Information Services & Use

CiteScore
2023
0.7

Volume

44, 4 issues

Latest issue

44:1 online 22 December 2023

Next issue

44:2 scheduled for March 2024

Back volumes

From volume 1, 1981

ISSN print

0167-5265

ISSN online

1875-8789
Open Access

Aims & Scope

Information Services & Use is an information and information technology oriented publication with a wide scope of subject matters. International in terms of both audience and authorship, the journal aims at leaders in information management and applications in an attempt to keep them fully informed of fast-moving developments in fields such as: online systems, offline systems, electronic publishing, library automation, education and training, word processing and telecommunications. These areas are treated not only in general, but also in specific contexts; applications to business and scientific fields are sought so that a balanced view is offered to the reader.

"Information services" are considered by the journal to comprise both the entities and the functions with which they are involved. These subjects are therefore considered as distinct from information uses which are concerned with service applications. Under this concept, the journal reports on intellectual processes for the organization of information, transformation techniques, media, economics and all varieties of support to services, including education and training. Education and training are also the essential elements for the other facet of the journal, the use of information. Information technology available, at the moment, is solutions waiting for problems.

Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Elliot R. Siegel
PO Box 3095
Bluffton, SC 29910, USA
Email: siegel.consulting@gmail.com

Editors Emeritus

Tony Cawkell †
Arthur W. Elias †
Johan Van Halm †

Arnoud de Kemp 

Advisory Editorial Board

S. Brünger-Weilandt

B.C. Carroll

G. Coker

Marta Dossi
Berlin Institute for Scholarly Publishing (BISP)
Lützowstr. 33
10785 Berlin, Germany
E-mail: marta.dossi@berlinstitute.org

A. Gilchrist

S. Gradmann

H. Gruttemeier

M. Guerrini

M.K. Hlava

B. B. Kalumenos

C. Kluiters

B. Lawlor

Tao Liu
School of Information Engineering
Hubei Polytechnic Institute
Hubei, China
E-mail: jsjliu@outlook.com

C. Lupovici

C. Oppenheim

A. Sorensen

A. A. Smit

J. Rowley

G. Trialonis

Author Guidelines

SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT

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. Information Services and Use now peer reviews papers in ScholarOne’s Manuscript Central. Please submit your paper here: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/isu.

Publication Fee
Information Services and Use does not charge a publication fee.

Information Services and Use (ISU) has transitioned to a Subscribe to Open (S2O) model for 2024, which means that articles published between 1 January 2024 and 31 December 2024 are open access and fully accessible, published under a CC-BY-NC 4.0 license. Another benefit is that there are no author fees or article processing charges (APCs) associated with this open access model.

Required files
For initial submission a .pdf file of the article is sufficient. After an article has been accepted for publication an editable file of the text, such as MsWord or LateX, is required. If you are uploading a paper that has been accepted for publication or accepted pending minor revisions please upload the source files of the paper. If using LaTeX please use our LaTeX template and also send a pdf version of the LaTeX file as well as separate files of all figures (if any); see "Preparation of manuscripts" for the required file formats. LaTeX packages should be compiled into .zip or .rar files.

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.

PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS

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

Authorship
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.

Tables
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.

References
- Place citations as numbers in square brackets in the text. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references following the text of the manuscript. Only articles published or accepted for publication should be listed in the reference list. Submitted articles can be listed in the text as (author(s), unpublished data).
- All authors should be listed in the reference list.
- References must be listed in Vancouver style:

[1] Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, Kochanek PM, Graham SH. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002; 935(12): 406-416.
[2] Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
[3] Berkow R, Fletcher AJ, editors. The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. 16th ed. Rahway (NJ): Merck Research Laboratories; 1992.
[4] Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGrawHill; 2002. p. 93113.
[5] Canadian Cancer Society [homepage on the Internet]. Toronto: The Society; 2006 [updated 2006 May 12; cited 2006 Oct 17]. Available from: http://www.cancer.ca/.

Footnotes
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.

    Figures

    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.

COPYRIGHT

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
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.

PURCHASES

How to order reprints, journals, or IOS Press books
An order form for 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. Email: editorial@iospress.nl.

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

Kudos

Authors of published articles (non-prepress, final articles) will be contacted by Kudos. Kudos is a service that helps researchers maximize the impact and visibility of their research. It allows authors to enrich their articles with lay metadata, add links to related materials and promote their articles through the Kudos system to a wider public. Authors will receive no more than three emails: one invitation and a maximum of two reminders to register for the service and link the published article to their profile. Using and registering for Kudos remains entirely optional. For more information, please have a look at our authors section.

HOW TO PROMOTE YOUR WORK

Would you like some pointers on how to help your research achieve a wider reach and greater impact? Please consult our Promotional Toolkit for Authors for tips.

Please visit the IOS Press Authors page for further information.

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Peer Review

Peer Review Process and Process for Appeals
Information Services and Use operates a rigorous, timely, blinded peer review process (with an option for double-blind if requested) by 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.

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 Editors-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 editorial@iospress.nl. Authors will be informed in writing of the result of their appeal.

Subscribe to Open

Information Services and Use (ISU) has transitioned to a Subscribe to Open (S2O) model for 2024, which means that articles published between 1 January 2024 and 31 December 2024 are open access and fully accessible, published under a CC-BY-NC 4.0 license. Another benefit is that there are no author fees or article processing charges (APCs) associated with this open access model.

S2O is an alternative sustainable subscription model that converts scholarly subscription journals to open access one year at a time. Under this model, institutions continue to subscribe to journals of value to their community, and if sufficient revenue is generated, the entire year's content will be published open access. Read more about S2O.

Call for papers: Analysis and Mining of Social Media Data in the Digital Era (Submission deadline: 31 January, 2023)

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