Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology

Cover image for Vol. 67 Issue 10

Edited By: Javed Mostafa, University of North Carolina

Impact Factor: 2.452

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 12/86 (Information Science & Library Science); 19/143 (Computer Science Information Systems)

Online ISSN: 2330-1643



Author Guidelines


Editorial Focus

The Journal welcomes rigorous work of an empirical, experimental, ethnographic, conceptual, historical, socio-technical, policy-analytic, or critical-theoretical nature that is positioned at the intersection of three dimensions: information, systems, and users. The ideal manuscript for JASIST would combine at least two of these critical dimensions in a novel, replicable, and generalizable way. Given the dynamic nature of the information science field, it is unproductive to be overly prescriptive about specific topical areas. However, manuscripts with themes that cover information representation, information organization, human-information interactions, and the impact of information use at individual and group levels are especially welcome. JASIST also encourages the submissions that focus on methodological innovations. However, a methods paper must demonstrate how the proposed method is unique, why it is significant, and what evidence the method may yield that otherwise is not possible to uncover with existing methods. In-depth reviews of scholarly contributions in print and other media are also welcome (usually published as part of the “Advances in Information Science” section).

Types of Manuscripts and Word Counts

JASIST typically publishes works of various lengths and scopes. Only, articles that have not been published previously, that have not been submitted elsewhere, and that are not under review for another publication in any medium or forum should be submitted to JASIST. Submission of papers previously published in conference proceedings are encouraged as long as they are modified and expanded as described below.

If any portion of a submitted article has appeared elsewhere, or in another language, the author must clearly indicate this in the manuscript. It is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce material that has appeared in another publication.

For all types of submission, word counts are inclusive of all textual matter (body of the manuscript, tables, captions, references and appendixes), not counting abstract and keywords.

All materials submitted will be acknowledged on receipt and (except for letters) are subject to (single-blind) peer review. Copies of the referees' comments will be forwarded to the submitting (or corresponding) author, along with the Editor-in-Chief’s decision.

Research Articles
JASIST primarily publishes full-length (6000-8000 words) research articles. Whether empirical or theoretical, a research paper should be grounded in theory, include substantive evidence from the literature for critical points raised in the submission, and offer original and significant contribution to information science.

Guidelines for revising a conference paper for submission to JASIST:
Empirical papers should include new data collected from additional rounds of experiments as well as revised analysis which incorporates the additional data/experiments. Literature review should be deepened to cover more material and add more critical discussion and synthesis. Finally, the conclusion and implications should be substantially expanded.

For works that are theoretical in nature, a significantly deeper literature review and critical analysis should be included in the journal submission. It would be highly important to point out what motivated the production of the subsequent paper, particularly new questions and previously unexamined angles (based on solid rationale). Relative to a conference-length paper, the implications and the potential impacts section of the non-empirical journal paper must also be substantially expanded.

Brief Communication
These are short (1000-2000 words), tightly scoped scientific papers that introduce new findings, discuss novel approaches, or propose a critical change to an existing method, technique or system. Brief communications focus on describing specific advances in emergent or important areas of information science in ways that do not require significant literature evidence or theory development.

Opinion Paper
JASIST occasionally publishes opinion papers. Unlike Research Articles or Brief Communications, these short (2000-3000 words) manuscripts do not present research evidence, but rather emphasize a particular point of view. Opinion papers are characterized by their broader scope and open-endedness. They raise questions, outline challenges, point to needed changes, or present novel insights. The authors are expected to justify their opinion, but are not required to present scientific evidence or describe specific modifications to methods or systems.

Letter to the Editor
Letters should follow the conventional format of a letter. Typically, they are brief (few paragraphs long) and offer revisions or amendments to already published works, or provide brief critiques of published works. They are published at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

AIS Reviews
"Advances in Information Science” (AIS) is a specific section in JASIST that include in-depth review articles, continuing a tradition established by the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST). AIS articles are scholarly reviews of clearly defined topics that build upon and are buttressed by comprehensive references to the published literature. An ideal AIS article would go much beyond mere “listing” of current and critical advances, and would offer important concepts, frameworks, theoretical insights, and limitations and gaps in the topical area covered. Review articles published in the AIS series are in the 8000-1000 word range. Authors interested in contributing to AIS, should contact the Associate Editor, Philip Doty, at pdoty@ischool.utexas.edu.

Book Reviews
Books, monographs, reports, and other items for review may be sent to the Associate Editor, Book Reviews: Dietmar Wolfram, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201. Tel: (414) 229-6836; dwolfram@uwm.edu.

Manuscript Preparation and Submission

Prospective authors should submit manuscripts through the online submission system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jasist.

Language
Manuscripts submitted to JASIST must be in English, clearly written, and use formal scholarly conventions of articulation and description; if not, they will be desk-rejected. Authors for whom English is a second language should consider having their manuscript professionally edited before submission. Authors wishing to use a professional English-language editing service should make contact and arrange payment with the editing service of their choice. For more details regarding the recommended services, please refer to http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/english_language.asp.

Formatting and Style
Manuscripts submitted to JASIST should follow APA style format (refer to Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - http://www.apastyle.org/manual for details) in terms of page layout, margins, headings and citations/references with one modification: single or 1.5-line text spacing is preferred. Manuscripts with non-APA citation/reference style, double-column text layout, numbered references, numbered sections/headings and other non-APA formatting features will be returned to the authors for correction.

Manuscript Organization

Title page. The first page of the manuscript must bear the title of the paper and the full names of the authors, as well as their affiliations, full addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses. In the case of multiple authors, please indicate which author is to receive correspondence and proofs.

Abstract. An informative abstract containing a maximum of 200 words is required for all articles, including brief communications.

Footnotes. Please insert footnotes in regular text at the end of the articles instead. If your paper contains fifteen (15) or more footnotes, they should be formatted as Endnotes in a separate section immediately preceding the References.

References. References and in-text citations should follow APA format (consult latest APA manual) and manuscripts not following journal style will be returned to the author(s). The accuracy and completeness of the references and in-text citations is the responsibility of the author.

File Formats and Types
JASIST submissions should be prepared in MS Word or LaTex format.

Instructions for MS Word Submissions:
Acceptable file formats - .doc, .docx., .rtf.

Required files:
Two main documents. The first Main Document should contain all the text, captions, tables and figures in a single file. The figures and tables should be placed in the manuscript after the paragraph in which they are first mentioned. The second Main Document should be text only (no figures or tables). In the appropriate place in your text, please type “Insert Table (or Figure) # here.”

Captions: Captions should be text only (no figures, schemes or tables). They should all be included in a single MS Word document.

Tables: Tables should be created using the Table tool in MS Word. Tables can all be included in a single MS Word file.

Figures. All figures should be submitted separately, one figure per file, as figure # (i.e., figure 1, figure 2, etc.), and should be in .jpg, .tif, .tiff, or .eps file format.

Instructions for LaTex submissions:
Acceptable files formats are: .tex., .bib, .cls, .bst, .sty, as well as .pdf (for review only).

For reviewing purposes you should upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your source files, fonts included, no T3 fonts allowed. You must use the File Designation "LaTeX PDF Main Document" from the dropdown box. In addition you must upload your LaTeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation “Tex/LaTeX Suppl File”.

For acceptable image file formats see “Figures” under the MS Word submission instructions above.

Conflict of Interest Declaration

To ensure the highest level of integrity and consistency in the review process, it is important to avoid conflict of interests. During the manuscript submission process the authors are presented with the option to declare any potential conflicts. Authors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this option and declare the potential conflicts. One type of conflict, which is not likely to be common, is the source of funding of the study. If the funding source is a private or for-profit organization, the authors should declare the names of the sources. Another type of conflict, which is likely to be more common, is the relationship of the author(s) with other scholars or academics that is likely to produce a biased or less than objective review (e.g., PhD mentors). Authors should strive to point out the names of individuals that should not be selected as reviewers to avoid such potential conflicts.

Important Note

JASIST editors assume that submissions to this journal strictly follow all the guidelines as outlined above. Compliance with author guidelines and submission rules specified here is the responsibility of the author(s).

Author Services: AFWALS Author Services enables authors to track their accepted article through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated emails at key stages of production. The author will receive an email with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete email address is provided when submitting the manuscript.
Visit http://authorservices.wiley.com for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Copyright/License Agreement
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the non-standard CTA
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the non-standard CTA to sign. The terms and conditions of the non-standard CTA can be previewed below:

Terms and Conditions of the non-standard CTA
Please do not complete this PDF until you are prompted to log in to Author Services as described above.

Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version
Funder Arrangements:
Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement. Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.
Institutions: Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository. Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

Note to Authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following:

Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA)

  • Creative Commons Attribution License OAA  
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK), you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

Correspondence: All correspondence beyond that of the refereeing process should be addressed to:

JASIST
c/o Wiley-Blackwell
111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Christy Boos: jasistprod@wiley.com



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