Library and Information Science Research

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Library &amp; Information Science Research</em> <strong>Website:</strong> <a title="Library and Information Science Research" href="http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/620211/description#description http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/620211/description#description" target="_blank">http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/620211/description#description</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> 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. Elsevier B.V. (2014). <em>Library &amp; Information Science Research Aims &amp; Scope</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Library &amp; Information Science Research" href="http://www.journals.elsevier.com/library-and-information-science-research/#Scope" target="_blank">http://www.journals.elsevier.com/library-and-information-science-research/#Scope</a>] <strong>Target audience:</strong> LIS educators and practitioners[2. Elsevier B.V. (2014). <em>Library &amp; Information Science Research Aims &amp; Scope</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Library &amp; Information Science Research" href="http://www.journals.elsevier.com/library-and-information-science-research/#Scope" target="_blank">http://www.journals.elsevier.com/library-and-information-science-research/#Scope</a>] <strong>Publisher:</strong> Elsevier.[3. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library &amp; Information Science Research. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. </em>Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404429139063/82754" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404429139063/82754</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Yes.[4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library &amp; Information Science Research. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. </em>Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404429139063/82754" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404429139063/82754</a>] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS scholarly.[5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library &amp; Information Science Research. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. </em>Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404429139063/82754" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404429139063/82754</a>] <strong>Medium:</strong> Print and online.[6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library &amp; Information Science Research. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. </em>Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404429139063/82754" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404429139063/82754</a>] <strong>Content:</strong> 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. Elsevier B.V. (2014). Library &amp; Information Science Research Open Access Articles<em>. ScienceDirect</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Library &amp; Information Science Research Open Access Articles" href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/07408188" target="_blank">http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/07408188</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Quarterly.[8. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library &amp; Information Science Research. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. </em>Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404429139063/82754" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404429139063/82754</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a title="Library and Information Science Research Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/620211/authorinstructions" target="_blank">http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/620211/authorinstructions</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> "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. Elsevier B.V. (2014). <em>Guide for Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Library &amp; Information Science Research Guide for Authors" href="www.elsevier.com/journals/library-and-information-science-research/0740-8188/guide-for-authors" target="_blank">www.elsevier.com/journals/library-and-information-science-research/0740-8188/guide-for-authors</a>] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> 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. Elsevier B.V. (2014). <em>Guide for Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Library &amp; Information Science Research Guide for Authors" href="www.elsevier.com/journals/library-and-information-science-research/0740-8188/guide-for-authors" target="_blank">www.elsevier.com/journals/library-and-information-science-research/0740-8188/guide-for-authors</a>] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> Scholarly.[11. Elsevier B.V. (2014). <em>Guide for Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Library &amp; Information Science Research Guide for Authors" href="www.elsevier.com/journals/library-and-information-science-research/0740-8188/guide-for-authors" target="_blank">www.elsevier.com/journals/library-and-information-science-research/0740-8188/guide-for-authors</a>] <strong>Style guide used:</strong> <em>Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association</em>.[12. Elsevier B.V. (2014). <em>Guide for Authors</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Library &amp; Information Science Research Guide for Authors" href="www.elsevier.com/journals/library-and-information-science-research/0740-8188/guide-for-authors" target="_blank">www.elsevier.com/journals/library-and-information-science-research/0740-8188/guide-for-authors</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> <em>LISR</em> 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 <em>LISR</em> is probably not a good option for first-time authors. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> Circulation information not available to public. <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> <em>LISR </em>is an English-language publication,[13. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library &amp; Information Science Research. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. </em>Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404429139063/82754" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404429139063/82754</a>] 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. P. Hernon, personal communication, 28 September 2008] <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> 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 <em>LISR</em> 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.[16. Association of Research Libraries. (2014). <em>Salary Survey</em>. Retrieved from <a title="ARL Salary Survey" href="http://www.arl.org/component/taxonomy/term/summary/49/88#.U7Xp8bGdROg" target="_blank">http://www.arl.org/component/taxonomy/term/summary/49/88#.U7Xp8bGdROg</a>] Given the scholarly nature of this publication, it is reasonable to assume that the majority of the people who read <em>LISR</em> 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.[17. Elsevier B.V. (2014). <em>Library &amp; Information Science Research Aims &amp; Scope</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Library &amp; Information Science Research" href="http://www.journals.elsevier.com/library-and-information-science-research/#Scope" target="_blank">http://www.journals.elsevier.com/library-and-information-science-research/#Scope</a>] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> 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.[18. Elsevier B.V. (2014). <em>Library &amp; Information Science Research Aims &amp; Scope</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Library &amp; Information Science Research" href="http://www.journals.elsevier.com/library-and-information-science-research/#Scope" target="_blank">http://www.journals.elsevier.com/library-and-information-science-research/#Scope</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> This is a scholarly journal, so an academic tone is appropriate. Assuming a large amount of overlap between the demographics of the readership of <em>LISR</em> 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 <em>LISR</em> 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. <strong>Last updated:</strong> November 3, 2014 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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