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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Library & Information Science Research

Website: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/620211/description#description

Purpose, objective, or mission: Per the website the journal “focuses on the research process in library and information science as well as research findings and, where applicable, their practical applications and significance.”1

Target audience: LIS educators and practitioners2

Publisher: Elsevier.3

Peer reviewed? Yes.4

Type: LIS scholarly.5

Medium: Print and online.6

Content: Typical issues contain one or more editorials, a number of articles, reviews of recent publications relevant to LIS researchers, and an “About the Authors” section.7

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/620211/authorinstructions

Types of contributions accepted: “The journal welcomes full-length manuscripts, research agenda, and reviews. Regular, full-length manuscripts must be of 5000-6000 words in length. Research agenda should be 3000-6000 words in length depending on research topic.”9

Submission and review process: Process is detailed in their lengthy guidelines. In general, it is a double blind peer-review and they do not accept previously published work or simultaneous submissions.10

Editorial tone: Scholarly.11

Style guide used: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.12

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

LISR is one of only a handful of journals that supports the idea that there is a scientific element to library and information science. Its thirty-year history, distinguished editorial board, and rigorous standards all add up to prestigious, making it an excellent outlet for LIS authors who are seeking tenure or trying to establish a reputation as researchers. Scholars or practitioners who have undertaken serious research projects and wish to share their methodology and findings with peers in their field should consider this publication.

Note: A substantial knowledge of both a specific subject and the LIS field in general are prerequisites for submitting to this publication, so LISR is probably not a good option for first-time authors.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Circulation information not available to public.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: LISR is an English-language publication,13 but according to Editor Peter Hernon, it is “an international journal and includes coverage from a number of countries.” Authors can assume that the readers of this publication are comfortable communicating in English, but given the journal’s global coverage they should be careful not to use regionalisms or make cultural references that international readers might not understand.14

Reader characteristics: No information on the individual characteristics for this specific publication was available. Given the scholarly nature of the journal, it is reasonable to assume that demographic information for the readers of LISR would closely resemble that of librarians working for libraries in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). According to ARL’s Annual Salary Survey for 2012/2013, 63% of the librarians working for ARL libraries are female, while the remaining 37% are male. 26% of these libraries (of both genders) have less than 8 years of experience, 35% have 9-20 years of experience, and the remaining 39% have more than 20 years of experience.15 Given the scholarly nature of this publication, it is reasonable to assume that the majority of the people who read LISR are librarians working in an academic environment. This is a research-based publication, so it’s likely that most of the readers have a favorable opinion of work that is based on quantifiable evidence. Authors should be careful to demonstrate that their conclusions are based on sound research by discussing their methodology at length.16

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: The majority of the readers of this publication are likely to have a substantial knowledge of LIS subject matter, specifically of issues relating to academic libraries.17

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

This is a scholarly journal, so an academic tone is appropriate. Assuming a large amount of overlap between the demographics of the readership of LISR and the librarians employed by ARL libraries, this journal is read by experienced librarians working in academic libraries; presumably, though, librarians who work in other settings read LISR as well, so while familiarity with LIS topics and terminology can be assumed, familiarity with topics and terminology specific to academic libraries cannot. The nature of the publication suggests a bias on the part of its readers in favor of quantifiable research; authors should be careful to explain not only their conclusions, but also their methodology.

Last updated: November 3, 2014


References

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  7. Elsevier B.V. (2014). Library & Information Science Research Open Access Articles. ScienceDirect. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/07408188
  8. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library & Information Science Research. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404429139063/82754
  9. Elsevier B.V. (2014). Guide for Authors. Retrieved from www.elsevier.com/journals/library-and-information-science-research/0740-8188/guide-for-authors
  10. Elsevier B.V. (2014). Guide for Authors. Retrieved from www.elsevier.com/journals/library-and-information-science-research/0740-8188/guide-for-authors
  11. Elsevier B.V. (2014). Guide for Authors. Retrieved from www.elsevier.com/journals/library-and-information-science-research/0740-8188/guide-for-authors
  12. Elsevier B.V. (2014). Guide for Authors. Retrieved from www.elsevier.com/journals/library-and-information-science-research/0740-8188/guide-for-authors
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  14. P. Hernon, personal communication, 28 September 2008
  15. Association of Research Libraries. (2014). Salary Survey. Retrieved from http://www.arl.org/component/taxonomy/term/summary/49/88#.U7Xp8bGdROg
  16. Elsevier B.V. (2014). Library & Information Science Research Aims & Scope. Retrieved from http://www.journals.elsevier.com/library-and-information-science-research/#Scope
  17. Elsevier B.V. (2014). Library & Information Science Research Aims & Scope. Retrieved from http://www.journals.elsevier.com/library-and-information-science-research/#Scope
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