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Information Research

 

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About the publication

Title: Information Research

ISSN: 1368-16131

Website: http://informationr.net/ir/

Purpose, objective, or mission: According to its website, Information Research (IR) is an “. . . open access, international, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, dedicated to making accessible the results of research across a wide range of information-related disciplines.”2

Target audience: Practitioners and scholars interested in the field of information science, management, librarianship, and information systems3

Publisher: T. D. Wilson4

Peer reviewed? Yes5

Type: LIS scholarly6

Medium: Online7

Content: Articles in the field of information science, information management, information systems, information policy, and librarianship, as well as book reviews and software reviews8

Frequency of publication: Quarterly9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://informationr.net/ir/author2.html

Types of contributions accepted: The journal accepts completed papers and working papers within the scope of the journal. It also commissions book reviews and software reviews.10

Submission and review process: All papers are submitted by registering and using this site. Papers are first reviewed by a member of the editorial team. If the paper is found to be within the scope of the journal, it is sent to be read by two referees selected for their expertise in the paper’s field.11

Editorial tone: The journal emphasizes clarity of expression and quality research. Due to the international readership of the journal, authors are required to spell out local acronyms and initials and avoid local jargon. Papers should be easy to read in order to reach all audiences.12

Style guide used: An online style guide created by the publisher is provided. For citations and references, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition is used.13

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This is a peer-reviewed electronic journal available free of charge to a wide range of readers. The journal recognizes the needs of its audience and takes this into consideration when accepting manuscripts for publication. Online availability and provides authors with a wide readership, allows them to meet tenure requirements, and to gain notice within their field. IR is indexed by the Web of Knowledge, international website tools, and is cataloged in numerous college and university online catalogs.14

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Statistics on readership are not available, but as an open access electronic journal it may be assumed that Information Research has a wide readership.15

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: IR has a world- wide readership. Out of consideration for its international audience, the editor requires that articles be clearly written in British English, free of local jargon, obscure idioms and undefined acronyms.16

Reader characteristics: The readers of Information Research consist of library and information science practitioners as well as managers in information  organizations and scholars in information science, information management, and systems. Workplaces for the readers include public and academic libraries, special libraries, business organizations, and universities. The readers share an interest in findings from research conducted in the field of information.17

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: It may be assumed that many in this group hold an MLIS or equivalent, and therefore do have knowledge of LIS subject matter. 18 The editors have degrees in communication, electronic engineering, human information behavior, information seeking behavior, and collaboration technology. Many of the readers may also be students in these areas of study.19

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

Given that this journal has a worldwide readership, potential authors should ensure that their submissions are broadly relevant in terms of subject matter and writing style, and strictly employ British English. The readers of this journal are diverse in terms of language and geographic location. The editor advises authors to stay focused on the topic on which they are writing, and to be clear and to the point. Local jargon should not be used and acronyms must be spelled out to ensure the writing appeals to a wide readership.

Last updated: May 7, 2017


References

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  1.  Information Research, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 11, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1523476882115/135784
  2. Information Research,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017, http://www.informationr.net/ir/
  3. “About the Journal,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/about.html#Introduction
  4. “About the Journal,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/about.html#Introduction
  5. Information Research, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405691652016/135784
  6. Information Research, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405691652016/135784
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  8. “About the Journal,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/about.html#Introduction
  9.  Information Research, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405691652016/135784
  10. “About the Journal,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/about.html#Introduction
  11. “Instructions on the Submission of Papers to Information Research,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/author2.html
  12. “Instructions on the Submission of Papers to Information Research,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/author2.html
  13. “Instructions on the Submission of Papers to Information Research,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/author2.html
  14. “About the Journal,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/about.html#Introduction
  15. “About the Journal,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/about.html#Introduction
  16. “Instructions on the Submission of Papers to Information Research,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/author2.html
  17. “About the Journal,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://www.informationr.net/ir/about.html#Introduction
  18. “About the Journal,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017, http://www.informationr.net/ir/about.html#Introduction
  19. “The Editors, Editorial Board, and Associates,” Swedish School of Library and Information Science/University of Boras, Sweden, accessed May 7, 2017, http://www.informationr.net/ir/editors.html
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Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication (GKMC) (formerly Library Review)

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication (GKMC) (formerly Library Review). The title change went into effect in January 2018.1

ISSN: 2514-9342.2

Purpose, objective, or mission: GKMC “publishes contemporary research and practice which explores the way that people and organisations interact in the digital information environment.” It’s “concerned with innovation and developments in digital information, as they relate to global knowledge, communication and world memory.  It covers the creation, management, dissemination and use of the full range of information objects.”3

Website: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=gkmc

Target audience: Academics, LIS teachers and researchers, all practicing librarians and information professionals, interested library users, and practitioners in related fields.4

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.5

Peer reviewed? Yes.6

Type: LIS scholarly.7

Medium: Print and online.8

Content: “Submissions are welcomed on the following major themes:

Global Knowledge and Communication:

  • Social interaction, networking, social media and space
  • Free/open access to information: legal, technical,  social and managerial issues
  • Information and knowledge as agents of and for social, political, cultural and organisational change
  • Connecting the individual: personalised and meta-services
  • Sociological and philosophical aspects of information and knowledge, including service provision

World Memory: Text, Sound, Vision and Artefacts:

  • Information creation, ‘collection’ and curation
  • Information seeking, discovery and use
  • Sustainable preservation, including environmental, social, technical and legal issues
  • Sharing and facilitating individual engagement with archival, cultural and literary heritage: objects and services
  • Memory institutions and organisations: role and purpose, design, delivery, evaluation and cultural issues
  • Professional collaboration – consortia, exchange and sharing.”9

Frequency of publication: Nine times a year.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=gkmc

Types of contributions accepted: Submissions should belong to one of the following categories: research paper, viewpoint, technical paper, conceptual paper, case study, literature review, or general review.11

Submission and review process: The journal welcomes original, unpublished manuscripts (between 6000 and 8000 words) which aren’t currently under review elsewhere. Submissions should be accompanied by a structured abstract which contains four to seven subheadings (maximum of 250 words). (Please see the How to…Write an Abstract guide here for more details.) Additionally, Emerald Publishing Limited partners with Peerwith, an organization which provides editing, translation, and other useful services. Submissions to GKMC are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Information on registering and using the ScholarOne Manuscripts is located here. Per the “Author Guidelines,” “Each paper is reviewed by the editor and, if it is judged suitable for this publication, it is then sent to at least one independent referee for double blind peer review.”12

Editorial tone: Scholarly, assumes professional industry knowledge of LIS issues.13

Style guide used: Harvard style.14

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication is an excellent choice for authors looking to publish with a respected journal addressing global LIS issues. GKMC dates all the way back to 1927,15 and its recent name change reflects its commitment to memory institutions (e.g., museums, archives, etc.) in addition to libraries.16 Thus, authors interested in publishing with this journal have a wider range of topics to choose from than they do with traditional LIS journals.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Although specific circulation statistics are unavailable, the journal likely enjoys substantial readership (due to its international focus).17

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The journal is published in English in the U.K. and has readers and subscribers worldwide.18 GKMC‘s international scope is exemplified by its first issue published under its new name, with topics such as “The State of Institutional Repositories and Scholarly Communications in Nigeria,” “Utilisation of Subscribed Electronic Resources by Library Users in Mzumbe Library, Tanzania,” etc.19

Reader characteristics: Readers are likely to value cutting-edge research on information-based topics pertaining to libraries and other information organizations. Additionally, readers will expect articles to be meticulously researched and to clearly document all findings, in keeping with the standard current and past articles have set.20

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Writers can assume that readers have considerable knowledge of LIS issues and terminology, as well as information terminology in general.21

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

In keeping with the journal’s new name, readers will expect articles on a broad spectrum of information science issues. For instance, a 2018 article entitled “Chinese Female Preference of Cosmetic Products Information Channels” describes Chinese women’s information-seeking behaviors in regards to cosmetics.22 In other words, readers will expect articles to be varied in terms of topic selection but remain grounded in solid LIS theory.

Last updated: March 12, 2018


References

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  3. “Journal Information,” Emerald Publishing Limited, accessed March 9, 2018, http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=gkmc
  4.  Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 9, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520607691074/38436
  5.  Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 9, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520607691074/38436
  6. Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 9, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520607691074/38436
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  8. Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 9, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520607691074/38436
  9. “Journal Information,” Emerald Publishing Limited, accessed March 9, 2018, http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=gkmc
  10.  Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 9, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520607691074/38436
  11. “Author Guidelines,” Emerald Publishing Limited, accessed March 9, 2018, http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=gkmc
  12. “Author Guidelines,” Emerald Publishing Limited, accessed March 9, 2018, http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=gkmc
  13. Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 9, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520607691074/38436
  14. “Author Guidelines,” Emerald Publishing Limited, accessed March 9, 2018, http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=gkmc
  15.  Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 9, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520607691074/38436
  16. “Journal Information,” Emerald Publishing Limited, accessed March 9, 2018, http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=gkmc
  17.  Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 9, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520607691074/38436
  18.  Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 9, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520607691074/38436
  19. Judith Broady-Preston, ed., “Table of Contents.” Entire issue, Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication 67, no. 1/2 (2018).
  20.  Judith Broady-Preston, ed., “Table of Contents.” Entire issue, Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication 67, no. 1/2 (2018).
  21.  “Journal Information,” Emerald Publishing Limited, accessed March 12, 2018, http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=gkmc
  22.  Yonghe Lu and Xiaohua Liu, “Chinese Female Preference of Cosmetic Products Information Channels,” Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication 67, no. 3 (2018): 180-192, https://doi.org/10.1108/GKMC-04-2017-0042.
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