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Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST)

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIS&T) (Previously the American Society for Information Science and Technology)

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

Purpose, objective, or mission: From the website the stated purpose of JASIST is a “leading international forum for peer-reviewed research in information science.”1

Target audience: LIS professionals who are involved in or interested in the tools and techniques of information management.2

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc.3

Peer reviewed? Yes. Subject to single blind review.4

Type: LIS scholarly journal.5

Medium: Online.6

Content: This journal publishes original research on “…the production, discovery, recording, storage, representation, retrieval, presentation, manipulation, dissemination, use, and evaluation of information and on the tools and techniques associated with these processes.”7

Frequency of publication: Monthly.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291532-2890/homepage/ForAuthors.html

Types of contributions accepted: “The Journal welcomes rigorous work of an empirical, experimental, ethnographic, conceptual, historical, socio-technical, policy-analytic, or critical-theoretical nature.”9 Submitted articles should not exceed 36 pages. However, if an author has a longer paper, it may be submitted to the editor with a justification for the longer length which will be taken under consideration.10

Submission and review process: From the website: “Types of manuscripts: Various contributions are considered for publication: full-length research articles, occasional opinion papers (2,000-3-000 words on a topic that will stimulate debate), brief communications of 1,000-2,000 words, and letters to the editor. Letters and brief communications can generally be published sooner than full-length articles. All materials submitted will be acknowledged on receipt and (except for letters) subject to peer review. Opinion papers may be sent for review at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. Articles are subjected single blind refereeing. Copies of the referees’ comments will be forwarded to the author, along with the editor’s decision.”11

Editorial tone: Scholarly writing with properly formatted and cited references. A brief review of recently published articles indicate that the writing is formal and very informative.12

Style guide used: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (current edition).13

Conclusion: Evaluation of the publication’s potential for LIS authors

This site appears to be an excellent choice for LIS authors who have prepared in-depth original research papers on the evaluation and dissemination of information. Recently published articles include the “effects of time delays and information presentation on search behavior” and subject terms for classificatory metadata.14

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Circulation: No information available on circulation numbers. This is the journal for the Association for Information Science & Technology which states “ASIS&T counts among its membership some 4,000 information specialists from such fields as computer science, linguistics, management, librarianship, engineering, law, medicine, chemistry, and education…”15

Geographic location: This is an international publication; however, the journal is published in American English.16

Language or cultural considerations: “Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission or during the review process.”17

Individual characteristics: Members of the Association for Information Science & Technology (formerly American Society for Information Science and Technology) are readers along with other interested LIS professionals.18

Professional interests and workplaces: Readers will, no doubt, come from a technical LIS background who have a strong interest in original research in emerging areas of interest.19

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers are most likely LIS professionals with an interest in research and who have a thorough background in LIS terminology.20

Biases, values, and attitudes: Geared toward intellectual, educated readers.21

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

As the journal is the publication for the Association for Information Science and Technology members who are described as “individuals who share a common interest in improving the ways society stores, retrieves, analyzes, manages, archives and disseminates information, coming together for mutual benefit,”22 authors who wish to write for this journal will need to be well-versed in information technology and interested in emerging trends in this field. Readers expect original research that “pushes the boundaries of knowledge in emerging areas of interest,”23 according to the JASIS&T website.

Last updated: October 10, 2014


References

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  1. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). Overview. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291532-2890/homepage/ProductInformation.html
  2. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). Overview. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291532-2890/homepage/ProductInformation.html
  3. ProQuest. (2014). Association for Information Science and Technology. Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412979904237/41862
  4. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). JASIST. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/jasist.html
  5. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). JASIST. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/jasist.html
  6. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). JASIST. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/jasist.html
  7. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). Overview. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291532-2890/homepage/ProductInformation.html
  8. ProQuest. (2014). Association for Information Science and Technology. Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412979904237/41862
  9. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). Overview. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291532-2890/homepage/ProductInformation.html
  10. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). Author Guidelines. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291532-2890/homepage/ForAuthors.html
  11. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). Author Guidelines. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291532-2890/homepage/ForAuthors.html
  12. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). Author Guidelines. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291532-2890/homepage/ForAuthors.html
  13. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). Author Guidelines. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291532-2890/homepage/ForAuthors.html
  14. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). Overview. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291532-2890/homepage/ProductInformation.html
  15. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). About ASIS&T. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/about.html
  16. ProQuest. (2014). Association for Information Science and Technology. Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412979904237/41862
  17. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). Author Guidelines. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291532-2890/homepage/ForAuthors.html
  18. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). Overview. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291532-2890/homepage/ProductInformation.html
  19. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). Overview. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291532-2890/homepage/ProductInformation.html
  20. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). Overview. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291532-2890/homepage/ProductInformation.html
  21. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). Overview. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291532-2890/homepage/ProductInformation.html
  22. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). About ASIS&T. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://www.asis.org/about.html
  23. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2014). Overview. ASIS&T. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291532-2890/homepage/ProductInformation.html
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Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship (ISTL)

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship (ISTL)

Website: http://www.istl.org/

Purpose, objective, or mission: Per the publication website, “ISTL publishes substantive content of interest to science and technology librarians. It serves as a vehicle for sci-tech librarians to share successful initiatives and innovative ideas, and to publish peer-reviewed or board-accepted papers, including case studies, practical applications, theoretical essays, web/bibliographies, and research papers relevant to the functions and operations of science and technology libraries in all settings. Through its columns ISTL also publishes reviews, opinions, and best practices.”1

Target audience: Librarians with an interest in science and technology in librarianship.2

Publisher: Association of College and Research Libraries, Science and Technology Section3

Peer reviewed? Yes4

Type: LIS scholarly5

Medium: Online, open access6

Content: The journal publishes refereed articles, opinion pieces, and reviews for electronic resources, books, and databases.7 Every issue has a theme. Examples of past themes include “Reference and More,” “Outreach and Marketing,” and “Facilities.”8

Frequency of publication: Quarterly9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://istl.org/authors.html

Types of contributions accepted: Case studies, practical applications, theoretical essays, web bibliographies, and research papers relevant to the functions and operations of science and technology libraries in all settings. Columns provide reviews, opinions, and best practices.10

Submission and Review Process: Per the submission guidelines, “We welcome your article submissions and the editorial board is happy to work with new authors. If you have any questions about whether an article is appropriate for ISTL or how best to prepare your manuscript, feel free to contact one of the members of the editorial board.”11 Each section of this publication, specifically articles, book reviews, journal reviews, database reviews, and “webliographies,” has its own submission and format guide. For example, from the guide for non-refereed articles, “In general, articles of about 2,000 words seem to work well; however, if you need more space to describe your ideas, feel free to write a longer article.”12

Editorial tone: Academic13

Style guide used: CSE (Council of Science Editors) Style Guide14

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This publication is specialized and focused on a specific aspect of librarianship. While readers of the journal may be broad based, the authors published in the journal are active within each sub-field. Those new to the study or profession of science and technology librarianship will find this to be an ideal place to publish, as the journal and its editors are willing to work with first-time authors.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: No exact numbers are available, but the journal is open access.15

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: As ISTL is published in English16 in the United States but is available online, an international but primarily North American readership may be assumed.17

Reader characteristics: Readers of ISTL are academics and professionals in the science and technology world as it relates to librarianship. It is expected that the majority of readers share similar types of workplaces, jobs, levels of education, and professional interests. ISTL readers are like to be focused on a particular academic field within science or technology librarianship. As such, their interest in topics that fall outside of that field may be somewhat limited.18

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: ISTL readers will know a great deal about LIS topics and issues. They are interested in keeping current on the latest developments in their field of science or technology and will be highly familiar with LIS jargon.19

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

The audience for Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship is interested in substantive discourse related to successful programs and materials for the delivery of information services. Potential authors need to be familiar with such topics in order to not only get published in this journal, but to also speak to the readers. The technical knowledge is at a very high level, but must also have an academic angle. The editors are willing to work with first time authors so it is likely that considerable  guidance will be provided to ensure a successful article.

Last updated: May 13, 2017


References

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  1. “About Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship,” Association of College and Research Libraries, Science and Technology Section, accessed May 13, 2017, http://www.istl.org/about.html
  2. “About Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship,” Association of College and Research Libraries, Science and Technology Section, accessed May 13, 2017, http://www.istl.org/about.html
  3. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 13, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405454750407/252523
  4. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 13, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405454750407/252523
  5. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 13, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405454750407/252523
  6. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 13, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405454750407/252523
  7. “About Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship,” Association of College and Research Libraries, Science and Technology Section, accessed May 13, 2017, http://www.istl.org/about.html
  8. “About Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship,” Association of College and Research Libraries, Science and Technology Section, accessed May 13, 2017, http://www.istl.org/previous.html
  9. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 13, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405454750407/252523
  10. “About Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship,” Association of College and Research Libraries, Science and Technology Section, accessed May 13, 2017, http://www.istl.org/about.html
  11. “Instructions for Authors,” Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Association of College and Research Libraries, Science and Technology Section, accessed May 13, 2017, http://www.istl.org/authors.html
  12. “Instructions for Authors of Articles,” Association of College and Research Libraries, Science and Technology Section, accessed May 13, 2017, Retrieved from http://www.istl.org/articles.html
  13. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 13, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405454750407/252523
  14. “Instructions for Authors of Articles,” Association of College and Research Libraries, Science and Technology Section, accessed May 13, 2017, Retrieved from http://www.istl.org/articles.html
  15. “About Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship,” Association of College and Research Libraries, Science and Technology Section, accessed May 13, 2017, http://www.istl.org/about.html
  16. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 13, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405454750407/252523
  17. “About Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship,” Association of College and Research Libraries, Science and Technology Section, accessed May 13, 2017, http://www.istl.org/about.html
  18. “About Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship,” Association of College and Research Libraries, Science and Technology Section, accessed May 13, 2017, http://www.istl.org/about.html
  19. “About Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship,” Association of College and Research Libraries, Science and Technology Section, accessed May 13, 2017, http://www.istl.org/about.html
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Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

 

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About the publication

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

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

Purpose, objective, or mission: Since 1937, the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) has been the society for information professionals leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information. Their bulletin is a “news magazine packed with developments and issues affecting the field, pragmatic management reports, opinion, and news of people and events in the information science community.”1

Target audience: ASIS&T members and interested information science practitioners, including students.2

Publisher: American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)3

Peer reviewed? No.4

Type: LIS professional news.5

Medium: Online.6

Content: Opinion pieces and quality, brief, timely articles on association activities and topics such as information technology applications, information policy, user behavior, information description or other information science topics.7

Frequency of publication: Bimonthly.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

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

Types of contributions accepted: Short articles (2,000 – 5,000 words) with no footnotes or formulas included. Subject matter includes information architecture, user behavior, information policy, and information technology applications. You do not have to be an ASIS&T member to submit articles for consideration.9

Submission and review process: Suggestions should be emailed to the editor at bulletin@asis.org. There is no review process, so all decisions about publication are at the discretion of the editor. Editor promises quick response and additional guidelines (beyond those posted on the website) if requested.10

Editorial tone: Informative. The newsletter is ASIS&T’s primary means of maintaining regular contact with members regarding activates and updates, and is written with information practitioners in mind. The tone is informational but reader friendly.11

Style guide used: None indicated. Detailed article instructions are available from the editor upon request.12

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This bulletin has great potential for librarians interested in information architecture and technology. The bulletin also has a frequent student column which is a great indication that library science students could submit work.13

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: 4,000 members (publication membership benefit).14

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: North American association and members likely residents of North America. ASIS&T is based in Silver Spring, Maryland.15 English language publication.16

Reader characteristics: The members, the audience, is comprised of “information specialists from such fields as computer science, linguistics, management, librarianship, engineering, law, medicine, chemistry, and education.”17  It is safe to assume a shared interest in improving their work and supporting their colleagues. An emphasis on the efforts of the association’s mission and developing a solid network of information professionals.18

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

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

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

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

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

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Government Information Quarterly

Website: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/620202/description#description

Purpose, objective, or mission:Government Information Quarterly is an international journal that examines the intersection of policy, information technology, government, and the public.”1

Target audience: This is a cross-disciplinary journal, seeking submissions from disciplines including information science, public policy, public administration, political science, business, law, geography, information systems, communications, economics, sociology, computer science, and public health. Its purpose is to examine how policy, information technology, government and the public intersect. Articles of the most interest would be those concerning government policies on electronic resources and data.2

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.3

Peer reviewed? Yes4

Type: Public Administration and LIS, scholarly5

Medium: Print and online6

Content: Government Information Quarterly has its focus on how “policies affect government information flows and the availability of government information; the use of technology to create and provide innovative government services; the impact of information technology on the relationship between the governed and those governing; and the increasing significance of information policies and information technology in relation to democratic practices.”7 The Quarterly includes original research, analytic essays, editorials, teaching cases, and case studies.8

Frequency of publication: Quarterly9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/620202/authorinstructions. This information is also available at this site as pdf download titled “Author Information Pack.” There are informative webcasts with advice for prospective authors at https://www.journals.elsevier.com/frontiers-in-neuroendocrinology/policies/publishing-connect-training-webcasts.

Types of contributions accepted: Per the guidelines, submissions that “include original research papers that are theory-driven research; papers that combine theory & practice; reviews & review essays, editorials, teaching cases and case studies”10 are encouraged. This is an international journal so contributions from all parts of the world are welcome; however, papers must be in either American or British English, with spelling consistent. This publication accepts new and revised manuscripts that have not been previously published and does not allow simultaneous submissions. Typical manuscripts are 25-30 pages in length, double-spaced.11

Submission and review process: The submission guidelines are extensive, beginning with a section covering topics such as ethics, copyright, conflict of interest, and the roles of funding sources. All submissions are made electronically online through the publisher’s website. The guidelines detail the expectations of article structure and there is a submission checklist.12

Articles are subject to a double-blind review process, performed by the editorial board and other peer reviewers. “The criterion for acceptance is appropriateness to the field, taking into account the merit of content and presentation.”13 Through the publisher’s online submission process authors are able to track their submission.

Editorial tone: This is a scholarly journal based on theory-driven research and submissions should follow research paper tone and format. The articles tend to take a clear, but formal tone. The writing is scholarly, well organized, and not overly wordy.14

Style guide used: Publication Manual for the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition.15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This scholarly journal is a good choice for information professionals interested in publishing research and analysis of government electronic information trends and best practices. They appear to be most interested in practical application and results of information policy, making it a good choice for action research publications. It would be suitable for professors attempting to build up publication credits for tenure, or graduate students interested in being published for the first time.

Journal metrics: Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 2.384; SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.049; Impact Factor: 1.910; 5-Year Impact Impact Factor: 2.263.16

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Unknown; not listed on their website or Ulrichsweb.com, and unavailable from publisher. It is likely that many people have access to this periodical through ScienceDirect, and that most, if not all, government libraries and information technology departments subscribe or access this publication online.17

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Though main audience is within the United States and is national in scope,18 this journal publishes articles on worldwide topics. For example past articles included: “Restructuring Taiwan’s Port State Control Inspection Authority,” and “Modernizing Bangladesh Public Administration Through e-Governance: Benefits and Challenges.”19 Government Information Quarterly is published in English,20 and the article submission guidelines indicate that they use common American or British spelling and grammar.21 The editorial board is international, with members in a variety of countries but mostly represented by the United States.22

Reader characteristics: Reader profiles were not available; however, it appears that this journal is aimed at government and library professionals, public administration professionals, and government information architects. The journal’s target audience includes government officials and policy makers, scientists, journalists, lawyers, researchers, teachers and scholars, students, and librarians. Articles would be of the most interest to those helping to steer government policy toward electronic resources and data.23

The editorial board is a mix of communications, information technology, law, library, and information sciences faculty as well as librarians and government officials.24 The heavy presence of faculty indicates that the journal veers toward more scholarly writing over applied theory (or “how-to” articles). The job titles of the board also tend to indicate they will favor articles on technology’s use in government services. A review of the articles published shows this to be true.25

No demographic information on the readers is available at this time, but it would appear from the selection of articles published that the subscribers would be in similar professional positions to the editors.26 This journal would be most useful to people making practical decisions related to public policy and the dissemination of government information or academics in the same areas, but there is a wide enough variety in the articles that law school staff and librarians (especially government documents librarians) would also be interested in the subject matter.27

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers are a cross section of librarians, information professionals, IT workers, lawyers and government officials. Technical jargon should be avoided and even basic LIS principles should be explained when included in an article.28 Ulrichsweb.com lists the subject area as “public administration.”29

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

Although this journal will accept articles on any topic related to government, the most popular (for publication, and for downloading once published) are on e-government and ways to use technology to further government services. There is room for other articles (for instance, “Standardized American Indians: The “€œNames of Indian tribes and bands”€ list from the Office of Indian Affairs “), but articles combining government services and information technology will be most well received. Information delivery topics, tailored to a government audience, would also be very well received.30

As noted above, subscribers would be reading this publication to keep abreast of current developments in the field of government information, and most articles of interest would deal with how to distribute such information effectively. The readers are primarily academics or government decision-makers. Authors should keep in mind that though scholarly in nature, the core of each article should deal with a practical problem, and offer solutions or at least a detailed analysis of the issue.

Last updated: April 26, 2017


References

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  1. Government Information Quarterly, Elsevier B.V., accessed April 26, 2017, http://www.journals.elsevier.com/government-information-quarterly/
  2. Government Information Quarterly, Elsevier B.V., accessed April 26, 2017, http://www.journals.elsevier.com/government-information-quarterly/
  3. Government Information Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 26, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405971391820/146754
  4. Government Information Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 26, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405971391820/146754
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  9. Government Information Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 26, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405971391820/146754
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  11.  “Guide for Authors,” Elsevier B.V., accessed April 26, 2017, http://www.elsevier.com/journals/government-information-quarterly/0740-624X/guide-for-authors
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  28. Elsevier B.V. (2014). Government Information Quarterly. Retrieved from http://www.journals.elsevier.com/government-information-quarterly/
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Boing Boing

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Boing Boing

Website: http://boingboing.net/

Purpose, objective, or mission: “A Website devoted to technology and culture. We publish feature articles, links to things we find interesting online, podcasts, videos and comics created by the Boing Boing editorial team and other invited contributors. We also provide a discussion forum so you can participate in the conversation; and sell merchandise in the Boing Boing Shop.”1 Boing Boing allows users to submit interesting, cool, newsworthy links to articles, videos, and any minutia you find interesting.

Target audience: If you’€™re interested in anything outside the mainstream, this would be the place to look. The website is hailed as a bastion of free speech and imagine sharing; it was founded by an editor of Make Magazine, which is dedicated to all things DIY, and the four primary editors have all written for Wired Magazine.2

Publisher: Happy Mutants, LLC.3

Peer reviewed? No.4

Type: Civilian publication / online forum.5

Medium: Online

Content: A blog that shares member-reader links of all sorts -€“ informational, fun, noteworthy.

Frequency of publication: Blog updated with at least several new posts per day.

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://boingboing.net/sub/

Types of contributions accepted: Any kinds. (Of note to LIS writers: a team from the American Library Association ran a Boing Boing member interest group called Library Boing Boing from 2012 to 2014. See Library Boing Boing, and their first Boing Boing post; the full collection is tagged LIBRARYLAB. To learn more, see the LibraryLab community on the ALA Connect website.)

Submission and review process:

“Find something interesting, write an informative blurb about it, and send it along.”6 Submit links via the form, never by email, and provide an explanation of what the link is and why it would interest readers. Be clear and concise in your description; don’t obscure it with humor or irrelevant information, and don’t submit content without a link.7

Editorial tone: As informal, but informative, as possible. Headlines and pictures are purposely titillating or attention grabbing. Example: under the “€œScience”€ category is the headline: “€œAnne of Green Gables Had Herpes (and you probably do, too),”€ an article about herpes. Or “€œThe Librarian and the Hot Rod Shop€,” a post about a mobile initiative that provides library resources to people who are unaware of the library, or can’€™t make it to the local branch.

Style guide used: None specified.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

If you have any little library related tidbit to share, this is a great website on which to post it. These are non-reviewed blog posts, so it’€™s not a site that will help towards your tenured work or that you should cite in a scholarly article, but it’€™s a great source for getting and sending information to a curious, intelligent, and supportive audience. It would be a great first start for book reviews, for example, or just to write about or re-post some interesting library-related news.

Creative Commons License: non-commercial sharing, with attribution. Just make sure you say where your link/review/article originated.8

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: In an article in Fast Company, according to Quantcast data, it gets about 2.5 million unique visitors a month. The article also states that, in 2004-2005, it “had become one of the most-read and linked-to blogs in the world.”9

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: According to Quantcast data, Boing Boing reaches an international audience, though 63% of its readers are in the United States.10 English is the primary language, but as the site also links to websites, videos, etc., as long as you explain the reason for submitting your article/website/repost, the language of the thing itself isn’€™t too strict. Culture is progressive and friendly, hacker-ish and non-mainstream.

Reader characteristics: Quantcast data reports that the majority of readers are white, male, and highly educated.11 Hackers, DIY-ers, those who like to stay current on news/gadgets/things, and anyone with an eye on web culture and interesting news of all kinds will gravitate towards the blog. The blog’€™s bias lies on the side of being, for the most part, uncensored and relishing in re-posting links that test freedom of speech and censorship in the online community. They are very much an “€˜anything goes”€™ site, as long as “€œanything”€ is interesting to readers.

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: More civilian than professional; LIS jargon should be kept to a minimum, use layman’s terms and just get your point across in the least scholarly tone possible. The readership comprises a savvy group of people, but they are not all LIS aficionados, so use regular, everyday terms when describing your link and why you find it interesting.

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

Boing Boing would be a great place to post information relevant to the library community: its readers, while very much an online-loving group, seem to enjoy hearing about LIS-related news, particularly if it has to do with free speech, public access, or challenges to the LIS community. They are well-read, spoken, and intelligent, and, with the inclusion of the LIS-specific posting group, would appreciate links coming from the Library world. Although not scholarly in tone, the links posted can be of scholarly caliber, and the blog has garnered attention and awards, and holds a certain status in the blogosphere; posts here are likely to be reposted elsewhere and shared.

Last updated: September 10, 2016


References

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  1. “Boing Boing Terms of Service,” BoingBoing.net, accessed September 10, 2016, http://boingboing.net/tos
  2. “Boing Boing,” Wikipedia, accessed October 24, 2014, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boing_Boing
  3. Boing Boing Terms of Service
  4. Boing Boing Terms of Service
  5. Boing Boing Terms of Service
  6. “How to Get Something Posted to Boing Boing,” Peter Shankman blog, August 15, 2007, http://shankman.com/how-to-get-something-posted-to-boing-boing/
  7. How to Get Something Posted to Boing Boing
  8. Boing Boing Terms of Service
  9. “10 Tips from Boing Boing on Making Online Content Sing,” FastCompany.com, accessed September 10, 2016, http://www.fastcompany.com/3005636/10-tips-boing-boing-making-online-content-sing
  10. “boingboing.net,” Quantcast.com, accessed September 10, 2016, https://www.quantcast.com/boingboing.net
  11. boingboing.net
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Medical Reference Services Quarterly

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Medical Reference Services Quarterly (MRSQ)

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

Purpose, objective, or mission: Per their website, MRSQ “covers topics of current interest and value for professionals who provide reference and public services to health sciences personnel.”1

Target audience: Per their site, this journal is an “essential working tool for medical and health sciences librarians. For those professionals who provide reference and public services to health sciences personnel in clinical, educational, or research settings.”2

Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis3

Peer reviewed? Yes.4

Type: LIS scholarly.5

Medium: Print and online.6

Content: MRSQ publishes brief practice-oriented articles relating to medical reference services, with an emphasis on user education, database searching, and electronic information.7

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&page=instructions

Types of contributions accepted: Per their guidelines, MSRQ accepts submissions on “topics of current interest and practical value in public services librarianship in the areas of medicine and related specialties, including the biomedical sciences, nursing, and allied health. MRSQ has expanded its scope to cover most aspects of health sciences librarianship, including health informatics, information literacy, collection development, and management of health sciences libraries.”9

Submission and review process: Submissions are submitted via email to editor (contact information on guidelines page). Detailed submission instructions are included at the submission guidelines link provided above. Submissions are subjected to editorial and peer review.10

Editorial tone: Formal and scholarly.11

Style guide used: Chicago Publication Manual, 14th ed.12

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Likely contributors would be, given the desire to present practice-oriented articles such as The Plagiarism Project (an overview of plagiarism and description of a project in which librarians partnered with a dean of a graduate science program to educate students about the perils of plagiarism and encourage ethical writing practices), any librarian experienced in reference services, especially medical reference services, with new information to contribute to the field.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Not provided.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: United States.13 It’s written in English and publishers advise to writers to avoid or explain references that readers would not recognize.14

Reader characteristics: Readers are likely to be well educated (often having a science or medical degree and and LIS degree) and expecting articles to inform them, that they can apply to improve the service they provide to their users. Readers typically work in large medical libraries at medical centers or medical schools indicating readers have a shared interest in reference services, medical information and technology. Subscribers to this journal seem to value well-researched and well-written articles that will help them in their work. Based on author affiliation, possible bias toward writing of authors without academic affiliation.15

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

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

Writers wishing to contribute to this journal will likely be already part of the field, a subscriber to the publication, and looking to further their career. It is possible authors with experience in teaching would find a place here, for example the article The Plagiarism Project mentioned previously, as long as there is a clear connection to the work of MRSQ readers.

Last updated: October 31, 2014


References

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  1. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wmrs20#.U6y85LGdROg
  2. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wmrs20#.U6y85LGdROg
  3. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403829390090/88025
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403829390090/88025
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403829390090/88025
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403829390090/88025
  7. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wmrs20#.U6y85LGdROg
  8. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403829390090/88025
  9. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg
  10. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg
  11. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg
  12. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg
  13. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403829390090/88025
  14. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg
  15. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg
  16. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wmrs20&page=instructions#.U6y81bGdROg
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Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA)

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA)

Website: https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla

Purpose, objective, or mission: According to the journal’€™s website: “The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal that seeks to advance the practice and research knowledgebase of health sciences librarianship.”1

Target audience: Instructors, practitioners, and students interested in the practice and research knowledgebase of health sciences librarianship.2

Publisher: Medical Library Association.3

Peer reviewed? Yes.4

Type: LIS scholarly.5

Medium: Print and online.6

Content: According to the journal’€™s website, the JMLA “€œwelcomes the submission of any original manuscript that seeks to improve the practice of health sciences librarianship or information provision in health or biological sciences or articulates developments and history of the profession and related fields. The JMLA also welcomes manuscripts that extend the knowledgebase through research in the organization, delivery, use, and impact of information on health care, biomedical research, and health professionals’ education.”7

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html

Types of contributions accepted: The journal accepts submissions of original works which may fall under one of several categories of the journal including full-length papers, case studies, systematic reviews, research reports, comment and opinion, and letters to the editor.9

Submission and review process: The journal provides a detailed, in-depth overview of the submission and review process at the aforementioned website. Each of the categories has different requirements or guidelines for authors to follow concerning length and format, among other criteria.10

JMLA uses a double-blind peer review process where a minimum of three members of the editorial board (or subject experts chosen by the editor) review the submitted manuscript. Submissions are treated as confidential and authors are asked to review their material for relevance, originality, contribution to the knowledge-base of the field, and importance to the aims of the JMLA.11

Editorial tone: Overall editorial tone appears to be viewpoint neutral, though adherence to formatting guidelines is highly stressed. Manuscript should be well-written and for an academic audience.12

Style guide used: Conforms to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journal, or Vancouver Style (http://www.icmje.org/). Authors should also reference The Chicago Manual of Style (sixteenth edition).  and the National Library of Medicine’€™s Citing Medicine (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256/), among other authoritative resources.13

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

The JMLA is arguably the premier journal for medical librarianship. This specialty journal carries prestige within the specialty area of health sciences. Potential LIS authors will find this journal as an attractive avenue for publication given the subject matter is relevant, original, and contributes to the knowledge-base of the field. Authors unfamiliar with the journal should review current and archived articles to become more familiar with the format and style.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: International.14 Exact circulation numbers unavailable.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: International,15 although the journal is based in the US.16 Published in English.17

Reader characteristics: Readership is limited to members of the Medical Library Association (MLA), which presumes a high interest in and knowledge of medical librarianship.18 Readers will likely consist of professionals in the medical librarianship field. Instructors and students will also have a presence among readers.19

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers of the journal will likely have a background in LIS with specific knowledge associated with medical LIS field.20

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

The audience for JMLA is interested in substantive discourses related to the health sciences field. Readers will have specialized knowledge within this field and have high levels of technical knowledge. Potential LIS authors should have specialized technical knowledge within the health sciences with potential submissions having relevant, original, and important impact.

Last updated: November 3, 2014


References

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  1. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla
  2. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla
  3. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Library Association. Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Library Association. Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Library Association. Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Library Association. Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383
  7. Medical Library Association. (2014). Information for JMLA Authors and Reviewers. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/author_reviewer_info.html
  8. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Library Association. Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383
  9. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA Instructions to Authors. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html
  10. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA Instructions to Authors. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html
  11. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA Instructions to Authors. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html
  12. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA Instructions to Authors. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html
  13. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA Instructions to Authors. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html
  14. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA Instructions to Authors. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html
  15. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA Instructions to Authors. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html
  16. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Library Association. Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383
  17. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Medical Library Association. Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404782616098/49383
  18. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla
  19. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA Instructions to Authors. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html
  20. Medical Library Association. (2014). JMLA Instructions to Authors. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html
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Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS)

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS)

Website: http://www.alise.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=445

Purpose, objective, or mission: “JELIS supports scholarly inquiry in library and information science (LIS) education by serving as the primary venue for the publication of research articles, reviews, and brief communications about issues of interest to LIS educators.”1

Target audience: LIS faculty and educators, and more specifically, ALISE members2

Publisher: Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)3

Peer reviewed? Yes4

Type: LIS and education scholarly5 JELIS is a peer-reviewed journal that features scholarly papers, original research, reports, and studies. Although the journal does also publish brief communications, reader comments, and guest editorials, its primary purpose is the presentation of scholarly research.6

Medium: Online7

Content: JELIS publishes peer-reviewed research articles that contribute to scholarship in the field of education in library and information science and brief communications on topics important to the field. The later is not subject to peer review, but editorial approval only.8

Frequency of publication: Quarterly9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: https://ali.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=458

Types of contributions accepted: JELIS accepts submission of major articles of up to 7,000 words and more reflective, brief communications of up to 1,500 words.10

Submission and review process: Manuscripts must be submitted via the online submission widget. The publication acknowledges the receipt of all submissions. Major articles go through a double-blind review process.11

Editorial tone: Formal and academic.12

Style guide used: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition. Additional information on style and formatting guidelines is included in the guidelines.13

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

As a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal in the field of LIS education, JELIS would be a suitable publication venue for those involved in academic librarianship or graduate-level teaching. Although its readership may be relatively small, publication in JELIS would definitely help in the process of building tenure and establishing professional credibility. Ulrichsweb notes that “(JELIS) Authors are most often professors in schools of library and information science.”14 However, information professionals, LIS faculty, and even LIS students with relevant experience and strong academic writing skills should consider submitting work to JELIS.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Actual numbers are not available, but JELIS is made available to all ALISE members, both individual and institutional, as a benefit of membership.15

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Although detailed geographic information is not available, the ALISE mission specifically mentions serving faculty in North America.16 JELIS is published solely in English, 17 and its North American base would suggest that most readers are comfortable communicating in English. Due to the prominent Canadian reader contingent, authors would definitely want to avoid colloquialisms and cultural references that are specific to the United States.18

Reader characteristics: Though demographic information on readership is not available, ALISE does note that its members are generally faculty in library and information science graduate programs.19 It is difficult to make blanket characterizations in terms of age, gender, and ethnicity, as readers range from LIS students to deans. No detailed breakdown of reader workplaces is provided by JELIS or ALISE. The ALISE membership brochure notes that its members include “All levels of faculty, administration, students, librarians, researchers, educational institutions, and others interested in library and information science education.”20 Readers likely share a high level of education and a professional interest in LIS education and graduate-level teaching.

JELIS readers, particularly LIS faculty members, are likely to have established opinions based on their area of expertise.21 They are also likely to share the core values of librarianship and view the profession as highly important and relevant in both the academic and professional spheres. Yet JELIS does also feature divergent viewpoints and constructive criticism in its reader comments and guest editorials.22

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: JELIS readers are extremely knowledgeable about LIS subject matter and well-versed in library jargon, particularly that which relates to education.23 Authors will want to focus their submissions on the most relevant topics for LIS educators, as this publication is quite specialized and readers might not be interested in more general or overarching library concepts.24

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

This is a scholarly publication that features specialized content geared towards a relatively small audience of LIS educators and students. Successful submissions will exhibit a professional and academic tone, and should specifically address emerging issues and trends in LIS education in the United States and Canada, or internationally. Appropriate topics might include technological advances in distance learning, course management systems such as Blackboard or WebCT, the use of Web 2.0 applications (i.e., blogs, wikis, podcasts) in teaching, or a comparative analysis of international LIS education. Additionally, authors might consider including original research to more effectively connect with JELIS readers.

Last updated: May 15, 2017


References

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  1. Journal for Library and Information Science Education, Association for Library and Information Science Education, accessed May 15, 2017, http://www.alise.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=445
  2. “JELIS Submission Guidelines,” Association for Library and Information Science Education, accessed May 15, 2017,  https://ali.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=458
  3. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS), Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1494882128377/608102
  4.  Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS), Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1494882128377/608102
  5.  Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS), Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1494882128377/608102
  6.  “JELIS Submission Guidelines,” Association for Library and Information Science Education, accessed May 15, 2017,  https://ali.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=458
  7.  Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS), Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1494882128377/608102
  8.  “JELIS Submission Guidelines,” Association for Library and Information Science Education, accessed May 15, 2017,  https://ali.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=458
  9.  Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS), Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1494882128377/608102
  10. “JELIS Submission Guidelines,” Association for Library and Information Science Education, accessed May 15, 2017, https://ali.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=458
  11.  “JELIS Submission Guidelines,” Association for Library and Information Science Education, accessed May 15, 2017, https://ali.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=458
  12.  “JELIS Submission Guidelines,” Association for Library and Information Science Education, accessed May 15, 2017, https://ali.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=458
  13.  “JELIS Submission Guidelines,” Association for Library and Information Science Education, accessed May 15, 2017, https://ali.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=458
  14.  Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS), Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1494882128377/608102
  15. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS), Association for Library and Information Science Education, accessed May 15, 2017, http://www.alise.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=445
  16. “ALISE Strategic Plan 2017-2020,” Association for Library and Information Science Education, accessed May 15, 2017, http://www.alise.org/alise-strategic-plan-2017-2020
  17.  Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS), Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 15, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1494882128377/608102
  18. “About ALISE,” Association for Library and Information Science Education, accessed May 15, 2017, http://www.alise.org/about-alise-2
  19. Association for Library and Information Science Education. (2013). About ALISE. Retrieved from http://www.alise.org/about-alise
  20. ALISE membership brochure, Association for Library and Information Science Education, accessed May 15, 2017, http://www.alise.org/assets/documents/alise_membership.pdf
  21. ALISE membership brochure, Association for Library and Information Science Education, accessed May 15, 2017, http://www.alise.org/assets/documents/alise_membership.pdf
  22. “About ALISE,” Association for Library and Information Science Education, accessed May 15, 2017, http://www.alise.org/about-alise-2
  23. ALISE membership brochure, Association for Library and Information Science Education, accessed May 15, 2017, http://www.alise.org/assets/documents/alise_membership.pdf
  24. “About ALISE,” Association for Library and Information Science Education, accessed May 15, 2017, http://www.alise.org/about-alise-2
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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Slashdot

Website: http://slashdot.org

Purpose, objective, or mission: Slashdot is an online forum that provides “News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters.” This “stuff” includes stories on various aspects of technology, from discussing user’s rights online, to sharing ideas and news on various IT subjects. Content is submitted by readers, who can also assist editors in the selection of material by utilizing the site’s collaborative moderation system called “Firehose,” which contains RSS Feeds, story submissions, and journals which have color-coding to indicate popularity. Using the color spectrum scale, “Red is hot, violet is not,” users can tag and vote on entries, in addition to providing feedback.

Target audience: “Knowledgeable and tech savvy users.”1

Publisher: BIZX, LLC.2

Peer reviewed? No.

Type: Civilian publication. This is an online forum that publishes reader’s articles on various aspects of technology, in addition to providing an interactive networking environment. Although it is likely to appeal to techie librarians, the primary target audience is not librarians; thus, it would be considered a lay publication rather than an LIS publication.

Medium: Online.

Content: Story sections are self-explanatory, with some exceptions: “Apache” (news about the Apache web server); “Apple” (news on all things Mac); “Ask Slashdot” (ask the readership any questions about software problems, hardware, jobs, etc.); “BSD” (news about “modern UNIXes derived from Berkeley’s distribution [like Free, Open and NetBSD]”); “Developers” (news that affects any aspect of programming, such as language, licensing, or techniques); “Features,” “Games,” “Geeks in Space” (not currently open for submissions, this was an audio broadcast provided by the editors); “Interviews”; “IT;” “Linux;” “Politics;” “Polls” (submit “thought-provoking 4-6 question polls to share); “Science;” and “Your Rights Online” (news and information on spam, privacy, and other issues affecting our rights online). Archived articles, book reviews, and job listings complete the content.

Frequency of publication: Daily.

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: https://slashdot.org/faq/submissions.shtml

Types of contributions accepted: “The closer a submission is to featuring all the “perfect” characteristics, the better the chances are that it will run. While we will sometimes tweak submitters’ grammar, spelling and punctuation, attempt to fix broken links, and even edit with brackets and ellipses (in the interest of brevity, clarity and good taste), the nicer a submission starts out, the less tempted we are to hit “delete.” Not every Slashdot post is perfect — but the better they are, the better it is for everyone.”3 “A perfect Slashdot submission is: interesting, informative, clear, snappy, presented neutrally, submitted with appropriate topics, usually based on text and still images, labelled with an understandable, concise headline, well-linked, and grammatically correct.”4

Submission and review process: Use the Submit link located at the top right of website’s home page. Creation of an account is required first. This is a moderated site allowing administrators and editors to approve or remove posts.5

Editorial tone: Informal.

Style guide used: None specified.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

LIS authors with a technical bent will find the latest news, stories, and feeds on technology informative. This forum is an informal way to get stories submitted without a formal publishing process and allows for feedback from the target audience. Authors can pitch ideas and ask questions6, perhaps opening the discussion for more library and information science issues.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: 3.2 million monthly unique visitors.7

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: As this publication is only available online, there is no central geographic location. It is likely that users are international. The publication is written in English and no information is provided on the possible cultural considerations of the audience. This matter could be important, as different countries may have varying technical standards that would need to be further investigated and considered, perhaps by reading further into archives and different sections to find out if any stories on international issues are submitted.

Reader characteristics: The majority of readers work in IT.8  The general audience of Slashdot may not seem the ideal audience for an LIS writing, as they have concerns that would not necessarily reflect the ethics, interests, or issues of LIS. However, with the future of LIS moving quickly with new technology, this audience could be a great source of objective information. The technical aspects of the profession could be introduced into this forum with a group who might have new ideas or strategies unknown to an LIS author.

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: This forum does not actively promote LIS subject matter, unless there is a newsworthy story to share. However, with the influx of technology influences on LIS, this would be an interesting forum to share LIS information and get feedback that might be more objective on emerging technology.

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

Writing and participating for this website would certainly not be a project for the light-hearted “LIS techie.” LIS authors with an avid interest in technology might be able to find middle ground with this publication on issues such as privacy concerns. The ability to collaborate with an audience with general technical backgrounds might open a dialog on the various ways that technology affects libraries.

Last updated: November 14, 2016


References

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  1. “2016 Media Kit,” SlashdotMedia.com, accessed November 14, 2016, https://slashdotmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Slashdot-Media-Kit-2016.pdf
  2. “Frequently Asked Questions,” Slashdot.org, accessed November 14, 2016, http://slashdot.org/faq/index.shtml
  3. “Submissions,” Slashdot.org, accessed November 14, 2016, http://slashdot.org/faq/submissions.shtml?source=autorefresh
  4. Submissions.”
  5. Submissions.”
  6. Frequently Asked Questions.”
  7. 2016 Media Kit.”
  8. 2016 Media Kit.”
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