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Society of California Archivists Newsletter (SCA Newsletter)

 

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About the publication

Title: Society of California Archivists Newsletter (SCA Newsletter)

Website: http://calarchivists.org/publications/scanewsletter

Purpose, objective, or mission: SCA Newsletter serves as the official voice of the Society of California Archivists (SCA), sharing news and events related to the archives community throughout California.1 The mission of SCA is “to support and develop the education of those who collect, care for, and provide access to the documentary heritage of California and adjoining areas and to encourage public interest in and public support for archival facilities in public and private institutions.”2

Target audience: SCA members, and those in the archives community (professional archivists, manuscript curators, records managers, conservators, historians, librarians, genealogists, museum curators, students, and volunteers) in California.3

Publisher: Society of California Archivists (SCA).4

Peer reviewed? No.5

Type: LIS professional news.

Medium: Online.6

Content: Information and news for professionals and archival institutions in California. The newsletter typically features collection and exhibition spotlights, digital projects, reports of SCA Board actions and meetings, and announcements of seminars, workshops, and other regional events of interest.7

Frequency of publication: Quarterly: January, April, July, October.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.calarchivists.org/Publications/SCANewsletter

Types of contributions accepted: Per an email from the newsletter editors, submissions on any topic of interest to the California archives community are welcome, including articles on newly processed collections, new acquisitions, digitization projects, upcoming events, exhibit openings, short book reviews, and other announcements from repositories throughout California.9

Submission and review process: Articles for consideration should be submitted via email attachment to newsletter@calarchivists.org. Include your repository name, location, and contact information. Images intended for publication should be submitted in a high-resolution format.10

Editorial tone: The tone is informational, professional, and accessible to a diverse range of readers in the library, archives, and museums (LAM) community.

Style guide used: No style guide specified.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

The newsletter seeks profiles of archival activities and accomplishments. A call for submissions suggested articles related to newly processed collections, new acquisitions, how an institution responded to budget challenges, grants received, ongoing projects, and short reviews of books of potential interest to archivists. A survey of past issues shows that contributors range from LAM managers and directors, to library assistants and students. There are no guidelines stating that contributors should be members of SCA.11

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: The Society of California Archivists has approximately 450 members12; however, the newsletter is open access, with back issues available online.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The publication focuses archival activities throughout the state of California and is written in English.

Reader characteristics: SCA members include archivists, manuscript curators, records managers, conservators, historians, librarians, genealogists, museum curators, students, and volunteers. Members are affiliated with colleges and universities; federal, state and local government archives and records centers; historical societies; museums; libraries; corporations; educational, religious, and medical institutions; and private collections in California.13

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers have a strong awareness of archival collections, issues, and practices. However, articles may appeal to readers in the LIS community who may not have specific knowledge of archives.

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

Readers are likely involved with repositories and cultural institutions in California, and have an interest in issues and developments relating to the archives community. Articles are informative, reporting on events and local professional organizations, and sharing practical guidance for professionals and students. Most readers will be well-informed of archival practices; however, the tone of the newsletter is accessible and nonacademic.

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

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  1. Society of California Archivists. (2016). SCA Newsletter. Retrieved from http://www.calarchivists.org/Publications/SCANewsletter
  2.  Society of California Archivists. (2016). SCA Newsletter. Retrieved from http://www.calarchivists.org/About_SCA/Mission
  3. Society of California Archivists. (2016). About SCA. Retrieved from http://www.calarchivists.org/About_SCA
  4.  ProQuest. (2016). SCA Newsletter. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1440550599400/733360
  5. ProQuest. (2016). SCA Newsletter. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1440550599400/733360
  6. ProQuest. (2016). SCA Newsletter. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1440550599400/733360
  7. Society of California Archivists. (2016). SCA Newsletter. Retrieved from http://www.calarchivists.org/Publications/SCANewsletter
  8. Society of California Archivists. (2016). SCA Newsletter. Retrieved from http://www.calarchivists.org/Publications/SCANewsletter
  9.  Society of California Archivists. (2016). SCA Newsletter. Retrieved from http://www.calarchivists.org/Publications/SCANewsletter
  10. Society of California Archivists. (2016). SCA Newsletter. Retrieved from http://www.calarchivists.org/Publications/SCANewsletter
  11.  Society of California Archivists. (2016). SCA Newsletter. Retrieved from http://www.calarchivists.org/Publications/SCANewsletter
  12. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Society of California Archivists. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/assoc-orgs/society-of-california-archivists
  13.  Society of California Archivists. (2016). About SCA. Retrieved from http://www.calarchivists.org/About_SCA
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Judaica Librarianship

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Judaica Librarianship

Website: http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/

Purpose, objective, or mission: “The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) promotes Jewish literacy through enhancement of libraries and library resources and through leadership for the profession and practitioners of Judaica librarianship.”1 Membership is open to librarians, libraries, and library supporters. The journal itself is a “forum for scholarship on the theory and practice of Jewish studies librarianship and information studies.”2

Target audience: Members of the ALA with an interest in Jewish library and info sciences, members of the Association of Jewish Libraries, members of the American Theological Library Association, and, from the publications’ about page anyone with an interest in “information and research, in all forms of media relating to all things Jewish.”3

Publisher: Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL),4 an affiliate of the ALA and American Theological Library Association.5

Peer reviewed? Yes,6 using a double-blind system.7

Type: LIS scholarly.8 The journal is the official journal of the AJL, “an international professional organization” devoted to information and all things Jewish.9

Medium: Online as of 2013, vol 18. Prior to that the journal was in print (ISSN: 0739-5086).10

Content: From their website, the journal publishes “research articles and essays on all theoretical or practical aspects of Jewish Studies librarianship and cultural stewardship in the digital age; bibliographical, bibliometric and comprehensive studies related to Jewish booklore; historical studies or current surveys of noteworthy collections; and extensive review of reference works and other resources, including electronic databases and informational websites.”11

The journal has included articles on the collection development and acquisitions techniques that are specific to Judaica, covered major changes in cataloging rules and classification schemes for Judaica, documented important local cataloging practices, described the earliest automation systems with Hebrew capability, and reviewed landmark Judaic reference works as well as children’s books.12

Frequency of publication: Annually.13

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/submission_guidelines.html

Types of contributions accepted: The journal seeks to provide a forum on the theory and practice of Jewish studies librarianship and information studies, and welcomes a wide range of articles related to these topics. In addition to the topics below, the journal also welcomes “thoroughly revised and updated versions of papers presented at AJL Annual Conference or chapter meetings.”14 Sample article titles include “Virtual Libraries vs. Physical Libraries in Jewish Studies,” “Establishing Uniform Headings for the Sacred Scriptures,” “The Jewish Press in France: A Review of the Contemporary Scene, 1993,” and “Strongly Traditional Judaism: A Selective Guide to World Wide Web Resources in English.”15

From the Focus and Scope page the journal covers the following topics:

  • Theoretical or empirical studies integrating library and information science with aspects of Jewish studies and related fields that could stimulate the scholarly discussion about Jewish libraries (history of the book, bibliometrics, literary studies, media studies, Jewish languages and linguistics, information technology, literacy studies, or social history).
  • Best practices and policies for Jewish libraries of all kinds: school libraries (all levels); community center libraries; public libraries; Judaica collections in religious institutions; archival collections; museum and historical society libraries; research libraries; and special libraries.
  • Innovative approaches to data curation, discovery tools, or preservation of library materials in the digital age.
  • Descriptive essays and surveys of noteworthy collections.
  • Digital humanities projects relevant to Jewish studies and other digitization projects.
  • Historical or bibliographical studies pertaining to Hebraica and/or Judaica materials, libraries and librarians, or generally to Jewish booklore.
  • Library services for users, including but not limited to reference tools and instruction guidelines for teaching Jewish literacy, cultural programming, or any other outreach programs.
  • Collaborative collection development initiatives across library networks.16

The journal also sponsors a student essay contest, open to students currently enrolled in an accredited LIS program. Essays should be related to the topic of Jewish studies librarianship, with the winning essay considered for Judaica Librarianship publication and a cash reward. For more information see the journal’s About Page and you can also contact the Editor directly.17 The 2013 editor is Rachel Leket-Mor:  rachel.leket-mor@asu.edu.18

Submission and review process: Anyone can submit an original article for consideration, provided they own all copyrights to the work.19 Follow the submission guidelines  to create an account; accept the Article submission agreement; provide author information and upload the article and other attachments. You’ll receive an email confirming submission. Make sure to double-check the guidelines, which give you style and formatting notes, as well as what to include in your article query.20

Editorial tone: Articles are extremely reader-friendly, with an often professional, conversational tone. LIS terms and phrases are used as necessary. Although these are well researched, peer-reviewed articles, they are intended for an audience that might consist of non-LIS practitioners, reading because they have an interest in Jewish library concerns.21

Please note that journal editors, authors and reviewers follow the ethical guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).22

Style guide used: For style guidelines: the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, and Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition. For academic writing guidelines, follow the same dictionary, as well as Christopher Hollister’s Handbook of Academic Writing for Librarians. For romanization of non-Latin languages (Hebrew, Cyrillic, Ladino and Judeo-Arabic), consult the Library of Congress Romanization Tables; and the YIVO system for romanization of Yiddish.23

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

The Journal seeks information of all types from students, professionals and scholars in the library world who have news, updates, and research pertaining to Jewish studies. It is an excellent place to query for new and established writers, to publish in a community-oriented, peer-reviewed journal that welcomes new ideas as well as fresh takes on established theories. The editorial team works closely with writers to make sure style and content are up to the journal’s standards, so even if this is the author’s first time, it should be a good experience that you can learn from. The journal is indexed in ATLA Religion, Ethnic NewsWatch, ERIC, Genealogical Periodical Annual Index, Index of Articles on Jewish Studies (RAMBI), Index to Jewish Periodicals, Index to Social Sciences and Humanities Proceedings, Information Science Abstracts, Internationale Bibliographie der Zeitschriftenliteratur, Jewish Studies Source, Library and Information Science Abstracts, Library Literature, and the MLA International Bibliography.24

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Current AJL members (exact numbers not available)25

 Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The AJL’s headquarters are in New Jersey:26 however, the journal’s editorial team is spread amongst schools like Arizona State University, Stanford University, Yeshiva University, University of Washington, University of Toronto, and the (U.S.) Library of Congress.27 The AJL holds a conference each year at a different location.  Per 2013 editor Rachel Leket-Mor: “The journal is mostly completed through online collaboration. The editorial board meets at the annual conferences of AJL, not in any other physical location.”28 Articles are written in English.29 But the AJL promotes Jewish literacy and LIS across the world, with members represented in North America, China, Holland, Israel, Italy, South Africa, Switzerland and the UK.30 The overall theme is the Jewish LIS experience, which factors heavily into cultural  considerations for writing for this journal.31

Articles do often include Yiddish or Hebrew terminology, but it is generally explained within the text.32

Reader characteristics: Readers belong to the AJL, and, whether or not they are actually librarians or information professionals, have an interest in Jewish cultural news from the library world. For the most part, readers will be interested in all things library, information science and/or Jewish, and work in libraries, museums, and other cultural or information centers. AJL’s membership includes two divisions: one containing Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections; the other includes Schools, Synagogues, and Centers. All receive Judacia Librarianship as part of membership. The journal adopts the attitude of promoting Jewish literacy and scholarship, and is committed to providing information to readers on what’s going on in the Jewish library and info science world. It has an open policy for writers and does not exclude anyone from submitting an article-the topic just needs to fall under the specified content.33

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Strong. This is the journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries, so expect good knowledge of, and interest in, LIS subject matter.34

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

Readers have a strong interest in reporting from a Jewish library perspective, and will most likely welcome hearing of new studies, research, programs, or notes from the field. Also a good publication for learning more and becoming part of the larger AJL community.

Last updated: November 3, 2014


References

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  1. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). About AJL. Retrieved from http://www.jewishlibraries.org/main/AboutAJL.aspx
  2. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Focus & scope. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/aimsandscope.html
  3. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). About Judaica Librarianship. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/about.html
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Judaica Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404773257662/340702
  5. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). About AJL. Retrieved from http://www.jewishlibraries.org/main/AboutAJL.aspx
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Judaica Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404773257662/340702
  7. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Submission guidelines. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/submission_guidelines.html
  8. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Judaica Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404773257662/340702
  9. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). About Judaica Librarianship. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/about.html
  10. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). About Judaica Librarianship. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/about.html
  11. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Home. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/
  12. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Home. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/
  13. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Judaica Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404773257662/340702
  14. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Focus & scope. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/aimsandscope.html
  15. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Home. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/
  16. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Focus & scope. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/aimsandscope.html
  17. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). About Judaica Librarianship. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/about.html
  18. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Editorial board. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/editorialboard.html
  19. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Policies. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/policies.html
  20. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Submission guidelines. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/submission_guidelines.html
  21. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). About Judaica Librarianship. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/about.html
  22. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Policies. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/policies.html
  23. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Submission guidelines. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/submission_guidelines.html
  24. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). About Judaica Librarianship. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/about.html
  25. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Member Resources. Retrieved from http://www.jewishlibraries.org/main/MemberResources.aspx
  26. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Judaica Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404773257662/340702
  27. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Editorial board. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/editorialboard.html
  28. R. Leket-Mor, personal communication, 16 April 2014
  29. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Judaica Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404773257662/340702
  30. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). About AJL. Retrieved from http://www.jewishlibraries.org/main/AboutAJL.aspx
  31. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Focus & scope. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/aimsandscope.html
  32. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Submission guidelines. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/submission_guidelines.html
  33. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Focus & scope. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/aimsandscope.html
  34. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Focus & scope. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/aimsandscope.html
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Bottom Line, The

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: The Bottom Line

Website: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=0888-045X

Purpose, objective, or mission: Formerly a journal on library finances subject to editor review only, The Bottom Line has “broadened its scope to become a peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journal . . . mainly focusing on the trading of information, information economics, and the business of information.”1

Target audience: The journal is “not only for library and information researchers, but also for micro-economists and education researchers, marketers and knowledge professionals in information organisations, the media, health care, and government.”2

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing3

Peer reviewed? Yes4

Type: LIS Scholarly5

Medium: Online; author has the option to receive print copies6

ContentThe Bottom Line publishes research and case studies on the financial and economic aspects of information and information practice, mainly focusing on the trading of information, information economics, and the business of information. Information is widely defined including, but not limited to: records, documents, files, learning objects, visual and sound files, data and metadata, and user-generated content.”7

Frequency of publication: Quarterly8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelineshttp://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=bl

Types of contributions accepted: The journal focuses less on the management of information than on the trading of it. The website lists the following areas of special interest:

  • The socio-legal, cultural, and technological aspects of the environment in which information is traded
  • The articulation and development of new information theories and models
  • The relationships between society and business, technology, knowledge categorisation and metadata; and individual, group and collective memory
  • The grey or black market and those who would exploit it, such as foreign government intelligence agencies, unscrupulous businesses, and cybercriminals.9

Submission and review process: Submissions are made online using the submission and peer review system ScholarOne Manuscripts. Emerald Group Publishing has a support center offering guidance on using the system.10.

Editorial tone: Scholarly11

Style guide used: Harvard citation style12

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This interdisciplinary journal has a target audience of LIS professionals as well as marketers in information organizations, the media, government employees, and health care professionals. LIS authors whose professional and research interests include the social or legal issues that arise when members of these disparate fields share information will find a venue for their work in The Bottom Line.13

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Circulation statistics are not available.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Emerald Group Publishing is located in West Yorkshire, England. Its journals are written in British English for a worldwide audience.14

Reader characteristics: Reader demographics are not available. The content is targeted at LIS professionals, micro-economists and education researchers, marketers and knowledge professionals in information organisations, the media, health care, and government.15 Authors should assume a high level of education, but not necessarily in the LIS field.

Reader knowledge of LIS subject matter: Given the interdisciplinary nature of this journal, authors should assume a high level of education, but not necessarily in the LIS field.

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

Writers for The Bottom Line will impact a broad audience that extends beyond the LIS community to “micro-economists and education researchers, marketers and knowledge professionals in information organisations, the media, health care and government.”16 LIS authors whose work concerns information economics and how information is traded and monetized will reach a targeted audience through publication in this journal. For such authors, The Bottom Line offers an opportunity to add to the body of knowledge in the new cross-disciplinary field of information economics.

Last updated: November 14, 2016


References

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  1.  “The Bottom Line,” Emerald Group Publishing, accessed November 14, 2016, http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=bl
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  6.  “Emerald Publishing Services,” Emerald Group Publishing, accessed November 14, 2016,  http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/services/publishing/index.htm
  7.  “The Bottom Line,” Emerald Group Publishing, accessed November 14, 2016, http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=bl
  8. “The Bottom Line: Volume List” Emerald Group Publishing, accessed November 14, 2016, http://www.emeraldinsight.com/loi/bl
  9.  “The Bottom Line,” Emerald Group Publishing, accessed November 14, 2016, http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=bl
  10.  “The Bottom Line: Author Guidelines,” Emerald Group Publishing, accessed November 14, 2016, http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=bl
  11.  “The Bottom Line,” Emerald Group Publishing, accessed November 14, 2016, http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=bl

    The publisher of this journal offers an editing service, The Charlesworth Group, for non-native English-speaking authors.[12. “The Bottom Line: Author Guidelines,” Emerald Group Publishing, accessed November 14, 2016, http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=bl

  12. “The Bottom Line: Author Guidelines,” Emerald Group Publishing, accessed November 14, 2016, http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=bl
  13.  “The Bottom Line,” Emerald Group Publishing, accessed November 14, 2016, http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=bl
  14. “About Emerald,” Emerald Group Publishing, accessed November 14, 2016, http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/about/index.htm
  15.  “The Bottom Line,” Emerald Group Publishing, accessed November 14, 2016, http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=bl
  16.  “The Bottom Line,” Emerald Group Publishing, accessed November 14, 2016, http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=bl
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Faculty of Information Quarterly

 

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About the publication

Title: Faculty of Information Quarterly (*Publication currently on hiatus.*)

Website: http://fiq.ischool.utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq/index

Purpose, objective, or mission: Faculty of Information Quarterly (FIQ) is a student-led, peer reviewed journal and provides immediate open access to its content by publishing online, on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Edited by graduate students at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, the journal seeks to provide an environment for the voices of emerging and established scholars and practitioners in diverse Information fields, including but not limited to the following: archival science, accessibility studies, book history and print culture, communication theory, critical theory, cultural informatics, health informatics, information studies, information systems and technology, knowledge theory, library science, management science, media theory, museum studies, semiotics, and technology studies.”1

Target audience: University of Toronto LIS students, faculty and global LIS community2

Publisher: University of Toronto, Faculty of Information3

Peer reviewed? Yes4

Type: LIS scholarly5

Medium: Online6

Content: Research articles covering any topic relevant to LIS community. Recent article titles include Research as a Social Process: Considerations for Academic Libraries, Applying Concepts of Bug-Tracking Software to e-Resource Management in Academic Libraries, and The Rare e-Vent: Concepts of Rarity and Scarcity in e-Books.7

Frequency of publication: Quarterly8 *The last edition published was Volume 3, Number 4, in 2011.9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://fiq.ischool.utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

Types of contributions accepted: Research articles from the LIS and related academic communities. Per the publication website, “While there is an emphasis on encouraging student work in FIQ we certainly support submissions from all members of the Information community. Masters and PhD students and faculty of all disciplines, practitioners and Information professionals with an interest in scholarly work, and interested members of the Information community in its broadest sense are all welcome to submit works to this publication.”10 “We encourage students to submit articles they think are of an academic calibre, which can include conference papers, reworked course papers, personal research projects, reflections on the scholarly and practical elements of Information, or other communications of excellent quality.”11

Submission and review process: All work is submitted online through the publication  website. Detailed instructions provided for authors including a checklist to ensure all requirements are met. FIQ is peer-reviewed and publication is subject to approval and review by the Editorial Staff.12

Editorial tone: Formal13

Style guide used: For Canadian English spelling, authors should consult the latest edition of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary; for citations and references authors should use the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.14

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Although FIQ was founded in part to promote publication of student research and writing, all members of the information community are invited to submit manuscripts.15

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Not available. As an open access, online publication of a leading information school, FIQ is freely accessible to academic and professional members of the information community the world over.16

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Toronto, Canada.17 While its target audience is the global information community, the publication requires its authors to use Canadian spellings and to ensure the relevance of articles to Canadian culture.18

Reader characteristics: Though FIQ is an open-access publication with an international reach, it is likely, given its editorial bias,19

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: The majority of readers would have an LIS background or education; however, since FIQ strives for a global reach and LIS education varies around the global, writers should consider this when writing.20

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

As a publication run by graduate students and primarily for graduate students and academics in the the LIS community, fellow graduate student authors would seem to have a better chance of publication in FIQ.

Last updated: April 24, 2017


References

Show 20 footnotes

  1. “Focus and Scope,” University of Toronto Faculty of Information, accessed April 24, 2017, http://fiq.ischool.utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  2. “Focus and Scope,” University of Toronto Faculty of Information, accessed April 24, 2017, http://fiq.ischool.utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  3. Faculty of Information Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 24, 2017,  http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406056076086/717394
  4. Faculty of Information Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 24, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406056076086/717394
  5. Faculty of Information Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 24, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406056076086/717394
  6. Faculty of Information Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 24, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406056076086/717394
  7. “Archives,” University of Toronto Faculty of Information, accessed April 24, 2017, http://fiq.ischool.utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq/issue/archive
  8. Faculty of Information Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 24, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406056076086/717394
  9. “Archives,” University of Toronto Faculty of Information, accessed April 24, 2017, http://fiq.ischool.utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq/issue/archive
  10. “Editorial Policies,” University of Toronto Faculty of Information, accessed April 24, 2017, http://fiq.ischool.utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  11. “Submissions,” University of Toronto Faculty of Information, accessed April 24, 2017, http://fiq.ischool.utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  12. “Submissions,” University of Toronto Faculty of Information, accessed April 24, 2017, http://fiq.ischool.utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  13. Faculty of Information Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 24, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406056076086/717394
  14. “Submissions,” University of Toronto Faculty of Information, accessed April 24, 2017, http://fiq.ischool.utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  15. “Editorial Policies,” University of Toronto Faculty of Information, accessed April 24, 2017, http://fiq.ischool.utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  16. “Editorial Policies,” University of Toronto Faculty of Information, accessed April 24, 2017, http://fiq.ischool.utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  17. Faculty of Information Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 24, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406056076086/717394
  18. “Submissions,” University of Toronto Faculty of Information, accessed April 24, 2017, http://fiq.ischool.utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  19.  “Submissions,” University of Toronto Faculty of Information, accessed April 24, 2017, http://fiq.ischool.utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq/about/submissions#authorGuidelines that the majority of its readers are Canadian or North American. Readers of this student-run journal will have a keen interest in the latest developments in the LIS field. The journal does state a preference for publishing the student work, so this is an ideal venue for a first publication.[20. “Focus and Scope,” University of Toronto Faculty of Information, accessed April 24, 2017, http://fiq.ischool.utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  20. “Submissions,” University of Toronto Faculty of Information, accessed April 24, 2017, http://fiq.ischool.utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
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Bayline

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Bayline

Website: To read posts: http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/category/bayline/. For information: http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/bayline/ and for Archives: http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/issues/.

Purpose, objective, or mission: Bayline is the “official bulletin of the San Francisco Bay Region Chapter” of the Special Libraries Association (or the SLA), according to their website. It presents information of interest to librarians in special libraries throughout the Bay Area.1

Target audience: The target audience is comprised of members of Special Libraries Association, an association for libraries who are not in traditional settings. These libraries can be at museums, corporations, law firms, botanical gardens, etc. “SLA serves more than 12,000 members in 83 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists.”2

Publisher: The San Francisco Bay Region Chapter of the SLA.3

Peer reviewed? No.4

Type: LIS professional news magazine.5

Medium: Online. In 2013, Bayline shifted from a web magazine to a blog that’s incorporated into SF chapter’s website.6

Content: Profiles of member libraries (which can be very interesting and varied), and articles presenting information librarians in nontraditional settings would find useful. It also contains business news for the professional organization, such as the treasurer’s report and information on what members are doing.7

Frequency of publication: Monthly issues, with new posts added as often as necessary. From a recent post, Bayline is updated with at least 2-3 posts per month.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: There are no submission guidelines at the Bayline website however each newsletter contains this statement, “All article submissions must receive approval from the editor and are subject to editing. Submitting authors must sign a copyright release. Authors retain all rights to their articles and know that the full contents of Bayline will be published online at the San Francisco Bay Region Chapter web site. Articles previously published will usually not be accepted for Bayline but exceptions can be negotiated.”9

Types of contributions accepted: There are no limitations given, however the articles should be of interest to the target audience. The invitation to submit does note that Bayline prefers not to publish articles that have seen prior publication, but this is negotiable.10

Submission and review process: Articles must be submitted to the editor before the publication date of the issue they were written for. The editor will read and make sure the article is appropriate for the audience, and is an appropriate length.

To contact the editor email: mcwjrlis@gmail.com .11

Editorial tone: There are no instructions given as to editorial tone, most articles are written in the first person, or third person familiar and informal manner.12

Style guide used: None listed.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This publication would be a good venue for anyone writing an informal article on subjects of interest to almost any LIS subject, since special librarianship covers such a wide range of topics. There is no indication authors must be members of SLA to submit work for publication.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Bayline is a free online newsletter/magazine. It is emailed to members of the Bay Area Special Library Association, but is not printed and distributed. As an online periodical, it’s available throughout the world, but is actively read mostly in the Bay Area.13

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Bayline is focused on the Bay Area, and deals with subjects of interest to librarians in the Bay Area. It is possible that articles with a national focus would be accepted for publication, but the readership is almost entirely local. This periodical is written in American English. Articles may deal with librarianship in other languages or cultures as special libraries may have collections in other languages, but the articles are written in English. There is a wide variety of cultures represented in the SLA, so authors should be sensitive to other cultures and avoid stereotypes and explain information that might not be evident to someone from a different cultural background.14

Reader characteristics: The range of librarians covered by the SLA is huge. The SLA local chapter website illustrates this by saying, “Members of the San Francisco Bay Region Chapter of SLA work in diverse information environments ranging from business and technical organizations to research, government and academic institutions. We are found in public and private corporations, law firms, colleges and universities, banks and financial institutions, newspapers, hospitals, research facilities, public libraries, and engineering and architectural firms. Although many members work in corporate and special libraries, others are managers, researchers, analysts, technical services specialists, and consultants.”15

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers are almost entirely professional librarians or library students. A broad background in LIS subject matter can be assumed, but due to the diverse nature of the libraries represented, extremely specialized terms used in specific kinds of libraries or specializations (such as cataloging, technical services, reference) would need to be defined.16

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

The readers of Bayline would be interested in any library topic, especially if it’s local, especially if it involves an unusual library or an unusual librarian. Profiles of libraries, tours of libraries, information on collections, profiles of members and information on resources are all of interest. Information on marketing to the general public would be slightly less well-received here than in other publication (because of the largely corporate nature of the libraries represented) but marketing within the organization would be of great interest.

Bayline is more of a community newsletter than other professional publications, with a section on member news and neighborhood professional dinners. The long community history of the newsletter may explain this, the archive shows that newsletter publication dates back to the 1920s.17

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

Show 17 footnotes

  1. Special Libraries Association (SLA) San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. (2016). Archive Bayline. SLA San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. Retrieved from http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/category/bayline/
  2. Special Libraries Association (SLA) San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. (2016). About SLA and the San Francisco Bay Chapter. SLA San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. Retrieved from http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/about/
  3. Special Libraries Association (SLA) San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. (2016). Archive Bayline. SLA San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. Retrieved from http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/category/bayline/
  4. Special Libraries Association (SLA) San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. (2016). Bayline Issues. SLA San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. Retrieved from http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/issues/
  5. Special Libraries Association (SLA) San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. (2016). About SLA and the San Francisco Bay Chapter. SLA San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. Retrieved from http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/about/
  6. Special Libraries Association (SLA) San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. (2016). Archive Bayline. SLA San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. Retrieved from http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/category/bayline/
  7. Special Libraries Association (SLA) San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. (2016). Archive Bayline. SLA San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. Retrieved from http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/category/bayline/
  8. Special Libraries Association (SLA) San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. (2016). Archive Bayline. SLA San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. Retrieved from http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/category/bayline/
  9. Special Libraries Association (SLA) San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. (2010, February/March). Bayline Staff/Editor’s Notes. Bayline, 80(1). Retrieved from http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/febmar10.pdf
  10. Special Libraries Association (SLA) San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. (2010, February/March). Bayline Staff/Editor’s Notes. Bayline, 80(1). Retrieved from http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/febmar10.pdf
  11. Special Libraries Association (SLA) San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. (2016). Bayline. SLA San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. Retrieved from http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/bayline/
  12. Special Libraries Association (SLA) San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. (2016). Archive Bayline. SLA San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. Retrieved from http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/category/bayline/
  13. Special Libraries Association (SLA) San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. (2016). About SLA and the San Francisco Bay Chapter. SLA San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. Retrieved from http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/about/
  14. Special Libraries Association (SLA) San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. (2016). About SLA and the San Francisco Bay Chapter. SLA San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. Retrieved from http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/about/
  15. Special Libraries Association (SLA) San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. (2016). About SLA and the San Francisco Bay Chapter. SLA San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. Retrieved from http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/about/
  16. Special Libraries Association (SLA) San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. (2016). About SLA and the San Francisco Bay Chapter. SLA San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. Retrieved from http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/about/
  17. Special Libraries Association (SLA) San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. (2016). Archive Bayline. SLA San Francisco Bay Region Chapter. Retrieved from http://sanfrancisco.sla.org/category/bayline/
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Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals

Website: http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/

Purpose, objective, or mission: Ariadne is based in the U.K. and aims to “keep the busy practitioner abreast of current digital library initiatives as well as technological developments further afield.”1

Target audience: Information professionals working primarily in higher education; but also in libraries, archives, or museums (both in the U.K. and internationally).2

PublisherUKOLN, a research organization based at the University of Bath, which “advises on digital infrastructure, information policy and data management…and provide[s] resources and services to the higher and further education sectors including Web journals and other publications, Web services and tools, innovation support, research and development and events management.”3

Peer reviewed? No. The editor makes all decisions regarding manuscript submissions.4

Type: LIS professional news. Although Ariadne does publish some research-oriented content, it is not peer reviewed and it cannot be considered “scholarly.” ISSN is 1361-3200.5

Medium: Entirely online. Ariadne is free and open access, so the full text of all issues (current and archived) is available on the website. Content is also available as an RSS feed.6

Content: Ariadne publishes a “variety of articles in each issue, some technical, some of a more strategic nature.”7 A standard issue contains an editorial, a number of articles, an “at the event” section, and a “news and reviews” section. Prominent topics include emerging technologies and trends, digital libraries and collections, information architecture, search engines, metadata, and Web 2.0.8

Frequency of publication: Not defined. The magazine was published quarterly up through 2010; as of 2013 there are two issues per year.9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: Submission guidelines can be found on the Contact page and the About page. The publication’s website indicates that the editor will send information about the submission and editorial process once an article proposal has been accepted.10

Types of contributions accepted: Ariadne accepts a variety of contributions, including articles (i.e., scholarly papers, position pieces, and case studies), reviews, and reports on events, workshops, meetings, and conferences. The magazine also accepts proposals regarding organizations and work-related projects. There are no stated requirements for length.11

Submission and review process: Ariadne requires an initial proposal for all articles. Authors should submit an abstract, outline, or general description to the editor prior to submission of the completed manuscript. After an agreement is reached, a date for submission is set and the editor then sends out an explanation of the editorial process. No peer-review process is used.12

Proposals can be submitted via the online form or through an email to the editor: ariadne@ukoln.ac.uk.13

Editorial tone: There are no stated guidelines for editorial tone. Main articles tend to have a more formal, scholarly tone, while reviews and other articles appear to be relatively informal (i.e., first person is acceptable).14

Style guide used: Ariadne does not use a formal style guide.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Ariadne has remained on the forefront of the open access movement and continues to focus its content on current and emerging LIS trends and technologies. Thus, although it is not peer reviewed, it is a credible and highly accessible source with great publishing potential for LIS practitioners, educators, and students. Contributors might consider writing about LIS conferences or workshops, workplace technologies, online learning, digital collections, social networking, Web 2.0./Library 2.0, or Web-based information seeking behavior.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Ariadne is an open access electronic publication that is available free to anyone with Internet access. As such, there is no formal subscription process and no readily available circulation data. Generally, though, freely accessible online resources do at least have the potential of a large audience base.15

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Ariadne‘s editor notes in the Submission guidelines that “despite having a global audience, and a U.S. readership twice that of our home readership, our core audience remains that which is based in the UK.” 16 Thus, although Ariadne maintains an international audience, the majority of readers are located in the U.S. and U.K., and content reflects this.

From the FAQ author profiles, authors are mostly European, with 414 from the U.K./Ireland, and 60 from the U.S. Pakistan, South Africa, and Armenia are also represented, among other countries.17

Ariadne is published solely in English, and based on geographic information, it can be assumed that the vast majority of readers are, in fact, native English speakers. However, authors should be aware of the somewhat substantial language and cultural differences that exist between the U.S. and the U.K. For example, submission guidelines indicate that “UK English” should be used rather than “US English.” Beyond spelling, colloquialisms and U.S. centered cultural references should be avoided, and authors should also consider the needs of a global audience. 18

Reader characteristics: Ariadne does not provide any detailed demographic information relating to the gender, age, or ethnicity of its readers. Because this is an international professional publication geared towards practicing information professionals, it is likely that the audience is relatively mature and experienced, but also demographically diverse. Specific workplace data for readers is not available, but the website clearly states that Ariadne is published to “inform policy-makers and practitioners in Higher Education libraries and associated sectors of developments in the online environment.”19 Although readers are therefore very likely to hold a wide variety of professional specializations, they are also very likely to share professional interests based on Ariadne‘s primary topics, which include digital libraries, technological developments, digital information management, and online learning. As a large portion of Ariadne readers work in libraries and archives, they are likely to be both interested in and sympathetic to library issues. They are also likely to share common values and beliefs about the role and importance of librarianship in an information society. It should be noted that Ariadne also features more opinion-based reader reviews, retrospectives, and reflections.20

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Ariadne readers are likely to be quite knowledgeable about LIS subject matter and jargon. As practicing information professionals, they would certainly be interested in library topics that are directly applicable to their careers. After reading through current and back issues of the publication, however, it is clear that readers might not necessarily be knowledgeable about LIS topics outside of digital initiatives and technological developments.21

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

Ariadne is a professional publication with a very specific focus on practical articles that discuss sophisticated technological issues and developments in LIS. Overly general library articles, theoretical papers, or pieces that fail to directly address digital information systems or web technologies may not interest Ariadne readers. Submissions should be professional but not necessarily scholarly in tone, and they should focus on relating practical applications for LIS practitioners (see topic suggestions in the Publication Analysis above).

It is important for the author to note that although Ariadne is a British publication with a core following in the UK, the majority of readers actually reside in the U.S., and it is a global magazine. This allows for increased opportunities to effectively reach Ariadne readers.

Last Updated: May 14, 2016


References

Show 21 footnotes

  1. University of Bath Library. (2016). About Ariadne. Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/about
  2. University of Bath Library. (2016). About Ariadne. Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/about
  3. University of Bath. (2016). About UKOLN. UKLON. Retrieved from http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/
  4. University of Bath Library. (2016). About Ariadne. Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/about
  5. University of Bath Library. (2016). About Ariadne. Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/about
  6. ProQuest. (2016). Ariadne(Online). Urichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1410383864655/259370
  7. University of Bath Library. (2016). About Ariadne. Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/about
  8. University of Bath Library. (2016). Answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/faq?faq-category=content
  9. University of Bath Library. (2016). Overview of Back Issues Archive. Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issues
  10. University of Bath Library. (2016). About Ariadne. Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/about
  11. University of Bath Library. (2016). Answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/faq?faq-category=content
  12. University of Bath Library. (2016). About Ariadne. Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/about
  13. University of Bath Library. (2016). About Ariadne. Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/about
  14. University of Bath Library. (2016). Overview of Back Issues Archive. Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issues
  15. ProQuest. (2016). Ariadne(Online). Urichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1410383864655/259370
  16. University of Bath Library. (2016). About Ariadne. Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/about
  17. University of Bath Library. (2016). Answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/faq?faq-category=content
  18. University of Bath Library. (2016). About Ariadne. Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/about
  19. University of Bath Library. (2016). About Ariadne. Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/about
  20. University of Bath Library. (2016). Answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/faq?faq-category=content
  21. University of Bath Library. (2016). Overview of Back Issues Archive. Ariadne: A Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issues
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Archival Outlook

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Archival Outlook

Website: http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook

Purpose, objective, or mission: A newsletter “€œmembership benefit”€ for members of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) that updates readers on the work of the Society and its many component groups and reports on regional, national, and international news of relevance to members of the profession.1

Target audience: Those interested in or specializing in the archival profession or one of its allied fields. The newsletter is published for SAA’s 6,200-plus members.2

Publisher: The Society of American Archivists (SAA)3

Peer reviewed? No.4

Type: LIS professional news.5

Medium: Print and online.6 Print issues are mailed exclusively to members, but digital versions are available to the general public on the SAA website.7

Content: Features often cover best-practice and how-to articles on timely archival topics; notable collections, projects, or advocacy work; how archives are used by the public; and profiles of archives or archivists at work. SAA aims to nurture both new voices and established writers; the content is primarily written by the organization’s members and those in the profession.8

Frequency of publication: Bimonthly: January/February, Marcy/April, May/June, July/August, September/October, November/December.9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook

Types of contributions accepted: A range of relevant topics will be considered, but articles typically focus on best practice, unique collections, notable achievements by an archivist or archives, and updates on the Society and its component groups. Articles should include “some kernel of information that will enlighten the reader professionally.”10 Illustrations are encouraged. Articles should run 700 words for a one-page story or 1,400 words for a double-page spread. The newsletter’s departments include “Advocating for Archives” (local and national advocacy issues); “Someone You Should Know,” (profiles of SAA members in a Q&A format); and “Photo Op” (features interesting and eye-catching image).11

Submission and review process: Contact the Editorial and Production Coordinator via email.12

Editorial tone: This is the member newsletter, not the official journal. While the articles are highly relevant to the archival profession, the tone is more friendly, laid back.13

Style guide used: None.14

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This newsletter is a perfect place for students in the archive sector to share short articles or feature stories on news, information, special projects or advocacy, or profiles of SAA members. It’€™s not peer reviewed and not the official SAA scholarly journal, so it’s most likely not an avenue for publishing for the profession to gain tenure, but it would be an excellent place to start writing about all things archives; explore different topics within the archives world; or share information about relevant individuals, organizations, and conferences.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: 6,200+ members.15

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The Society is based in Chicago16, and is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association.17 The newsletter reports on “€œregional, national, and international news” that’€™s relevant to North American archivists.18 Written in English.19 The newsletter accepts international updates and news, but is a North American publication.20

Reader characteristics: The newsletter can have a very insider, quirky tone because it’€™s directed at SAA community members. A unique feature is the use of visuals (mostly archival photos) to tell a story or as stand-alone pieces.21 If a LIS student came across an interesting visual, this would be the place to share it. The publication’s articles are largely written by members and those in the archives profession. The newsletter is strictly for those in the archival profession, or those interested in it. This doesn’t just mean those in library-specific archives: professionals from all sectors within the profession are profiled and encouraged to share news and updates.22 Readers are positively archival advocates. This is a newsletter that is very proud of being all about archives and celebrating archival and library professionals.23

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: These are professional archivists: LIS knowledge and language is encouraged.24

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

Readers of this publication have one crucial aspect in common: their love of archives. Articles need to focus on positive aspects of the profession -€“ this is not the venue to share negative comments or criticisms, although critiques might be accepted, and definitely reviews of new exhibits, books, or professionals would be fine. The level of LIS knowledge is high -€“ this is not a newsletter for neophytes but is directed toward professionals. But its tone is friendly, open, and welcoming to anyone with an interest in archives. It’s a fun, interesting publication aiming to keep readers up to date as well as entertained.

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

Show 24 footnotes

  1. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Benefits of Membership. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/membership
  2. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  3. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Archival Outlook. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402338917688/244199
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Archival Outlook. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402338917688/244199
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Archival Outlook. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402338917688/244199
  6. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  7. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Benefits of Membership. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/membership
  8. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  9. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  10. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  11. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  12. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  13. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Benefits of Membership. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/membership
  14. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  15. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
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  17. Society of American Archivists. (2016). About SAA. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/about
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  21. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  22. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Benefits of Membership. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/membership
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  24. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
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Student Research Journal (SRJ)

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

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

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

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

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

Publisher: San José State University (SJSU).4

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

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

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

Type: LIS scholarly.9

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

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

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

About the publication’s submission guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

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

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last updated: December 1, 2014


References

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  2. San José State University. (2014). Student Research Journal. Retrieved from http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/
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  7. San José State University. (2014). Student Research Journal: Policies. Retrieved from http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html
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  21. V. Robison, personal communication, May 2011.
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  23. San José State University. (2013). MLIS student profiles. School of Library and Information Science. Retrieved from http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/prospective-students/meet-our-students/mlis-student-profiles
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  29. San José State University. (2014). Student Research Journal: Policies. Retrieved from http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/policies.html
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Archival Science: International Journal on Recorded Information

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Archival Science: International Journal on Recorded Information (Title changed from Archives and Museum Informatics in 2001.)1

Website: http://www.springer.com/new+%26+forthcoming+titles+%28default%29/journal/10502

Purpose, objective, or mission: Promotes the development of archival science as a scientific discipline. Per their website “…this journal is the only independent, international, peer-reviewed journal on archival science, covering all aspects of theory, methodology and practice, with appropriate attention to the non-anglophone world…”2

Target audience: The primary audience is researchers and educators in the field of archival science; a secondary audience is other professionals interested in recorded information.3

Publisher: Springer Netherlands4

Peer reviewed? Yes5 However, the journal website provides no information on the review process.

Type: LIS scholarly6

Medium: Print and online, selected articles available open access7

Content: Articles cover all aspects of archival science theory, methodology, and practice; investigations of different cultures; comparisons of perspectives and practices worldwide; and the field of process-related information. The journal especially focuses on the comparison of procedures and techniques throughout the world, especially in non-English-speaking countries.8

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: See “Instructions for Authors” at http://www.springer.com/new+%26+forthcoming+titles+%28default%29/journal/10502

Types of contributions accepted: The publication focuses on the scientific aspects of the archival field. Articles deal with the creation, preservation and retrieval of archival information; the social, cultural and historical facets of archived information; and the theory and methodology of information generation and use.10

Submission and review process: Entire manuscripts are accepted through an online submission process.11 The site offers detailed information regarding submission guidelines12 and also provides “Springer Author Academy,” a series of online tutorials to help an author prepare a manuscript for publication.13

Editorial tone: Scholarly14

Style guide used: Publication has an in-house style guide, provided in the “Instructions for Authors” tab.15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

A review of previously published articles indicates that the majority of authors are from the LIS academic community. Archival Science is an international publication, and the authors are international as well. Faculty at U.S. institutions such as Simmons College, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Pittsburgh were represented with recent articles. There was no indication of graduate students’ work in the publication, suggesting this journal may only be an option for experienced authors from the academic community; however, the journal does offer mentoring through their online course (Springer Author Academy).

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Not provided.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: This is an English-language journal published in the Netherlands. Due to its international audience, prospective authors should avoid regionalisms and ensure that any references, such as cultural and geographic terms, are clear to the reader.16

Reader characteristics: Readers are academics, well-educated within their field, and interested in promoting archival science as an autonomous scientific discipline. Interests span all aspects of archival science theory, methodology, and practice. While readers work in a variety of environments, including universities, governments, and museums, the journal is aimed at academics. Readers would likely not have an interest in LIS issues beyond those related to their work as archivists. Also, writing that focuses on local issues not applicable to another location would hold little interest for the average reader.17

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Archivists will most likely have a general understanding of how their work is related to the LIS field, but not all archivists will have an LIS degree. For example, archivists working for the United States federal government are not required to have an LIS degree.18

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

Authors interested in writing for this publication need to be secure in their knowledge and reputation in the archival profession, as the readers expect articles that are thought provoking and will add to their knowledge of the field.

Last updated: October 31, 2016


References

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American Archivist, The

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: The American Archivist

Website: http://www2.archivists.org/american-archivist

Purpose, objective, or mission: The website of The American Archivist states it “seeks to reflect thinking about theoretical and practical developments in the archival profession.”1 It is the journal of the Society of American Archivists, so the focus is on the cultural, social, legal, and technological developments in North America in particular.2

Target audience: Archivists and special collections librarians.3

Publisher: Society of American Archivists (SAA).4

Peer reviewed? Yes5

Type: LIS and History, scholarly6

Medium: Print and online open access; last six issues available to SAA members and subscribers only, or to the general public for a fee.7

Content: Includes research articles, case studies, commentaries on issues and practices of interest to the field, essays on international archival practices, annotated professional resource bibliographies, discussions of professional practice and initiatives, and letters to the editor on previously published articles and other topics of interest to the field.8

Frequency of publication: Semi-annual.9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www2.archivists.org/american-archivist/editorialpolicy

Types of contributions accepted: Original research articles, case studies, opinion and editorial pieces, articles concerning international practices or perspectives, professional resource bibliographies, and reviews of books, archival literature, finding aids, microfilm editions, exhibits, and computer software.10

Submission and review process: The preferred maximum length is 8,000 words for research articles and surveys, and 3,000 words for case studies and perspectives. These length requirements may be waived for certain articles in consultation with the editor. All articles should be accompanied by a 100-word abstract. Manuscripts are to be submitted electronically as email attachments in Microsoft Word, double-spaced and pages numbered throughout, with author’s name and address on the title page only.11

The American Archivist is a refereed journal. Each submission will be reviewed by two experts in the subject matter of the submission, and a final decision for publication will be based on their reviews. Final decision normally takes a minimum of three months.12

Acceptance for publication is usually on the condition that specified revisions be made. Once an article is accepted, author will send a short biographical statement and photo. Authors are given the opportunity to approve all editorial changes and to review page proofs for correction of printer’s errors. It usually takes a year for a submission to be seen in print.13

Editorial tone: Scholarly.14

Style guide used: Chicago Manual of Style, latest edition; for professional terminology refer to the definitions outlined in A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology by Richard Pearce-Moses.15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

If the author is looking for an avenue to enter the conversation of current, scholarly archival practices and the future of conserving information, this may be one of the more prestigious journals through which to pursue publication. Publishing in American Archivist is sure to have weight when interviewing for a position, or to fulfill tenure or promotion requirements for academic libraries or other scholarly institutions.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: The American Archivist circulates to around 6,000 members of the Society of American Archivists.16

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: SAA members live and work all over North America. There is no specified or dominant culture or geographic area. This journal is mainly focused on North American archivists and their practices, and all articles are in English. However, this journal expresses a definite interest in the archival practices of their international colleagues, and specifically looks for articles on this subject.17

Reader characteristics: Highly educated individuals, most of whom have at least two university degrees. Most have history and/or library science graduate degrees. There are further specializations in every area imaginable, so a variety of interests are represented here. There is no information provided on age, gender, or ethnicity of the members. This audience works in a variety of professional settings, including universities and higher education, private corporations, nonprofits, historical societies, public and special libraries, art and history museums, religious organizations, and government agencies. Some specializations include acquisition and appraisal, business archives, religious archives, academic archives, museums, description (cataloging), electronic records, government records, manuscript repositories, oral history, preservation, reference and access, and visual materials to name a few. People may work by themselves with little to no assistance, or work in immense academic or private institutions with a fleet of colleagues and assistants. The most striking characteristic of American Archivist readers is that they love and believe in what they do. They are incredibly interested in their profession, and how to continue and expand it into the future. These readers are interested in practical approaches and ideas, as they are practitioners in the real world who are usually short on money, space, and time. Theoretical discussions with no practical applications would be of little value to them.18

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: With extensive knowledge specific of their branch of LIS, these readers are well versed in the history of archiving and preservation and specific technologies and practices, and are often eager to discuss and debate new technologies and future practices in the field. They are familiar with both LIS and archival terminology, concerns, issues, and theories. Archival studies includes several different models used for appraisal, weeding, preservation, etc., which are also discussed in this publication. Not all readers will possess an LIS degree as some enter the field by way of a history or museum education and background.19

Conclusion: Reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors

The readers of this publication can be extremely intimidating for the new author and archival professional. Many of SAA’s members have been publishing in this journal (and others) for years, and their names are well-known and carry weight at conferences and national conventions. They have highly specialized and technical knowledge ranging over hundreds of topics, localities, and institutional settings. These readers are professional scholars and practitioners who value both theoretical and applied research in archival science. They will be looking for excellent academic writing, new ideas, or suggestive case studies with relevance to their own repositories. This is a high standard to meet. However, if an author feels he or she has something to add to the conversation of archival studies, this is the right forum. This is where the newest, most significant research, case studies, and experimental models in the field are disseminated and discussed.

Last updated: October 27, 2016


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