Call for Papers: a special issue by the CRTc on Resistant Knowledges. Also read our previous special issue EFI has published on Critical Race Theory, as well as Prof. Ibekwe's commentary

Education for Information

Interdisciplinary Journal of Information Studies

Impact Factor


40, 4 issues

Latest issue

40:2 online 11 June 2024

Next issue

40:3 scheduled for September 2024

Back volumes

From volume 1, 1983

ISSN print


ISSN online


Aims & Scope

Education for Information: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Information Studies is a peer-reviewed, international journal publishing fundamental and applied research in the interdisciplinary field of the information studies. It invites submissions of research papers, of professional practices, conservations and debates from scholars and practitioners from the information fields (iFields). Topics of interest include but are not limited to education, pedagogy and learning in the iFields; information seeking and use; information policy and ethics; information retrieval; digital humanities; documentation theory and practice; data science; gender studies in the iFields, etc. The journal welcomes broad methodological approaches to these topics, including empirical quantitative or qualitative studies as well as reflexive, hermeneutical and other conceptual approaches. The journal also welcomes historical and foundational research in the iFields, including works that bridge the iFields with other fields, such as science and technology studies or the philosophy of technology, Philosophy, Media Studies.

Founded in 1983, Education for Information provides a link between scholarly research, teaching and professional practices in the Information Fields (iFields). Interdisciplinary Journal of Information Studies publishes full-length articles, comprehensive literature reviews, commentaries, conversations and scholarly debates, funded innovative research protocols, short communications and book reviews. Its News section reports on significant activities and events in the international arena.

Editorial Board


Fidelia Ibekwe
School of Journalism & Communication
Aix-Marseille University

21, Virgile Marron street CS80071
13392 Marseille Cedex 05, France

Former Editors

J. Behesti
D. Hartley

J.A. Large (Founding Editor)
F. Guy (Founding Editor)

Editorial Board

Isola Ajiferuke
Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario
London, Canada

Tatjana Apara-Jelusic
Emerita, Department of Information Studies, University of Zadar
Zadar, Croatia

Sachi Arafat
Department of Information Systems, King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Briony Birdi
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield
Sheffield, UK

Renate Chancellor
School of Information Studies at Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY, USA

Dr Alice Corble
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex
Sussex, UK

Ronald E. Day
Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, Indiana University Bloomington
Bloomington, IN, USA

Anthony W. Dunbar
Sociology Department, Lewis University
Romeoville, IL, USA

Anne J. Gilliland
Department of Information Studies, Archival Education and Research Initiative, University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Koraljka Golub
Department of Library and Information Science, Linnaeus University
Vaxjo, Sweden

Tim Gorichanaz (News Editor)
Department of Information Science, Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Vera Granikov
School of Information Studies, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University
Montreal, Canada

Tamara Heck
Information Center for Education, DIPF Frankfurt
Frankfurt, Germany

Isto Huvila
Department of Archives, Libraries and Museums, Uppsala University
Uppsala, Sweden

Serap Kurbanoglu
Department of Information Management, Hacettepe University
Ankara, Turkey

Kiersten Latham
Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI, USA

Shari Lee
Division of Library and Information Science, St. John's University
New York City, NY, USA

Dirk Lewandowski
Department of Information, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
Hamburg, Germany

Chang Liu
Department of Information Management, Peking University
Beijing, China

Ying-Hsang Liu
Department of ALM (Archival, Library, Information & Museum Studies), Uppsala University
Uppsala, Sweden

Thomas Mandl
Professor of Information Science, University of Hildesheim 
Hildesheim, Germany

Daniel Martinez-Avila (Metrics Editor)
Deptartment of Library Science & Documentation, University Carlos III
Madrid, Spain

Claire McGuinness
School of Information and Communication Studies, University College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

Bhuva Narayan
School of Communication, University of Technology
Sydney, NSW, Australia

Younghee Noh
Department of Library & Information Science, Konkuk University
Seoul, Republic of Korea

Tami Oliphant
School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Canada

Dr Yaz Osho
Centre for Education and Teaching Innovation (CETI), University of Westminster
Wesminster, UK

Fernanda Ribeiro
Department of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Porto
Porto, Portugal

Will Senn
Department of Marketing and Computer Information Systems, Tarleton State University
Stephenville, TX, USA

Diane Sonnenwald
Emerita, School of Information and Library Studies, University College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

Renato Rocha de Souza
Fundação Getulio Vargas, School of Applied Mathematics
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Miriam Sweeney
School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

Cristóbal Urbano
Department of Library and Information Science and Audiovisual Communication, University of Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Julian Warner
Queen’s Management School, Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast, UK

Author Guidelines


By submitting my article to this journal, I agree to the Author Copyright Agreement, the IOS Press Ethics Policy, and the IOS Press Privacy Policy.

Full-length articles and literature reviews should be between 5000-8000 words of text excluding the references. Commentaries, funded innovative research protocols, short communications and book reviews should be between 1000-1500 words of text excluding references.

Authors are requested to submit their manuscript electronically to the journal’s editorial management system.

Important note: The main document (with tables and figures included) of your submission should not have any author names or author identifying information – Education for Information has a double blind peer review process and this document will be build into the reviewer PDF.

Education for Information has moved to a new online manuscript submission and peer review system hosted by Editorial Manager. As of 17 March 2021, authors are requested to submit papers through Editorial Manager.

Important: Papers submitted to the previous management system will complete their review cycle there. If your paper has been submitted to MsTracker, your submission as well as subsequent revisions will be completed there.

Reviews of submitted articles will be double-blind.
Note that the manuscript should be uploaded as one file with tables and figures included. This file should be a Word document. 

Required files for final submissions

After the article has been accepted, the authors should submit the final version as source files, including a word processor file of the text, such as Word or LateX (If using LaTeX, please use the standard article.sty as a style file and also send a PDF version of the LaTeX file).

Colour figures
It is possible to have figures printed in colour, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. See Preparation of Manuscripts for the required file formats.

Open Access option
The IOS Press Open Library offers authors an Open Access (OA) option. By selecting the OA option, the article will be freely available from the moment it is published, also in the pre-press module. In the Open Library the article processing charges are paid in the form of an Open Access Fee. Authors will receive an Open Access Order Form upon acceptance of their article. Open Access is entirely optional.
See also our website for more information about this option IOS Press Open Library


Organization of the paper and style of presentation

Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to consult a professional English language editing service or a native English speaker prior to submission.

Manuscripts should be prepared with wide margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.

Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:

  • Title page
  • Body of text (divided by subheadings)
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Tables
  • Figure captions
  • Figures

Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation.

SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the metre, kilogramme, second, etc.

Title page
The title page should provide the following information:

  • Title (should be clear, descriptive and not too long)
  • Name(s) of author(s); please indicate who is the corresponding author
  • Full affiliation(s)
  • Present address of author(s), if different from affiliation
  • Complete address of corresponding author, including tel. no., fax no. and e-mail address
  • Abstract; should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 200 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services
  • Keywords

Any author included in the author list should have contributed significantly to the paper, and no person who has made a significant contribution should be omitted from the list of authors. Please read the IOS Press authorship policy for further information.

Number as Table 1, Table 2 etc, and refer to all of them in the text.

Each table should be provided on a separate page of the manuscript. Tables should not be included in the text.

Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title.

Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses.

Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead.

Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in footnotes at the bottom of the table.

Authors are requested to use the APA (American Psychological Association) citation style.

APA in-text citations should include the author's last name followed by the year of publication. All publications cited in the text should be presented in an alphabetical list of references at the end of the manuscript. Submitted articles can be listed as (author(s), unpublished data). See their website for more information. Authors are responsible for checking the accuracy of all references. Manuscripts will not be considered if they do not conform to the APA citation guidelines.

References must be listed alphabetically in APA style:

Anderson, A. K. (2005). Affective influences on the attentional dynamics supporting awareness. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 154, 258-281.

Anderson, A. K., Christoff, K., Panitz, D., De Rosa, E., & Gabrieli, J. D. E. (2003). Neural correlates of the automatic processing of threat facial signals. Journal of Neuroscience, 23, 5627-5633.

Armony, J. L., & Dolan, R. J. (2002). Modulation of spatial attention by fear-conditioned stimuli: An event-related fMRI study.Neuropsychologia, 40, 817-826.

Beck, A. T., Epstein, N., Brown, G., & Steer, R. A. (1988). An inventory for measuring clinical anxiety: Psychometric properties. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 56,893-897.

Calvo, M. G., & Lang, P. J. (2004). Gaze patterns when looking at emotional pictures: Motivationally biased attention. Motivation and Emotion, 28, 221-243.

Carretie, L., Hinojosa, J. A., Martin-Loeches, M., Mecado, F., & Tapia, M. (2004). Automatic attention to emotional stimuli: Neural correlates.Human Brain Mapping, 22, 290-299.


Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases it is possible to incorporate the information in the text.

  • If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible.


Number figures as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc and refer to all of them in the text.

Each figure should be provided on a separate sheet. Figures should not be included in the text.

Colour figures can be included, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author.

For the file formats of the figures please take the following into account:

  • Line art should be have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, save as EPS or TIFF
  • Grayscales (incl photos) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (no lettering), or 500 dpi (when there is lettering); save as tiff
  • Do not save figures as JPEG, this format may lose information in the process
  • Do not use figures taken from the Internet, the resolution will be too low for printing
  • Do not use colour in your figures if they are to be printed in black & white, as this will reduce the print quality (note that in software often the default is colour, you should change the settings)
  • For figures that should be printed in colour, please send a CMYK encoded EPS or TIFF

Figures should be designed with the format of the page of the journal in mind. They should be of such a size as to allow a reduction of 50%.

On maps and other figures where a scale is needed, use bar scales rather than numerical ones, i.e., do not use scales of the type 1:10,000. This avoids problems if the figures need to be reduced.

Each figure should have a self-explanatory caption. The captions to all figures should be typed on a separate sheet of the manuscript.

Photographs are only acceptable if they have good contrast and intensity.

Publication Fee
Eductaion for Information does not charge a publication fee.

Color figures
It is possible to have figures printed in color, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. See Preparation of Manuscripts for the required file formats.

Open Access option
The IOS Press Open Library offers authors an Open Access (OA) option. By selecting the OA option, the article will be freely available from the moment it is published, also in the pre-press module. In the Open Library the article processing charges are paid in the form of an Open Access Fee. Authors will receive an Open Access Order Form upon acceptance of their article. Open Access is entirely optional. See also our website for more information about this option IOS Press Open Library.


Copyright of your article
Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that they have read and agreed to the terms of the IOS Press Author Copyright Agreement.

Article sharing
Authors of journal articles are permitted to self-archive and share their work through institutional repositories, personal websites, and preprint servers. Authors have the right to use excerpts of their article in other works written by the authors themselves, provided that the original work is properly cited. The consent for sharing an article, in whole or in part, depends on the version of the article that is shared, where it is shared, and the copyright license under which the article is published. Please refer to the IOS Press Article Sharing Policy for further information.

Quoting from other publications
Authors, when quoting from someone else's work or when considering reproducing figures or tables from a book or journal article, should make sure that they are not infringing a copyright. Although in general authors may quote from other published works, permission should be obtained from the holder of the copyright if there will be substantial extracts or reproduction of tables, plates, or other figures. If the copyright holder is not the author of the quoted or reproduced material, it is recommended that the permission of the author should also be sought. Material in unpublished letters and manuscripts is also protected and must not be published unless permission has been obtained. Submission of a paper will be interpreted as a statement that the author has obtained all the necessary permission. A suitable acknowledgement of any borrowed material must always be made.

Proofs and pre-press
The corresponding author will receive a PDF proof and is asked to check this proof carefully (the publisher will execute a cursory check only). Corrections other than printer's errors, however, should be avoided. Costs arising from such corrections will be charged to the authors.

The corrected proof is published online in the journal’s pre-press module shortly after the proof is created and author corrections are implemented. This is not the final version. As soon as the article is assigned to an issue, the final bibliographic information will be added and the pre-press file will be replaced by the updated, final version. Pre-press articles are fully citable by using their DOI number.


How to order reprints, a PDF file, journals, or IOS Press books
The corresponding author of a contribution to the journal will receive a complimentary PDF Author’s Copy of the article, unless otherwise stated. This PDF copy is watermarked and for personal use only. A free PDF copy will not be provided for conference proceedings and abstract issues. An order form for a PDF file without watermark, reprints or additional journal copies will be provided along with the PDF proof.

If you wish to order reprints of an earlier published article, please contact the publisher for a quotation. IOS Press, Fax: +31 20 687 0019. Email:

An author is entitled to 25 % discount on IOS Press books. See Author's discount (25%) on all IOS Press book publications.

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Peer Review

Education for Information operates a rigorous, timely, double - blind peer review process Manuscripts submitted to Education for Information will be assessed for suitability for publication in the journal by the Editor-in-Chief. Manuscripts that are deemed unsuitable may be rejected without peer review. Manuscripts that are deemed suitable for peer review are sent to appropriate anonymous referees (a minimum of two) for confidential review. Referee reports are then assessed by the Editor-in-Chief, who will send a decision letter to the author along with the anonymized referee reports. Please visit our reviewer guidelines for further information about how to conduct a review.

All submitted manuscripts are automatically screened for plagiarism through iThenticate. The initial decision will be one of the following: rejection, acceptance without revision, or potentially acceptable after minor or major revisions. Revised manuscripts will then be appraised by the Editor-in-Chief, who may seek the opinion of referees (prior or new) before making a final decision. Once approved this decision is then conveyed to the author along with the referee reports. Once accepted manuscripts are normally published on-line without delay and appear in the next available print issue.

The Editor in-Chief has the ultimate responsibility for what is published in the journal. Authors may appeal decisions by contacting the Editor-in-Chief (at Authors will be informed in writing of the result of their appeal.

Open Access

By default, articles published in Eduction for Information are available only to institutions and individuals with access rights. However, the journal offers all authors the option to purchase open access publication for their article as part of the IOS Press Open Library. This means that the final published version will be freely available to anyone worldwide, indefinitely, under a Creative Commons license and without the need to purchase access to the article. This is also referred to as “gold” open access.

Gold open access pricing
Authors who choose gold open access publication will be subject to an article publication charge of € 1500 / US$ 1500 for publication under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license or € 2150 / US$ 2150 for publication under the CC BY 4.0 license. Pricing is exclusive of possible taxes. After an article is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be informed regarding the open access option during the production stages, and will have the opportunity to purchase open access for their article. It could be that the open access fee of an article is waived completely due an institutional agreement IOS Press has with the corresponding authors' institution. Please check the institutional agreements page for details.

Green open access
Authors who do not make use of the gold open access option may still make their article freely available using self-archiving, also referred to as green open access. Authors may make their final accepted manuscript available for free download from their personal or institutional website or institutional archive. This model is free for the author.

Supporting Diversity and Inclusion

This journal supports IOS Press' actions relating to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and commits to the Diversity and Inclusion Statement.

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More information will be available in due course. Check the SDGs page for updates.

Special Issue on Critical Race Theory

Education and Information proudly supports several UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Aligning with the journal’s goals to support just, peaceful and inclusive societies, it publishes a series on "Race Relations in LIS" (Vol.37, Iss.2 and Vol.38, Iss.4). 

Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Prof. Fidelia Ibekwe, has written a commentary on Vol.38, Iss.4, a special issue on Critical Race Theory. You can read the commentary here.

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