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Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL)

 

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About the publication

Title: Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL)

ISSN: 2163-52261

Website: http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital

Purpose, objective, or mission: As the official publication of LITA (the Library and Information Technology Association), ITAL is primarily concerned with keeping LITA members informed about the technologies that shape their workplaces and profession.2

Target audience: Members of LITA, primarily librarians and information professionals3

Publisher: Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association4

Peer reviewed? Yes5

Type: LIS scholarly6

Medium: ITAL is an open-access, electronic-only publication.7 Full-text versions of all content published since 2004, as well as tables of contents and abstracts for earlier issues, are also available electronically.8

Content: ITAL “publishes material related to all aspects of information technology in all types of libraries. Topic areas include, but are not limited to, library automation, digital libraries, metadata, identity management, distributed systems and networks, computer security, intellectual property rights, technical standards, geographic information systems, desktop applications, information discovery tools, web-scale library services, cloud computing, digital preservation, data curation, virtualization, search-engine optimization, emerging technologies, social networking, open data, the semantic web, mobile services and applications, usability, universal access to technology, library consortia, vendor relations, and digital humanities.”9

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

It is important to note, when perusing author information such as this, that specific types of submissions, such as book or software reviews, may require contact with someone other than the main editor. Failing to note such differences could result in a solid article or query being lost in the shuffle.

Location of submission guidelines: https://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

Types of contributions accepted: ITAL accepts feature articles that contain original research or in-depth analysis of 3,000 to 5,000 words or longer. Communications of 1,000 to 3,000 words are also accepted, such as “brief research reports, technical findings, and application notes,”as well as tutorials and letters to the editor.11

Submission and review process: Individuals must submit original and unpublished manuscripts only. Manuscripts that are being considered elsewhere should not be submitted. Responsibility for the accuracy of the information falls upon the author of the manuscript. This includes references, URLs, and statistics.12

Articles are to be submitted online; registration and login are required.13

Editorial tone: Formal, with most articles including an abstract. Articles are evidence and research-based, written in language that is clear and direct.14

Style guide used: The Chicago Manual of Style for notes and bibliography15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

LIS professionals or students focusing on the technical services side of libraries who can contribute to the community’€™s knowledge of emerging technologies should consider writing for this publication. Opportunity is also ripe for those with an understanding of technical services and public services who can explain complicated technical jargon and its importance to the uninitiated. A survey of recent articles includes usability of next-generation catalogs such as VuFind, the application of geographic information systems (GIS) in LIS research, widgets, interoperable catalog models, semantic web technologies, web design for patrons with disabilities, applying CIPA regulations and other issues. Tutorials included cloud computing and digitizing documents to make them accessible on the web. Articles and tutorials are pragmatic, so topics and information presented need to be relevant to professionals in their LIS workplace.16

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Statistics not available, but as ITAL is an open-access, online publication a wide readership may be assumed.17

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: LITA is a division of the American Library Association (ALA) and is therefore located in the United States,18 but subscribers come from all over the world. ITAL is published in English.19

Reader characteristics: ITAL is read by administrators, librarians, and information technologists interested in all aspects of information technology. These readers include library directors, systems managers and analysts, automation consultants, and both technical and public service librarians using technology to serve users.20

Readers are interested in subjects that include library automation, access to information through technology, digital libraries, electronic journals and electronic publishing, computer security, intellectual property rights, library consortia, technical standards, and software development. Articles display a strong emphasis on service orientation. Readers likely share this value.21

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: This journal covers a broad spectrum of topics and issues relating to LIS subject matter, and most articles would be comprehensible to any librarian; specialized knowledge of technical services is usually not assumed.22

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

Because readers come from both technical and public services, papers should not be only technical in nature. Demonstrating how a technology can be leveraged to solve a human need, whether that is user experience or library operations, will be fundamental. In a survey of articles, many papers demonstrate the impact of technologies on libraries, the communities they serve, and on society. Authors also emphasize service orientation, a value readers likely share.

Last updated: May 7, 2017


References

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  1.  Information Technology and Libraries, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 11, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1523477092994/48154
  2. “Information Technology and Libraries,” Library and Information Technology Association, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital
  3. “Information Technology and Libraries,” Library and Information Technology Association, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital
  4. “Information Technology and Libraries,” Library and Information Technology Association, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital
  5. Information Technology and Libraries, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405647855465/48153
  6. Information Technology and Libraries, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405647855465/48153
  7. “Editorial Policies,” Library and Information Technology Association, accessed May 7, 2017,  http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/about/editorialPolicies#peerReviewProcess
  8. “Archives,” Library and Information Technology Association, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/issue/archive
  9. “Editorial Policies,” Library and Information Technology Association, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/about/editorialPolicies#peerReviewProcess
  10. Information Technology and Libraries, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405647855465/48153
  11. “Submissions,” Library and Information Technology Association, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions
  12. “Submissions,” Library and Information Technology Association, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions
  13. “Submissions,” Library and Information Technology Association, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions
  14. “Submissions,” Library and Information Technology Association, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions
  15. “Submissions,” Library and Information Technology Association, accessed May 7, 2017,http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions
  16. “Archives,” Library and Information Technology Association, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/issue/archive
  17. “Editorial Policies,” Library and Information Technology Association, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/about/editorialPolicies#peerReviewProcess
  18. “Information Technology and Libraries,” Library and Information Technology Association, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital
  19. Information Technology and Libraries, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405647855465/48153
  20. “Editorial Policies,” Library and Information Technology Association, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/about/editorialPolicies#peerReviewProcess
  21. “Editorial Policies,” Library and Information Technology Association, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/about/editorialPolicies#peerReviewProcess
  22. “Archives,” Library and Information Technology Association, accessed May 7, 2017, http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/issue/archive
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Information & Culture: A Journal of History (formerly Libraries and the Cultural Record)

 

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About the publication

Title: Information & Culture: A Journal of History

The journal has gone through a number of name changes:
1966-1972, Journal of Library History
 1972-1973, Journal of Library History, Philosophy, and Comparative Librarianship
1973-1987, Journal of Library History
1987-2006, Libraries and Culture
2006-2012, Libraries and the Cultural Record.1

ISSN: XXXX-XXXX

Website: http://www.infoculturejournal.org/

Purpose, objective, or mission: Per journal website, Information & Culture “. . . publishes high-quality, peer reviewed articles on topics related to the history of information. The journal’s scope has broadened significantly in recent years to encompass the historical study of any topic that would fall under the purview of the modern interdisciplinary schools of information . . . However, the journal honors its (50+ year) heritage by continuing to publish in the areas of library, archival, museum, conservation, and information science history.”2

Target audience: Library historians and other scholars whose interests might relate to the history of information, such as historians of computing, labor, gender, economics, business, and politics; critical theorists, and scholars of cultural studies, science, and technology3

Publisher: University of Texas Press4

Peer reviewed? Yes5

Type: LIS and history, scholarly6

Medium: Print, with online subscriptions available.7

Content: The journal website states, “In keeping with the spirit of information studies, the work is human centered and explores the interactions of people, organizations, and societies with information and technologies. Social and cultural context of information and information technology, viewed from a historical perspective, is at the heart of the journal’s interests.”8

Frequency of publication: Quarterly9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions

Types of contributions accepted: Research articles10 and book reviews11 and book reviews

Among the content requirements are that an article be primarily historical in nature, take an interpretative, not merely descriptive approach, and have a clearly stated thesis supported by appropriately cited evidence.12

Submission and review process: Manuscripts should be submitted via email, accompanied by a cover sheet and abstract, in MS Word format. Authors are asked to provide the names of at least two potential reviewers.13 Submission includes an initial review by the editor, and, if accepted, a double blind process by at least two outside reviewers.14

Editorial tone: Scholarly15

Style guide used: Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition.16

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

LIS authors may find that it is a bit more difficult to get articles published in this journal as the acceptance rate is less than half. However, the journal is very prestigious. The editors state that “we do not yet have enough data to make an accurate forecast of acceptance rates. For the period April 2011-March 2012 our acceptance rate was 20.5%. We anticipate that the acceptance rate will stabilize at well below 50 percent of submitted manuscripts.”17

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Exact submission numbers not available.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Readership is worldwide. However, based on the content of the articles, most readers most likely reside in North America, South America, and Europe. In past issues, there were articles about Mexico, France, and the United States as well as a review of a book in German. This indicates the editorial board expects reader interest to be broader than merely North America.18 The journal publishes articles in English,19 but the topics are wide ranging and are not necessarily limited to the English-speaking world.20

Reader characteristics: Readers of this journal are generally scholars and professionals in a variety of fields, but especially history and library science. This publication has a broad base of support in a variety of disciplines. Articles could easily fit under history, literature, art, and political science as well as library science.21 The professional interests of the readers of this publication would be generally academic and scholarly. It might fit those working in all manners of libraries, museums, and archives as well as both faculty and students at academic institutions. The journal strongly follows a particular historiography, that of social and cultural history. In this sense, it is far less likely that one would find an article that is based in political history or in reconstructing grand narratives.22

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Knowledge of LIS subject matter is very high when it comes to the historical aspects of the profession. Because other academics in other disciplines are actively participating in the creation and use of this journal,  knowledge of current information profession issues might not be as high as it is with other LIS-specific journals.23

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

Readers of this publication are generally highly educated, scholarly, and professional. Potential authors need to be exact and precise and have expertise in the field. The journal, while overwhelmingly about library science topics, is also very rooted in historical study. The editorial staff and the readers are exacting in their quest for solid scholarship.

Last updated: May 6, 2017


References

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  1. “About,” University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, http://www.infoculturejournal.org/about
  2. “Information & Culture,” University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, http://www.infoculturejournal.org
  3. “Information & Culture,” University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, http://www.infoculturejournal.org/about
  4. Information & Culture, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 6, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581
  5. Information & Culture, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 6, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581
  6. Information & Culture, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 6, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581
  7. Information & Culture, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 6, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581
  8. “About,” University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, http://www.infoculturejournal.org/about
  9. Information & Culture, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 6, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581
  10. “Submissions,” Information and Culture, University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions
  11. “Book Reviews,” University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, http://www.infoculturejournal.org/book_reviews
  12.  “Submissions,” Information and Culture, University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions
  13. “Submissions,” Information and Culture, University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017,  http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions
  14. “Peer Review Process,” University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions/peer_review
  15. Information & Culture, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 6, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581
  16. “Submissions,” Information and Culture, University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions/peer_review
  17.  “Peer Review Process,” University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, http://www.infoculturejournal.org/submissions/peer_review
  18. “Archive,” University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, http://www.infoculturejournal.org/archive
  19. Information & Culture, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed May 6, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405693705579/114581
  20. “Archive,” University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, http://www.infoculturejournal.org/archive
  21. “About,” University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, http://www.infoculturejournal.org/about
  22. “About,” University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, http://www.infoculturejournal.org/about
  23. “About,” University of Texas Press, accessed May 6, 2017, http://www.infoculturejournal.org/about
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Huntington Library Quarterly

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Huntington Library Quarterly

ISSN: 0018-7895 (Print) and 1544-399X (Online)1

Website: http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/

Purpose, objective, or mission:Huntington Library Quarterly publishes articles on the literature, history, and art of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries in Britain and America, with special emphasis on:

  • The interactions of literature, politics, and religion
  • The social and political contexts of literary and art history
  • Textual and bibliographic studies, including the history of printing and publishing
  • American studies, through the early nineteenth century;
  • The performance history of drama and music.”2

Target audience: Academic librarians and academics with a focus on American Literature and History between 1500 and 1700.[3 Huntington Library Quarterly, University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/]

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press3

Peer reviewed? Yes4

Type: Art, Literature, and History; scholarly. The main content of the publication is oriented toward research-based and scholarly articles.5

Medium: Print and online6

Content: Academic articles, book reviews, review articles on important research in the field. The Quarterly also has an Intramuralia section that details acquisitions of rare books, manuscripts, and ephemera by the Huntington Library.7

Frequency of publication: Quarterly8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://hlq.pennpress.org/media/80097/hlq_authorguidelines.pdf

Types of contributions accepted: Full-length academic feature articles, book reviews, and essays9

Submission and review process: Manuscripts are submitted for review via the ScholarOne website. Each manuscript should be accompanied by an abstract. In addition, any illustrations must be provided in hard copy.10

Editorial tone: Academic and formal11

Style guide used: The Chicago Manual of Style, latest edition12

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

LIS authors who are interested in sixteenth-to-eighteenth century British and American society would benefit from publishing an article to this prestigious journal. Authors should be sure of their information, as readers of the journal are experts in the field and expect to have high-quality research in the journal.

Huntington Library Quarterly is abstracted in America: History and Life; Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL); Bibliography of the History of Art: BHA; British Humanities Index; FRANCIS; Historical Abstracts; Humanities Index; Humanities International Complete; I B R – Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Wissenshcaftlicher Literatur; I B Z – Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes-und Sozialwissenschlaftlichen; MLA International Bibliography; Periodicals Index Online; ProQuest Research Library; Religion Index One: Periodicals; Routledge ABES; SCOPUS.13

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: No specific numbers available. The Quarterly is available by subscription only but is abstracted and indexed in a variety of locations.14

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The journal is published in English by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Though online access makes an international audience possible, the thematic focus of the journal indicates most readers would be academics in English-speaking countries.15

Reader characteristics: No specific information available, but readers are most likely experts in the subjects and time period highlighted by the Quarterly. Most will have at least one, if not more, advanced degree. It can be assumed that readers are highly interested in British and American history, art, and literature, as well as in archival studies.16

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Although it may be assumed that some readers of HLQ have a knowledge of archival practice, others will have a purely academic or aesthetic interest in the period. Readers will not have a great interest in non-archival aspects of librarianship.17

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

The Huntington Library Quarterly is a prestigious academic journal with a very specific purpose: to highlight scholarship in early modern history and literature in England and the US. Publication in the Quarterly would be a boost to an academic or writing career. Readers are assumed to have deep knowledgeable about archival studies and British and American culture of 1500 to 1900, so authors should be very sure of their information and provide new research and thinking in the field.

Last updated: April 26, 2017


References

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  1.  Huntington Library Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 11, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/search/1908295256
  2. Huntington Library Quarterly, University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/
  3.  Huntington Library Quarterly, University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/
  4.  Huntington Library Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 26, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405962725458/46882
  5. Huntington Library Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 26, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405962725458/46882
  6. Huntington Library Quarterly, University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/
  7.  Huntington Library Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/
  8. Huntington Library Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 26, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405962725458/46882
  9.  Huntington Library Quarterly, University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/
  10. Huntington Library Quarterly, Author Guidelines,” University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/media/80097/hlq_authorguidelines.pdf
  11. Huntington Library Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 26, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405962725458/46882
  12. Huntington Library Quarterly, Author Guidelines,” University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/media/80097/hlq_authorguidelines.pdf
  13. Huntington Library Quarterly, University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/
  14. Huntington Library Quarterly, University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/
  15. Huntington Library Quarterly, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed April 26, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405962725458/46882
  16. Huntington Library Quarterly, University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/
  17. Huntington Library Quarterly, University of Pennsylvania Press, accessed April 26, 2017, http://hlq.pennpress.org/home/
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