Public Services Quarterly

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Public Services Quarterly</em> <strong>ISSN</strong>: <span class="serial-item serialDetailsIssn">1522-8959 (print),</span> <span class="serial-item serialDetailsEissn">1522-9114 (online)</span> <strong>Website:</strong> <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wpsq20/current" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wpsq20/current</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> <em>Public Services Quarterly</em> "covers a broad spectrum of public service issues in academic libraries, presenting practical strategies for implementing new initiatives and research-based insights into effective practices."[1. "Aims and Scope," <em>Public Services Quarterly,</em> accessed March 4, 2018, <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wpsq20" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wpsq20</a>.] The journal was formerly known as <em>Public &amp; Access Services Quarterly</em> (1995-2001).[2. "Journal Information," <em>Public Services Quarterly,</em> accessed March 4, 2018, <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=wpsq20" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=wpsq20</a>.] <strong>Target audience:</strong> Academic librarians, professors, and LIS graduate students.[3. "Aims and Scope."] <strong>Publisher:</strong> Taylor &amp; Francis.[4. "Aims and Scope."] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Yes, double-blind peer review.[5. "Aims and Scope."] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS scholarly journal. <strong>Medium:</strong> Print and online. <strong>Content:</strong> <em>Public Services Quarterly </em>publishes research- and practice-based articles, theoretical articles, and case studies.[6. "Aims and Scope."] Further, the journal publishes regular columns that keep academic librarians up to date in the field of public service with reviews, essays, reports, and commentaries: Internet Resources, Professional Reading, Best of the Literature, Technology, Marketing, Future Voices in Public Services, and Special Libraries, Special Challenges.[7. See, for example, <em>Public Services Quarterly</em> 14, 1(2017), <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wpsq20/14/1?nav=tocList" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wpsq20/14/1?nav=tocList</a>.] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> 4 issues per year.[8. "Journal Information."] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wpsq20&amp;page=instructions" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Instructions for authors</a>. <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> <em>Public Services Quarterly</em> accepts "research-based and theoretical articles as well as case studies that advance the understanding of public services, including reference and research assistance, information literacy instruction, access and delivery services, and other services to patrons," as well as those that "examine creative ways to use technology to assist students and faculty." The journal also accepts practice-based articles, which "should be thoroughly grounded in the literature and should situate the work done in one library into the larger context of the situation."[9. "Instructions for Authors," <em>Public Services Quarterly, </em>accessed March 4, 2018, <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wpsq20&amp;page=instructions" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wpsq20&amp;page=instructions</a>.] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> <em>Public Services Quarterly</em> uses ScholarOne Manuscripts for the submission, revision, and peer-review process. All published articles go though an anonymous double-blind peer review; thematic issues are reviewed at the discretion of the special issue editor.[10. "Instructions for Authors."] Taylor &amp; Francis provides a guide for authors that covers the entire publication process,[11. "Author Services," taylorandfrancis.com, accessed March 4, 2018, <a href="https://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/</a>.] including directions for using ScholarOne Manuscripts[12. "Making Your Submission," taylorandfrancis.com, accessed March 4, 2018, <a href="https://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/category/making-your-submission/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/category/making-your-submission/</a>.] and an American Psychological Association (APA) reference guide.[13. "Taylor &amp; Francis Standard Reference Style: APA," tandf.co.uk, accessed March 4, 2018, <a href="http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/authors/style/reference/tf_APA.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/authors/style/reference/tf_APA.pdf</a>.] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> Published articles are scholarly in tone; the columns are academic but less formal, depending on the content. <strong>Style guide used:</strong> <em>Publication Manual of the </em><em>American Psychological Association</em><em>, </em>6th ed<em>.</em>[14. "Instructions for Authors."] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> <em>Public Services Quarterly </em>has an established reputation for quality, scholarly writing about public service issues in academic libraries. The journal values scholarship and research that is practical and applicable in academic libraries, so LIS writers should highlight these aspects in their manuscripts. Aside from scholarly research articles, LIS students could contribute to columns specifically seeking the viewpoint of LIS students or provide updates on the latest professional books, websites, and themes in the field. The Future Voices in Public Services column provides a forum for students in graduate LIS programs "to discuss key issues they see in academic library public services, to envision what they feel librarians in public service have to offer to academia, to tell us of their visions for the profession, or to tell us of research that is going on in library schools."[15. Nancy Dewald, "2015-16 LIS Student Publishing Opportunity," ALA ILI-L Discussion List, September 22, 2015, <a href="http://lists.ala.org/sympa/arc/ili-l/2015-09/msg00123.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://lists.ala.org/sympa/arc/ili-l/2015-09/msg00123.html</a>.] &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> Data not available. <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> <em>Public Services Quarterly</em> is a North American English-language journal for an international audience. The editorial board includes librarians from from U.S. and Canadian colleges,[16. "Editorial Board," <em>Public Services Quarterly, </em>accessed March 4, 2018, <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&amp;journalCode=wpsq20" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&amp;journalCode=wpsq20</a>.] but the publication aims to cover worldwide issues confronting academic librarians. <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> <em>Public Services Quarterly</em> primarily serves academic librarians, professors, and graduate students.[17. "Aims and Scope."] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> Readers' knowledge of LIS subject matter is strong, especially as it relates to academic public services. However, the journal is also read by students who may still be developing their LIS knowledge. Further, there is a column written by LIS graduate students that offers fresh perspectives and insights to the field. <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> Readers expect high-level research and scholarship that advances the theory and practice of public service librarianship in the academic setting. They also expect to read regular columns that keep them up to date in a field that is perpetually advancing. Writers need to remember that readers are established academic librarians and graduate students from North America and around the world. The Future Voices in Public Services column is a great way for LIS graduate students to experience the publication process of a highly esteemed journal. <strong>Last updated:</strong> March 4, 2018 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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