Case study 1: article for Health, Information and Libraries Journal
Catherine Ebenezer is a health services librarian, who as part of an MSc project carried out a usability evaluation of the web site of an NHS trust. Her tutor suggested that she publish an article, and suggested Health, Information and Libraries Journal, published by Blackwells.
The review policy for this journal is as follows:
Two referees will be selected from the database of expertise, and given 14 days to return their comments. Upon receipt of comments the editor will review the paper, and, if the reviews are contradictory, will send to a third reviewer or member of the EAB. Referees are asked to consider the following:
Catherine duly did the revisions, which were fairly minor, and sent the revised paper to the editor, along with an accompanying email saying what points she had not addressed, and why.
The editor and reviewers were still concerned about the number of references, so they suggested that the 'literature review' section was substantially cut, and that it and the accompanying references put on the web site (thus cutting the references down from 71 to 47). Reference to this web site was made in the text, so that the reader could go there for more information.
The article, 'Usability evaluation of an NHS library web site', was published in Health, Information and Libraries Journal (2003) Vol 20 No 3.
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