Student Research Journal (SRJ)

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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Student Research Journal (SRJ). Pronounced “€œsurge.”€ ISSN: 2160-77531

Website: http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/

Purpose, objective, or mission: From the website: “The School of Information’s Student Research Journal, formerly known as SLIS Student Research Journal, is a peer-reviewed publication of San José State University School of Information that promotes graduate scholarship and intellectual inquiry in the fields of library and information science, archives and records management, and museum studies..2

Target audience: Library and Information Science (LIS) students, the larger LIS community.3

Publisher: San José State University (SJSU).4

Peer reviewed? Yes.5 Accepted manuscripts are sent to at least two peer reviewers in a double-blind review system. The managing editor coordinates the process and the editor-in-chief is responsible for contacting the authors as to the decision.6
The following criteria is used for review:

  • Conceptualization
  • Execution
  • References (APA citation style, 6th Ed.)
  • Value7

Reviewers return manuscripts to the editor-in-chief or managing editor with a recommendation to accept, reject, or accept with major or minor corrections.8

Type: LIS scholarly.9

Medium: Online. SRJ is hosted at SJSU’s institutional repository Scholar Works, part of the Digital Commons initiative powered by Berkeley Electronic Press.10

Content: From the Policies page: SRJ “accepts manuscripts of original research, critical reviews, critical essays, and evidence summaries covering topics in all fields of information science theory, policy, application, or practice that advances intellectual inquiry in the field.”11

Frequency of publication: This journal publishes two issues annually.12

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html

Types of contributions accepted: This publication accepts original, unpublished scholarly articles written by current graduate students provided that “that he/she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article.”13 Manuscripts cannot be simultaneously under review with other publications. Manuscripts can be submitted at any time.14

Submission and review process: See the Submission Guidelines for more details.

This journal receives submissions on a rolling basis. The submission process is entirely digital, and prospective authors will need to register with SRJ in order to submit a manuscript.15

Manuscripts should include an abstract of 250 words or less, a cover letter that states the manuscript’€™s purpose and its contribution to SRJ, and 5–8 keywords that describe your manuscript. Manuscripts should follow APA formatting guidelines and be submitted as MS Word documents.16

Initially, manuscripts are reviewed to ensure that they follow the submission guidelines. Members of the Editorial Advisory Board may be consulted during this process. Approved manuscripts are sent to the managing editor, who coordinates peer review. The editor-in-chief advises authors of all manuscript decisions.17

By consent to publish, the authors assign copyright to SJSU ScholarWorks. More information can be found here.18

Editorial tone:  Recent articles indicate a scholarly tone in which material presented offers in-depth analysis of current topics of interest to the library profession as well as ways to further research and suggestions to solve current issues within the profession.19

Style guide used:  Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.20

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

SRJ features a robust editorial board that includes prominent SJSU faculty. As the editorial board reviews all manuscripts, submitting to SRJ offers an opportunity to broadcast your best work to LIS community leaders, to market yourself as an emerging LIS professional, and to begin forging professional relationships. SRJ offers a prime opportunity for first publishing among LIS students interested in archives and records management or museum studies, as it publishes articles in these areas as well as in library and information science.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: According to Vicki Robison, student services coordinator at San Jose State University’s School of Information (SJSU iSchool), in May 2011 there were 2,500 SLIS students.21 While SRJ is aimed at both LIS students and the larger LIS community, it is safe to say that this publication is at this time best known among SJSU iSchool students. As the last issue in 2012 featured submissions from three universities including SJSU iSchool, the audience outside of SJSU is growing.22

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: In 2013, 29% of students lived outside of California and 5% lived outside of the United States, including 4% who live in Canada.23 Readership and submissions are expanding to other universities.24 SRJ is published in American English,25 but aims for a national or international audience. Avoid regionalisms, as you would with any scholarly article.26

Reader characteristics: According to an ALA Member Demographics Study, librarians are predominantly white females, and many are baby boomers. The number of racial and ethnic minorities represented within the profession is growing, but this still represents a small percentage of the LIS community. Readers of the publication may be library students who are new to the profession. LIS professionals live and work in a wide variety of settings, but a significant portion (45%) work in public libraries or universities.27 An ethos of intellectual freedom, critical inquiry and support of education pervades the profession. SRJ publishes original research and critical reviews and essays, so intellectual rigor will be paramount. The rapidly changing technology and its relevance to libraries of today is reflected in recent articles.28

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Because this publication accepts submissions about virtually all areas of information science and targets LIS professionals in all stages of the profession, it would be wise to briefly introduce concepts and explain any specialized terminology for the benefit of those outside of one’s area of expertise.29

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

LIS students and professionals are a diverse group, with interdisciplinary workplaces and interests. SRJ publishes papers on virtually any topic related to LIS, making this publication a possibility for students writing on many subjects. When considering submitting to SRJ, a scholarly bent will be critical. Evaluate your manuscript’s contribution to graduate research and its promotion of intellectual inquiry. Critical pieces and original studies of emerging issues such as open-source LIS models, collection development, information literacy, information-seeking behavior, user experience, issues in electronic records and digital asset management, or a host of other areas would be welcome here. Recent articles were on subjects such as digital preservation, social media and using technology to connect libraries with teenagers.

Last updated: December 1, 2014


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