Library Trends

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Library Trends

Website: http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/library_trends/index.html

Purpose, objective, or mission: Per their site, “Library Trends is an essential tool for professional librarians and educators alike. Every issue explores critical trends in professional librarianship, and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews.”1

Target audience: College and research libraries, public libraries, library systems and networks, special libraries, and international college and research libraries.2

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press.3

Peer reviewed? Yes.4

Type: LIS scholarly; provides resources for the professional development of librarians and educators, with its research-oriented analysis of current library trends, literature review, and coverage of practical applications.5 Library Trends is indexed and cited regularly by LIS scholars and scholarly publications.

Medium: Print and online.6

Content: Articles on library trends, literature reviews, practical applications and a piece by the guest editor.7

Frequency of publication: Quarterly8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/library_trends/guidelines.html

Types of contributions accepted: Recommendations for issue themes and topics, volunteering for guest editing, or providing suggestions for guest editors.9

Submission and review process: “Please send your ideas, inquiries, or issue proposal to – Library Trends, GSLIS Publications Office, 501 E. Daniel Street, Champaign, IL 61820-6211.”10 Lengthy description of submission process is available at their website.

Editorial tone: Per their submission guidelines, “The style and tone of the journal is formal rather than journalistic or popular.”11

Style guide used: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Fifth Edition should be used for all reference material; everything else should follow theĀ Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition.12

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

The procedure for publishing with Library Trends differs from other scholarly publications, for each issue is coordinated by a new guest editor, who proposes the theme and scope of the issue. The guest editor then chooses prospective authors and topics for articles and provides either annotations for each article or a statement that explains the development of the issue.13 The possibility to work with a guest editor would create further contacts and networking opportunities for a LIS author, in addition to the prestige of publishing with this highly regarded and indexed journal in the LIS field.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Information not available.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: North American publication;14 it is safe to assume the majority of readers reside in North America. This is an English language publication.15

Reader characteristics: No readership information provided, although the journal does allow advertisers to rent lists of subscribers who belong to a variety of scholarly associations, including the American Studies Association (ASA).16 Most readers will be interested in scholarly topics and may probably have advanced education. The publication notes, “Issue topics for Library Trends are developed in many ways. We value recommendations from professional librarians, archivists, and other information personnel, from members of the faculties of schools of library and information science, and from others whose concern is with issues of management of cultural heritage,”17 suggesting workplace and interests common to information professionals. Readers have an interest in preserving and managing cultural heritage, especially in libraries.18

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: It is likely given the audience generally described by the publication’s website that readers have a solid understanding of LIS issues and terminology.19

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

Writers willing to provide informed articles about the trends information professionals need to consider would possibly find opportunities with this publication.

Last updated: October 31, 2014


References

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  1. Johns Hopkins University Press. (2014). Library Trends. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/library_trends/index.html
  2. Johns Hopkins University Press. (2014). Library Trends Advertising Information. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/library_trends/rate_card.html
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  9. Johns Hopkins University Press. (2014). Library Trends Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/library_trends/guidelines.html
  10. Johns Hopkins University Press. (2014). Library Trends Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/library_trends/guidelines.html
  11. Johns Hopkins University Press. (2014). Library Trends Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/library_trends/guidelines.html
  12. Johns Hopkins University Press. (2014). Library Trends Style Sheet for Articles. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/library_trends/LibraryTrendsStyleSheet.pdf
  13. Johns Hopkins University Press. (2014). Library Trends Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/library_trends/guidelines.html
  14. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library Trends. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404183694892/48848
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  16. Johns Hopkins University Press. (2014). Mailing List Rental. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/rental_list.html
  17. Johns Hopkins University Press. (2014). Library Trends Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/library_trends/guidelines.html
  18. Johns Hopkins University Press. (2014). Library Trends Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/library_trends/guidelines.html
  19. Johns Hopkins University Press. (2014). Library Trends Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/library_trends/guidelines.html
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