Library & Information History

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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Library & Information History

Website: http://www.maneyonline.com/loi/lbh

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.”1

Target audience:Library & Information History is a journal for anyone interested in the social, cultural and intellectual history of libraries and of information.”2

Publisher: Maney Publishing.3

Peer reviewed? Yes.4

Type: LIS Scholarly.5

Medium: Print and online.6

Content: “Issues include substantial articles as well as book reviews, occasional surveys of recent publications, and guides to relevant sources.”7

From the journals’ submissions flyer: “The editorial board would particularly welcome ideas or fully formed proposals for guest edited special issues on important themes in library and information history.”8

Frequency of publication: Quarterly9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.maneyonline.com/ifa/lbh

Types of contributions accepted: According to the website: “Library & Information History welcomes original submissions that match the aims and scope of the journal on the understanding that the article has not previously been published, and is not being concurrently submitted for publication elsewhere.”10

“Articles should not normally exceed 8,000 words in length. Articles must be accompanied by a short abstract (c. 150 words) summarizing the contents of their article. Articles should also be accompanied by up to 6 key words to aid search ability of the article online.”11

Submission and review process: All submissions should be sent as an email attachment in Word or Rich Text format to the relevant editor listed below12:

Submissions from researchers in North America should be sent to the North American Editor:
Dr. Melanie Kimball (Graduate School of Library and Information Science Simmons College, Boston)
Email: melanie.kimball@simmons.edu

All other contributions should be sent to the Editor:
Dr. Mark R. M. Towsey (University of Liverpool, UK)
Email: M.R.M.Towsey@liverpool.ac.uk13

All submissions will be sent to independent referees.14

Editorial tone: The only indication of tone is found in the About this Journal statement: “articles of a high academic standard”15 are expected.

Style guide used: All references should conform to the Maney Style Guide.16

Library & Information History does not use the Harvard system of citation. Please use an automatic endnoting system (found in the Maney Style Guide), if possible.17

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Although Library & Information History seems an esoteric U.K. publication, there are clear indications that it welcomes international voices on “all subjects and all periods relating to the history of libraries and librarianship and to the history of information.”18 A recent issue featured articles by authors based in Australia, Romania, and the U.S.19 For the author who has a passion for this particular field of LIS, being published in this high caliber journal would be an excellent opportunity to share expertise.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Circulation statistics are not available. According to Library & Information History advertising guidelines, this journal receives “2,000 – 3,000 pageviews per month.”20

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Although based in the U.K., this is an international journal with a global reach.21 As such, regional cultural references and language should be kept to a minimum.

Reader characteristics: While the readers’ jobs, workplaces and level of education may vary, they will share an interest in the history of libraries and information. As this is a high level academic journal22, readers will most likely have post-secondary degrees in Library Science.

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers will expect a high caliber piece of writing in this journal. Their knowledge of LIS terminology will be high, yet as this journal offers an eclectic range of topics23, readers will probably not be knowledgeable about the particular historical subject of every article.

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

A review of this journal calls it “a little gem for library history buffs.”24 Readers will have a passion for the specialized area of this journal and will appreciate a thoroughly researched and scholarly paper. Because of the international flavor of this publication, paired with its diverse range of topics, any author with an academic interest in a particular historical topic would reach a wide and interested audience.

Last updated: July 8, 2015


References

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  1. Maney Publishing. (2015). Home. Library & Information History. Retrieved from http://www.maneyonline.com/loi/lbh
  2. Maney Publishing. (2015). Home. Library & Information History. Retrieved from http://www.maneyonline.com/loi/lbh
  3. ProQuest. (2015). Library & Information History. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436387209839/38434
  4. ProQuest. (2015). Library & Information History. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436387209839/38434
  5. ProQuest. (2015). Library & Information History. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436387209839/38434
  6. ProQuest. (2015). Library & Information History. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436387209839/38434
  7. Maney Publishing. (2015). Home. Library & Information History. Retrieved from http://www.maneyonline.com/loi/lbh
  8. Maney Publishing. (2015). Submissions flyer. Library & Information History. Retrieved from http://www.maneyonline.com/pb/assets/raw/history/LBH_postcard.pdf
  9. ProQuest. (2015). Library & Information History. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436387209839/38434
  10. Maney Publishing. (2015). Instructions for Authors. Library & Information History. Retrieved from http://www.maneyonline.com/ifa/lbh
  11. Maney Publishing. (2015). Instructions for Authors. Library & Information History. Retrieved from http://www.maneyonline.com/ifa/lbh
  12. Maney Publishing. (2015). Instructions for Authors. Library & Information History. Retrieved from http://www.maneyonline.com/ifa/lbh
  13. Maney Publishing. (2015). Instructions for Authors. Library & Information History. Retrieved from http://www.maneyonline.com/ifa/lbh
  14. Maney Publishing. (2015). Instructions for Authors. Library & Information History. Retrieved from http://www.maneyonline.com/ifa/lbh
  15. Maney Publishing. (2015). Home. Library & Information History. Retrieved from http://www.maneyonline.com/loi/lbh
  16. Maney Publishing. (2015). Instructions for Authors. Library & Information History. Retrieved from http://www.maneyonline.com/ifa/lbh
  17. Maney Publishing. (2015). Instructions for Authors. Library & Information History. Retrieved from http://www.maneyonline.com/ifa/lbh
  18. Maney Publishing. (2015). Home. Library & Information History. Retrieved from http://www.maneyonline.com/loi/lbh
  19. Maney Publishing. (2015). Volume 31, Issue 1. Library & Information History. Retrieved from http://www.maneyonline.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/toc/lbh/31/1
  20. Maney Publishing. (2015). Online advertising. Library & Information History. Retrieved from http://www.maneyonline.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/advertising/r4
  21. Maney Publishing. (2015). Home. Library & Information History. Retrieved from http://www.maneyonline.com/loi/lbh
  22. ProQuest. (2015). Library & Information History. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436387209839/38434
  23. ProQuest. (2015). Library & Information History. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436387209839/38434
  24. ProQuest. (2015). Library & Information History. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436387209839/38434
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