Library and Information Research (LIR)

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Publication Analysis


About the publication

Title: Library and Information Research

Website: http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir

Purpose, objective, or mission: Among others, this publication’s goals are to “encourage reporting of research by practitioners” and to “raise awareness of new tools, books, and funding opportunities for research.”1 The majority of information is centered in the UK and Ireland.2

Target audience: This publication is written by and for members of the Library and Information Research Group and all parties interested in current research topics in library and information science.3

Publisher: Library and Information Research Group4

Peer reviewed? Both. “Refereed research papers” are peer reviewed, while other research articles and other types of writing are not peer reviewed.5

Type: LIS scholarly.6 Both peer-reviewed and research articles are submitted for publication and all are connected to the LIS world.7

Medium or mode of distribution: Online only.8

Content: The journal consists of research articles ranging from 2000-7000 words, editorials, reports, and book reviews.9

Frequency of publication: This journal is published three times a year,10 in spring, summer and winter issues.11

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: All sections of LIR are open to submission except for editorials.12 Submission guidelines may be found at http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/submissions#authorGuidelines.

Types of contributions accepted: Journal articles (for both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed sections) are accepted for submission, as well as reports on events and conferences and book reviews.13

Submission and review process: Deadlines are set for authors who have preferred issues in which they might wish to publish. Free registration is required for authors who wish to submit and review.14 Authors are asked to follow the submission guidelines before submitting their article to ensure it meets the journal’s standards.15

Editorial tone: Formal and very technical. According to the guidelines “All authors are encouraged to conclude their paper with a section describing the practical applications of their research, i.e., answering the “so what?” question. What effect should your work have on the LIS practitioner or the research community? Is there anything the community should be doing differently as a result of your research? Have you identified areas for future research? If so, please state them here.”16

Style guide used: Harvard-style references. Examples are given in the guidelines.17

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Library and Information Research has a great deal of potential for LIS researchers and authors. As an open-source journal, it allows for a great number of readers. Its scope as a “research into practice”18 journal presents both new information and future possibilities through long and short articles, as well as links to other resources, including new books. Both student readers and authors can benefit from this type of publication while in the prime of their research.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: The publication is an open-access, online-only journal,19 and thus circulation increases daily. The editor could not be contacted in order to discern daily or overall hits to the LIR or Library and Information Research Group sites.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The journal is produced in the  UK,20 so it is probable that the majority of readers and writers can be found there, but as LIR is an open-access journal,21 readers can be found across the globe. Readers will be more likely to use British English than American English.22 Most readers, however, will be able to understand both. Due to the nature of the writings, colloquialisms and unexplained cultural references are not expected.

Reader characteristics: The majority of the readers will be interested in the LIS field and likely work in libraries or other research institutions in some capacity. The majority of the articles and papers written for this publication are from an objective viewpoint, and should not present strong biases. However, the idea of “research into practice” is very strong in all aspects of the journal, and thus a forward view of research and its possibilities should be present.23

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers will often be students and scholars in the LIS field. LIS jargon, unless decidedly specialized, should not have to be explained in depth.24

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

The most important aspect of this journal that one must consider when writing is its impartiality to opinion. The editors of this publication believe strongly in research and the presentation of that research. It may be assumed that, particularly when reading the refereed papers, the readers, your peers, will feel the same. Even when writing a book review, writing should be straightforward and technical in its appearance. Writings on action, historical, evaluation and any other type of research should be understandable for your peers.

While this journal, as web-born, does not likely have an extensive readership, it is still a useful place to present research and ideas to your peers and have them in turn present theirs to you. As an American LIS writer presenting an American understanding to a majority-UK audience, new ideas may be formed from intercontinental collaboration.

Last updated: November 3, 2014


References

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  1. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
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  15. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Submissions. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  16. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  17. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Submissions. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  18. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  19. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
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  21. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  22. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library and Information Research. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167
  23. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  24. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
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