Reference Services Review

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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Reference Services Review

Website: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR

Purpose, objective, or mission: From the website: “Reference Services Review (RSR) is a leading journal dedicated to the enrichment and advancement of reference knowledge and the improvement of professional practice. The journal raises questions, explores new frameworks for user services, advances fresh analyses and research and proposes solutions to diverse operational issues facing librarians and information professionals.”1

Target audience: Librarians, information professionals, and library school students, especially those interested in reference, instruction, and public services.2

Publisher: Emerald Publishing.3

Peer reviewed? Yes. Manuscripts are evaluated using a double-blind peer review process.4 Current reviewers for RSR are listed here.5 The editorial team is listed here.6

Type: LIS Scholarly.7

Medium: Print. Full text available online, 1973-present (electronic issues from 1997 on currently require a subscription to access full text).8

Content: RSR content includes research papers, case studies, general reviews, viewpoint pieces, technical papers, conceptual papers, and literature reviews relating to “all aspects of reference and library user services in a digital age.”9

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=rsr

Types of contributions accepted: RSR is interested in article submissions that focus on “new frameworks for user services,…fresh analyses and research and proposes solutions to diverse operational issues facing librarians and information professionals.”11 Articles should be 4000-8000 words in length, including references and appendices.12

Submission and review process: RSR accepts rolling/ongoing submissions. Articles are submitted using ScholarOne Manuscripts; instructions on registering for and using this system are available on the RSR website. The editors assign all accepted manuscripts to a forthcoming issue at their discretion. Additional manuscript requirements and a production cycle with approximate dates and deadlines for the current volume are available on the Author Guidelines page.13

Editorial tone: Professional and academic tone.14

Style guide used: Harvard style. Avoid including notes or endnotes unless absolutely necessary. Instead, publications should be cited in-text and an alphabetical reference list should be included at the end of the paper.15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

RSR is a strong choice for librarians and information professionals looking to publish scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles on topics relating to reference and readers’ advisory, instruction, information literacy, and public services. The journal’s H Index is 15. It has an SJR of 1.546 and a SNIP of 1.256 on Scopus. RSR articles were used in 343 review articles or literature reviews in 2012.16

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: RSR is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald Library Studies eJournals Collection. According to the RSR website, RSR receives over 2000 downloads a week.17

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: United States. RSR is also widely abstracted and indexed, and available online to audiences outside of North America. It is written in American English.18 The Emerald Literati Networks’ Editing Service can recommend freelance copy editors to authors who wish “to improve the standard of English in their paper before submission.”19

Reader characteristics: Readers include practitioners, managers, administrators, educators, and scholars. Professional interests of readers include reference and readers’ advisory, instruction, information literacy, and public services. Readers will put particular value in articles that focus on ethical reference services in all technological forms and in any type of library.20 Many of the articles this reviewer checked focused on the academic library experience, but RSR is also useful for those working in public and special libraries.

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers will have a high familiarity with terminology, trends, and best practices relating to reference services.21

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

A typical reader of this journal will be an LIS professional or graduate student looking for innovative approaches and thoughtful analysis that’s written in an accessible style.

Last updated: October 30, 2014


References

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  1. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR
  2. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR
  3. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR
  4. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Author guidelines. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=rsr
  5. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). RSR’s reviewers. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/news_story.htm?id=5255&PHPSESSID=gt8kdaccr6o4ofvn37dqnkefk5
  6. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Editorial team. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/editorial_team.htm?id=rsr
  7. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Author guidelines. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=rsr
  8. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR
  9. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Call for papers. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=5548
  10. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Author guidelines. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=rsr
  11. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR
  12. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Author guidelines. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=rsr
  13. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Author guidelines. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=rsr
  14. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Author guidelines. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=rsr
  15. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Author guidelines. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=rsr
  16. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Emerald journal news. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/news_story.htm?id=5003
  17. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR
  18. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR
  19. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Emerald Literati Network Editing Service. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/authors/editing_service/index.htm
  20. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR
  21. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR
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