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Image Collections: Creation, Organization, Access, and Use

Special issue call for papers from The Electronic Library

Guest editors:

Wei Lu, Professor, School of Information Management, Wuhan University, China. E-mail:

Krystyna K. Matusiak, Associate Professor, Research Methods and Information Science Department, University of Denver, USA. E-mail:


The evolution of image generating and sharing devices has led to an explosion of image resources. Consequently, how to effectively manage these image resources in order to satisfy differing user requirements are challenging issues for both academia and business. There is growing interest in image-related research areas, such as image annotation and retrieval, clustering and classification, and image analysis and understanding. In addition, increased attention to image research is multiplying in different subject domains, such as medical disease recognition, cultural image understanding, categorizing institutional features, and visual image metrics. Major conferences, such as the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing and the ACM Multimedia Conference, are advancing image processing technologies.

Images represent important digital objects that carry a plethora of information. Libraries and museums are collecting and organizing images, and preserving them as cultural heritage. Image collections have been developed and used by many different communities. However, there are few opportunities for digital library researchers and practitioners to interact and learn from each other on the creation, organization, access, and use of image collections. The recent JCDL 2018 workshop, Image Collections: Creation, Organization, Access, and Use (, discussed important research projects in these areas.

The Electronic Library Special Issue presents a unique collection of outstanding studies on image collections, including the creation, organization, access, and use (COAU) of various image datasets. The Editors are seeking theoretical, methodological, and technological advances, as well as challenges and new research directions as related to the COAU of images. Complete research studies, innovative research designs, case studies, and technical papers are all welcome for submission. Researchers as well as practitioners are encouraged to submit their studies and best practices in the areas of image collections.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Creation of large image collections
  • Theories and/or frameworks for image annotation (image tagging)
  • Image categorization and classification
  • Image retrieval and image results diversification
  • Viziometrics or visual image metrics
  • Innovative technologies on image processing and analysis
  • Image seeking and use
  • Medical images mining and analysis
  • Social images sharing and understanding
  • Data extraction from images

Submission guidelines:

All papers must be original contributions. The material must, therefore, not have been previously published or be under review for publication elsewhere. All contributions must be written in English and must follow The Electronic Library author formatting guidelines (templates available for authoring in Microsoft Word, per the sample article at TEL’s web site). All submissions will be peer-reviewed and judged on originality, methodology, and relevance to the Special Issue topics of interest, implications, and quality.

Full papers should be submitted before 30 September 2018.

Paper submission should be done via TEL’s ScholarOne Manuscripts site at: Be sure to select the COAU Special Issue for publication, rather than a Regular Issue.

Instructions for authors:

Important dates:

Full papers submission deadline: 30 September 2018

First round notification: 31 October 2018

Revision due date: 15 November 2018

Final notification: 1 December 2018

Final manuscript due date: 15 December 2018

Publication date: January 2019