New Review of Academic Librarianship

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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: The New Review of Academic Librarianship (This journal replaced and continued The British Journal of Academic Librarianship.)1

Website: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713687299~db=all

Purpose, objective, or mission: The New Review of Academic Librarianship is a journal which publishes information pertinent to providing library and information services in academic library settings.2

Target audience: Librarians and other information professionals working in or with college and university libraries.3 While published in Great Britain4, the New Review is intended for an international audience.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis5

Peer reviewed? Yes, submissions undergo editorial screening and anonymous peer-review.6

Type: LIS scholarly7: although the journal emphasizes content that addresses the current concerns of practicing librarians, the articles are primarily research based, rather than experiential or anecdotal.8 This publication is geared towards academic libraries.9

Medium: Available in both print and electronic versions.10

Content: The array of topics suggested on their website is indeed comprehensive, ranging from traditional library issues (e.g., collection management, information literacy) to administrative concerns (financial or human resources management, marketing) to strategic matters (developments in building design, or international policy trends). Not surprisingly, technology issues are prominent in the published texts. While some do include a brief editorial, most issues consist exclusively of full-length articles.11

Frequency of publication: Three times per year. 12

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~content=t713687299~tab=submit~mode=paper_submission_instructions

Types of contributions accepted: Per their website, “Particular interests at present are: institutional repositories and the place of the library; new developments in library space planning and utilization; electronic content procurement, management and use; the future role of the librarian; new areas of collaboration and resource sharing; cross-sectoral initiatives.”13 Papers should not have been published previously, or submitted elsewhere simultaneously.14

Submission and review process: Authors are encouraged to register with ScholarOne Manuscripts and use this service to submit their work. Per the website, “An abstract of no more than 100 words outlining the scope of the paper and its main results or conclusions should precede the main text. The text should be typed with double-spacing, one inch margins, and be no longer than 7,000 words (excluding references), with numbered pages.”15

Editorial tone: The tone of the writing in the New Review is less formal than one would perhaps expect in a scholarly journal. Since the journal is intended for an international readership, authors are instructed to adopt “a straightforward writing style…avoiding over-long or complex sentence structures.”16

Style guide used: MLA with additional specific Taylor & Francis guidelines.17

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

The New Review of Academic Librarianship is one of the more prestigious LIS journals in Great Britain. An article published in this publication would serve well in advancing ones tenure application. However, it is probably not the title in which to start ones publishing career; submissions are limited to full-length articles, and most of the works that are published are based on extensive research.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: The Taylor & Francis website contained no information on the journal’€™s circulation.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Although published in the United Kingdom, The New Review is intended for an international readership, including both English-speaking and non-English speaking countries, especially in Europe. The journal is published in English; however, given its intended international audience, the publishers stress the importance of using a straightforward writing style. Furthermore, when writing for an international audience, authors must be careful not to assume that their readers will recognize the same imagery or cultural references that a North American audience would. Also, writers should avoid excessive “Americanisms” in their use of English, as that would cause their article to appear out-of-place among other writings that use British diction.18

Reader characteristics: The readers targeted are most likely librarians and information specialists associated with colleges and universities. While the specific practices at institutions of higher education may differ in the various nations where the journal is read, it is still probable that the librarians are highly educated individuals providing educational and research support for faculty and students.19

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Again, it would be safe to assume that the readers of this journal are well versed in LIS issues, However, an author should remember that the readers are specifically academic librarians, and will not necessarily be familiar with the details or practices of other types of librarianship.20 Furthermore, an author writing for the New Review should also consider that the experiences of academic librarians in other countries might differ significantly from those in the United States.21

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

Given that the readers of the New Review are spread among the academic systems of several countries, it is important that any author writing for this publication should become familiar with the variations in the work of librarians in different countries. While it would be unreasonable to expect a writer to fully understand every nuance of every nation’€™s system, it is important that they be able to look beyond the practices of North America, and that they be able to present their research in a way that allows readers to integrate it with their environments.

Last updated: October 31, 2014


References

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  1. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The New Review of Academic Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Solutions. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402489312655/168264
  2. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Aims & scope. New Review of Academic Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=racl20#.U5hJKyjcBOg
  3. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Aims & scope. New Review of Academic Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=racl20#.U5hJKyjcBOg
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The New Review of Academic Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Solutions. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402489312655/168264
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The New Review of Academic Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Solutions. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402489312655/168264
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The New Review of Academic Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Solutions. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402489312655/168264
  7. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The New Review of Academic Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Solutions. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402489312655/168264
  8. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Instructions for authors. New Review of Academic Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?page=instructions&journalCode=racl20#.U5hH-SjcBOg
  9. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Aims & scope. New Review of Academic Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=racl20#.U5hJKyjcBOg
  10. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The New Review of Academic Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Solutions. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402489312655/168264
  11. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Instructions for authors. New Review of Academic Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?page=instructions&journalCode=racl20#.U5hH-SjcBOg
  12. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The New Review of Academic Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Solutions. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402489312655/168264
  13. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Instructions for authors. New Review of Academic Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?page=instructions&journalCode=racl20#.U5hH-SjcBOg
  14. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Instructions for authors. New Review of Academic Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?page=instructions&journalCode=racl20#.U5hH-SjcBOg
  15. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Instructions for authors. New Review of Academic Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?page=instructions&journalCode=racl20#.U5hH-SjcBOg
  16. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Instructions for authors. New Review of Academic Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?page=instructions&journalCode=racl20#.U5hH-SjcBOg
  17. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Instructions for authors. New Review of Academic Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?page=instructions&journalCode=racl20#.U5hH-SjcBOg
  18. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Instructions for authors. New Review of Academic Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?page=instructions&journalCode=racl20#.U5hH-SjcBOg
  19. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Aims & scope. New Review of Academic Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=racl20#.U5hJKyjcBOg
  20. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Aims & scope. New Review of Academic Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=racl20#.U5hJKyjcBOg
  21. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Instructions for authors. New Review of Academic Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?page=instructions&journalCode=racl20#.U5hH-SjcBOg
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