Business Information Review

Business Information Review

Claire Laybats TFPL, UK
Luke Tredinnick London Metropolitan University, UK

eISSN: 17416450| ISSN: 02663821|Current volume: 33|Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

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BIR Best Paper Prize!
Launched in 2012, this prize is awarded to the author of the best paper annually, and judged by the editors and editorial board. The prize winner receives £100 plus £100 worth of SAGE books, as well as social media promotion of their article. Please submit an article to Business Information Review for your opportunity to win the best author prize this year. The editors welcome submissions and their contact details are provided in the manuscript submission guidelines on this website.

2015 Best Paper Prize
BIR is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 BIR Best Paper Prize! The prize is awarded to Thérèse Ahern and Jacqueline Beattie for their paper Embedding library and information management techniques into business processes: A case study. Please click here to read.

Business Information Review is the only journal devoted entirely to the practice of business information provision. Its content is especially tailored to the needs of business information professionals - whether information managers, librarians, knowledge managers, researchers, analysts, consultants, print or electronic publishers. Its readers are to be found in the corporate sector, in government agencies and other public institutions, in private consultancy, and in universities and business schools.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Electronic Access:

Business Information Review is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at

Business Information Review is concerned with information provision and management within organizations.

To be successful organizations need to gain maximum value from exploiting relevant information and knowledge. BIR deals with information strategies and operational good practice across the range of activities required to deliver this information dividend. BIR also aims to highlight developments in the economic, social and technological landscapes that will impact the way organizations operate and which will affect their information needs.

BIR content is written by information professionals, content, technology and service suppliers, academics and researchers and leading thinkers from within and outside the information world.

BIR also provides insights into the factors that contribute to individual professional success.

Whilst many business information professionals and librarians are still involved with published information - its supply to the desktop, skills for users, research and analysis services - the range of professional activities has expanded. Responsibilities can range from knowledge management through information risk and security, and much more engagement with IT including the development and use of social media. BIR provides valuable insights across the full range of organizational information activities whilst retaining a keen interest in business information resources.

BIR's international readership and authorship covers the corporate sector, consultancies and law firms, publishers and information providers, government and other public institutions, academia and the third sector.

Editorial Board
Scott Brown Social Information Group, USA
Denise Carter DCision Consult, Switzerland
Stephen Dale Consultant
Allan Foster Information Industry Consultant & Writer
Ceri Hughes KPMG
Penny Leach EBRD, UK
Tracy Z. Maleeff Sherpa Intelligence, USA
Mary Peterson South Australia Department of Health Library Services
Stephen Phillips Morgan Stanley, UK
Lynn Strand Outside Knowledge, USA
  • Abi/inform
  • Anbar Electronic Intelligence
  • Business Source Corporate
  • Corporate ResourceNET
  • Current Contents / Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Inspec
  • Institute of Management International Database
  • Library Information Science Abstracts
  • OCLC Public Affairs Information Service
  • PAIS Bulletin
  • SciVal
  • Scopus
    1. Editorial Policies
      1.1 Peer review policy
      1.2 Authorship
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Publishing Policies
      4.1 Publication Ethics
      4.1.1 Plagiarism
      4.2 Journals contributor’s publishing agreement
      4.3 Open access and author archiving
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
      9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.4.5 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 E-Prints and complimentary copies
      10.2 SAGE production
    11. Further information

    1. Editorial Policies

    1.1 Peer review policy

    A proposal for an article is all that is necessary in the first instance, outlining the proposed structure and argument of the contribution, and including an estimate of its length. Completed articles may be submitted for consideration, but the editors may require changes before agreeing to publish. All proposals and articles are reviewed by the Editors.  Some articles and proposals may be reviewed by editorial advisory board members or by other relevant experts if appropriate.  

    1.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

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    2. Article types

    Business Information Review publishes articles of relevance to business information professionals (whether a librarian, information or knowledge manager, intermediary, publisher or information provider). Articles are typically between 3000 to 5000 words long. However, we do publish shorter pieces, including interviews, product/service reviews and opinion pieces.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Manuscripts and illustrations should be submitted to the editor by e-mail attachment to:

    Please allow enough time to obtain any approval needed from your organisation to publish. This may take several weeks and may adversely impact on the editor's publishing programme.

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    4. Publishing Policies

    4.1 Publication Ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    4.1.1 Plagiarism

    Business Information Review and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    4.2 Journals contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    4.3 Open access and author archiving

    Business Information Review offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests

    Business Information Review encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    7. Acknowledgements

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an 'Acknowledgements' section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement

    Business Information Review requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

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    8. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. Templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.

    9.2 Journal Style

    Business Information Review conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    9.3 Reference Style

    Business Information Review operates a SAGE Harvard reference style. .Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    9.4. Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    9.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE's Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE's Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
    If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    Business Information Review does not currently accept supplemental files.

    9.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit for further information.

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    10. After acceptance           

    10.1 E-Prints and Complimentary Copies

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit We additionally provide the corresponding author with a complimentary copy of the print issue in which the article appears up to a maximum of 5 copies for onward supply by the corresponding author to co-authors.

    10.2 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Business Information Review with SAGE.

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    Claire Laybats and Luke Tredinnick

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