Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ)

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Reference &amp; User Services Quarterly</em> (<em>RUSQ</em>) <strong>ISSN</strong>: 1094-9054 <strong>Website:</strong> <a href="https://journals.ala.org/index.php/rusq" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://journals.ala.org/index.php/rusq</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> <em>Reference &amp; User Services Quarterly </em>(<em>RUSQ</em>) "is the official journal of the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association. Its purpose is to disseminate information of interest to reference librarians, information specialists, and other professionals involved in user-oriented library services."[1. Home, <em>Reference &amp; User Services Quarterly,</em> accessed March 5, 2018, <a href="https://journals.ala.org/index.php/rusq" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://journals.ala.org/index.php/rusq</a>.] <strong>Target audience:</strong> Reference librarians, information specialists, students, and information professionals worldwide, as well as members of the Reference and User Services Association. <strong>Publisher:</strong> American Library Association.[2. "Journal Sponsorship," <em>Reference &amp; User Services Quarterly,</em> accessed March 5, 2018, <a href="https://journals.ala.org/index.php/rusq/about/journalSponsorship." target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://journals.ala.org/index.php/rusq/about/journalSponsorship.</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Yes, double-blind peer review.[3. "Editorial Policies," <em>Reference &amp; User Services Quarterly,</em> accessed March 5, 2018, <a href="https://journals.ala.org/index.php/rusq/about/editorialPolicies" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://journals.ala.org/index.php/rusq/about/editorialPolicies</a>.] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS scholarly journal. <strong>Medium:</strong> Online, open access to all issues.[4. "Editorial Policies."] <strong>Content:</strong> <em>RUSQ</em> disseminates information in areas of interest to librarians, including "reference services, collection development, reader's advisory, resource sharing, technology for reference and user services, and other aspects of user services."[5. "Submissions," <em>Reference &amp; User Services Quarterly,</em> accessed March 5, 2018, <a href="https://journals.ala.org/index.php/rusq/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://journals.ala.org/index.php/rusq/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions</a>.] Further, "through its many columns, reports, and reviews the journal also publishes an array of useful professional information."[6. "Editorial Policies."] Regular columns include From the President of RUSA, For Your Enrichment, Information Literacy and Instruction, Management, Amplify Your Impact, Readers' Advisory, The Alert Collector, and A Reference for That. <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Quarterly. <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a href="https://journals.ala.org/index.php/rusq/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Submissions</a>. <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> Potential authors need to read the article "Thoughts on Scholarly Writing: Suggestions for Authors Considering Publishing in <em>RUSQ</em>,"[7. Barry Trott, "Thoughts on Scholarly Writing: Suggestions for Authors Considering Publishing in <em>RUSQ</em>," <em>Reference &amp; User Services</em> 53, no. 1(2013):2-4, <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.5860/rusq.53n1.2" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://dx.doi.org/10.5860/rusq.53n1.2</a>.] by Barry Trott, the journal's editor. This article explains <em>RUSQ</em>'s acceptance, review, and publication process. It is also a helpful resource for authors who want to publish in any scholarly journal. <em>RUSQ</em> "publishes empirical (quantitative and qualitative), theoretical, and historical research and essays as peer-reviewed featured articles."[8. "Editorial Policies."] Manuscripts submitted to <em>RUSQ</em> need to be within the journal's scope, which includes "all aspects of library services to adults in all types of libraries."[9. "Submissions."] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> Manuscripts are submitted in a digital format as an e-mail attachment to the editor.[10. "Submissions."] Manuscripts go through a double-blind peer-review process.[11. "Editorial Policies."] The peer-review, acceptance, revision, and publication process is detailed in Trott's article.[12. Trott, "Thoughts."] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> The overall tone is scholarly with clarity. Articles should be grammatically correct and written in a simple, readable style.[13. "Submissions."] <strong>Style guide used:</strong> <em>Chicago Manual of Style</em>, 15th edition, and its <a title="Chicago Manual Website" href="http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org" target="_blank" rel="noopener">companion website</a>. The submission guidelines offer examples of the required endnote format. <em>Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary</em>, 11th edition, or the <a title="Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary" href="http://www.merriam-webster.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary</a> should be consulted for questions relating to spelling and word division.[14. "Submissions."] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> <em>RUSQ</em> is the journal of the Reference and User Services Association, which is a division of the American Library Association. As such, it is a leading journal in the field of adult user services. <em>RUSQ</em> is an ideal place for librarians and LIS professionals in public, academic, and special libraries to publish research and scholarship that uniquely contributes to the theory and practice of reference services to adult library users and that moves the profession forward. It may be a better forum for advanced, rather than novice, LIS writers. &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>RUSQ</em> is a U.S.-based journal written in English. The journal is affiliated with the American Library Association, so readers are concerned with issues related to libraries in America, and they are aware of and seek out more global perspectives on these issues. <em>RUSQ </em>became an open-access journal in order to reach more readers worldwide and to benefit librarians everywhere, especially where subscription costs are prohibitive.[15. Barry Trott, "<em>RUSQ</em> Moves to Full Open Access,"<em>Reference &amp; User Services Quarterly</em> 57, no 1(2017):2-3, <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.5860/rusq.57.1.6433" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://dx.doi.org/10.5860/rusq.57.1.6433</a>.]<em> </em> <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong>  <em>RUSQ </em>readers are librarians, information professionals, and students in academic, public, and special libraries who have a keen interest in developments in the field of adult reference and user services. With the open-access policy, <em>RUSQ</em>'s readership is expanding outside of North America, and writers should assume a global audience of professionals and students. Trott addresses <em>RUSQ</em> editors' and readers' expectations: "Prospective authors will make their manuscripts more attractive to editors and to readers by looking for areas that have not already been widely explored. If you are examining a topic about which much has been written lately, you need to make clear what your work brings to the discussion and how it forwards that discussion in useful and perhaps provocative ways."[16. Trott, "Thoughts."] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> <em>RUSQ</em> readers are very familiar with LIS subject matter. However, the journal's style emphasizes that articles be readable and clearly written. "The tone of feature articles in <i>RUSQ</i> should be scholarly, but scholarly writing does not need to be impenetrable and obscure. Active voice, declarative sentences, and attention to language are all important."[17. Trott, "Thoughts."] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> Readers of <em>RUSQ</em> are LIS professionals and students working in all types of libraries and information centers. Potential authors must take into consideration the fact that readers belong to a certain segment of the library and information science field, particularly on the service side of librarianship, and articles must be aimed at informing and advising this portion of the profession. Authors should keep in mind the journal's international scope and its emphasis on scholarly but straightforward writing. <strong>Last updated:</strong> March 6, 2018 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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