Reflections on Research in Academic Journals

What is the process for selecting and publishing manuscripts for each journal?

School Library Research: The editorial board members (15 members) review the articles and consult on the policies and guidelines for the review process. One of these members is UNT’s very own Dr. Smith!

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice: This journal is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. The purpose of this journal is for an open discussion, so members can sign in and comment on the articles within. They publish original research and literature reviews.

EBLIP has 8 board members, 5 editorial advisors, a communications officer, an indexing support person, 11 copyeditors, an evidence summary team, writing assistance team, and dozens of peer reviewers. This journal appears much larger. This journal editorial team includes people not just in the US but from around the world, including Canada, Czech Republic, and the UK.

All research articles, feature articles, review articles, classics, and evidence summary submissions are reviewed by two peer reviewers using a double blind reviewing process. This includes submissions from the editors or from reviewers. Care is taken to ensure that submissions are reviewed by members of the team with knowledge of the subject area but who do not have a conflict of interest (see Review Guidelines).

Evaluate the publications for authority. For example, what are the credentials of the editorial board members and/or advisory committees for each journal?

School Library Research: Each of the editorial board members are PhDs and work at the university level as professors or associate professors. One of the authors an article is a researcher for a university. Based on this information, I would say that these members are highly qualified to distinguish quality writing and best practice articles.

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice: Again there is a large number of PhDs, professors, and associate professors. These members also seem highly qualified. The fact that the papers are reviewed double blind brings more credence to the papers as well.

Evaluate SLR and EBLIP as resources. What topics interest you the most? What research studies and articles do you want to read and why? Which ones relate to your present practice?  

School Library Research:

SLR is an excellent resource as far a reliability and quality. I could see myself checking in and reading these articles on a monthly basis in order to stay current on topics important to librarianship. I do not see a way to search the journals for s specific topic. So let’s say I’m looking for information on digital citizenship. I would have to manually pull up each issue and search through the titles to find the information I seek. There is a search bar, but it searches through the entire ALA website.

Two topic I saw in this that I am interested in is Digital Citizenship and Diversity. I want to read the article on digital citizenship because I am a technology nut. I am on the digital citizenship committee at my campus. We wrote and continue to write the curriculum for the whole school. I want to stay current on this topic. As for diversity. I am an ESL teacher in addition to an English teacher. I teach a hybrid class with ELs and non-ELs at a 30/70 ratio. Diversity is something to be celebrated and learned.

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice:

EBLIP does have a search bar! That makes this a much more usable resource. (Gosh, I wish I knew about this resource LAST WEEK when I was doing the EOP! *crying a little bit*)

Delivering Information Literacy via Facebook: Here Comes the Spinach! looks interesting because I’m on Facebook all the time! I read the conclusion and found that the IL content was viewed even more than their other content! This makes me want to create a Facebook page for my library when I get my own library. I could share all kinds of literacy information with parents to help them to understand how to help their child be strong readers.

The warmth-based instruction paper sounds interesting too. Many students get anxiety about walking into secondary and college libraries because they are unfamiliar with them. I’ve not heard of warmth based instruction. I’m curious about what all that entails.

Select 2-3; provide citations  for the articles you want to read in a References section at the end of your blog post (APA-formatted).


Moeller, R. & Becnel, K. (2018). Drawing diversity: Representations of race in graphic novels for young adults. School Library Research 21(2018) 1-17.

Parks, C. (2019). Testing a warmth-based instruction intervention for reducing library anxiety in first-year undergraduate students. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice14(2), 70-84.

Phillips, A. & Lee, V. (2019). Whose responsibility is it? A statewide survey of school librarians on responsibilities and resources for teaching digital citizenship. School Library Research 22(2019) 1-20.

Tyson, A, Angelo, A, McElwaine, B. & Tauro, K. (2019). Delivering information literacy via facebook: Here comes the spinach! Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 14(2), 33-50.


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