LIBRES: Library and Information Science Research Electronic Journal

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*Note: As of July 1, 2014, LIBRES will be moving to the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and the current site referenced will no longer be available. The new LIBRES website will be announced when it is available.*

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: LIBRES: Library and Information Science Research Electronic Journal

Website: http://libres.curtin.edu.au/

Purpose, objective, or mission: The mission of LIBRES is to serve as “an international refereed electronic journal devoted to new research in Library and Information Science.”1 Content is firmly rooted in the analysis, application and evaluation of past, current and emerging practices or issues in LIS.2

Target audience: For information science professionals and librarians interested in all types of professional topics, news items, and information about conferences and proceedings.3

Publisher: LIBRES is published by the Department of Media and Information of Curtin University of Technology located in Perth, Western Australia.4

Peer reviewed? This journal has a section of peer-reviewed articles on topics of research and applications of information sciences interest.5

Type: This is an LIS scholarly journal. LIBRES belongs in the scholarly journal section due to its commitment to scholarly and academic research. It is refereed, has abstracts, and is indexed.6

Medium: Online, Open Access.7

Content: This journal has three main sections: Research and Applications (refereed), Essays and Opinions (non-refereed), and Reviews (non-refereed).

The Research and Applications section accepts research articles on topics such as “analysis, evaluation, applications (reports of progress at libraries), and other research in the library and information service environment.”8 Papers are double-blind peered reviewed. The Essays and Opinions section is less formal in nature and pieces “€œoften take the form of a researched essay. They can focus on the exploration of new interpretations of practice and dissenting opinions.”9

The Reviews section appears on the LIBRES blog. It contains reviews of print and electronic resources and discussions, along with a News and Announcements section the editor has combined from news services, listservs and elsewhere. Readers are encouraged to send noteworthy items to the editor-in-chief, Kerry Smith (k.smith@curtin.edu.au). It also includes a Conferences and Meetings section, with lists of upcoming conferences on LIS topics around the world, not just the United States and Western European countries. This section includes website information about various conferences as well as calls for papers.10

Frequency of publication: This journal is issued semiannually.11

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: Submission guidelines.

Types of contributions accepted: LIBRES accepts contributions in any of the categories listed above.12

Submission and review process: Submissions should be sent in Microsoft Word documents to the editor-in-chief at LIBRESeditor@ntu.edu.sg. Submissions are usually acknowledged within 24 hours of receipt, and reviewed within 45 days of receipt. Deadline for submissions to the Research and Applications section is two months before the next issue. Deadline for submission to non-refereed sections is one month before the next issue.13

Editorial tone: Formal academic style.14

Style guide used: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

LIBRES is focused on new research and developments within the LIS international academic community. It is indexed by ISA, LISA, Singapore Periodical Index (SPI), and EBSCO. It includes information on international conferences and conference proceedings, news items from organizations such as the Library of Congress, and is interested in current developments of technology within the broad field of LIS. This e-journal has been around for a long time (1990),16 and is an established resource on emerging technology.

A member of the editorial board, Diane K. Kovacs (Editor-in-Chief Emerita), teaches at San Jose State University’€™s School of Library and Information Science.

A survey of past research articles includes topics such as: “Barriers in Collection Sharing among Libraries of Pakistan: University Library Managers’ Viewpoint,” “Autonomous Learning in a PBL Approach,” “Getting Proficiency and Beyond: Kentucky Library Media Centers’ Progress on State Standards and the Relationship of Library Media Program Variables to Student Achievement,” “Scholarly Literature from Selected Universities of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh: A Pilot Study,” “Sources of Business Information and Means of Access Used by SMEs in Uganda: The Case of Northern Uganda,” and “Physicians’ Attitude Towards Evidence-Based Medical Practice and Health Science Library Services.”17 Future authors would be advised to prepare articles that will fit into this wide range of electronic information needs.

The Essays and Opinions section of a past issue included a highly theoretical article titled, “Community, Identity, and Knowledge: A Conceptual Framework for LIS Research.”18 The author expands on the roles of community and identity and how these forces are active within every LIS community.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Approximately 1400 people subscribe to the LIBRES e-list that announces new issues of this journal. From late 2010 to early 2011, this journal received approximately 900 visitors per month, on average.19

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: This journal is international in scope. As its publisher, Curtin University of Technology, is located in Western Australia, a significant readership may be affiliated with the university and located in Western Australia. The journal is published in English.20 Because readership is international, avoid regionalisms and explain any colloquialisms that are necessary to the content of your article. Fluency in English and electronic jargon is presumed.21

Reader characteristics: The audience of this journal includes international as well as American interests and topics. For example, this journal includes a section on “Conferences and Meetings,” which has listings for conferences all over the world. This scholarly journal values international views, working conditions, and cultural views. In the Essays and Opinions section, the experiences of multicultural librarianship and information specialists are explored.22

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: As a scholarly and academic journal, LIBRES expects a professional working knowledge of LIS subject matters and descriptions by the readers of this journal.23

Biases, values, and attitudes: 24

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

This scholarly journal’s readers will expect formal research and theoretically written submissions. Topics for submission would include current research areas and emerging

Publication in LIBRES is competitive; according to the editor, “€œa recent statistical analysis of LIBRES traffic for 2010 revealed that 82 submissions were received, with only 4 accepted, acceptance rate of 4.9%. By comparison the figures for 2009 were: 50 submissions received, 4 accepted, 8.0% acceptance rate.”25

Accepted manuscripts demonstrate a high level of scholarship and quality writing that cover both practical and theoretical aspects of emerging research in library and information science environments. For both professionals and students, LIBRES would be a good place to publish action research, which investigates practices within library and information science environments (perhaps the results of a study conducted at your workplace or through your research). Critiques or comments on recently published studies would be welcomed in the Essays and Opinions section.

Last updated: October 31, 2014


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  1. Curtin University. (2010). About LIBRES. Retrieved from http://libres.curtin.edu.au/about/
  2. Curtin University. (2010). About LIBRES. Retrieved from http://libres.curtin.edu.au/about/
  3. Curtin University. (2010). About LIBRES. Retrieved from http://libres.curtin.edu.au/about/
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  8. Curtin University. (2010). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://libres.curtin.edu.au/guidelines/
  9. Curtin University. (2010). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://libres.curtin.edu.au/guidelines/
  10. Curtin University. (2010). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://libres.curtin.edu.au/guidelines/
  11. SerialsSolutions. (2014). LIBRES: Library and Information Science Research Electronic Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403880001034/244086
  12. Curtin University. (2010). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://libres.curtin.edu.au/guidelines/
  13. Curtin University. (2010). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://libres.curtin.edu.au/guidelines/
  14. Curtin University. (2010). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://libres.curtin.edu.au/guidelines/
  15. Curtin University. (2010). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://libres.curtin.edu.au/guidelines/
  16. SerialsSolutions. (2014). LIBRES: Library and Information Science Research Electronic Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403880001034/244086
  17. Curtin University. (2010). Latest Edition. Retrieved from http://libres.curtin.edu.au/
  18. Curtin University. (2010). Latest Edition. Retrieved from http://libres.curtin.edu.au/
  19. K. Smith, personal communication, 2011
  20. SerialsSolutions. (2014). LIBRES: Library and Information Science Research Electronic Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403880001034/244086
  21. Curtin University. (2010). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://libres.curtin.edu.au/guidelines/
  22. Curtin University. (2010). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://libres.curtin.edu.au/guidelines/
  23. Curtin University. (2010). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://libres.curtin.edu.au/guidelines/
  24. Curtin University. (2010). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://libres.curtin.edu.au/guidelines/
  25. K. Smith, personal communication, 2011
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