Student Research Journal (SRJ)

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Student Research Journal (SRJ)</em>. Pronounced "€œsurge."€ ISSN: 2160-7753[1. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal:About This Journal</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ) About This Journal" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/about.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/about.html</a>] <strong>Website:</strong> <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ)" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> From the <a title="SRJ Website" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/" target="_blank">website</a>: "The School of Information's Student Research Journal, formerly known as <em>SLIS Student Research Journal</em>, 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. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ)" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/</a>] <strong>Target audience:</strong> Library and Information Science (LIS) students, the larger LIS community.[3. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ)" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/</a>] <strong>Publisher:</strong> San José State University (SJSU).[4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). SLIS Student Research Journal. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403632092865/724776" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403632092865/724776</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Yes.[5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). SLIS Student Research Journal. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403632092865/724776" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403632092865/724776</a>] 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. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal: Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ) Policies" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html</a>] The following criteria is used for review: <ul> <li>Conceptualization</li> <li>Execution</li> <li>References (APA citation style, 6th Ed.)</li> <li>Value[7. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal: Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ) Policies" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html</a>]</li> </ul> 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. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal: Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ) Policies" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html</a>] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS scholarly.[9. SerialsSolutions. (2014). SLIS Student Research Journal. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403632092865/724776" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403632092865/724776</a>] <strong>Medium:</strong> Online. <em>SRJ</em> is hosted at SJSU's institutional repository <a title="Scholar Works" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/" target="_blank">Scholar Works</a>, part of the Digital Commons initiative powered by <a title="Berkeley Electronic Press" href="http://www.bepress.com/journals/" target="_blank">Berkeley Electronic Press</a>.[10. SerialsSolutions. (2014). SLIS Student Research Journal. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403632092865/724776" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403632092865/724776</a>] <strong>Content:</strong> From the <a title="Policies" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html#typescansubmit" target="_blank">Policies</a> page: <em>SRJ</em> "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. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal: Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ) Policies" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> This journal publishes two issues annually.[12. SerialsSolutions. (2014). SLIS Student Research Journal. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403632092865/724776" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403632092865/724776</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a title="Studen Research Journal Submission Guidelines" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> 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. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal: Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ) Policies" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html</a>] Manuscripts cannot be simultaneously under review with other publications. Manuscripts can be submitted at any time.[14. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal: Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ) Policies" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html</a>] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> See the <a title="Submission Guidelines" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/author_resources.html" target="_blank">Submission Guidelines</a> 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 <em>SRJ</em> in order to submit a manuscript.[15. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal: Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ) Policies" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html</a>] Manuscripts should include an abstract of 250 words or less, a cover letter that states the manuscript'€™s purpose and its contribution to <em>SRJ</em>, and 5–8 keywords that describe your manuscript. Manuscripts should follow APA formatting guidelines and be submitted as MS Word documents.[16. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal: Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ) Policies" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html</a>] 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. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal: Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ) Policies" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html</a>] By consent to publish, the authors assign copyright to SJSU ScholarWorks. More information can be found <a title="Policies" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html#rights" target="_blank">here</a>.[18. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal: Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ) Policies" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html</a>] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong>  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. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal: Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ) Policies" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html</a>] <strong>Style guide used:</strong>  <a title="APA Publication Manual" href="http://www.apastyle.org/manual/index.aspx" target="_blank"><em>Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association</em>, 6th ed</a>.[20. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal: Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ) Policies" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> <em>SRJ</em> features a robust editorial board that includes prominent SJSU faculty. As the editorial board reviews all manuscripts, submitting to <em>SRJ</em> 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. <em>SRJ</em> 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. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> 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. V. Robison, personal communication, May 2011.] While <em>SRJ</em> 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. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal:About This Journal</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ) About This Journal" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/about.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/about.html</a>] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> In 2013, 29% of students lived outside of California and 5% lived outside of the United States, including 4% who live in Canada.[23. San José State University. (2013). MLIS student profiles. <em>School of Library and Information Science</em>. Retrieved from <a title="SLIS Student Demographics" href="http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/prospective-students/meet-our-students/mlis-student-profiles" target="_blank">http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/prospective-students/meet-our-students/mlis-student-profiles</a>] Readership and submissions are expanding to other universities.[24. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal:About This Journal</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ) About This Journal" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/about.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/about.html</a>] <em>SRJ</em> is published in American English,[25. SerialsSolutions. (2014). SLIS Student Research Journal. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403632092865/724776" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403632092865/724776</a>] but aims for a national or international audience. Avoid regionalisms, as you would with any scholarly article.[26. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal:About This Journal</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ) About This Journal" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/about.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/about.html</a>] <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> 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. American Library Association. (2013). <em>ALA Demographics Studies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="ALA Demographics Studies" href="http://www.ala.org/research/sites/ala.org.research/files/content/July13report.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.ala.org/research/sites/ala.org.research/files/content/July13report.pdf</a>] An ethos of intellectual freedom, critical inquiry and support of education pervades the profession. <em>SRJ</em> 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. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal: Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ) Policies" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html</a>] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> 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. San José State University. (2014). <em>Student Research Journal: Policies</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Student Research Journal (SRJ) Policies" href="http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html" target="_blank">http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> LIS students and professionals are a diverse group, with interdisciplinary workplaces and interests. <em>SRJ</em> publishes papers on virtually any topic related to LIS, making this publication a possibility for students writing on many subjects. When considering submitting to <em>SRJ</em>, 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. <strong>Last updated:</strong> December 1, 2014 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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