Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (JRLYA), the official research journal of YALSA, is currently accepting submissions for a special themed issue. It will highlight research related to Movements That Affect Teens (#metoo, #whatif, #blacklivesmatter, etc.).
Researchers, librarians, graduate students, and others who conduct research related to teens (ages 12 – 18) and libraries are invited to submit manuscripts. Papers describing scholarly research (qualitative, quantitative, or theory development) as well as action research are welcome for peer review and consideration of publication. Papers that report library programs but lack an original research component will not be considered. View the writer’s guidelines. Email manuscripts by December 31, 2018, to the editor at: email@example.com.
JRLYA is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal. Its purpose is to enhance the development of theory, research, and practice to support young adult library services. JRLYA presents original research concerning: 1) the informational and developmental needs of teens; 2) the management, implementation, and evaluation of young adult library services; and 3) other critical issues relevant to librarians who work with this population.
Greetings from the JRLYA Advisory Board! Have you ever thought about submitting an article to #JRLYA, but maybe you need a refresher in how to prepare an article for a peer-reviewed journal? Well then, this blog post is for you! Following is a list of tips to help you get your work ready to submit:
- First, do a bit of research. If you’re not a regular reader of the journal in question, look at a few articles in some of the previous issues to make sure your work will fit.
- Next, carefully read the call for submissions, if there is one, and make sure your article clearly connects to the theme.
- If there is no specific theme, make sure that your article is a good fit for the journal. Is your subject matter appropriate? (In the case of #JRLYA, does your article report research related to teens (ages 12 – 18) and libraries?)
- Carefully read the writer’s guidelines. Is your paper formatted correctly? Do you know how and when to submit it, and to whom? (For #JRLYA, you can find the writer’s guidelines here: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/author-guidelines/)
- If you are submitting to a journal that primarily publishes research articles (like #JRLYA), rather than a trade journal, is your article written in scholarly language? Generally, this means more formal, as opposed to conversational, English.
- Usually, articles prepared for peer-reviewed journals follow a basic format: Introduction > Literature Review > Purpose/Research Question(s) > Methods > Results > Conclusion(s)
- Introduction: the introduction should give a brief overview of the subject matter and a focus for the rest of the paper (the intro is usually around 1-2 paragraphs).
- Literature Review: the literature review should summarize the existing body of related work.
- Purpose/Research Question(s): here you should state the purpose of the research and/or the research questions that drove the project’s design and implementation (this is generally not more than a paragraph or two).
- Methods: what did you do? What were your methods? Summarize your approach step by step.
- Results: this is where you give your facts and figures – what did the data show?
- Conclusions: this is where you tell the audience why they should care about the research you conducted – what did the data analysis bring to light that makes this important? Also, what still needs to be done?
- Finally, PROOFREAD! Articles are often rejected due to poor grammar and multiple typos.
Hopefully, this blog post has demystified the article prep process a bit. We hope that you will consider writing up your project and submitting it to #JRLYA! You can contact the journal editor at firstname.lastname@example.org, and be sure to check out the latest issue at http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/!
YALSA seeks a new member editor for its research journal, The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (JRLYA). The member editor will serve a one-year term starting July 1, 2018, with an opportunity for extension based on performance. The member editor will receive an honorarium of $1,000 per year plus up to $1,000 total in travel support for attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting, ALA Annual Conference, and/or YALSA Symposium during the term of contract.
The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults is an open-access, peer-reviewed online research journal. Its purpose is to enhance the development of theory, research, and practices to support young adult library services, as emphasized in YALSA’s National Research Agenda.
Responsibilities of the member editor include, but are not limited to:
- Set and maintain the scope and tone of the journal both textually and visually
- Solicit and gather content for the journal with the help of the journal’s Advisory Board
- Manage and review work of contributors and communicate with them on a regular basis
- Supervise the editing of manuscripts according to the Chicago Manual of Style (including rewriting, reorganizing, validating information in content, etc. as needed).
- Serve as spokesperson for the journal
- Maintain the highest degree of integrity and ethical standards as member editor
- Attend YALSA’s Symposium, ALA’s Annual Conference, and/or Midwinter Meeting to assist YALSA with promoting the publication and also to solicit contributors
- Prepare reports for YALSA’s Board of Directors, to be turned in one month before ALA’s Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings
- Attend programs relevant to young adult library services at the ALA Annual Conference and recruit strong presenters to submit their work
- Work with YALSA’s Communications Specialist to determine schedules for publication and help maintain an appropriate web and social media presence for the journal
- Perform other duties as needed
Submit resume and cover letter to Anna Lam at email@example.com by April 1, 2018.