Online Information Review

Online Information Review

The international journal of digital information research and use

ISSN: 1468-4527

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2015 Impact Factor: 1.152 * 
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Journal history

Previously published as Online Review and then Online and CD-ROM Review
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Unique attributes

Online Information Review is an international, double blind peer-reviewed, ISI-listed journal devoted to research in the broad field of online information in academic, government, corporate, scientific and commercial contexts. Within this broad framework the journal seeks to provide a forum for experts from a range of information-related disciplines, including information science, information technology, information management, knowledge management and related social sciences. It also includes regular viewpoint pieces, currently focussing on metrics for research evaluation and on social media research.

OIR focuses on issues relating to online systems, services and resources, and their use, with a particular focus on the processes and procedures involved in creating, managing, utilising, disseminating and repackaging online information (including social, political, technical and ethical aspects).

Coverage includes (but is not limited to):

  • Altmetrics and related metrics for measuring research impact
  • Applications of cloud computing in online information
  • Bibliometrics, but strictly in an online environment
  • Choosing, evaluating, exchanging and maximising the content of online information resources of any kind
  • Data mining and text mining
  • Differences between web databases and their capabilities and limitations
  • Human-computer interaction related to online information resources
  • Information quality, trust and credibility
  • Metadata theory and developments
  • Mobile and ubiquitous access to information
  • Mobile applications and solutions in online environments
  • New approaches to information resource design on the web
  • New approaches to search engine design, implementation and evaluation on the web
  • Role of intelligent agents in web information
  • Social media/social networks, social media analytics
  • Usability issues of online resources and websites
  • User behaviour, usability and user interfaces for information environments
  • Web use and content in various contexts

Online Information Review is indexed and abstracted in:

dblp Computer Science Bibliographyand Scopus

The journal is ranked by:

Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Report and The Publication Forum (Finland)


OIR invites full research and conceptual papers, as well as scholarly viewpoints (up to 7000 words) and major reviews in these fields, and occasionally shorter research notes (under 3000 words) on current work of particular potential.

Every submission must spell out the implications of findings in the paper for online information as distinct from implications for e-commerce, education, etc. (These implications should be mentioned in the introduction, discussion and conclusion sections of your paper.) Papers which focus on findings for specific sectors without adequate attention to the online environment will not be accepted.

In general only research-based submissions on any type of research, including technical (but non-mathematical) or conceptual are accepted.


 Generally these types of submissions are rejected:  

  • Papers that require mathematics to develop, test or analyse concepts or findings (these require non-mathematical explanations for the readership of OIR)
  • Questionnaire-based studies based on convenience samples that expand previous studies only moderately (these should focus on a new topic, and argue convincingly that convenience sampling is necessary, to be acceptable)
  • TAM or other standard model-based submissions applied in a formulaic way to a limited population and which do not significantly advance our knowledge of the topic


Online Information Review is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald Library Studies eJournals Collection. For more information, please email or visit the Emerald Library Studies eJournals Collection page.

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* 2015 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2016)