Journal of Information Science
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Journal of Information Science

2015 Impact Factor: 0.878
2015 Ranking: 99/143 in Computer Science, Information Systems | 43/86 in Information Science & Library Science
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Editor
Adrian Dale Creatifica Associates, UK


eISSN: 17416485| ISSN: 01655515|Current volume: 42|Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-monthly

The Journal of Information Science is an international journal of high repute covering topics of interest to all those researching and working in the sciences of information and knowledge management. The Editors welcome material on any aspect of information science theory, policy, application or practice that will advance thinking in the field.

Information Science is a broad based discipline which has a potential impact in almost every sphere of human activity in the emerging information age.

There have been significant advances in information technology and information processing techniques over recent years and the pace of innovation shows no sign of slowing. However, the application of these technologies is often sub-optimal because theoretical understanding lags behind.

The Journal seeks to achieve a better understanding of the principles that underpin the effective creation, organization, storage, communication and utilization of information and knowledge resources. It seeks to understand how policy and practice in the area can be built on sound theoretical or heuristic foundations to achieve a greater impact on the world economy.

Articles written from a theoretical or applied perspective are welcomed. However, theoretical articles should consider the possible application of the proposed theory in other fields of research, commerce, education or government.

Conversely, articles focusing on applied information science topics should seek to highlight the underlying theoretical principles and show how their application has been novel or lead to unusual or exemplary results

Any correspondence, queries or requests for information should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows: journal.information.science@gmail.com.

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

Journal of Information Science is now ranked 5/20 in the Google Scholar category Library & Information Science.

Electronic access:

Journal of Information Science is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://jis.sagepub.com

The Journal of Information Science is a peer-reviewed international journal of high repute covering topics of interest to all those researching and working in the sciences of information and knowledge management. The Editor welcomes material on any aspect of information science theory, policy, application or practice that will advance thinking in the field.

Material on all aspects of information science will be considered for publication including:

  • information processing and management
  • information flow and communication
  • knowledge structuring and organization
  • information literacy and information education
  • information seeking behaviours
  • economic impact of information and knowledge
  • information and knowledge policy formulation
  • legal and political issues relating to information
  • meta data and structured vocabularies
  • search, navigation and retrieval techniques
  • information architecture
  • information and knowledge audit
  • content management
Associate Editors
Alan Gilchrist Editor Emeritus,UK
Editorial Board
Pia Borlund Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark
Gobinda Chowdhury Northumbria University, UK
Sándor Darányi Swedish Sch of Library & Info Sci, Univ of Gothenburg, Bor&aaring, Sweden
Ying Ding Indiana University, USA
Leo Egghe Hasselt University, Agoralaan,Belgium
Schubert Foo Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Eugene Garfield Chairman Emeritus, Institute for Scientific Information, USA
Hazel Hall Professor and Director - Centre for Social Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Suliman Hawamdeh University of North Texas, USA
Ronald N. Kostoff Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Feicheng Ma Wuhan University, China
Andrew MacFarlane City University,London, UK
Jennifer E Rowley Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Ian Ruthven University of Strathclyde, UK
Mike Thelwall Wolverhampton University
Christopher C. Yang College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University
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    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 Journal Contributor’s publishing agreement
      4.3 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 Reference style
      9.2 Manuscript preparation
      9.2.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.2.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.2.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.2.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.2.5 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
    11. Further information

    The Journal of Information Science is an international journal of high repute covering topics of interest to all those researching and working in the sciences of information and knowledge management. The Editor welcomes material on any aspect of information science theory, policy, application or practice that will advance thinking in the field.

    Material on all aspects of information science will be considered for publication including:

    • information processing and management
    • information flow and communication
    • knowledge structuring and organization
    • information literacy and information education
    • information seeking behaviours
    • economic impact of information and knowledge
    • information and knowledge policy formulation
    • legal and political issues relating to information
    • meta data and structured vocabularies
    • search, navigation and retrieval techniques
    • information architecture
    • information and knowledge audit
    • content management

    1. Editorial Policies

    1.1 Peer review policy

    The journal adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are concealed from both parties unless this proves impossible because of extensive self-citation or other identifying features in the text.

    Editorial Review Process: All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editor and only those papers that meet the scientific and editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review.
    Peer Review Process: Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees but for most (especially technical) papers five reviews are sought.

    For highly technical papers Authors are requested to suggest the names, affiliations and contact information of five qualified but independent individuals who may be suitable to serve as referees on a technical panel to supplement the Editorial Board input. The five recommended referees should come from a minimum of three different countries. The Editors are under no obligation to use all or any of these individuals as reviewers. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission

    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors

    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible with reviewers asked to provide responses in 28 days. An editorial decision is generally reached within 6 weeks of submission unless the paper is highly specialised in which case longer may be required to find reviewers who are prepared to contribute.

    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

    The average length of papers is 5000 - 7500 words (8-12 printed journal pages). Brief Communications of 1500 words or less are also welcomed on particularly topical issues in the field.

    Manuscripts must be written in English, and must be prepared using the Microsoft Word 2010 template available from the Editor online using the guidelines at http://jis.me.uk/template.  This template helps the author prepare the manuscript in a format very close to the final typeset version. This speeds up the refereeing and publication process. 

    The abstract should be clear, descriptive, self explanatory and normally not longer than 150 words. Remember that it will be used in the various abstracting and indexing services covering the Journal and is often the only thing that a reader will see of your paper before making the choice to order a copy.  Keywords will be added to your paper at the copy editing stage but the author is encouraged to apply relevant keywords based on their own experience. Footnotes should be used only if absolutely essential to improve the readability of the text.

    Submission of an article is understood to imply that the following conditions are agreed to by all the named authors:

    • that the material in the paper is new original work of the authors except where duly referenced;
    • that the article has not been published (in print or online) in its present form or in a form which substantially overlaps with this submission;
    • that the paper has not previously been refereed and rejected by another publication in its present form or in a form which substantially overlaps with this submission;
    • that the copyright of the contents are yours to assign or licence and that you have obtained copyright clearance for all referenced material reproduced in full or in part in the manuscript.

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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 Adrian Dale by e-mail attachment to: journal.information.science@gmail.com.

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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

    Journal of Information Science 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 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

    Journal of Information Science 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   

    Journal of Information Science 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

    All diagrams should be captioned "Figure nn. Title" and referred to by number in the text. Tables should also be captioned "Table nn. Title". Both should be positioned in the text where the author feels is appropriate but the Editor reserves the right to re-organize the layout to suit the printing process.

    To aid readability and usability, extensive appendix material should normally be avoided unless it is essential to the understanding of the article. As the article will be available electronically on the publisher's web service, appendix material can be referenced online rather than being reproduced in full. Questionnaires would not normally be reproduced unless they were core to the arguments presented. Authors would normally be expected to reference a persistent on-line copy of these materials.

    Algorithms, XML schema, thesauri and taxonomies can be included in full or in part in support of the article. The author would then also be encouraged to reference a persistent on-line copy of this material to aid readers in understanding and using the resources.

    Mathematical expressions should be clear and unambiguous and be prepared using Mathtype or the native Microsoft Equation Editor. Articles with extensive mathematical expressions should be accompanied by a PDF (Adobe Portable Document Format) copy of the article to ensure that the expressions are correctly transcribed during typesetting.

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    7. Acknowledgements

    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, or a department chair who provided only general support. Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    Journal of Information Science 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 Reference Style

    Journal of Information Science adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Vancouver output file by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    9.2 Manuscript Preparation

    The Journal of Information Science template is available at http://jis.me.uk/template. The manuscript must be ‘print ready’.  It must not be anonymised in any way and all of the fields of this template must be completed. The Editor will anonymised the paper before review.

    9.2.1 Your Title, 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.

    9.2.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email and mailing address. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors.

    9.2.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please see the Journal of Information Science template available at http://jis.me.uk/template

    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.

    9.2.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    Journal of Information Science does not currently accept supplemental files.

    9.2.5 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 http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/submission.sp for further information.

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    10. After acceptance

    10.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    10.2 E-Prints
    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.

    10.3 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 (http://online.sagepub.com/). 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 Journal of Information Science with SAGE. 

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication
    Journal of Information Science benefits from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

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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:

    Adrian Dale
    Creatifica Ltd
    Creatifica House
    21 Water Lane Chelveston
    Wellingborough
    Northants  NN9 6AP, UK

    Email: journal.information.science@gmail.com.

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