Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association

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Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association
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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association</em> <strong>ISSN</strong>: 0027-4380 <strong>Website: </strong><a href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/page/Notes" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/page/Notes</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission: </strong><em>Notes</em> is the journal of the Music Library Association. Since 1934, the journal has offered "its readers interesting, informative, and well-written articles in the areas of music librarianship, music bibliography and discography, the music trade, and on certain aspects of music history."[1. <em>Notes,</em> Music Library Association, accessed February 14, 2018, <a href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/page/Notes" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/page/Notes</a>.] <strong>Target audience: </strong><em>Notes </em>is the journal of the Music Library Association, whose members are "librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades."[2. "About MLA," Music Library Association, accessed February 14, 2018, <a href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=AboutMLA" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=AboutMLA</a>.] Members of the Music Library Association receive the journal in print and can access it online. <strong>Publisher:</strong> Music Library Association, Middleton, Wisconsin. <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Yes, double-blind peer review.[3. "Information for Contributors," Music Library Association, accessed February 14, 2018, <a href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notescontributors" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=Notescontributors</a>.] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS scholarly journal. <strong>Medium:</strong> Print and online. <strong>Content: </strong>A <em>Notes </em>issue typically contains an editorial section; general articles on music and music librarianship; reviews of books, scores, periodicals, and new media; and newly cataloged books and recently issued music scores.[4. "Where to Send Materials for Review," Music Library Association, accessed February 14, 2018, <a href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/page/Notesmaterials" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/page/Notesmaterials</a>.] Articles and reviews published in <em>Notes</em> are international in scope. <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Quarterly. <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/page/Notescontributors" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Information for Contributors.</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> "<em>Notes</em> welcomes submissions of interesting, informative, and well-written articles on music librarianship, music bibliography, the music trade, and discography, and on certain aspects of music history."[5. "Information for Contributors."] The editor welcomes preliminary ideas and manuscript proposals.[6. "Call for Proposals," Music Library Association, accessed February 14, 2018, <a href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/page/Notesproposals" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/page/Notesproposals</a>.] Unsolicited reviews are not accepted, but those who would like to become reviewers "are invited to send a curriculum vitae and a statement delineating their special areas of interest and competence to the appropriate editors."[7. "Information for Contributors."] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> Articles should be submitted as an email attachment to the editor, Deborah Campana (deborah.campana@oberlin.edu). Manuscripts are first read by the editor for "general suitability" and then are subjected to a double-blind peer-review process. Once a submission is accepted, the author is informed of the conditions governing that acceptance.[8. "Information for Contributors."] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> Scholarly. <strong>Style guide used:</strong> <em>The Chicago Manual of Style </em>(17th edition).[9. "Information for  Contributors."] Journal-specific style requirements are delineated in the "<em>Notes </em>Style Sheet," which is helpful, extensive, and "in continuous revision." Furthermore, authors should consult the "Information for Contributors" in the most recent issue of <em>Notes</em>.[10. "<em>Notes</em> Style Sheet," Music Library Association, accessed February 14, 2018, <a href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/mpage/notes_style" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/mpage/notes_style</a>.] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> As the quarterly journal of the Music Library Association, <em>Notes</em> clearly belongs to the library and information science literature. Music librarianship, however, is still largely the domain of librarians who are also scholars in the field of musicology--they have advanced degrees, teach, and publish in both disciplines. As such, publishing in <em>Notes</em> is only an option for LIS authors with a great deal of expertise in both librarianship and some area of musicology, such as music history, music theory, or the music trade. Being published in <em>Notes</em> would be a huge boost to the career of any LIS author, and it would be sure to impress almost any tenure committee. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> Each quarter, 1,150 print issues are mailed.[11. "Advertise with Us," Music Library Association, accessed February 14, 2018, <a href="https://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=advertisers" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/?page=advertisers</a>.] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> <em>Notes</em> is the quarterly journal of the Music Library Association, which is the U.S. branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres; as such, the journal reaches an international audience. Based on the Music Library Association membership, the audience includes "librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades."[12. "Welcome," Music Library Association, accessed February 14, 2018, <a href="http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/</a>.] The journal is published in English. <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> Readers are professional music librarians and archivists, as well as LIS professionals with an interest in music, from around the world. Further, the readership of <em>Notes</em> likely includes scholars and students in music, musicology, and related fields from outside the LIS professions. <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> Readers of this journal will have a professional knowledge of LIS, especially in terms of music librarianship and archival work. <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> <em>Notes</em> readers are a very educated group of people who typically have advanced degrees in both library science and musicology. It's reasonable to assume that they expect a comparable expertise from the publication's authors, so <em>Notes</em> is probably a venue that should be left for authors with that kind of background. Writers who do publish in <em>Notes</em> can assume that their readers are familiar with the terminology of both the music/musicology and LIS fields. <strong>Last updated:</strong> February 14, 2018 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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