Serials Librarian

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: The Serials Librarian

Website: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/wser20

Purpose, objective, or mission: According to their website, “The Serials Librarian is an international journal focusing on the management of electronic and print serials and other subscription sources (ebooks, monographic series, databases).”1

Target audience: Librarians, other library staff, and all individuals involved in the serials information chain.2

Publisher: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), Philadelphia, PA.3

Peer reviewed? Yes.4

Type: LIS scholarly.5

Medium: Print and online.6

Content: Articles, both practical and theoretical in nature, on collection development, acquisitions, cataloging/metadata, or information technology. For example, recent articles in The Serials Librarian included – ”Usage Factor for Journals: A Mew Measure for Scholarly Impact” and ”Garbage In, Gospel Out: Twelve Reasons Why Librarians Should Not Accept Cost-per-Download Figures at Face Value.”7

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wser20&page=instructions

Types of contributions accepted: Articles related to serials in all types of libraries, with either a theoretical or practical approach, on topics of serials selection and acquisition, bibliographic control, cataloging, staffing and department management, serials control systems, subscription agencies, publishers and computerization problems.9

Submission and review process: This publication uses ScholarOne Manuscripts, a web-based platform, to manage submissions. Detailed instructions are included at the submission guidelines link provided above. Submissions are subjected to editorial and double-blind review.10

Editorial tone: Formal, scholarly.11

Style guide used: Chicago Manual of Style.12

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

A review of the affiliation of authors published in this journal shows the majority work in academic libraries and articles published in this journal are likely supportive of career advancement. Due to the international scope of this journal (with authors ranging from Cambridge University Library to University of Wyoming Libraries) and strong academic content, LIS authors will need to possess an authoritative voice and experience to contribute to the body of knowledge represented by this journal.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: No information available.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: United States.13 As the journal is international in scope, contributors need to consider if their article is of interest to the readership and explain, or avoid, any references specific to an individual culture.14

Reader characteristics: Readers of The Serials Librarian will likely have advanced degrees and an active interest in all matters related to serials management. Subscribers are often members of North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) or other special interest group focusing on the promotion and effective management of serials. Subscribers seem to value well-researched and well-written articles that will help them in their work. Based on author affiliations, possible bias toward writings of authors without academic affiliation.15

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers, given the specific nature and focus of this journal, will probably have a general knowledge of LIS subject matter with extensive, in-depth knowledge of serials collection and management.16

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

As well-educated librarians with specific interest in serials, readers will expect writing from authors knowledgeable (if not an expert) in this field and likely the most successful contributors will be ones who are part of the serials community and already read this journal.

Last updated: October 30, 2014


References

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  1. Informa UK Limited. (2014). The Serials Librarian: Aims & scope. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wser20#.U6mjtbGdROg
  2. Informa UK Limited. (2014). The Serials Librarian: Aims & scope. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wser20#.U6mjtbGdROg
  3. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Serials Librarian. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403626343892/67187
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Serials Librarian. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403626343892/67187
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Serials Librarian. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403626343892/67187
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Serials Librarian. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403626343892/67187
  7. Informa UK Limited. (2014). The Serials Librarian. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/wser20#.U6mjiLGdROg
  8. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Serials Librarian. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403626343892/67187
  9. Informa UK Limited. (2014). The Serials Librarian: Aims & scope. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wser20#.U6mjtbGdROg
  10. Informa UK Limited. (2014). The Serials Librarian: Instructions for authors. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wser20&page=instructions#.U6mjqrGdROg
  11. Informa UK Limited. (2014). The Serials Librarian: Instructions for authors. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wser20&page=instructions#.U6mjqrGdROg
  12. Informa UK Limited. (2014). The Serials Librarian: Instructions for authors. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wser20&page=instructions#.U6mjqrGdROg
  13. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Serials Librarian. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403626343892/67187
  14. Informa UK Limited. (2014). The Serials Librarian: Aims & scope. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wser20#.U6mjtbGdROg
  15. Informa UK Limited. (2014). The Serials Librarian: Aims & scope. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wser20#.U6mjtbGdROg
  16. Informa UK Limited. (2014). The Serials Librarian: Aims & scope. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wser20#.U6mjtbGdROg
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