Medical Reference Services Quarterly

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Medical Reference Services Quarterly
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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly (MRSQ)</em> <strong>Website:</strong> <a title="Medical Reference Services Quarterly" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wmrs20/current" target="_blank">http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wmrs20/current</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> Per their website, <em>MRSQ</em> "covers topics of current interest and value for professionals who provide reference and public services to health sciences personnel."[1. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Aims &amp; scope. <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Medical Reference Services Quarterly Aims &amp; Scope" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wmrs20#.U6y85LGdROg" target="_blank">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wmrs20#.U6y85LGdROg</a>] <strong>Target audience:</strong> Per their site, this journal is an "essential working tool for medical and health sciences librarians. For those professionals who provide reference and public services to health sciences personnel in clinical, educational, or research settings."[2. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Aims &amp; scope. <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Medical Reference Services Quarterly Aims &amp; Scope" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wmrs20#.U6y85LGdROg" target="_blank">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wmrs20#.U6y85LGdROg</a>] <strong>Publisher:</strong> Routledge, Taylor &amp; Francis[3. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Reference Services Quarterly. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403829390090/88025" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403829390090/88025</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Yes.[4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Reference Services Quarterly. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403829390090/88025" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403829390090/88025</a>] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS scholarly.[5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Reference Services Quarterly. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403829390090/88025" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403829390090/88025</a>] <strong>Medium:</strong> Print and online.[6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Reference Services Quarterly. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403829390090/88025" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403829390090/88025</a>] <strong>Content:</strong> <em>MRSQ</em> publishes brief practice-oriented articles relating to medical reference services, with an emphasis on user education, database searching, and electronic information.[7. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Aims &amp; scope. <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Medical Reference Services Quarterly Aims &amp; Scope" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wmrs20#.U6y85LGdROg" target="_blank">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wmrs20#.U6y85LGdROg</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Quarterly.[8. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Reference Services Quarterly. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403829390090/88025" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403829390090/88025</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a title="Medical Reference Services Quarterly Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&amp;page=instructions" target="_blank">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&amp;page=instructions</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> Per their guidelines, <em>MSRQ</em> accepts submissions on "topics of current interest and practical value in public services librarianship in the areas of medicine and related specialties, including the biomedical sciences, nursing, and allied health. <em>MRSQ</em> has expanded its scope to cover most aspects of health sciences librarianship, including health informatics, information literacy, collection development, and management of health sciences libraries."[9. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Medical Reference Services Quarterly Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&amp;page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg" target="_blank">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&amp;page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg</a>] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> Submissions are submitted via email to editor (contact information on guidelines page). Detailed submission instructions are included at the submission guidelines link provided above. Submissions are subjected to editorial and peer review.[10. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Medical Reference Services Quarterly Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&amp;page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg" target="_blank">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&amp;page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg</a>] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> Formal and scholarly.[11. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Medical Reference Services Quarterly Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&amp;page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg" target="_blank">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&amp;page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg</a>] <strong>Style guide used:</strong> <em>Chicago Publication Manual, </em>14th ed.[12. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Medical Reference Services Quarterly Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&amp;page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg" target="_blank">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&amp;page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> Likely contributors would be, given the desire to present practice-oriented articles such as <em>The Plagiarism Project</em> (an overview of plagiarism and description of a project in which librarians partnered with a dean of a graduate science program to educate students about the perils of plagiarism and encourage ethical writing practices), any librarian experienced in reference services, especially medical reference services, with new information to contribute to the field. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> Not provided. <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> United States.[13. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Reference Services Quarterly. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403829390090/88025" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403829390090/88025</a>] It's written in English and publishers advise to writers to avoid or explain references that readers would not recognize.[14. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Medical Reference Services Quarterly Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&amp;page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg" target="_blank">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&amp;page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg</a>] <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> Readers are likely to be well educated (often having a science or medical degree and and LIS degree) and expecting articles to inform them, that they can apply to improve the service they provide to their users. Readers typically work in large medical libraries at medical centers or medical schools indicating readers have a shared interest in reference services, medical information and technology. Subscribers to this journal seem to value well-researched and well-written articles that will help them in their work. Based on author affiliation, possible bias toward writing of authors without academic affiliation.[15. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Medical Reference Services Quarterly Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&amp;page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg" target="_blank">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&amp;page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg</a>] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> Readers, given the specific nature and focus of this journal, will probably have a general knowledge of LIS subject matter with extensive, in-depth knowledge of medical reference services and research.[16. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Medical Reference Services Quarterly Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&amp;page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg" target="_blank">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&amp;page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> Writers wishing to contribute to this journal will likely be already part of the field, a subscriber to the publication, and looking to further their career. It is possible authors with experience in teaching would find a place here, for example the article <em>The Plagiarism Project</em> mentioned previously, as long as there is a clear connection to the work of <em>MRSQ</em> readers. <strong>Last updated:</strong> October 31, 2014 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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