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The Information Journey

Special issue call for papers from Information and Learning Science

With applications across the spectrum of academia, business, transport, health and well-being, the information journey, with transitions between data, information and knowledge supported by the enabling role of technology, is an increasingly important consideration in today’s fast moving world.

The information explosion has changed the way that we manage information revealing new challenges and opportunities along the information journey.
The effect of information overload on people and in organisations and how this is dealt with along the information journey could be a particular and relevant focus. Furthermore, the design of the service experience surrounding how people interact with information at different touchpoints and channels is a crucial aspect of the information journey, and a focus for service innovation.

Maintaining information currency and the generation of new research using the data/information/knowledge aspects of the information journey are possible academic considerations. Academic and vocational learning and the use of information outside university study/scholarly practice (including the needs of senior managers, leaders and policymakers in education) are of interest.

The smarter use of information through its use and re-use and consequent refinement and/or re-organisation of processes and practice is also an important focus.  This offers shorter duration times of information journeys as well as more efficient ways of operation.  Open science, open access, open educational resources and open source are possible features here.

Increasingly, analytics encourages the analysis of data, interpreting information and understanding knowledge with different types of information journeys offering greater opportunities to compare and contrast.  In combination with a deep understanding of the goals, behaviour, and attitudes that shape how people interact with information, this is key to designing effective information journeys that have positive impact for both end-users and organisations alike.

In this Special Issue, the guest editors are seeking high-quality, innovative articles to address conceptual, theoretical and practical aspects of The Information Journey. 

Possible titles of papers reflecting this information journey focus could be:-
•    The Information Journey: how modern technologies change the experience; 
•    The Changing Information Journey in business: a case study;
•    Finding what you need .v. needing what you find: the journey of information management;
•    Learning while travelling: some reflections on progressing information to knowledge;
•    Using and re-using information: working smarter not harder on the information journey;
•    Information and Analytics: a journey of discovery;
•    Digital and Physical Library Space In The Information Journey;
•    Reconciling ethical considerations and service development in supporting the information journey
•    Information literacy, discovery and reading behaviour beyond academia;
•    The role of digital wellbeing and mental health in building the digital capability of the organisation;
•    The role of open practice in the information journey;
•    User experience and accessibility to support the information journey for all students.


Jo Smedley, University of South Wales, UK.  Email:
Nigel Walton, University of Worcester, UK.  Email:
Pontus Wärnestål, Halmstad University, Sweden.  Email:
Lis Parcell, Jisc, UK.  Email:

Submissions should comply with the journal author guidelines that are here. Submissions should be made through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at

Initial submission due: 16 July 2018
First round decisions made: 3 September 2018
Revised manuscripts due: 15 October 2018
Final decisions made: 12 November 2018
Anticipated publication date:  Issue 3, December 2018

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