Library and Information Research (LIR)

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication Analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Library and Information Research</em> <strong>ISSN</strong>: 1756-1086 (Online)[1. <em>Library and Information Research, </em>Library and Information Research Group, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 24, 2018, <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167</a>] <strong>Website:</strong> <a title="Library and Information Research" href="http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> "LIR has the following objectives: - To provide an overview of LIS research activity and developments worldwide; - To publish research in such a way that it is accessible to, and usable by, the LIS community; - To publish LIS research (including informal or in-house research) by practitioners; - To publish practical case studies that illustrate best practice; - To encourage reflective and evidence-based practice; - To publish papers resulting from LIRG annual awards and prizes; - To promote the use and understanding of quality research methods; - To raise awareness of new tools, books and funding opportunities for research; - To comment, and provide a forum for comment, on the state of LIS research. LIR's strap line is Research Into Practice in Information and Library Services (RIPILS). Any contributions falling within this remit and meeting one or more of the objectives specified above are welcome."[2. "Focus and Scope," Library and Information Research Group, accessed February 24, 2018, <a title="Library and Information Research Editorial Policies" href="http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] <strong>Target audience:</strong> This publication is written by and for members of the Library and Information Research Group, as well as all parties interested in current research topics in library and information science.[3. "Focus and Scope," Library and Information Research Group, accessed February 24, 2018, <a title="Library and Information Research Editorial Policies" href="http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] <strong>Publisher:</strong> <a href="https://www.cilip.org.uk/members/group_content_view.asp?group=201305&amp;id=692056" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Library and Information Research Group</a>, a <a href="http://www.cilip.org.uk" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Special Interest Group of CILIP</a>.[4. Diane M. Rasmussen Pennington, email message to author, February 28, 2018] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Only refereed research articles are peer-reviewed.[5. "Peer Review Process," Library and Information Research Group, accessed February 24, 2018, <a href="http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#peerReviewProcess" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#peerReviewProcess</a>] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS scholarly.[6. <em>Library and Information Research, </em>Library and Information Research Group, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 24, 2018, <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167</a>] Although most manuscripts submitted to the journal are not peer-reviewed, all submissions involve LIS research of some type.[7. "Focus and Scope," Library and Information Research Group, accessed February 24, 2018, <a href="http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] <strong>Medium or mode of distribution:</strong> Online only.[8. <em>Library and Information Research, </em>Library and Information Research Group, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 24, 2018, <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167</a>] <strong>Content:</strong> The journal covers a wide variety of research topics, including the values and ethics within librarianship, institutional ethnography, qualitative research in LIS, etc.[9. Judith Broady-Preston, ed., "Table of Contents." Entire issue, <em>Library and Information Research </em>41, no. 125 (2017).] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Three times a year. [10. <em>Library and Information Research, </em>Library and Information Research Group, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 24, 2018, <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines: </strong><a title="Library and Information Research Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/submissions#authorGuidelines" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/submissions#authorGuidelines</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> Refereed research articles, opinion pieces, case studies, book reviews, reports on conferences, etc.[11. "Section Policies," Library and Information Research Group, accessed February 24, 2018, <a href="http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#sectionPolicies" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#sectionPolicies</a>] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong>Length depends on the type of submission, although the maximum word count for any submission is 7,000 words. Manuscripts should be formatted according to a template available at the "Author Guidelines" <a href="http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/submissions#authorGuidelines">page</a>.[12. "Author Guidelines, Library and Information Research Group, accessed February 24, 2018, <a href="http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/submissions#authorGuidelines" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/submissions#authorGuidelines</a>] Free registration is required for authors who wish to submit articles for consideration.[13. "Online Submissions" Library and Information Research Group, accessed February 24, 2018, <a href="http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions</a>] All manuscripts must be unpublished and submitted in Microsoft Word or RTF format.[14. "Submission Preparation Checklist," Library and Information Research Group, accessed February 24, 2018, <a href="http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/submissions#authorGuidelines" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/submissions#authorGuidelines</a>] As for the review process, refereed research articles are reviewed by a minimum of two double-blind peer reviewers.[15. "Author Guidelines," Library and Information Research Group, accessed February 24, 2018, <a href="http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/submissions#authorGuidelines" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/submissions#authorGuidelines</a>] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> Formal, scholarly, very technical.[16. <em>Library and Information Research, </em>Library and Information Research Group, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 27, 2018, <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167</a>] <strong>Style guide used:</strong> APA-style references.[17. "Attribution Policy," Library and Information Research Group, accessed February 27, 2018, <a href="http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#custom-0" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#custom-0</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> <em>Library and Information Research </em>is an excellent publication for LIS researchers, including students. Graduate students who have taken a research methods course, for instance, could adapt one of their papers to meet the journal's standards. Additionally, as an open-source journal, <em>Library and Information Research</em> has the potential to reach a large audience. Its status as a "research into practice"[18. "Focus and Scope," Library and Information Research Group, accessed February 27, 2018, <a title="Library and Information Research Editorial Policies" href="http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] journal allows authors to present both new information and future possibilities through long and short articles. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> The publication is an open-access, online-only journal,[19. "Focus and Scope," Library and Information Research Group, accessed February 27, 2018, <a title="Library and Information Research Editorial Policies" href="http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] and thus, circulates daily. An estimate of circulation numbers is unavailable. <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> The journal is produced in the UK,[20. <em>Library and Information Research, </em>Library and Information Research Group, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 24, 2018, <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167</a>] so more likely than not, a large percentage of readers will be British. Readers will be more likely to use British English than American English.[21. <em>Library and Information Research, </em>Library and Information Research Group, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 24, 2018, <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167</a>] However, since the journal is open access[22. "Open Access Policy," Library and Information Research Group, accessed February 27, 2018, <a href="http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#openAccessPolicy" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#openAccessPolicy</a>] it's safe to assume it enjoys readership worldwide. Due to its international reach, colloquialisms and unexplained cultural references should be omitted. <strong>Reader characteristics: </strong>Readers will likely work in libraries or other research institutions in some capacity. Since <em>Library and Information Research </em>has such a strong focus on research, readers will favor objectivity over opinion, except when a piece is specifically intended to be opinion-based.[23. "Section Policies," Library and Information Research Group, accessed February 27, 2018, <a href="http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#sectionPolicies" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#sectionPolicies</a>] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> Readers must possess a high level of LIS subject matter knowledge to appreciate all the journal has to offer. Highly technical terms, e.g., phenomenography, are common, so it's safe to assume that readers have graduate or post-graduate-level knowledge.[24. Judith Broady-Preston, ed., "Table of Contents." Entire issue, <em>Library and Information Research </em>41, no. 125 (2017).] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> Readers of <em>Library and Information Research </em>will expect meticulous attention to detail and in-depth knowledge of LIS research. Although not required for publication, readers will appreciate authors with professional and scholarly experience in LIS research, as well as those who have a background in sociological issues, e.g., social equality. Additionally, readers will expect writing to be technical and free of unnecessary fluff. <strong>Last updated:</strong> February 27, 2018 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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