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Innovation of Information Services in the Age of “Internet Plus”

Special issue call for papers from Information and Learning Sciences

The special issue titled Innovation of Information Services in the Age of “Internet Plus” offers a platform for discussion pertaining to modeling and theorizing integration of Internet technologies and information services (Internet + Information Services).

The issue is looking for scholarly articles that explore how Internet and mobile technologies are integrated with the library’s traditional and/or non-traditional services, including but not limited to digital knowledge, virtual collaborative networks,  digital scholarship, information archiving, machine learning, social informatics, data integration, federated discovery, scholarly communication, and the semantic web.

The concept of Internet Plus was put forward by the China’s prime minister in his government work report in 2015, aiming to serve as an economic stimulus and an action plan to guide the development of the Internet technologies’ integration with traditional areas for the coming decades. Information services provided by all kinds of libraries and information companies play an essential role in the transformation of “Internet + Education,” “Internet + Scientific Research,” “Internet + Social Constructions,” etc. Moreover, information science is critically important in the development of “Internet + all traditional fields.”

This special issue hosted by Information & Learning Science (New Library World is changing its name at year-end, to become Information and Learning Science) hopes to fill a gap in the academic and scholarly literature, not only in the field of library and information science, but also in the field of Internet studies and education.

The guest is calling for scholarly contributions including:

1. Original Research Articles

  • Theoretical articles that construct the integration framework of library and information services and Internet and mobile technologies
  • Conceptual articles that introduce innovative development of library and information services
  • Quantitative and qualitative research that covers information seeking behaviors and user need assessments in the age of Internet


  • Modeling articles that explore potential paradigms and solutions that resolve the emerging information and service needs in traditional fields, e.g. education, scientific research, social construction, digital government, etc.

2.  Case Studies

  • Case studies on the development of innovative technologies and services that utilize Internet and digital technologies
  • Best practices and evaluation of implementation of innovative technologies and services
  • Evaluation of developed and/or developing technologies of “Internet + Information Services” on other traditional fields, e.g. education, scientific research, social construction, digital government, etc.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submissions: 12 March 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: 31 June 2017
  • Final submissions: 31 July 2017


The authors should submit their full manuscripts directly to Information & Learning Science’s online submission system, here. Please see the author guideline here for the journal’s formatting style. In addition, if authors would like to discuss with the guest editor about proposals, please send proposals directly to the guest editor via [email protected] 

Guest Editor

Le Yang, [email protected]