Library Quarterly

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: The Library Quarterly

Website: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/LQ

Purpose, objective, or mission: The mission of Library Quarterly, per their website, is “an international journal focused on research that chronicles libraries as organizations that connect their communities to information.”1

Target audience: Library Quarterly is geared towards librarians and other information professionals2

Publisher: University of Chicago Press3

Peer reviewed? Yes4

Type: LIS scholarly5

Medium: Print and online.6

Content: Library Quarterly features writing of a scholarly nature that explores issues concerning library science. It focuses on research-based, empirical articles about topics of interest to information professionals. Content promotes discussion and dialogue between the scholarly and practitioner communities and addresses the value of libraries as cultural, community, and learning institutions.7

Frequency of publication: Quarterly8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.jstor.org/page/journal/libraryq/instruct.html

Types of contributions accepted: Library Quarterly accepts research-based articles and discussion pieces foster the advancement and sharing of cutting-edge developments in the field of LIS. Submissions are submitted electronically through the journal’s Editorial Manager here. Submissions must be original and unpublished.9 The publication generally does not accept articles based on opinion or conjecture. Discussions of problems, issues and solutions may be accepted if they are connected to research and evidence.10

Submission and review process: Authors must register with the online system in order to submit a manuscript, and can then track their submission as it undergoes the review process. All parts of the manuscript will be refereed during the review process using a double-blind method.11

Editorial tone: Scholarly.12

Style guide used: Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition13

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This publication is dedicated to items of interest to the LIS profession, and therefore encourages submissions by academics and practitioners from all areas of library science and various information professions. It accepts writing from graduate students, and publishes articles on a variety of topics. Therefore, there is considerable potential for LIS authors to publish an article related to their area(s) of interest.

Library Quarterly is a prestigious journal, and publication in it will lend credibility to LIS authors. Having an article in this journal will be excellent resume experience, and may help in some tenure and advancement situations.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: No information available.

Audience location: Library Quarterly is published in the U.S. (in English only)14 but is available for Canadian and other international subscribers. Writers should assume that at least some of its readers live in other countries and may not relate to the same cultural references.

Reader characteristics: This is a scholarly journal specifically for library and information science students and professionals. Readers likely have, at a minimum, a master’s degree in library and information science, and many may have advanced degrees as well. They are interested in research-based scholarship, which demonstrates that they take their profession very seriously and are committed to staying informed and educated.15

Library Quarterly is targeted at librarians and information professionals as a whole. Therefore, its audience includes professionals in all types of environments: public libraries, special libraries, academic libraries, and other organizations managing information. Their interests within the profession will be varied, as will their experience levels. Because it is a scholarly publication, it may have greater appeal for management-level librarians or those with more experience. However, since the publication does accept some submissions from LIS students, and has published the results of some doctoral research, it may also be of interest to those who are still working towards their degrees.16

Information professionals are eager to learn and eager to keep apprised of the newest research. They value education, and tend to be lifelong learners. Their personal and political views are, for purposes of this journal, irrelevant. In reading Library Quarterly, they will be concerned only with the relevance of the articles to their work.17

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Since this publication is targeted at librarians and information professionals, in-depth knowledge of LIS subject matter, trends and jargon can be assumed. This is an audience that will expect a certain level of expertise on the part of the writer. Readers will be expecting articles that demonstrate a clear understanding of current scholarship and build on it accordingly. However, writers should bear in mind that Library Quarterly appeals to a broad audience of librarians, and does not target any particular specialty or focus. Therefore, if writing about a specialized LIS topic, writers may want to avoid making assumptions.18

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

Readers of Library Quarterly will appreciate writing that is clear, concise, and compelling. Writing that is evidence based, and that builds on existing scholarship to introduce information that is new and innovative, will be of greatest appeal to this audience. Writers should realize that readers of Library Quarterly will have high expectations. They will demand high-quality research and writing that has a direct impact on their profession.

This publication is not an appropriate forum for opinion or point-of-view pieces, or anecdotal information about local programs. Since the journal is peer-reviewed, writers must also expect that their work will undergo a rigorous editorial process.

Last updated: October 31, 2014


References

Show 18 footnotes

  1. University of Chicago Press. (2014). The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy. Retrieved from http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/journals/journal/lq.html
  2. University of Chicago Press. (2014). The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy. Retrieved from http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/journals/journal/lq.html
  3. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Library Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404342970350/48843
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Library Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404342970350/48843
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Library Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404342970350/48843
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Library Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404342970350/48843
  7. University of Chicago Press. (2014). The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy. Retrieved from http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/journals/journal/lq.html
  8. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Library Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404342970350/48843
  9. University of Chicago Press. (2014). The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy: Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://www.press.uchicago.edu/journals/lq/instruct.html?journal=lq
  10. University of Chicago Press. (2014). The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy. Retrieved from http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/journals/journal/lq.html
  11. University of Chicago Press. (2014). The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy: Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://www.press.uchicago.edu/journals/lq/instruct.html?journal=lq
  12. University of Chicago Press. (2014). The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy: Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://www.press.uchicago.edu/journals/lq/instruct.html?journal=lq
  13. University of Chicago Press. (2014). The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy: Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://www.press.uchicago.edu/journals/lq/instruct.html?journal=lq
  14. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Library Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404342970350/48843
  15. University of Chicago Press. (2014). The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy. Retrieved from http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/journals/journal/lq.html
  16. University of Chicago Press. (2014). The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy. Retrieved from http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/journals/journal/lq.html
  17. University of Chicago Press. (2014). The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy. Retrieved from http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/journals/journal/lq.html
  18. University of Chicago Press. (2014). The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy. Retrieved from http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/journals/journal/lq.html
Comments are closed.