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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: portal: Libraries and the Academy

Website: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/

Purpose, objective, or mission: Per their site: “A journal that presents research findings and provides regular coverage of issues in technology, publishing, and periodicals, portal is written by librarians for librarians. Peer-reviewed articles address subjects such as library administration, information technology, and information policy. The journal examines the role of libraries in meeting institutional missions, explores how technology affects librarianship and scholarship, and conveys this research to academic librarians in a timely manner.”1

Target audience: Academic librarians and Information Science scholars2

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press.3

Peer reviewed? Yes.4

Type: LIS scholarly.5

Medium: Print and online.6

Content: Per their site, “Each issue includes peer-reviewed articles on subjects such as library administration, information technology, new forms of support for research and teaching, and information policy. Reviews of newly published books in areas of librarianship and higher education, as well as reviews of computer and database resources, are featured. Other continuing features address technological issues, research, standards, and policy and strategic planning.”7

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/guidelines.html

Types of contributions accepted: Scholarly articles and reviews. Per their guidelines, “The main categories of scholarship that are the framework for our definition are the scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and teaching.”9

Submission and review process: All submissions to portal are subject to a double-blind review process and referees are explicitly asked to indicate when a manuscript is worthy but needs mentoring in order to be fully acceptable for publication in portal. When a recommendation is made to mentor a manuscript, the author is asked if they wish to undertake such an effort. Once the author and mentor are satisfied with the additional work, the manuscript is again submitted to the double-blind review process but to different referees. Detailed manuscript requirements (need for abstract, use of tables, etc.) included in guidelines.10

Editorial tone: Scholarly.11

Style guide used: Chicago Manual of Style.12

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

As noted in their guidelines, “portal explores how technology is affecting librarianship and scholarship, as well as the role of libraries and librarians in meeting institutional missions. The information revolution presents numerous challenges to librarians, faculty, and administrators in areas including archiving, copyright, and technology-enhanced learning. portal covers these and many other topics as they relate to the rapidly changing needs of academics and the roles of libraries and librarians. portal provides an unbiased outlet for issues that have not been addressed in other venues. Work that is collaborative between librarians and those engaged in discipline based studies is of particular interest.”13

portal is one of over 300 journals published by Project Muse, a collaborative effort between libraries and publishers. These journals are available full-text online, via low-cost subscription.14 There is therefore great potential for dissemination to a large audience of LIS professionals, academics and students.

portal provides opportunities for authors new to scholarly journals. Book reviewing is a possible first step here as with many prestigious publications, but, beyond that portal provides “post submission mentoring.” The new author with a unique idea is nurtured here and has a chance to develop a collaborative relationship with an editor. This mentoring program at portal provides an opportunity for new LIS authors seeking to publish in a scholarly journal.15

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Circulation statistics not available, although the journal is available as a single-journal subscription through Project MUSE.16

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: United States and worldwide. portal is distributed through Project Muse.17 English language publication18 that possibly reaches an international audience.19 Authors should avoid the use of regionalisms.

Reader characteristics: The reader of this journal is an individual interested in the role and impact of libraries within an academic environment. The journal’s readers are aware of the importance a librarian’s work, of the need for careful and scholarly research in the LIS field. Most readers work in academic libraries, with focus on the activities that improve their workplace and contribute to the LIS field. portal is written by librarians for librarians. This publication prides itself on being “an unbiased outlet for issues that scholars have been unable or unwilling to address in other venues.”20

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: As readers, these informed, active, and professionally engaged academic librarians, will have considerable knowledge of LIS terms and subject matter.21

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

portal: Libraries and the Academy “is written by librarians for librarians.”22 The main audience for this journal is academic librarians, faculty, library science students, information professionals and anyone interested working in library environment in higher education. Authors with the ability to produce unique research on topics their LIS peers can use and apply in their own library, may find publishing opportunities at portal.

Last updated: October 30, 2014


References

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  5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). portal: Libraries and the Academy. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Solutions. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403200296684/316139
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  7. Project MUSE. (2013). portal: Libraries and the Academy: Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/guidelines.html
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  10. Project MUSE. (2013). portal: Libraries and the Academy: Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/guidelines.html
  11. Project MUSE. (2013). portal: Libraries and the Academy: Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/guidelines.html
  12. Project MUSE. (2013). portal: Libraries and the Academy: Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/guidelines.html
  13. Project MUSE. (2013). portal: Libraries and the Academy: Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/guidelines.html
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  19. Project MUSE. (2013). About Project MUSE. Retrieved from http://muse.jhu.edu/about/index.html
  20. Project MUSE. (2013). portal: Libraries and the Academy: Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/guidelines.html
  21. Project MUSE. (2013). portal: Libraries and the Academy: Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/guidelines.html
  22. Project MUSE. (2013). portal: Libraries and the Academy. Retrieved from http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/
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