About the publication
Title: Weave: Journal of Library User Experience (Weave UX)
Purpose, objective, or mission: “Weave is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal for Library User Experience professionals published by Michigan Publishing.”1
From it’s editorial philosophy, “Weave’s primary purpose is to provide a forum where practitioners of UX in libraries can have discussions that increase and extend our understanding of UX principles and research.”2
Target audience: LIS professionals and students, library User Experience professionals.
Publisher: Michigan Publishing, a division of the University of Michigan Library.3
Peer reviewed? Yes, all articles are subjected to a double-blind review process.4
Type: LIS scholarly journal.
Content: Weave UX consists of full length, scholarly articles and The Dialog Box, featuring book and media reviews.6
Frequency of publication: Issues are published twice a year.7
About the publication’s submission guidelines
Location of submission guidelines: Manuscript submission guidelines can be found in a Google Doc linked on the submissions page.
Types of contributions accepted: Weave is looking for two types of submissions:
- Full length, scholarly articles of relevance to UX in libraries
- The Dialog Box, a new kind of review section aiming to “extend beyond traditional book review sections and feature critical dialog not only with books but with other media that set the boundaries of UX”8
Submission and review process: Before writing an article, Weave asks that you send a short pitch about your topic, they can then help develop it into an article. If you already have something written, send them a few sentences about your article and they’ll take it from there.9
Editorial tone: Professional.
Style guide used: APA is used for in-text citations and works cited pages, and the Chicago Manual of Style is used for spelling, grammar, punctuation and all other style concerns.10
Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors
Weave has a “come one, come all” approach regarding librarians and professionals who are passionate about UX. Whether you have ideas you want to explore or you have already composed a full-fledged article, Weave is an excellent place to start if you are writing about user experience in the LIS field.
About the publication’s readers
Publication circulation: All editors are based in the United States and the journal is hosted by Michigan Publishing. However, this quote pulled from the Editorial Philosophy shows that the journal is not limited to only U.S.-based librarians: “Weave’s primary purpose is to provide a forum where practitioners of UX in libraries (wherever they are, whatever their job title is) can have discussions that increase and extend our understanding of UX principles and research.”11
Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Weave’s audience and authors are not limited to just the United States, they have published articles from Canadian, Swedish and Australian writers.12
Reader characteristics: According to their Editorial Philosophy, “Weave’s intended primary audience consists of people in libraries who are using or are interesting in using UX.”13
Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Strong. Readers are already familiar with UX in libraries.
Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors
Readers of Weave articles are obviously passionate about libraries and user experience in libraries. The latest issues of Weave have featured articles such as “A Practical Guide to Improving Web Accessibility,” “How Much Research is Enough?” as well as a book review, demonstrating that Weave’s readers are interested in a broad array of topics related to User Experience.14
Last updated: March 19, 2018
- “Home,” WeaveUX.org, accessed March 15, 2018, https://www.weaveux.org/ ↩
- “Editorial Philosophy,” WeaveUX.org, accessed March 15, 2018, https://www.weaveux.org/about.html#philosophy ↩
- “Home.” ↩
- “Editorial Philosophy” ↩
- “About.” ↩
- “Weave Submissions,” WeaveUX.org, accessed March 15, 2018, https://weaveux.submittable.com/submit/34335/weave-submissions ↩
- “Archive,” WeaveUX.org, accessed March 15, 2018, https://quod.lib.umich.edu/w/weave/12535642.* ↩
- “Weave Submissions” ↩
- “Weave Submissions.” ↩
- Submission Guidelines for Manuscript drafts,” Weave, accessed March 15, 2018, https://weaveux.submittable.com/submit/34335/weave-submissions ↩
- “About.” ↩
- “Archive.” ↩
- “Editorial Philosophy.” ↩
- “Archive.” ↩