Practical Academic Librarianship

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Practical Academic Librarianship: The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division</em> <strong>Website:</strong> <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> To provide information and news from the LIS academic sector to interested parties, including academic librarians and information professionals.[1. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Practical Academic Librarianship: The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal</a>] <strong>Target audience:</strong> From the journal'€™s website, "...€œlibrarians serving academic departments or affiliated institutions, including centers, institutes, specialized collections, &amp; special units within or related to academic units."[2. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Practical Academic Librarianship: The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal</a>] <strong>Publisher:</strong> Special Libraries Association, Academic Division.[3. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Practical Academic Librarianship. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403274093320/727556" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403274093320/727556</a>] The journal uses Open Journal Systems 2.3.7.0, an open source journal management and publishing software freely distributed by the Public Knowledge Project under the GNU General Public License.[4. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>About This Publishing System</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship About this Publication System" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/aboutThisPublishingSystem" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/aboutThisPublishingSystem</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Yes[5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Practical Academic Librarianship. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403274093320/727556" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403274093320/727556</a>] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS scholarly.[6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Practical Academic Librarianship. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403274093320/727556" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403274093320/727556</a>] <strong>Medium:</strong> Online.[7. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Practical Academic Librarianship. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403274093320/727556" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403274093320/727556</a>] <strong>Content:</strong> Scholarly articles focusing on the academic side of LIS professions, and think pieces presenting different points of view of academic librarians.[8. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Editorial Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Editorial Policy" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Twice per year: January 1-June 30 and July 1-December 31. Note that articles are posted online as soon as they'€™re ready, under the current journal issue. So the publication dates are ongoing.[9. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Editorial Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Editorial Policy" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Submission Guidelines" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> The journal accepts peer reviewed research papers; think pieces (not peer reviewed but screened by an editor) intended to "€œspur discussion amongst scholars on message boards for each piece€";[10. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Editorial Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Editorial Policy" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] and interactive online exhibits and demonstrations, whose form and content should be proposed to the editors as you would with a written piece.[11. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Editorial Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Editorial Policy" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] From the website'€™s <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Focus and Scope" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank">Focus and Scope</a>, some suggested topics include: <ul> <li>implementation of new initiatives and best practices;</li> <li>original and significant research findings with practical applications;</li> <li>analysis of issues and trends;</li> <li>descriptive narratives of successful and unsuccessful ventures;</li> <li>examination of the role of libraries in meeting specialized client needs.[12. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Editorial Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Editorial Policy" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>]</li> </ul> Additionally, the Focus and Scope page (part of the Submission Guidelines) includes a list of special current interest topics to consider.[13. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Editorial Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Editorial Policy" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> Before submitting a pitch, you need to <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Register" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/user/register" target="_blank">register</a> with the journal with an account that enables an author role. Then login to submit your abstract of no more than 300 words, with a minimum of 3 keywords.[14. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Submissions</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Submission Guidelines" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines</a>] The Submission Prep Checklist includes seven items that must be adhered to before submitting to the journal. Make sure to use the checklist as submissions might be returned if each item is not adhered to.[15. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Submissions</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Submission Guidelines" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines</a>] Articles are posted online as soon as they'€™re ready under the current journal issue. See the Copyright Notice for full details of the online publication policy.[16. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Submissions</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Submission Guidelines" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines</a>] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> Scholarly tone, but very readable. The articles are professionally written and cited, and explained using language and examples that anyone outside the LIS community can easily understand.[17. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Submissions</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Submission Guidelines" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines</a>] <strong>Style guide used:</strong> <em>Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (</em><em>APA)</em>.[18. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Submissions</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Submission Guidelines" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> Per founding editor <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Editor Contact" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/contact" target="_blank">Leslie J. Reynolds</a>, the journal was developed specifically to present a top-tier, peer-reviewed journal "€œthat would provide some gravitas for our authors, many of whom are at tenure-granting institutions€." [19. Reynolds &amp; Miller (2011). Becoming the change we seek. <em>Practical Academic Librarianship: The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division</em>, 1(1):i-iii. Retrieved from <a title="Becoming the Change We Seek" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/article/view/2064" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/article/view/2064</a>] The journal aims to attract well-known reviewers and publish high quality research papers to help build the fairly new journal'€™s reputation, and to provide information to the LIS academic sector. This is a good place to submit scholarly articles to bolster your career profile, and to submit thought pieces to the community of your peers, providing a space to introduce yourself and your academic LIS views. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> Not available. The journal is open to anyone working in an academic library or information centers, so the applicable audience is fairly large.[20. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Practical Academic Librarianship: The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal</a>] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> The journal is self-proclaimed "€œInternational"€,[21. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Practical Academic Librarianship: The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal</a>] but editors are US-based.[22. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Editorial Team</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Editorial Team" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialTeam" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialTeam</a>] Articles are written in American English,[23. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Practical Academic Librarianship. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403274093320/727556" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403274093320/727556</a>] but as the journal covers international academic library concerns[24. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Practical Academic Librarianship: The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal</a>] and is an online publication,[25. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Submissions</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Submission Guidelines" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines</a>] authors should keep cultural jargon or references to a minimum. <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> Primarily academic librarians and information professionals.[26. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Practical Academic Librarianship: The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal</a>] Editors are all part of library staff at US colleges and universities,[27. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Editorial Team</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Editorial Team" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialTeam" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialTeam</a>] and the journal is part of the <a title="SLA Academic Division" href="http://academic.sla.org/?page_id=708" target="_blank">SLA'™s Academic Division</a>, which welcomes anyone "€œworking in or with an interest in college, university, or other higher education-affiliated libraries and information centers."[28. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>About Us</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About SLA" href="http://academic.sla.org/about-us" target="_blank">http://academic.sla.org/about-us</a>] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> Strong. These are academic librarians and LIS professionals working in an IT context: they will be acutely aware of LIS subject matter and jargon. That being said, articles are still written to be read and understood by a more broad population.[29. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Editorial Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Editorial Policy" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> Readers subscribe to this journal to be in the know about academic LIS news. The journal though, even with the SLA backing, is still fairly new in academic circles. This is a good place to submit any scholarly article, or a more creative think piece focusing on any aspect of the academic LIS community. It will be read and appreciated by a group of academic peers. The journal is open source and purposely makes information freely available to information seekers, and shares content with other journals as applicable. From the <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Focus and Scope" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank">Editorial Policies</a>, the idea is that "€œmaking research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge."€[30. Special Libraries Association. (2014). <em>Editorial Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Practical Academic Librarianship Editorial Policy" href="http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank">http://journals.tdl.org/pal/index.php/pal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] <strong>Last updated: </strong>October 30, 2014 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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