Library & Information History

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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Library & Information History

ISSN: 1758-3489 (Print) and 1758-3497 (Online)1

Purpose, objective, or mission: To publish articles on “all subjects and all periods relating to the history of libraries and librarianship and to the history of information, in its broadest sense.”2

Website: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/ylbh20

Target audience:Library & Information History is a journal for anyone interested in the social, cultural and intellectual history of libraries and of information.”3

Publisher: Routledge.4

Peer reviewed? Yes.5

Type: LIS Scholarly.6

Medium: Print and online.7

Content: Subject matter varies widely and includes topics such as the Nazi looting of European libraries, the history of archiving, how Rome’s history informs the French revolution, etc., as well as more current topics like preserving information in today’s digitized world.8

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.tandfonline.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ylbh20&page=instructions

Types of contributions accepted: According to the journal’s website: “Issues include substantial articles as well as book reviews, occasional surveys of recent publications, and guides to relevant sources.”10

Submission and review process: All submissions should be formatted according to a template available on the “Instructions for Authors” page and should be no more than 8,000 words. Six keywords should be included with each manuscript for purposes of search engine optimization. Manuscripts can be submitted in Word, LaTeX, or any other standard format and emailed to melanie.kimball@simmons.edu or p.reid@rgu.ac.uk.11

As for the review process, all manuscripts are subject to a standard double-blind peer review, in keeping with the journal’s standards for academic integrity.12

Editorial tone: Although the journal’s title suggests a neutral tone, some articles, such as “See the Movie, Read the Book! Cleveland Public Library’s Bookmarks Programme, 1923–1972” take an enthusiastic tone towards their subject matter, with descriptions like “hugely influential” and “fascinating.”13 This enthusiastic tone, however, does not in any way, shape, or form detract from the meticulous research of each article. Instead, this tone makes for a more engaging reading experience than, say, an article from a history textbook.

Style guide used: The journal asks authors to use consistently use any standard spelling throughout a manuscript, as well as single quotation marks except for  where ‘a quotation is “within” a quotation’. Lastly, the journal notes that lengthy quotes are indented without quotations marks.14 For further guidance, please see these layout guidelines.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Library & Information History is an excellent choice for authors with extensive knowledge of the history of libraries, as well as the ways our current information practices shape the “future of history.”15 When viewed through this unique “future of history” lens, the options available to authors are even broader than the journal’s title suggests. As for authors strictly interested in the history of libraries, this journal is simply incomparable.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Circulation statistics are not available.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Although based in the U.K., Library & Information History is an international journal with a global reach.16 As such, regional cultural references and language should be kept to a minimum.

Reader characteristics: While readers’ jobs, workplaces, and level of education may vary, they share an interest in the history of libraries and information. Since Library & Information History is a high-level academic journal17, readers will most likely have post-secondary degrees in Library Science.

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: The bulk of this journal’s readers are likely to be historians (amateur or professional) of library and information science. Also, due to the journal’s scholarly nature, knowledge of LIS subject matter amongst readers is likely quite high.18

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

In keeping with the tone of the journal, readers are likely to be enthusiastic LIS history buffs and will appreciate a thoroughly researched scholarly paper. Due to the international flavor of this publication, readers are likely to be open-minded and interested in a variety of other cultures. Authors with a passion for LIS history will find a diverse audience for their ideas here.19

Last updated: February 24, 2018


References

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  5.  Library & Information History, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 23, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1519443448289/38434
  6. Library & Information History, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 23, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1519443448289/38434
  7. Library & Information History, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 23, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1519443448289/38434
  8.  Library & Information History, Taylor and Francis Group, accessed February 23, 2018, http://www.tandfonline.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/toc/ylbh20/current
  9.  Library & Information History, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 23, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1519443448289/38434
  10.  “Aims and Scope,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed February 23, 2018, http://www.tandfonline.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=ylbh20
  11. “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed February 24, 2018, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ylbh20&page=instructions
  12.  “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed February 24, 2018, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ylbh20&page=instructions
  13. Karen F. Gracy, “See the Movie, Read the Book! Cleveland Public Library’s
    Bookmarks Programme, 1923–1972,” Library & Information History 33, no. 4 (2017): 236.
  14. “Style Guidelines,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed February 24, 2018, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ylbh20&page=instructions#Style_guidelines
  15. Lena Roland and David Bawden, “The Future of History: Investigating the Preservation of Information in the Digital Age,” Library & Information History, 28, no. 3 (2012): 220.
  16. “Aims and Scope,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed February 24, 2018, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=ylbh20
  17. Library & Information History, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 23, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1519443448289/38434
  18.  Library & Information History, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 23, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1519443448289/38434
  19.  “Aims and Scope,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed February 23, 2018, http://www.tandfonline.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=ylbh20
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