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</em> <strong>ISSN</strong>: <span class="serial-item serialDetailsIssn">0276-3869 (print), </span><span class="serial-item serialDetailsEissn">1540-9597 (online)</span> <strong>Website:</strong> <a title="Medical Reference Services Quarterly" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wmrs20/current" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wmrs20/current</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly </em>"covers topics of current interest and practical value in the areas of reference in medicine and related specialties, the biomedical sciences, nursing, and allied health." The journal<em> </em>publishes practice-oriented and research articles on medical reference services, with a focus on "user education, database searching, and electronic information."[1. "Aims and Scope," <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly, </em>accessed February 5, 2018, <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wmrs20" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wmrs20</a>.] <strong>Target audience:</strong> <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly</em> is an "essential working tool for medical and health sciences librarians" aimed at "professionals who provide reference and public services to health sciences personnel in clinical, educational, or research settings" in the fields of medicine, biomedical science, nursing, allied health.[2. "Aims and Scope."] <strong>Publisher:</strong> Taylor &amp; Francis.[3. "Journal Information," <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly, </em>accessed February 5, 2018, <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=wmrs20" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=wmrs20</a>.] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Yes, double-blind peer review.[4. "Aims and Scope."] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS scholarly journal. <strong>Medium:</strong> Print and online.[5. "Journal Information."] <strong>Content:</strong> <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly</em> publishes original practical and research articles on health sciences librarianship. Regular columns include Online Updates, Emerging Technologies, Hospital Information Services, Informatics Education, From the Literature, and Book Reviews.[6. Table of Contents, <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly</em> 37, no. 1 (January 2018), <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wmrs20/37/1?nav=tocList" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=wmrs20</a>.] Recent topics include using the Internet for providing medical information, using biomedical databases, managing medical reference services, continuing education, marketing, user education, document delivery, patient education, ready reference, and collection management, all within the context of medical reference services.[7. "Aims and Scope."] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Quarterly.[8. "Journal Information."] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&amp;page=instructions" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Instructions for authors</a>. <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> "<em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly </em>covers 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. MRSQ 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. "Instructions for authors," <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly, </em>accessed February 5, 2018,<a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&amp;page=instructions" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=wmrs20</a>.] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> Submissions are submitted via email to the editor as Word file attachments. Manuscripts are screened for originality.[10. "Instructions for Authors."] Manuscripts are "are peer reviewed using a rigorous, double-blind process" by two reviewers assigned based on subject expertise.[11. "Aims and Scope."] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> Formal and scholarly. <strong>Style guide used:</strong> <em>Chicago Publication Manual, </em>16th ed.[12. "Instructions for Authors."] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly</em> is a journal for LIS professionals who specialize in medical and health science information services in clinical, educational, or research settings, and who produce articles of practical application and original research. Authors should be aware that this is a high-level, "highly acclaimed," professional and research journal, with an emphasis on articles that analyze and evaluate practical application in all types of medical and health science library and information settings.[13. "Aims and Scope."] &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> <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly</em> is written in English for a U.S.-based audience. The editors and editorial board members are from U.S. institutions.[14. "Editorial Board," <em>Medical Reference Services Quarterly, </em>accessed February 5, 2018, <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&amp;journalCode=wmrs20" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&amp;journalCode=wmrs20</a>.] <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> Readers are likely to be well educated (often having a science or medical degree and an LIS degree) and to expect articles they can apply to improve the services they provide to their users. 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. <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. <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> Readers and authors will likely be professionals and researchers already in the field of medical reference services. Furthermore, faculty and librarians involved with developing programs on information literacy, embedded librarianship, and library instruction directed to medical and clinical students, for example, will find practical, in-depth articles to read and a high-profile journal in which to publish. <strong>Last updated:</strong> February 7, 2018 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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