid scholarship. <strong>Last updated:</strong> May 6, 2017 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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