Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology

Cover image for Vol. 68 Issue 6

Edited By: Javed Mostafa, University of North Carolina

Impact Factor: 1.864

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 20/86 (Information Science & Library Science); 32/144 (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. Empirical studies concentrating on specific tools or techniques are welcome as well. A tool or a technique oriented paper, however, must meet certain specific standards: (1) the scope should not be a single software or a narrowly defined technique, (2) the study must include comparisons across multiple systems, techniques, or approaches, and finally, (3) the study must demonstrate that the core findings go beyond mere observations about a tool or a technique and it should provide conclusions that have broad implications. It is expected, in most cases, a tool or technique oriented paper will include rigorous examinations of the tool or technique in terms of the potential impact on humans, organizations, or communities. In-depth reviews of scholarly contributions in print and other media are also welcome (see “AIS Review” and “Book Review” sections).

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.

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.

Word Counts
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.

Additional manuscript length guidelines:
While any manuscript that is within word count range for its genre will be given consideration, authors are advised to leave some room for future revisions. Referees frequently ask for more detail or explanation. It can become difficult to incorporate suggestions from the referees if the original manuscript is already close to the maximum word limit size. Depending on the extent of revision demanded by reviewers, sometimes it can be extremely difficult or impossible to address all the critical revisions without exceeding the word count limit. If such a situation arises, then a revised manuscript which goes beyond the maximum word count limit by no more than 10-15% may still be submitted. It is of utmost importance, however, that the author(s), in the cover letter to the editor, indicate this special situation and provide clear rationale for the need for additional content.

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.

Prior conference paper should be acknowledged in the cover letter to the editor with brief explanation of how JASIST submission expands on the prior publication. Authors are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of the conference paper as a supplemental item along with the manuscript.

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. However, to be considered for publication, they should focus on topics within the journal’s scope and should be directly relevant to the scholarship of information (i.e., the core field JASIST represents). The purpose of an Opinion paper is to raise questions, outline challenges, point to needed changes, or present novel insights with regard to scholarly advances or contributions. Critique of individuals or their public profiles that goes beyond commenting on their specific scholarly contributions will not be given consideration.

Letter to the Editor
A Letter to the Editor is a brief (no more than 400 words) commentary on materials published in JASIST or other matters related to the field of information. In most instances, such a letter would offer revisions or amendments to already published JASIST articles. In rare cases, a letter critiquing content published in other forums would be given consideration only if it directly addresses certain specific published items relevant to the information field. In no circumstances whatsoever a letter will be given consideration for publication if it directly criticizes individuals or their public profiles, and does not address their published scholarly contributions in the field of information. The letter structure and content must follow the conventional format of a letter, and should not contain any primary research data. It should include no more than three references and be produced without any figures or tables. In rare cases, a single table or a graph with numerical content may be allowed at the discretion of the Editor. Generally, letters are not subject to peer review, but in certain instances, depending on the content, letters may be circulated among senior editors for review and approval. If a letter is selected for publication, it may be edited for clarity or space. All letters 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 8000-10000 word range.

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;

Manuscript Preparation and Submission

Prospective authors should submit manuscripts through the online submission system at

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

Formatting and Style
Manuscripts submitted to JASIST should follow APA style format (refer to Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - 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. The figures and tables should be placed in the manuscript after the paragraph in which they are first mentioned. 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”.

Images should be uploaded as individual files with “Image” file designation. 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).

Authors submitting to JASIST have an option to associate their ScholarOne account with ORCID, a unique and persistent author identifier. This is a one-time action for each ScholarOne account holder and authors are strongly encouraged to complete this step. More information about ORCID and its benefits can be found here.

Review Process

JASIST uses multi-step review process to ensure consistently high quality of published work. Each submission, undergoes initial screening for adherence to the Author Guidelines, followed by review by Editor-in-Chief (a.k.a. desk review). The submissions that pass the first steps are assigned TO a Review Editor (RE) with relevant topical expertise for additional evaluation. Generally, the final peer review is conducted by at least two expert referees. In certain cases, depending on the decision of the editor-in-chief or the review editor, more than two reviewers may be engaged. The final editorial decision is based on the summary of the peer review comments and the RE recommendation. The diagram representing these steps and their possible outcomes can be found here.

Manuscripts accepted for publication are forwarded to the publisher. The schematic representation of post-acceptance processes can be found in the above referenced diagram and all specific questions regarding the post-acceptance steps should be directed to the publisher.

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.
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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: 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:

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
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