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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Library Student Journal

Website: http://www.librarystudentjournal.org/index.php/lsj

Purpose, objective, or mission:Library Student Journal (LSJ) is an international Open Access publication for students in the Library and Information Science field. We have an international staff and accept submissions from current and future LIS practitioners around the world.”1

Target audience: Primary audience: Library and Information Science (LIS) students. Secondary audience: LIS professionals and professors2

Publisher: Eli Guinnee, University at Buffalo3

Peer reviewed? Articles undergo triple-blind peer review; submissions to other sections do not.4

Type: Scholarly. Library Student Journal publishes original, peer-reviewed research.5

Medium: Online, open access. Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory indicates that this journal is also published in print format, but this is not indicated on LSJ‘s website.6

Content: Library Student Journal publishes essays, articles, opinions, and reviews from library and information science students around the world. It also provides a forum for LIS students to discuss their education, training, career paths, and future trends. Topics covered vary, but students are encouraged to submit articles relating to future trends and new technology in light of the field’€™s rapid evolution.7

Frequency of publication: Library Student Journal publishes on a continuous basis as material becomes available, and strives to publish approximately one paper per week, or around 50 per year.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: Submissions

Types of contributions accepted: Articles, essays, reviews and opinion pieces:

  • Articles: Original scholarly research or literature surveys that contribute original ideas to the existing literature. (Peer-reviewed.)
  • Essays: Less formal papers of an informational or personal nature. Fiction and humor pieces are accepted. (Reviewed by editors alone.)
  • Reviews: Of recently published LIS books, textbooks being used in an LIS course, or websites of interest to LIS students
  • Opinion: Of any length or topic relevant to the LIS field are accepted9

Submission and review process: Scholarly articles are peer-reviewed; informational or personal essays are reviewed by the editors alone.10

You must register with Open Journal Systems and log in in order to manage submissions at Library Student Journal, and complete a Submission Preparation Checklist as part of the submission process. Published authors agree to licensing their work under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.11

Editorial tone: A survey of recently published articles suggests that authors should observe the formalities of scholarly literature, but strive for simple and straightforward sentences whenever possible.

Style guide used: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.12

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This publication covers a wide range of topics, and seeks interdisciplinary articles that advance the discussion of LIS topics. For instance, articles that draw on the application of semantics or socio-linguistics on cataloging practices or the reference interview would be welcome here.

Library Student Journal is unique among student journals in that it publishes essays, reviews, and opinion pieces in addition to academic articles. An essay written for a course could easily be submitted here, and reviews and opinion pieces are less time-intensive ways to begin publishing within the field. Students who blog regularly might consider submitting a piece for the opinion section to increase their blog’€™s profile, or those with an interest in creative writing might submit to the essay section.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Because this journal is freely available online, circulation is difficult to determine.13

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: According to Claire Gross, LSJ‘€™s Editor-in-Chief, most readers are located in the U.S., Canada, and India. This publication is read by an international audience, so avoid regionalisms and explain any cultural references.14

Reader characteristics: LIS students are a diverse group with interdisciplinary workplaces and interests. Many students begin their MLIS early in their career, while others come to it as a second or third profession. This publication encourages submissions that address emerging issues and rapid changes in the field, and the relevance of a research article’€™s relevance within the existing body of literature. Readers likely share a concern for a contribution’€™s relevance to the field’€™s advancement.15

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Because this publication is written for LIS students, authors can assume a working knowledge of LIS concepts among readers. Because areas of expertise will vary among students, introduce and briefly explain any discipline-specific terms or LIS jargon.

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

Very little information about LSJ‘€™s audience is available at this time. Its international readership is significant; publishing here creates the opportunity for your work to reach LIS students, professionals, and professors across the globe, and to contribute to the international LIS community. Library Student Journal publishes papers on virtually any topic related to LIS, making it a consideration for students writing on many subjects.

Last updated: October 31, 2014


References

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  1. C. Gross, editor-in-chief, personal communication, 4 May 2011
  2. C. Gross, editor-in-chief, personal communication, 4 May 2011
  3. C. Gross, editor-in-chief, personal communication, 4 May 2011
  4. C. Gross, editor-in-chief, personal communication, 4 May 2011
  5. C. Gross, editor-in-chief, personal communication, 4 May 2011
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library Student Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404225452560/615282
  7. C. Gross, editor-in-chief, personal communication, 4 May 2011
  8. C. Gross, editor-in-chief, personal communication, 4 May 2011
  9. C. Gross, editor-in-chief, personal communication, 4 May 2011
  10. C. Gross, editor-in-chief, personal communication, 4 May 2011
  11. C. Gross, editor-in-chief, personal communication, 4 May 2011
  12. C. Gross, editor-in-chief, personal communication, 4 May 2011
  13. C. Gross, editor-in-chief, personal communication, 4 May 2011
  14. C. Gross, editor-in-chief, personal communication, 4 May 2011
  15. C. Gross, editor-in-chief, personal communication, 4 May 2011
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