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Slate

 

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About the publication

TitleSlate

ISSN: 1091-2339 (Online)1

Website: http://www.slate.com

Purpose, objective, or mission: Founded in 1996, Slate is a “general-interest publication offering analysis and commentary about politics, news, business, technology, and culture.”2

Target audience: Internet news seekers interested in current events and contemporary topics with a unique perspective and sharp commentary.

Publisher: The Slate Group, a Graham Holdings Company.

Peer reviewed? No.

Type: Civilian publication / online magazine.

Medium: Online.

Content: Current events, political commentary, culture–all sorts of topics within the United States. Slate has a self-proclaimed liberal slant.3

Frequency of publication: New content published daily.

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: How to pitch Slate

Types of contributions accepted: Slate asks that you read over their website and get familiar with the types of work they accept before you send in a pitch. They’re known for making strong statements, so if your piece falls under opinion or analysis, be sure to make a compelling argument. Scroll towards the bottom of How to pitch Slate to read a successful pitch example, a particularly funny take on food featured on the Game of Thrones TV show.

Submission and review process: Send short pitches stating the general content of your article, or the argument you intend to make. Do not send complete drafts of your piece.4

Slate asks that you please Google the topic of your article to see what as already been written on the subject–they strive for fresh content and new perspectives. Be sure to include the section of the site in which you would like your article to be featured–Brow Beat, Health/Science, Human Interest, etc. Include a short bio on yourself. Slate asks that you please refrain from emailing multiple editors. Due to the high volume of submissions that they receive, if you do not hear back from an editor in a few days, your article was not accepted.5

Editorial tone: Informative yet casual.

Style guide used: Unknown.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Slate could be a great option to look into for those writing about push-button topics in the LIS field. Recently published articles regarding library and information science include The Library of Congress Will Stop Archiving Every Tweet. Good., from 2017, and Who Is in Control of Your Library’s Data? from 2015.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: According to Quantcast, Slate.com reaches over 20 million people every month. 77% of which are in the United States.6

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Slate has headquarters in New York and Washington, D.C., and the majority of its readers are in the United States.7

Reader characteristics: According to an older article published by Slate, their general demographic is comprised of (mostly) college educated readers between the ages of 25-54.8

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Varied, as Slate is read by the general public.

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

With 70 million viewers a month, you can guarantee that readers of Slate have a wide range of knowledge. Recent articles on a David Lynch typing game and the dubiousness of octopus intelligence show potential authors that Slate could be a good outlet for more offbeat LIS writing. All articles feature a lively readers’ commentary section, so be prepared for (potentially) heavy debate about your content.

Last updated: March 2, 2018


References

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  1.  Slate, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 27, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1522203227097/248045
  2. “About Us,” Slate.com, accessed February 27, 2018, http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/slate_fare/2006/08/about_us.html
  3. “Slate Isn’t Too Liberal. But…,” Slate.com, accessed February 27, 2018, http://www.slate.com/articles/slate_plus/slate_fare/2014/09/is_slate_magazine_too_liberal_or_conservative_what_members_said_about_the.html
  4. “How to pitch Slate,” Slate.com, accessed February 27, 2018, http://www.slate.com/articles/briefing/slate_fare/2017/10/how_to_pitch_slate.html
  5. “How to pitch Slate.”
  6. “Slate.com Audience Insights,” Quantcast.com, accessed February 28, 2018, https://www.quantcast.com/slate.com#trafficCard
  7. “Slate.com Audience Insights.”
  8. “Media Kit,” Slate.com, accessed February 28, 2018, http://www.slate.com/articles/briefing/media_kit/2000/12/_14.html
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Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table

 

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About the publication

Title: Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table 

ISSN: XXXX-XXXX

Website: http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres

Purpose, objective, or mission: The Endnotes Committee is part of the ALA’€™s New Members Round Table (NMRT), a which consists of ALA members with fewer than ten years’ membership. The committee’s mission is to provide support for librarians who want or need to publish scholarly articles, and to publish peer-reviewed research by NMRT members and directed at new librarians.1

The committee oversees publication of Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table.2

Target audience: American Library Association new members, specifically those who are part of the New Members Round Table (ALA NMRT)3

Publisher: American Library Association4

Peer reviewed? Yes5

Type: LIS scholarly6

Medium: Online7

Content: According to the Endnotes Committee Charge, “Each edition of the journal will contain 2-4 scholarly articles written by members of NMRT, as well as web site reviews and scholarly book reviews of titles relevant to new librarians.”8

Frequency of publication: One issue per year, with the possibility of more issues if there is interest. The editor welcomes suggestions for special themed issues from NMRT members.9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelineshttp://www.ala.org/nmrt/about-endnotes-committee

Types of contributions accepted: Original research, practitioner-based research, case studies, book and media reviews. Articles range between 2000-4000 words; book and media reviews 300-500.10

Submission and review process: Endnotes accepts article submissions on a rolling basis, but NMRT members are encouraged to contact the editor about proposals to determine if it fits the journal’€™s scope.11

Send typed, double-spaced MS word docs to nmrtendnotesjournal@gmail.com.12

The committee reviews manuscripts via an double-blind peer-review process. Accepted manuscripts will be returned with committee suggestions for edits, and authors will have about a month to revise the manuscript for publication.13

Editorial tone: Scholarly, but not too formal. The articles and reviews are almost conversational.14

Style guide used: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

To submit a manuscript for publication, register with the ALA and then join the NMRT, whose mission is to provide support for librarians with that specific goal. The publication is for NMRT members and directed at new librarians.€“ Endnotes is the perfect place for LIS students and new authors to submit a query to supportive editorial staff and among a group of peers.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Endnotes is an open-access journal available online for anyone to read, but is primarily for members of the ALA’€™s NMRT.16

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: ALA is based in Chicago, IL, but the website and newsletter are online open access, available to anyone with internet access, or through a library. œA network of affiliates, chapters, and other organizations enables the ALA to reach a broad audience. Although it is written in American English and published by the American Library Association, the ALA does not limit itself to U.S. library concerns.17

Reader characteristics: Most readers of Endnotes, and all authors, are members of the ALA’€™s NMRT.18 ALA members include “librarians, library trustees, and other interested people from every state and many nations. The association serves public, state, school, and academic libraries, as well as special libraries for people working in government, commerce and industry, the arts, and the armed services or in hospitals, prisons, and other institutions.”19 The ALA’€™s mission is “€œto provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.”20

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers of this scholarly journal are part of the ALA’€™s New Members Roundtable, so they may be expected to be aware of current LIS trends and terminology.21

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

Readers are primarily new members to the ALA, and are interested in reading the most recent LIS scholarly research, news, reviews and updates in order to further their education or careers, and to inspire their own research and writing. This is an ideal publication for new authors to consider, and as it’€™s part of the ALA, has built-in credibility and respect, as well as readership.

Last updated: April 22. 2017


References

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  1. “About NMRT,” American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017,  http://www.ala.org/nmrt/about-nmrt
  2. “Endnotes Committee,” American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017, http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
  3. “Endnotes Committee,” American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017, http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
  4. “Endnotes Committee,” American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017, http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
  5. “Endnotes Committee,” American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017, http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
  6. “Endnotes Committee,” American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017, http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
  7. American Library Association. (2014). Endnotes Committee. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
  8. “Endnotes Committee,” American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017, http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
  9. “Endnotes Committee,” American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017, http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
  10. “Endnotes Committee,” American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017, http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
  11. “Endnotes Committee,” American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017, http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
  12. “Endnotes Committee,” American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017, http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
  13. “Endnotes Committee,” American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017, http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
  14. “Endnotes Committee,” American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017, http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
  15. “Endnotes Committee,” American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017, http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
  16. “Endnotes Committee,” American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017, http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
  17. “Endnotes Committee,” American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017, http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
  18. “Endnotes Committee,” American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017, http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
  19. “Membership,” American Library Association Annual Report, 2015, American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017, http://www.ala.org/aboutala/sites/ala.org.aboutala/files/content/2015-ALA-Annual%20Report-Accessible-Final-7-8-2016.pdf
  20. “Mission,” American Library Association Annual Report, 2015, American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017,  http://www.ala.org/aboutala/sites/ala.org.aboutala/files/content/2015-ALA-Annual%20Report-Accessible-Final-7-8-2016.pdf
  21. “Endnotes Committee,” American Library Association, accessed April 22, 2017, http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
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Huntington Library Quarterly

 

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About the publication

Title: Huntington Library Quarterly

ISSN: 0018-7895 (Print) and 1544-399X (Online)1

Website: http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/

Purpose, objective, or mission:Huntington Library Quarterly publishes articles on the literature, history, and art of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries in Britain and America, with special emphasis on:

  • The interactions of literature, politics, and religion
  • The social and political contexts of literary and art history
  • Textual and bibliographic studies, including the history of printing and publishing
  • American studies, through the early nineteenth century;
  • The performance history of drama and music.”2

Target audience: Academic librarians and academics with a focus on American Literature and History between 1500 and 1700.[3 Huntington Library Quarterly, University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/]

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press3

Peer reviewed? Yes4

Type: Art, Literature, and History; scholarly. The main content of the publication is oriented toward research-based and scholarly articles.5

Medium: Print and online6

Content: Academic articles, book reviews, review articles on important research in the field. The Quarterly also has an Intramuralia section that details acquisitions of rare books, manuscripts, and ephemera by the Huntington Library.7

Frequency of publication: Quarterly8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://hlq.pennpress.org/media/80097/hlq_authorguidelines.pdf

Types of contributions accepted: Full-length academic feature articles, book reviews, and essays9

Submission and review process: Manuscripts are submitted for review via the ScholarOne website. Each manuscript should be accompanied by an abstract. In addition, any illustrations must be provided in hard copy.10

Editorial tone: Academic and formal11

Style guide used: The Chicago Manual of Style, latest edition12

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

LIS authors who are interested in sixteenth-to-eighteenth century British and American society would benefit from publishing an article to this prestigious journal. Authors should be sure of their information, as readers of the journal are experts in the field and expect to have high-quality research in the journal.

Huntington Library Quarterly is abstracted in America: History and Life; Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL); Bibliography of the History of Art: BHA; British Humanities Index; FRANCIS; Historical Abstracts; Humanities Index; Humanities International Complete; I B R – Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Wissenshcaftlicher Literatur; I B Z – Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes-und Sozialwissenschlaftlichen; MLA International Bibliography; Periodicals Index Online; ProQuest Research Library; Religion Index One: Periodicals; Routledge ABES; SCOPUS.13

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: No specific numbers available. The Quarterly is available by subscription only but is abstracted and indexed in a variety of locations.14

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The journal is published in English by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Though online access makes an international audience possible, the thematic focus of the journal indicates most readers would be academics in English-speaking countries.15

Reader characteristics: No specific information available, but readers are most likely experts in the subjects and time period highlighted by the Quarterly. Most will have at least one, if not more, advanced degree. It can be assumed that readers are highly interested in British and American history, art, and literature, as well as in archival studies.16

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Although it may be assumed that some readers of HLQ have a knowledge of archival practice, others will have a purely academic or aesthetic interest in the period. Readers will not have a great interest in non-archival aspects of librarianship.17

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

The Huntington Library Quarterly is a prestigious academic journal with a very specific purpose: to highlight scholarship in early modern history and literature in England and the US. Publication in the Quarterly would be a boost to an academic or writing career. Readers are assumed to have deep knowledgeable about archival studies and British and American culture of 1500 to 1900, so authors should be very sure of their information and provide new research and thinking in the field.

Last updated: April 26, 2017


References

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  1.  Huntington Library Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 11, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/search/1908295256
  2. Huntington Library Quarterly, University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/
  3.  Huntington Library Quarterly, University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/
  4.  Huntington Library Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 26, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405962725458/46882
  5. Huntington Library Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 26, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405962725458/46882
  6. Huntington Library Quarterly, University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/
  7.  Huntington Library Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/
  8. Huntington Library Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 26, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405962725458/46882
  9.  Huntington Library Quarterly, University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/
  10. Huntington Library Quarterly, Author Guidelines,” University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/media/80097/hlq_authorguidelines.pdf
  11. Huntington Library Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 26, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405962725458/46882
  12. Huntington Library Quarterly, Author Guidelines,” University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/media/80097/hlq_authorguidelines.pdf
  13. Huntington Library Quarterly, University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/
  14. Huntington Library Quarterly, University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/
  15. Huntington Library Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 26, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405962725458/46882
  16. Huntington Library Quarterly, University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/
  17. Huntington Library Quarterly, University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/
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