Education for Information

Interdisciplinary Journal of Information Studies


37, 4 issues

Latest issue

37:3 online 31 August 2021

Next issue

37:4 scheduled for November 2021

Back volumes

From volume 1, 1983

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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

Editorial Board

Briony Birdi
Senior Lecturer, Information School
Co-Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty of Social Sciences University of Sheffield, UK

Koraljka Golub
Dept. of Library and Information Science

Linnaeus University Vaxjo, Sweden

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

Louise Limberg
Emerita, Swedish School of Library & Information Sciences
University of Boras, Sweden

Dirk Lewandowski
Dept. of Information
Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

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

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

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

Isto Huvila
Department of ALM
Uppsala University, Finland

Tamara Heck
Information Center for Education
DIPF Frankfurt, Germany

José Augusto Chaves Guimarães
Dept. of Information Science
State University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Vera Granikov
School of Information Studies, Dept. of Family Medicine
McGill University, Canada

Anne J. Gilliland
Dept. of Information Studies, Archival Education and Research Initiative (AERI)
University of California Los Angeles, USA

Tim Gorichanaz (News Editor)
Dept. of Information Science, Drexel University
Philadelphia, USA

Anthony W. Dunbar
Sociology Department
Lewis University, USA

Ronald E Day
Chair, Information and Library Science, Professor of Information and Library Science
Luddy Hall, USA

Renate Chancellor
Department of Library and Information Science
Catholic University of America, USA

Jamshid Behesti
School of Information Studies
McGill University, Canada

Kathryn La Barre
The School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Sachi Arafat
Dept. of Information Systems
King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

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

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

Will Senn
Tarleton State University
Texas, USA

Daniel Martinez-Avila (Metrics Manager)
Dept. of Library Science & Documentation,
University Carlos III

Madrid, Spain

Bhuva Narayan
School of Communication
University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Tami Oliphant
School of Library and Information Studies

Virginia Ortiz-Repiso Jiménez
Dept. of Library Science & Documentation
University Carlos III
Madrid, Spain

Carol Perryman
School of Library and Information Studies
Texas Women’s University, USA

Pierre Pluye
FRQS Senior Research Scholar, Department of Family Medicine
McGill University, Canada

Fernanda Ribeiro
Dept. of Communication and Information Sciences
University of Porto, Portugal

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

Renato Rocha de Souza
School of Applied Mathematics, Brazil

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

Julian Warner
Management School
Queen Mary University, Belfast, UK

Author Guidelines


By submitting my article to this journal, I agree to the IOS Press License to Publish: 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.

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 seek the advice of a native English speaker, before submitting their manuscripts. Through Peerwith you can get an offer from a language and copyediting expert to ensure your paper has the appropriate level of English. You may expect to receive free and non-binding quotes from experts in your field of research within 24 hours after submitting a request.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Quoting from other publications
An author, when quoting from someone else's work or when considering reproducing figures or table from a book or journal article, should make sure that he is not infringing a copyright. Although in general an author may quote from other published works, he should obtain permission from the holder of the copyright if he wishes to make substantial extracts or to reproduce 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.

Pre-press and proofs

Accepted articles will be placed online as "pre-press" articles shortly after acceptance. This process will occur before the author receives proofs. The pre-press file will remain as the uncorrected proof version until the article is published in an issue and the final published version replaces the pre-press file.

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.


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