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Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA)

About the publication

Title: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA)

ISSN: 1067-5027 (Print) and 1527-974X (Online)1

Website: https://academic.oup.com/jamia

Purpose, objective, or mission: JAMIA is AMIA’s premier peer-reviewed journal for biomedical and health informatics.”2JAMIA articles describe innovative informatics research and systems that help to advance biomedical science and to promote health.”3

Target audience: “Physicians, informaticians, scientists, nurses and other health care professionals,” as well as academic and medical librarians are among this publication’s target audience.4

Publisher: Oxford University Press5

Peer reviewed? Yes6

Type: Academic / Scholarly7

Medium: Print and online8

Content: “Covering the full spectrum of activities in the field, JAMIA includes informatics articles in the areas of clinical care, clinical research, translational science, implementation science, imaging, education, consumer health, public health, and policy. JAMIA‘s articles describe innovative informatics research and systems that help to advance biomedical science and to promote health.”9

Frequency of publication: Monthly10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: https://academic.oup.com/jamia/pages/General_Instructions

Types of contributions accepted: The journal accepts research and applications, reviews, brief communications, case reports, perspectives, correspondence, and editorials and highlights.11

Submission and review process: Manuscripts should be double-spaced and accompanied by a title page, abstract, references, acknowledgements, etc. Additionally, authors should submit their manuscripts in Word format to JAMIA’s submission site. As for the review process, authors must provide details of any conflicts of interests, so that the review can “be handled by ones of the other editors.”12

Editorial tone: Scholarly.13

Style guide used: The journal asks authors to use footnotes and format their references according to Medline style.14

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

JAMIA is a great publication for LIS authors familiar with informatics, health sciences, etc. It explores topics LIS professionals are familiar with, including social media, the ethics of various information dissemination methods, etc.15 Health informatics professionals, as well as medical librarians with knowledge of these topics will feel right at home with this publication.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Although exact circulation statistics are unavailable, all members of the American Medical Informatics Association receive a subscription to JAMIA.16 AMIA has over 5,400 members,17 though JAMIA‘s readership is likely higher than this figure, since articles are freely available on JAMIA’s website and PubMed Central.18

Audience location: Because this journal is the official journal of the American Medical Informatics Association,19 it stands to reason that the majority of readers will live in the U.S. At the same time, JAMIA is published by the Oxford University Press in the United Kingdom20 and features articles concerning biomedical data sharing as a whole. Thus, the journal has articles of interest to English-speaking biomedical professionals worldwide.

Reader characteristics: The majority of readers will be healthcare professionals with specialized knowledge of bioinformatics.21

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Because JAMIA is first and foremost a medical publication within the highly specialized field of bioinformatics, most readers will be more familiar with medical terminology than LIS terminology. Thus, while medical terms can—and should—be used freely, LIS terms should be used sparingly and defined where necessary.

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

Because the majority of readers will come from highly technical backgrounds, authors should ground their articles in methodical, well-documented research. Additionally, authors should—at the very least—have taken a class in health informatics. Ideally, however, authors will be healthcare professionals (including medical librarians) with extensive knowledge of bioinformatics.

Last updated: April 18, 2018

Show 21 footnotes

  1.  Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 17, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/search/1705920417
  2. “About the Journal,” Oxford University Press, accessed April 18, 2018, https://academic.oup.com/jamia/pages/About
  3.  Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 18, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1524013281789/223132
  4.  Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 17, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1524013281789/223132
  5.  Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 17, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/search/1705920417
  6.  Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 17, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1524013281789/223132
  7.  Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 17, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1524013281789/223132
  8.  Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 17, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/search/1705920417
  9. “About the Journal,” Oxford University Press, accessed April 17, 2018, https://academic.oup.com/jamia/pages/About
  10.  Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 17, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1524013281789/223132
  11. “Instructions to Authors,” Oxford University Press, accessed April 17, 2018, https://academic.oup.com/jamia/pages/General_Instructions
  12. “Instructions to Authors,” Oxford University Press, accessed April 17, 2018, https://academic.oup.com/jamia/pages/General_Instructions
  13. Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 17, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1524013281789/223132
  14.  “Instructions to Authors,” Oxford University Press, accessed April 17, 2018, https://academic.oup.com/jamia/pages/General_Instructions
  15. “Issues,” Oxford University Press, accessed April 18, 2018, https://academic.oup.com/jamia/issue
  16.  Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 17, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1524013281789/223132
  17. “AMIA Membership,” American Medical Informatics Association, accessed April 17, 2018, https://www.amia.org/amia-membership
  18.  Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 17, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1524013281789/223132
  19.  Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 17, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1524013281789/223132
  20.  Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 17, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1524013281789/223132
  21. Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 17, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1524013281789/223132
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Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB)

About the publication

Title: Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB)

ISSN: 2161-39741

Website: https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/

Purpose, objective, or mission: “The Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB) is an open access, peer-reviewed journal advancing the theory and practice of librarianship focusing on services related to data-driven research in science, technology, engineering, math, social sciences, medicine, and public health.”2

Target audience: JeSLIB is geared towards librarians and other LIS professionals interested in eScience.3

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Medical School4

Medium: Online5

Peer reviewed: Yes6

Content: JeSLIB explores the many roles of librarians in supporting eScience and welcomes articles by contributors from all areas of the globe related to education, outreach, collaborations, policy, tools, and best practices. Submissions covering both theoretical and practical applications are welcomed.

General topics of interest may include but are not limited to:

  • Research data management
  • Librarians embedded on research teams
  • Data services, including policy development
  • Data curation
  • Data sharing and re-use
  • Data management plans
  • Data preservation
  • Metadata and discoverability
  • Institutional and discipline-specific repositories
  • Impact of governmental or institutional policies
  • Open data, open science and open access
  • Data literacy and data education
  • Data citation
  • Tracking impact of research data, metrics
  • Big data
  • Visualization”7

Type: Academic / Scholarly8

Frequency of publication: Once or twice a year9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/styleguide.html

Types of contributions accepted: 

  • “Full-Length Paper
  • eScience in Action
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Review
  • Video Article
  • Commentary”10

Submission and review process: As is standard, the journal only accepts original, unpublished manuscripts which aren’t currently under review elsewhere.11 After reviewing the submission guidelines, authors must follow the directions to submit their manuscripts at this link.

The journal uses a double-blind peer review process, which typically takes six to eight weeks to complete.12

Editorial tone: The tone is described as “academic / scholarly”13 and “clear and concise.”14

Style guide used: The journal asks authors to use the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

JeSLIB is an excellent publication for LIS authors interested in tackling scientific issues through the lens of an LIS perspective. Additionally, due to its open access policy, JeSLIB authors have the potential to share their research with readers worldwide. Thirdly, the journal is indexed in the prestigious PubMed database.16 All in all, JeSLIB is a very prestigious publication for qualified LIS authors.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: The journal is freely available to readers online (no subscription required), and its articles have been downloaded over 100,000 times.17

Audience location: Although the journal is published in English, readers hail from a wide variety of countries all over the world.18

Reader characteristics: The majority of readers will be LIS professionals and/or professionals “in science, technology, engineering, math, social sciences, medicine, and public health.”19

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: On account of JeSLIB‘s often specialized subject matter (e.g., metadata, data visualization, etc.),20 it’s safe to assume that most readers will have extensive knowledge of LIS subject matter.

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

Ideally, authors will have experience in at least one of the aforementioned scientific fields. Readers will expect authors to thoroughly explain their findings in the interest of the scientific integrity. Many readers will also expect authors to have professional experience in a scientific field, such as an academic degree and/or job experience. Finally, readers will expect all articles to be discussed in relation to LIS subject matter, in keeping with the journal’s purpose.

Last updated: April 18, 2018

Show 20 footnotes

  1.  Journal of eScience Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 16, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1523929047311/738557
  2. “Aims and Scope,” University of Massachusetts Medical School, accessed April 16, 2018, https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/about.html#aims
  3.  “Aims and Scope,” University of Massachusetts Medical School, accessed April 18, 2018, https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/about.html#aims
  4.  Journal of eScience Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 16, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1523929047311/738557
  5.  Journal of eScience Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 16, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1523929047311/738557
  6.  Journal of eScience Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 16, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1523929047311/738557
  7.  “Aims and Scope,” University of Massachusetts Medical School, accessed April 18, 2018, https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/about.html#aims
  8.  Journal of eScience Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 16, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1523929047311/738557
  9. “Publication Frequency,” University of Massachusetts Medical School, accessed April 16, 2018, https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/about.html#pubfrequency
  10. “Article Types,” University of Massachusetts Medical School, accessed April 18, 2018, https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/about.html
  11. “Article Submission Agreement for Journal of eScience Librarianship,” University of Massachusetts Medical School, accessed April 18, 2018, https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/cgi/submit.cgi
  12. “Guidelines for Journal of eScience Librarianship Authors,” University of Massachusetts Medical School, accessed April 18, 2018, https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/styleguide.html
  13.  Journal of eScience Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 16, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1523929047311/738557
  14. “Guidelines for Journal of eScience Librarianship Authors,” University of Massachusetts Medical School, accessed April 18, 2018, https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/styleguide.html
  15. “Guidelines for Journal of eScience Librarianship Authors,” University of Massachusetts Medical School, accessed April 18, 2018, https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/styleguide.html
  16.  Journal of eScience Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 18, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1523929047311/738557
  17.  Journal of eScience Librarianship, University of Massachusetts Medical School, accessed April 18, 2018, https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/
  18.  Journal of eScience Librarianship, University of Massachusetts Medical School, accessed April 18, 2018, https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/
  19.  “Aims and Scope,” University of Massachusetts Medical School, accessed April 16, 2018, https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/about.html#aims
  20.  “Aims and Scope,” University of Massachusetts Medical School, accessed April 16, 2018, https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/about.html#aims
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Facet Publishing

 

Publisher analysis


About the publisher

Name: Facet Publishing

Website: http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/

Purpose, objective, or mission: Facet Publishing is “the commercial and publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the Library and Information Association,” with a focus on global business and attention to detail.1

Target audience: LIS professionals.

Owner: CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Are published books peer reviewed? Yes.

Types of books published: LIS professional books, textbooks, series and ebooks.

Medium: Print and electronic, though not all titles are available in both formats.

Topics covered: Over thirty LIS subjects are published by Facet, ranging from academic libraries to website & intranet management.2

Number of titles published per year: Exact number unknown, though Facet’s ‘Recently published’ page lists thirty books published between April 2017 and January 2018.3

About the publisher’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/book_proposal_guidelines.php

Types of submissions accepted: Facets asks potential authors to “think carefully about the intended market, the competition and the unique selling points”4 before sending in a proposal. They are looking for “a mixture of content: practice oriented books for working professionals, textbooks that particularly dovetail with the iSchools curriculum and emerging developments and thinking in research for a scholarly audience.”5 Book proposals should contain sections regarding the book’s content, market, and competition, as well as information about yourself.

The content:

  • “A synopsis of the book, including a detailed outline of the work with intended chapter headings, together with a description of each chapter and its estimated length
  • An estimate of the total length of the book
  • A rationale describing why the book is needed, what it hopes to achieve and how, and any new ideas and developments you intend to cover, or new approaches that you intend to use. Notes on additional features such as case studies, checklists, diagrams, photographs, software, etc.
  • Sample material (one or two chapters), if possible
  • An estimated date of manuscript completion”6

The market:

  • “Who is the intended reader?
  • How large do you estimate the potential readership to be?
  • A description of the potential readers (e.g., students, practising library and information professionals/managers, policy makers) with specific details about why they need this book:
    • what sectors/organizations they are working in
    • the required level of professional expertise
    • courses
  • Are there any potential secondary audiences and markets? (e.g., museums, archives, publishers, record managers)
  • Is there international potential? Where? Why?”7

The competition: “Does this book fill a gap in the market? What evidence is there for this gap? Provide a list of any competing books with price, publisher, year of publication, and any other useful information, together with a comment as to how your book differs, what makes it superior and how it will compete.”8

Yourself: “Details of yourself, your experience, related activities, and any other previous publications (whether articles, reports or books).”9

Submission and review process: All proposals should be submitted to the Commissioning Editor. If a proposal is accepted, the author and commissioning editors will work together on a realistic schedule for the book’s publication.10 Facet prides themselves on timeliness and detail, and are quick to market new publications.11

Editorial tone: None listed, but consider that Facet publishes for students and professionals already well versed in the LIS field.

Style guide used: Unknown.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publisher’s potential for LIS authors

Facet publishes across a wide array of LIS topics, making them a publisher to strongly consider no matter what your subject field may be. Potential authors should keep in mind that Facet requests very detailed information from each book proposal, so authors should have a clear idea of their marketability and relevance. Authors should be sure to carefully read the book submission guidelines to ensure that all questions have been addressed.

 

Audience analysis


About the publisher’s readers

Publication circulation: Based in the United Kingdom, but Facet has agents and representatives around the world.12

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Facet is the bookseller for CILIP, a library and science information association in the U.K., though they emphasize that their publications extend into the international LIS world. They have representatives and agents in countries all over the world, making publications available to a world wide audience.

Reader characteristics: Readers of Facet publications are information professionals, though there may be a secondary audience in fields such as archives and museums. Facet’s bestselling publications include titles such as Managing Records: A handbook of principles and practice and Practical Cataloging, so it can be assumed that their readers have more than a casual knowledge of LIS subject matter.

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers are students, academics and professionals with a strong knowledge or strong interest in LIS subject matter.

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

Facet publishes for an audience in and outside of the United Kingdom. Their works range from LIS textbooks to simple ‘No-nonsense’ guides about topics such as archives and legal issues in Web 2.0, showing that Facet’s readers vary in their knowledge on contemporary LIS topics. This span in readership could make Facet a viable publisher for potential authors across many different subjects.

Last updated: February 26, 2018


References

Show 12 footnotes

  1. “About Us,” FacetPublishing.co.uk, accessed February 14, 2018, http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/
  2. “Home,” FacetPublishing.co.uk, accessed February 20, 2018, http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/index.php/a>
  3. “Recently published,” FacetPublishing.co.uk, accessed February 20, 2018, http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/category.php?category_code=38
  4. “Book proposal guidelines,” FacetPublishing.co.uk, accessed February 20, 2018, http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/book_proposal_guidelines.php
  5. “Write for us,” FacetPublishing.co.uk, accessed February 20, 2018, http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/write_for_us.php
  6. “Book proposal guidelines.”
  7. “Book proposal guidelines.”
  8. “Book proposal guidelines.”
  9. “Book proposal guidelines.”
  10. “The publishing process,” FacetPublishing.co.uk, accessed February, 20, 2018, http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/downloads/file/Guidance_for_Existing_Authors/04%20The%20publishing%20process%20Jan%202012.pdf
  11. “About us.”
  12. “About Us.”
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Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA)

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA)

ISSN: 1536-5050 (Print)1 and 1558-9439 (Online)2

Website: http://jmla.mlanet.org/ojs/jmla

Purpose, objective, or mission: According to the journal’€™s website: “The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) is an international, peer-reviewed specialty journal that aims to advance the practice and research knowledgebase of health sciences librarianship.”3

Target audience: Instructors, practitioners, and students interested in the practice and research aspects of health sciences librarianship.4

Publisher: University Library System / University of Pittsburgh.5

Peer reviewed? Yes.6

Type: LIS scholarly.7

Medium: Print and online.8

Content: This journal covers a variety of topics pertaining to health sciences librarianship, including information literacy, the information behaviors of cancer survivors, library instruction in medical education, evidence-based practice, etc.9

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: 

http://jmla.mlanet.org/ojs/jmla/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

Types of contributions accepted: The journal accepts original submissions in a variety of categories, including original investigations, case studies, systematic reviews, obituaries, commentaries, and letters to the editor.11

Submission and review process: Each category has different requirements or guidelines for authors to follow concerning length and format, among other criteria. For example, an original investigation should be a maximum of 5,000 words and contain the following sections: an abstract (which is a maximum of 250 words), introduction, methods, results, and discussion.12

JMLA uses a double-blind peer review process, which takes up to eight weeks from the time of submission.13

Editorial tone: Scholarly.14

Style guide used: The journal uses several style guides, including the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals; the Medical Library Association (MLA) Style Manual;Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 2nd edition; the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style; and the latest edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

The JMLA is arguably the premier medical librarianship journal. Additionally, the organization for which it is named dates back to 1898 and “is the second oldest special library association in the United States.”16 Authors looking to establish themselves in the field of health sciences librarianship should seriously consider submitting to the JMLA.

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About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Although exact circulation numbers are unavailable, the Medical Library Association “currently has more than 4,000 health sciences information professional members and partners worldwide.”17

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: International,18 although the journal is based in the U.S. and is published in English.19

Reader characteristics: Most readers are likely to be members of the Medical Library Association (MLA) and thus, are professionals or students within the medical librarianship field. At the very least, readers are interested in medical librarianship and will expect articles that are up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field.20

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers of the journal will likely have a background in LIS with specific knowledge within the medical LIS field.21

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

The audience for this publication is interested in original, cutting-edge research pertinent to the specialized field of medical librarianship. Additionally, readers will expects articles which are technical in nature and scholarly in tone. Thus, authors should possess specialized technical knowledge of medical librarianship and ideally, have professional experience within this field.

Last updated: February 16, 2018


References

Show 21 footnotes

  1. Journal of the Medical Library Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 16, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383
  2.  Journal of the Medical Library Association, University Library System / University of Pittsburgh, accessed February 16, 2018, http://jmla.mlanet.org/ojs/jmla
  3. “Focus and Scope,” University Library System / University of Pittsburgh, accessed February 16, 2018, http://jmla.mlanet.org/ojs/jmla/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  4. “Focus and Scope,” University Library System / University of Pittsburgh, accessed February 16, 2018, http://jmla.mlanet.org/ojs/jmla/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  5. Journal of the Medical Library Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 16, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383
  6. Journal of the Medical Library Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 16, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383
  7. Journal of the Medical Library Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 16, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383
  8. Journal of the Medical Library Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 16, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383
  9. Journal of the Medical Library Association, University Library System / University of Pittsburgh, accessed February 16, 2018, http://jmla.mlanet.org/ojs/jmla
  10. Journal of the Medical Library Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 16, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383
  11. “Author Guidelines,” University Library System / University of Pittsburgh, accessed February 16, 2018, http://jmla.mlanet.org/ojs/jmla/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  12. “Author Guidelines,” University Library System / University of Pittsburgh, accessed February 16, 2018, http://jmla.mlanet.org/ojs/jmla/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  13. “Peer Review Process,” University Library System / University of Pittsburgh, accessed February 16, 2018, http://jmla.mlanet.org/ojs/jmla/about/editorialPolicies#peerReviewProcess
  14. Journal of the Medical Library Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 16, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383
  15.  “Author Guidelines,” University Library System / University of Pittsburgh, accessed February 16, 2018, http://jmla.mlanet.org/ojs/jmla/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  16. “Medical Library Association Archives 1898-2002,” U.S. National Library of Medicine, accessed February 16, 2018, https://oculus.nlm.nih.gov/cgi/f/findaid/findaid-idx?c=nlmfindaid;idno=mla
  17. “Medical Library Association,” American Psychological Association, accessed February 16, 2018, http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/news/2011/08/medical-library-association.aspx
  18. “Focus and Scope,” University Library System / University of Pittsburgh, accessed February 16, 2018, http://jmla.mlanet.org/ojs/jmla/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  19.  Journal of the Medical Library Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 16, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383
  20.  “Focus and Scope,” University Library System / University of Pittsburgh, accessed February 16, 2018, http://jmla.mlanet.org/ojs/jmla/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  21. “Focus and Scope,” University Library System / University of Pittsburgh, accessed February 16, 2018, http://jmla.mlanet.org/ojs/jmla/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
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Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association (JCHLA/JABSC)

 

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About the publication

Title: Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association (JCHLA) / Journal de l’Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (JABSC)

ISSN: 1708-68921

Website: https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla (French language edition is at the same link; click on the drop-down menu under “Language”)

Purpose, objective, or mission: “The purpose of the journal is to provide a forum for librarians and other information professionals to share research and information related to health sciences librarianship.”2

Target audience: Canadian information professionals involved with health libraries.3

Publisher: Canadian Health Libraries Association4

Peer reviewed? Yes.5

Type: LIS scholarly.6

Medium: Online.7

Content: The journal covers a wide variety of topics relevant to Canadian health science libraries including, but not limited to, distance services, databases, electronic medical records, healthcare reform, health literacy, grants, and many more.8

Frequency of publication: Three times per year.9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

Types of contributions accepted: Publishes research articles and program descriptions (peer-reviewed), as well as reviews, opinion pieces, and columns (non-peer-reviewed).10

Submission and review process: Authors must first create an account with the journal’s website before submitting a manuscript.11 The journal does not accept previously published submissions or simultaneous submissions. Additional, the journal asks that all manuscripts be submitted in Microsoft Word format with 12-point font and italics instead of underlining. Additionally, authors should provide URLs where available. Next, all tables, figures, and illustrations should be placed at the end of the manuscript. Lastly, if submitting a research article or program description, authors need to follow the instructions for ensuring a blind review.12

As for the review process, two peer reviewers are assigned to research articles and program descriptions. These reviewers provide feedback to the author within two to three weeks of the original submission date. Feedback focuses on originality, how up-to-date the topic is, writing quality, the suitability of the methods and analysis sections, and the accuracy of the article as a whole.13

Editorial tone: Formal and scholarly.14

Style guide used: National Library of Medicine’s Citing Medicine.15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Researchers interested in establishing themselves in the LIS field of Canadian health libraries should seriously consider submitting to this publication. Additionally, information professionals working for health libraries in general should give this publication a second look, as there is no mention of authors being exclusively Canadian or practicing in Canada. (The only exception is the JCHLA membership requirement for the Student Paper Prize, which is detailed below.) The publication accepts submissions in either English or French, but the editors will not provide translations.16

The journal offers an annual competition, the JCHLA/JABSC Student Paper Prize. Students must be “currently enrolled in accredited master’s programs in library science or library technician programs.”17 Additionally, the prize “is awarded annually to the library student who submits the best unpublished paper on health sciences librarianship to the competition. Research papers, program descriptions and review articles are eligible for the prize.”18 The winning paper is published in the journal, and the winner receives a certificate, free membership in the Canadian Health Libraries Association, and free registration to the CHLA/ABSC conference.19

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Circulation numbers are not available. However, it is safe to say that the journal is read by the 250 members of the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada.20 Additionally, the journal is also freely accessible online.21

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Canada22 The publication is bilingual and accepts submissions in either English or French; however, authors outside of Canada need to write using Canadian English, being aware of spelling variations. Also, authors should take steps to ensure their submissions are relevant specifically to information professionals working in Canadian health libraries.23

Reader characteristics: It can safely be assumed that the majority of this publication’s readers are employed in health sciences libraries, interested in accurate health services information, and comfortable with the technology used to support health library services. Readers, given the specific focus of this publication, would have limited interest in general LIS topics or LIS issues relevant only to readers in the United States.

Knowledge of LIS subject matter:

Readers are likely familiar with the various library databases referenced throughout the journal (LISA, LISTA, PubMed, etc.), Web 2.0 concepts and how they pertain to health sciences libraries, etc. Furthermore, most readers likely possess a graduate or post-graduate degree in library science.

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

As professional librarians working in health libraries, readers of this journal will expect to find well-researched, informative articles on the latest trends in health libraries. As a Canadian publication, readers will expect authors to demonstrate understanding of the Canadian workplace culture and knowledge of the government’s role in their work. Non-Canadian authors interested in submitting articles to this publication should thoroughly read the author guidelines to ensure they understand the expectations of the journal’s editors and readers.

Last updated: February 8, 2018


References

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  1. “The Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association,” University of Saskatchewan, accessed February 8, 2018, https://library.usask.ca/ejournals/view.php?id=111089815741000
  2.  Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Journal de l’Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada, University of Alberta Libraries, accessed February 8, 2018, https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/index
  3. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Journal de l’Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada, University of Alberta Libraries, accessed February 8, 2018, https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/index
  4.  Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 8, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077
  5. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 8, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077
  6. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 8, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077
  7. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 8, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077
  8. “Author Guidelines,” University of Alberta Libraries, accessed February 8, 2018, https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  9. “Archives,” University of Alberta Libraries, accessed February 8, 2018, https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/issue/archive
  10. “Author Guidelines,” University of Alberta Libraries, accessed February 8, 2018, https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  11. “Online Submissions,” University of Alberta Libraries, accessed February 8, 2018, https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions
  12. “Submission Preparation Checklist,” University of Alberta Libraries, accessed February 8, 2018, https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/about/submissions#submissionpreparationchecklist
  13. “Peer Review Process,” University of Alberta Libraries, accessed February 8, 2018, https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/about/editorialPolicies#peerReviewProcess
  14. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 8, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077
  15. “Author Guidelines,” University of Alberta Libraries, accessed February 8, 2018, https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  16.  “Author Guidelines,” University of Alberta Libraries, accessed February 8, 2018, https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  17. “JCHLA/JABSC Student Paper Prize,” University of Alberta Libraries, accessed February 8, 2018, https://chla-absc.ca/jchla_jabsc_student_paper_priz.php
  18. “JCHLA/JABSC Student Paper Prize,” University of Alberta Libraries, accessed February 8, 2018, https://chla-absc.ca/jchla_jabsc_student_paper_priz.php
  19. “JCHLA/JABSC Student Paper Prize,” University of Alberta Libraries, accessed February 8, 2018, https://chla-absc.ca/jchla_jabsc_student_paper_priz.php
  20. “Welcome to CHLA/ABSC,” Canadian Health Libraries Association, accessed February 8, 2018, https://www.chla-absc.ca/
  21. “Open Access Policy,” University of Alberta Libraries, accessed February 8, 2018, https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/about/editorialPolicies#openAccessPolicy
  22.  Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed February 8, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404849046132/530077
  23. “Author Guidelines,” University of Alberta Libraries, accessed February 8, 2018, https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
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Medical Reference Services Quarterly

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Medical Reference Services Quarterly

ISSN0276-3869 (print), 1540-9597 (online)

Website: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wmrs20/current

Purpose, objective, or mission: Medical Reference Services Quarterly “covers topics of current interest and practical value in the areas of reference in medicine and related specialties, the biomedical sciences, nursing, and allied health.” The journal publishes practice-oriented and research articles on medical reference services, with a focus on “user education, database searching, and electronic information.”1

Target audience: Medical Reference Services Quarterly is an “essential working tool for medical and health sciences librarians” aimed at “professionals who provide reference and public services to health sciences personnel in clinical, educational, or research settings” in the fields of medicine, biomedical science, nursing, allied health.2

Publisher: Taylor & Francis.3

Peer reviewed? Yes, double-blind peer review.4

Type: LIS scholarly journal.

Medium: Print and online.5

Content: Medical Reference Services Quarterly publishes original practical and research articles on health sciences librarianship. Regular columns include Online Updates, Emerging Technologies, Hospital Information Services, Informatics Education, From the Literature, and Book Reviews.6 Recent topics include using the Internet for providing medical information, using biomedical databases, managing medical reference services, continuing education, marketing, user education, document delivery, patient education, ready reference, and collection management, all within the context of medical reference services.7

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: Instructions for authors.

Types of contributions accepted:Medical Reference Services Quarterly covers topics of current interest and practical value in public services librarianship in the areas of medicine and related specialties, including the biomedical sciences, nursing, and allied health. MRSQ has expanded its scope to cover most aspects of health sciences librarianship, including health informatics, information literacy, collection development, and management of health sciences libraries”9

Submission and review process: Submissions are submitted via email to the editor as Word file attachments. Manuscripts are screened for originality.10 Manuscripts are “are peer reviewed using a rigorous, double-blind process” by two reviewers assigned based on subject expertise.11

Editorial tone: Formal and scholarly.

Style guide used: Chicago Publication Manual, 16th ed.12

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Medical Reference Services Quarterly is a journal for LIS professionals who specialize in medical and health science information services in clinical, educational, or research settings, and who produce articles of practical application and original research. Authors should be aware that this is a high-level, “highly acclaimed,” professional and research journal, with an emphasis on articles that analyze and evaluate practical application in all types of medical and health science library and information settings.13

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Not provided.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Medical Reference Services Quarterly is written in English for a U.S.-based audience. The editors and editorial board members are from U.S. institutions.14

Reader characteristics: Readers are likely to be well educated (often having a science or medical degree and an LIS degree) and to expect articles they can apply to improve the services they provide to their users. Readers have a shared interest in reference services, medical information, and technology. Subscribers to this journal seem to value well-researched and well-written articles that will help them in their work.

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 medical reference services and research.

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

Readers and authors will likely be professionals and researchers already in the field of medical reference services. Furthermore, faculty and librarians involved with developing programs on information literacy, embedded librarianship, and library instruction directed to medical and clinical students, for example, will find practical, in-depth articles to read and a high-profile journal in which to publish.

Last updated: February 7, 2018


References

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  1. “Aims and Scope,” Medical Reference Services Quarterly, accessed February 5, 2018, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wmrs20.
  2. “Aims and Scope.”
  3. “Journal Information,” Medical Reference Services Quarterly, accessed February 5, 2018, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=wmrs20.
  4. “Aims and Scope.”
  5. “Journal Information.”
  6. Table of Contents, Medical Reference Services Quarterly 37, no. 1 (January 2018), http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=wmrs20.
  7. “Aims and Scope.”
  8. “Journal Information.”
  9. “Instructions for authors,” Medical Reference Services Quarterly, accessed February 5, 2018, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=wmrs20.
  10. “Instructions for Authors.”
  11. “Aims and Scope.”
  12. “Instructions for Authors.”
  13. “Aims and Scope.”
  14. “Editorial Board,” Medical Reference Services Quarterly, accessed February 5, 2018, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&journalCode=wmrs20.
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Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries (JERML)

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries (JERML)

ISSN: 1542-4065 (Print) and 1542-4073 (Online)1

Website: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/werm20/current

Purpose, objective, or mission: From the publication website: “The Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries is a peer-reviewed professional journal devoted to the access, evaluation, and management of electronic resources in the medical library environment.”2

Target audience: Users of libraries in medical schools, hospitals, and other health sciences libraries3

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis4

Peer reviewed? Yes5

Type: LIS and medical sciences, scholarly6

Medium: Print and online7

Content: “The material in the Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries will complement articles published in Medical Reference Services Quarterly, which highlights the reference and bibliographic instruction aspects of electronic resources.”8

Frequency of publication: Quarterly9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=werm20&page=instructions

Types of contributions accepted: The journal seeks articles with “practical, up-to-date information about important developments and issues related to the provision, selection, and use of electronic resources in health sciences libraries.”10

“Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Collection development and selection of electronic resources
  • Electronic document delivery in medicine and health care
  • Enhancing electronic resource user services
  • Print versus electronic or combination formats
  • Site licensing-what librarians need to know
  • Delegating work that involves electronic/digital acquisitions
  • Cataloging-e-books, e-journals, and other electronic formats
  • The merger of serial and book formats in the electronic library
  • Coping with electronic misinformation, fraudulence, and shams on the Internet
  • “E-core” lists in medicine, allied health, nursing, pharmaceutical science, mental health, and other health care fields
  • The role of medical libraries with Electronic Health Records
  • Cost analyses of digital resources”11

Submission and review process: Submissions are uploaded using the ScholarOne Manuscripts site located at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jerml.”12 Any other requests should be directed to Justin Robertson, editor-in-chief, at justincrobertson@gmail.com.13 Detailed submission instructions are included at the submission guidelines link provided above.

Editorial tone: Scholarly14

Style guide used: The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

As this is a journal “aimed at the practicing librarian,”16 and is described as a “source for practical, up-to-date information,”17 any librarian with knowledge of current issues and developments in electronic resources in the broader LIS field would be a welcome contributor to JERML.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Circulation information is not available.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: JERML is published in English in the United States.18

Reader characteristics: Readers are likely well-educated and work in “academic medical school libraries, hospital libraries, and other health sciences libraries.”19 Readers expect well-researched, academic articles20 that provide practical knowledge that will inform the service they provide.

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers will be well-versed in LIS subject matter, specializing in the medical LIS field, with a special interest in electronic resources.21

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

As the readership for this journal is specialized, potential contributors should tailor their articles to an academic, knowledgeable audience. Readers will be looking for rigorously researched papers that provide new information on access, evaluation and management of electronic sources.22 This is a go-to journal for medical librarians to obtain up-to-date information about electronic resource management for their libraries. The potential LIS authors to reach a extensive and engaged audience it great.

Last updated: May 15, 2017


References

Show 22 footnotes

  1.  Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 15, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/search/-1731291666
  2.  “Aims and Scope,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed March 24, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=werm20
  3.  “Aims and Scope,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed March 24, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=werm20
  4. Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1427545368851/452894
  5.  Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1427545368851/452894
  6.  Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1427545368851/452894
  7.  Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1427545368851/452894
  8.  “Aims and Scope,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed March 24, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=werm20
  9.  Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1427545368851/452894
  10. “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed March 24, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=werm20&page=instructions
  11.  “Aims and Scope,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed March 24, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=werm20
  12. “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed March 24, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=werm20&page=instructions
  13. “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed March 24, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=werm20&page=instructions
  14. “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed March 24, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=werm20&page=instructions
  15. “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed March 24, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=werm20&page=instructions
  16. “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed March 24, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=werm20&page=instructions
  17. “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed March 24, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=werm20&page=instructions
  18.  Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1427545368851/452894
  19. Taylor & Francis. (2015). Aims & Scope. Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=werm20#.VRahFeEYFZI
  20.  ProQuest. (2015). Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1427545368851/452894
  21.  “Aims and Scope,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed March 24, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=werm20
  22.  “Aims and Scope,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed March 24, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=werm20
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Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table

 

Publication analysis


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

Show 21 footnotes

  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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Journal of Hospital Librarianship

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Journal of Hospital Librarianship

ISSN: 1532-3269 (Print) and 1532-3277 (Online)1

Website: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/whos20/current#.UY5raz3nYms

Purpose, objective, or mission: The Journal of Hospital Librarianship “focuses on issues that are of vital interest and concern to hospital librarians.”2

Target audience: This journal is intended for “librarians and information specialists in the field of hospital librarianship.”3

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.4

Peer reviewed? Yes5

Type: LIS and health facilities and administration, scholarly6

Medium: Print and online7

Content: According to the publication website, “The journal provides a forum for research strategies and reporting research results and quality improvement projects in hospital library settings, discussions of technological challenges and solutions, and articles on health care administration issues which have implications for hospital librarians such as managed care health care economics, hospital mergers, as well as patient safety and consumer health information.”8

Frequency of publication: Quarterly9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=whos20&page=instructions#.VQ3chvnF8So

Types of contributions accepted: “Articles published in the Journal focus on research strategies, administrative assistance, managed care, financing, mergers, and more. The Journal also publishes articles and columns related to innovative strategies for transforming the healthcare environment, as well as up-to-date analyses and reviews of new products and services.”10

Submission and review process: Manuscripts are submitted electronically to the editor, Carole M. Gilbert (carolemg@wowway.com).11 “Articles and columns are subject to peer review by the editor, column editors, members of the Editorial Board, and independent, anonymous expert referees. Articles are accepted or rejected based on topic and/or recommendation of peer reviewers.”12

Editorial tone: Scholarly13 The editor is “committed to mentoring first-time authors and encourages hospital librarians of all backgrounds to submit articles to the Journal.”14

Style guide used: “References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. Electronic references should be prepared in accordance with the Columbia Guide to Online Style Scientific.”15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Writers will find that this journal offers an excellent opportunity to publish scholarly articles for a clearly defined field of study. With the strong support of editors who will “mentor new authors to produce a publishable manuscript,”16 this journal provides a forum for even first-time authors. There is great potential for an author to make an impact on the hospital  LIS community through publication in this journal.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Circulation statistics are not available, but as this is a publication targeted to a specific LIS community, i.e. hospital librarians, it can be assumed that most hospital library workers would have great interest in its content.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: This is an American journal that publishes in English only, but many articles are international in scope.17

Reader characteristics: It may be assumed that readers will have a high interest in medical and hospital librarianship. Most will have an MLIS or other advanced degree. Most readers will be employed in hospital libraries, and will consider the articles in this journal to be vital to their professional development. Readers will be interested in anything related to providing health information to both the clinical professional and the lay person.18 However, they may not have much interest in or knowledge of other types of librarianship.

Reader knowledge of LIS subject matter: Most readers will be very knowledgeable of all aspects of hospital librarianship.19

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

The audience for this journal is highly motivated and knowledgeable of hospital librarianship. For authors with expertise in medical or hospital librarianship, an article published in this journal has the potential for reaching a large portion of their medical librarian peer group. The audience will most likely be interested in discovering information dedicated to their particular corner of the LIS profession. With the promised editorial guidance for new authors, and the guarantee of high interest from the reader, this journal offers real opportunities for the LIS researcher and author.

Last updated: May 15, 2017


References

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  1.  Journal of Hospital Librarianshiphttp://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/search/1546864014
  2. “Aims and Scope,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed May 17, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=whos20#.VQ3ABfnF8So
  3. “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed May 17, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=whos20&page=instructions
  4. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1426966044169/391563
  5. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017,  http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1426966044169/391563
  6. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017,  http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1426966044169/391563
  7. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017,  http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1426966044169/391563
  8. “Aims and Scope,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed May 17, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=whos20#.VQ3ABfnF8So
  9. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1426966044169/391563
  10. “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed May 17, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=whos20&page=instructions#.VQ3chvnF8So
  11. “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed May 17, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=whos20&page=instructions#.VQ3chvnF8So
  12. “Aims and Scope,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed May 17, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=whos20#.VQ3ABfnF8So
  13. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1426966044169/391563
  14. “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed May 17, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=whos20&page=instructions#.VQ3chvnF8So
  15. “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed May 17, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=whos20&page=instructions#.VQ3chvnF8So
  16. “Aims and Scope,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed May 17, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=whos20#.VQ3ABfnF8So
  17. “Publication History,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed May 15, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/toc/whos20/current#.VQ3pyPnF8Sr
  18. “Aims and Scope,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed May 17, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=whos20
  19. “Aims and Scope,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed May 17, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=whos20#.VQ3ABfnF8So
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Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

ISSN: 1550-83661

Website: http://www.asis.org/bulletin.html

Purpose, objective, or mission: Since 1937, the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) has been the society for information professionals leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information. Their bulletin is a “news magazine packed with developments and issues affecting the field, pragmatic management reports, opinion, and news of people and events in the information science community.”2

Target audience: ASIS&T members and interested information science practitioners, including students.3

Publisher: American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)4

Peer reviewed? No.5

Type: LIS professional news.6

Medium: Online.7

Content: Opinion pieces and quality, brief, timely articles on association activities and topics such as information technology applications, information policy, user behavior, information description or other information science topics.8

Frequency of publication: Bimonthly.9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/submit.html

Types of contributions accepted: Short articles (2,000 – 5,000 words) with no footnotes or formulas included. Subject matter includes information architecture, user behavior, information policy, and information technology applications. You do not have to be an ASIS&T member to submit articles for consideration.10

Submission and review process: Suggestions should be emailed to the editor at bulletin@asis.org. There is no review process, so all decisions about publication are at the discretion of the editor. Editor promises quick response and additional guidelines (beyond those posted on the website) if requested.11

Editorial tone: Informative. The newsletter is ASIS&T’s primary means of maintaining regular contact with members regarding activates and updates, and is written with information practitioners in mind. The tone is informational but reader friendly.12

Style guide used: None indicated. Detailed article instructions are available from the editor upon request.13

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This bulletin has great potential for librarians interested in information architecture and technology. The bulletin also has a frequent student column which is a great indication that library science students could submit work.14

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: 4,000 members (publication membership benefit).15

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: North American association and members likely residents of North America. ASIS&T is based in Silver Spring, Maryland.16 English language publication.17

Reader characteristics: The members, the audience, is comprised of “information specialists from such fields as computer science, linguistics, management, librarianship, engineering, law, medicine, chemistry, and education.”18  It is safe to assume a shared interest in improving their work and supporting their colleagues. An emphasis on the efforts of the association’s mission and developing a solid network of information professionals.19

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Many will have considerable knowledge of LIS issues and terminology; however due to the diversity of workplaces writers cannot assume the audience consists of just librarians or that they can refer to LIS subject matter casually.

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

Readers will expect articles published here to be meaningful to them, and to add to their knowledge of their organization or their work. Practical experience and informed opinions will be needed by authors interesting in submitting an article.

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

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  1.  Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), accessed March 22, 2018, http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/
  2. Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). (2016). Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/bulletin.html
  3. Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). (2016). Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/bulletin.html
  4. ProQuest. (2016). American Society for Information Science and Technology Bulletin (Online). Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1410734898546/62059
  5. Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). (2016). Bulletin for the Association for Information Science and Technology: Purpose and Scope. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/purpose_scope.html
  6. Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). (2016). Bulletin for the Association for Information Science and Technology: Purpose and Scope. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/purpose_scope.html
  7. ProQuest. (2016). American Society for Information Science and Technology Bulletin (Online). Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1410734898546/62059
  8. Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). (2016). Bulletin for the Association for Information Science and Technology: Purpose and Scope. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/purpose_scope.html
  9. ProQuest. (2016). American Society for Information Science and Technology Bulletin (Online). Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1410734898546/62059
  10. Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). (2016). Bulletin for the Association for Information Science and Technology: How to Submit Materials, Suggestions, and Ideas. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/submit.html
  11. Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). (2016). Bulletin for the Association for Information Science and Technology: How to Submit Materials, Suggestions, and Ideas. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/submit.html
  12. Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). (2016). Bulletin for the Association for Information Science and Technology: Index. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/index.html
  13. Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). (2016). Bulletin for the Association for Information Science and Technology: How to Submit Materials, Suggestions, and Ideas. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/submit.html
  14. Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). (2016). Bulletin for the Association for Information Science and Technology: Index. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/index.html
  15. Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). (2016). About ASIS&T. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/about.html
  16. Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). (2016). About ASIS&T. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/about.html
  17. ProQuest. (2016). American Society for Information Science and Technology Bulletin (Online). Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1410734898546/62059
  18. Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). (2016). About ASIS&T. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/about.html
  19. Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). (2016). Mission and Vision. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/missionvision.html
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