Scholarly journals are products of research or experiments for discovering information on a specific subject. They author usually writes for his/her peers.
Two journals that are written for libraries are School Library Media Research (SLMR) and Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP). This paper will compare and contrast these two journals and will evaluate them as resources.
Selection and Publishing Process
According to its website (AASL, n.d.), School Library Media Research began as School Library Media Quarterly Online. It is the official journal for school libraries. It concerns itself with school library media programs and their management, implementation, and evaluation. In addition, its articles include investigations on theory, methods, and issues relevant to school library specialists’ instruction.
The journal accepts original, research-based documents not previously submitted or accepted elsewhere. The author should double-space the document, use 12-point font, and one-inch margins. The document must contain a 100-200 word abstract and be 25-30 pages in length. It should also contain a front page with title, author’s name and address, a second page with the title and abstract, and a works cited page at the end. WordPerfect and Microsoft Word are the preferred word processing software. (ASLA, n.d.)
The editor accepts all articles and/or essays and then three to five referees review them. The referees—or judges—come from building-level, district, or state-level library media services or are librarian educators. After an eight to twelve week reviewing process, the selected article will be included in the journal. Even after publication, the article can receive reviews and comments by readers.
According to the Evidence Based Library and Information Practice website (EBLIP, 2011) EBLIP is an open access, peer reviewed journal published quarterly by the University of Alberta Learning Services. EBLIP publishes the journal to provide research and commentary on many topics for librarians and media specialists to use for decision making and discussion in their profession.
Unlike SLMR, EBLIP accepts articles up to 5000 words in length. The author should write in an academic/scholarly format using APA style guidelines. The article should include a 250-500 word structured abstract, be single-spaced, with a 12-point font, use italics instead of underlining, and incorporate all illustrations, figures, and tables—numbered using Arabic numbers--within the text. The body of the article should include the following headings: introduction, literature review, aims, methods, results, discussion, and conclusions. Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect are the acceptable submission formats although the publication will be as a PDF document. (EBLIP, 2011)
All articles are subject to editing for brevity, clarity, and consistency of style.
The editor has the final decision to publish after a double...