Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Practice (PaLRaP)

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Pennsylvania Libraries: Research &amp; Practice (PaLRaP)</em> <strong>ISSN</strong>: 2324-7878 (online) <strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://www.palrap.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=http://www.palrap.org&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1519688960203000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFyyKXcnD7Si8OX_4y-alV3BBAVHg">www.palrap.org</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> <em>Pennsylvania Libraries: Research &amp; Practice</em> provides (<em>PaLRaP</em>) provides opportunities for Pennsylvania librarians to share their knowledge and experience in all areas of librarianship with other librarians in the state and beyond.[1."Editorial Policies," <em>Pennsylvania Libraries: Research &amp; Practice,</em> accessed February 21, 2018, <a href="http://www.palrap.org/ojs/index.php/palrap/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.palrap.org/ojs/index.php/palrap/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a><a>.]</a> <strong>Target audience:</strong> Librarians and LIS professionals in Pennsylvania, as well as those in other states and countries.[2. "Editorial Policies."] <strong>Publisher:</strong> The journal is published by the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, and cosponsored by the College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association and the University of Pittsburgh Press.[3. "Journal Sponsorship," <em>Pennsylvania Libraries: Research &amp; Practice,</em> accessed February 21, 2018, <a href="http://www.palrap.org/ojs/index.php/palrap/about/journalSponsorship" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.palrap.org/ojs/index.php/palrap/about/journalSponsorship</a>.] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Articles in the Research and Practice section are double-blind peer reviewed. Essay and Commentary articles are not peer reviewed but are edited and fact checked. News, features, and letters  are not peer reviewed.[4. "Editorial Policies."] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS scholarly journal. <strong>Medium:</strong> Online and open access.[5. Homepage, <em>Pennsylvania Libraries: Research &amp; Practice,</em> accessed February 21, 2018, <a href="http://www.palrap.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=http://www.palrap.org&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1519688960203000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFyyKXcnD7Si8OX_4y-alV3BBAVHg">www.palrap.org</a>.] <strong>Content:</strong> Sections appearing regularly in <em>PaLRaP</em> are Editorial, Letter, Commentary, Feature, Interview, Practice, Research, and News.[6. Tom Reinsfelder and Anne Behler, "Editors' Note: Five Years of <em>PaLRap</em>," <em>Pennsylvania Libraries: Research &amp; Practice</em> 5, no. 2 (Fall 2017), <a href="https://doi.org/10.5195/palrap.2017.169" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://doi.org/10.5195/palrap.2017.169</a>.] Although the journal emphasizes scholarship from Pennsylvania libraries, the Research and Practice articles are original, current, and applicable to public and academic libraries outside of the state. <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Twice a year.[8. "Archives," <em>Pennsylvania Libraries: Research &amp; Practice,</em> accessed February 21, 2018, <a href="http://www.palrap.org/ojs/index.php/palrap/issue/archive" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.palrap.org/ojs/index.php/palrap/issue/archive</a>.] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a title="Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Practice Submissions" href="http://www.palrap.org/ojs/index.php/palrap/about/submissions#online" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Submissions</a>. <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> The journal is a forum for the "unique and valuable work of librarians in Pennsylvania." <em>PaLRaP</em> "includes articles from all areas of librarianship, and from all types of libraries in Pennsylvania," including original research, innovative initiatives and practices, and current trends and challenges.[7. "Editorial Policies."] Each section of the journal has its own editorial guidelines, scope, and style. <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> <em>PaLRaP</em> uses an online submission system. Registration as an author on the <em>PaLRaP</em> website is required to submit and check the status of manuscripts. Authors should read the section policies for editorial guidelines and to determine the correct category for manuscripts. Articles submitted to the Research and the Practice sections are submitted to blind peer review.[8. "Submissions," <em>Pennsylvania Libraries: Research &amp; Practice,</em> accessed February 21, 2018, <a href="http://www.palrap.org/ojs/index.php/palrap/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.palrap.org/ojs/index.php/palrap/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions</a>.] The website provides a flowchart of the Open Journal Systems software, which is a helpful overview of the publishing process.[9. "About This Publishing System," <em>Pennsylvania Libraries: Research &amp; Practice,</em> accessed February 21, 2018, <a href="http://www.palrap.org/ojs/index.php/palrap/about/aboutThisPublishingSystem" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.palrap.org/ojs/index.php/palrap/about/aboutThisPublishingSystem</a>.] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> The Research and Practice articles are scholarly; the tone of other sections is less formal but appropriate for a scholarly journal. <strong>Style guide used:</strong> <em>Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association</em> (APA), 6th edition,[10. "Submissions."] and the journal's own "Additional Manuscript Guidelines for Authors."[11. "Additional Manuscript Guidelines for Authors," <em>Pennsylvania Libraries: Research &amp; Practice,</em> accessed February 21, 2018, <a href="http://www.palrap.org/ojs/index.php/palrap/pages/view/manuscriptguide" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.palrap.org/ojs/index.php/palrap/pages/view/manuscriptguide</a>.] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> LIS authors writing from and about Pennsylvania will find an excellent outlet in <em>PaLRaP</em>. The journal welcomes submissions from all types of libraries and all areas of librarianship. The journal's focus on Pennsylvania may limit the ability of LIS authors from out of state to get published; however, LIS authors whose research and practice is in Pennsylvania have a great opportunity for publishing in a high-quality LIS journal whose content is relevant to academic and public libraries beyond Pennsylvania's boarders. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> This is a five-year-old online open-access journal directed specifically to librarians and LIS professionals in Pennsylvania. <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> <em>PaLRaP</em>'s focus is on libraries in Pennsylvania, and its primary audience is in Pennsylvania; however, it is an open-access journal, so it can reach audiences worldwide. It is written in English. <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> Readers will most likely be librarians in Pennsylvania who expect to read about research and practice from within their state. Readers will expect "to be exposed to the unique and valuable work of librarians in Pennsylvania that may not be published elsewhere in the library literature."[12. "Editorial Policies."] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> Readers will have LIS subject matter knowledge. <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> Although this publication focuses on library research and practice from the state of Pennsylvania, this is an open-access journal whose content is relevant outside of the state as well. Authors should keep in mind that there is potentially a much wider audience than just a local one. <strong>Last updated:</strong> February 21, 2018 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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