Reference Services Review (RSR)

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Reference Services Review (RSR)
&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Reference Services Review: Reference and Instructional Services for Libraries in the Digital Age</em> (<em>RSR</em>) <strong>ISSN</strong>: 0090-7324 <strong>Website:</strong> <a title="Reference Services Review" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> <em>Reference Services Review</em> (<em>RSR</em>) "is a leading journal dedicated to the enrichment and advancement of reference knowledge and the improvement of professional practice." Further, 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. "Aims &amp; Scope," <em>Reference Services Review,</em> accessed March 6, 2018, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a>.] <strong>Target audience: </strong>Librarians, information professionals, and LIS students, especially those interested in reference, instruction, and public services. <strong>Publisher:</strong> Emerald Publishing.[2. "Aims &amp; Scope."] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Yes, double-blind peer review.[3. "Author Guidelines," <em>Reference Services Review,</em> accessed March 6, 2018, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a>.] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS scholarly journal. <strong>Medium:</strong> Online. <strong>Content:</strong> <em>RSR</em> articles "draw upon traditional areas of inquiry within the fields of information studies and education, as well as from newer interdisciplinary perspectives such as critical pedagogy" and relate to “all aspects of reference and library user services in a digital age.”[4. "Aims &amp; Scope."] <em>RSR</em> regularly publishes special issues, such as 2017's two-part Transfer Students and Students in Transition.[5. See <em>Reference Services Review</em> 45, no. 2 (2017), <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a>,  and 45, no. 3 (2017), <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a>.] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Quarterly. <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Author Guidelines</a>. <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong>  <i>RSR</i> publishes research papers, viewpoints, technical papers, conceptual papers, case studies, literature reviews, and general reviews. The author guidelines provide a description of each article type in the Article Classification section.[6. "Author Guidelines."] Topics are wide ranging, including user research, instruction, digital services and software, assessment, management, and any topic relevant to improving and innovating reference services. <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> Articles are submitted to <em>RSR </em>using ScholarOne Manuscripts. The editor reviews the manuscripts and sends those that are appropriate for the journal to at least one independent referee for double-blind peer review.[7. "Author Guidelines."]  Reviewers are "distinguished practitioners, managers, administrators, educators, and scholars from library and information studies and higher education, as well as other fields."[8. "Aims &amp; Scope."] Additional manuscript requirements and a production cycle with approximate dates and deadlines for the current volume are available on the Author Guidelines page.[9. "Author Guidelines."] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> Professional and academic. <strong>Style guide used: </strong>Harvard style in-text citations and reference list. Examples are provided in the Author Guidelines.[10. "Author Guidelines."] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> <em>RSR</em> is a strong choice for librarians and information professionals looking to publish scholarship and research on topics relating to reference and readers’ advisory, instruction, information literacy, and public services. It is interdisciplinary in nature, so LIS authors who write from other disciplines or perspectives (for example, critical pedagogy) will find an outlet here. Furthermore, <em>RSR </em>is a leading journal that "provides a quick and efficient service to first-time authors."[11. "Aims &amp; Scope."] &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> <em>RSR</em> "is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald Library Studies eJournals Collection."[12. "Aims &amp; Scope."] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> <i>RSR</i> is a North American English-language journal. It is widely abstracted and indexed.[13. "Aims &amp; Scope."] The editorial board consists of LIS professionals from North America, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Canada, so although the articles have an overall North American focus, the reach of the journal is international. <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> Readers include LIS practitioners, managers, administrators, educators, scholars, and students, with a wide range of professional interests in the area of reference services. <em>RSR </em>"is valued reading by the majority of North American library schools with its ‘au courant’ focus."[14. "Aims &amp; Scope."] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> Readers will have a high familiarity with terminology, trends, and best practices relating to reference services; they will also be LIS graduate students familiar with but learning about these topics. <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> A typical reader of this journal will be an LIS professional or graduate student looking for innovative approaches and thoughtful analysis that is written in an accessible style. <strong>Last updated:</strong> March 6, 2018 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>

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