Stanford Social Innovation Review

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Stanford Social Innovation Review
&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)</em> <strong>ISSN</strong>: 1542-7099 (Print)[1. <em>Stanford Social Innovation Review, </em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 27, 2018, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"></a>] <strong>Website:</strong> <a title="The Stanford Social Innovation Review" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"></a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> "To advance, educate, and inspire the field of social innovation by seeking out, cultivating, and disseminating the best in research- and practice-based knowledge."[2."Overview,", accessed November 17, 2016, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"></a>] The goal is to bring together academic theory and practice to create ideas for achieving social change, and to inform and inspire new social change. <strong>Target audience:</strong> Leaders in nonprofit organizations, foundations, or other philanthropic institutions, along with people working in business, government, academia, and other fields.[3. "Submission Guidelines,", accessed November 17, 2016, <a title="Submission Guidelines" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"></a>] <strong>Publisher:</strong> Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University.[4. "<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Overview</a>."] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> No.[5. "<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Submission Guidelines</a>."] <strong>Type:</strong> Civilian publication. <strong>Medium:</strong> Print and online.[6. "<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Overview</a>."] <strong>Content:</strong> The website is extensive, and includes links to past issues as well as original content: blogs, webinars, podcasts, <em>SSIR</em> events. The <em>SSIR </em>covers people and organizations whose work has an impact on business, nonprofit, and government sectors, particularly those with cross-sector ideas and solutions to global issues. Subjects include social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, and philanthropic strategies, as well as educational reform, poverty alleviation, and environmental protection.[7. "<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Submission Guidelines</a>."] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Website updated frequently; print magazine is published quarterly.[8. "All Issues,", accessed November 17, 2016, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"></a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a title="SSIR Submission Guidelines" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"></a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> External authors (anyone outside SSIR's editorial team) can submit articles under Features, which run 4000-4500 words; 3500-4500 word Case Studies; 1500-word Viewpoint articles; 800-word Books (formerly called Reviews); or blog posts for the website, running between 600-800 words.[9. "<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Submission Guidelines</a>."] The <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">guidelines</a> list specific details for each submissions category that writers should take into consideration. <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> Submissions are sent via a brief email pitch, Word format, to <em>SSIR</em> editors covering the specific section you're submitting under. Submission guidelines list the current editor of each section and how to contact them, and detail the questions to cover in the pitch.[10. "<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Submission Guidelines</a>."] You'll get acknowledgment of your proposal within 1-2 weeks. The review process takes up to two months, as each editor (including managing and academic editors, depending on the proposal) participates in the review, and then sends the proposal to the editorial committee, who makes the final decision. A list of criteria for submissions is found in the guidelines.[11. "<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Submission Guidelines</a>."] Additionally, <em>SSIR</em> editors and stable freelance journalists write articles under What Works, What Didn't Work, What's Next, Reviews of books, Q&amp;A and Research. You can submit pitches for these categories as well, for a particular person, organization, trend or research. The website also details what the editors want to see for ideas for these sections.[12. "<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Submission Guidelines</a>."] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> Easy to read, thoughtful articles chock full of information and interesting ideas, theories, suggestions, and solutions to global challenges. <strong>Style guide used:</strong> If the submission is accepted, <em>SSRI</em> editors will work closely with the author on style guides and citations.[13. "<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Submission Guidelines</a>."] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> Submissions on LIS issues would do well in the <em>SSIR</em>, if approached from an innovative, thought-provoking way, such as describing grass-roots LIS efforts and their outcomes, or discussing LIS in a global setting, or how LIS practices can be used to promote social change. Writers need to make sure the topic submitted would be relevant or interesting to all the <em>SSIR's</em> readers, so it should not be too LIS specific. Real-world examples described through research or firsthand experience are ideal. LIS efforts on providing information to mass populations, particularly underserved, or information technologies that bridge communities and allow information sharing would most likely do well in this publication. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> Print magazine has a circulation of 13,000, while the website averages 165,000 unique visitors per month.[14. "Information for Advertisers,", accessed November 17, 2016, <a title="Information for Advertisers" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"></a>] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> The magazine is published by Stanford University, which is located in Santa Clara County, CA, and the print magazine is sold in newsstands across the United States and Canada. English is the primary language of this Silicon Valley publication, however, in an email to the author on October 5, 2020, Eric Nee, Editor-in-Chief of <em>SSIR </em>indicated that the "<em>SSIR </em>has five partner organizations around the world--Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, Abu Dhabi, and Monterrey, Mexico) who have a license to produce <em>SSIR </em>in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, and Spanish." <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> Per the <a title="SSIR Submission Guidelines" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">submission guidelines</a>: "<em>SSIR'</em>s readers are highly educated, widely read, and well informed about the field of social innovation. They want to be provoked, surprised, and presented with memorable information and rigorous analysis. They don't want long-winded arguments, insider jargon, or excessively narrow and technical writing." Readers are overwhelmingly CEO's, presidents, or senior executives of their organization. Half work for nonprofits, and a small group are philanthropists or foundation leaders.[15. "<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Submission Guidelines</a>."] The writing is smart and well researched, and poses interesting questions and theories to readers, assuming that everyone is at the same high level of education and that readers are interested in viewing challenges from a global perspective. <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> Not a publication specifically aimed at the LIS community, and, per their submission guidelines, readers don't want "insider jargon."[16. "<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Submission Guidelines</a>."] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> Articles submitted to the <em>SSIR</em> should be timely, forward-thinking, and offer solutions as well as pose questions for readers, who are thought leaders and executives looking for new ways to lead their organizations and foster social change. The LIS field is ripe for this type of exploration, and <em>SSIR</em> readers would most likely benefit from learning about innovations in the LIS world. <strong>Last updated: </strong>October 5, 2020 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>

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