COVID-19 Pandemic and Health Informatics

Call for papers for: Library Hi Tech

Submission deadline:  31st August 2021

Guest Editors

Stuart So, Ph.D., Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Primary Contact) (email: [email protected]

Yvette C. Paulino, Ph.D., School of Health, University of Guam, Guam 

Po Sen Huang, M.A., Ed.S., Department of Nursing, Tajen University, Taiwan 

Overview of Special Issue

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus, which was initially identified in December 2019 as a case of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. Sooner or later, the disease became a global pandemic, disseminating to more than 150 countries around the world. There are already 4.63 million confirmed cases and 311 thousand deaths worldwide (Wikipedia 2020). In particular, the influence of COVID-19 pandemic on developing countries is just happening given the high percentage of confirmed cases reported in the past 14 days, and the threats to these countries are imminent (CHP HKSARG 2020). Regions that were hit earlier, such as Brazil, Spain, the United States, and the United Kingdom, have higher death rates, but their experience of fighting the pandemic is quite precious to cities hit later by helping them get well prepared. 

Health is fundamental to a prosperous and productive society, whereas panic and illness can stifle production, consumption, recreation, travel, and overall well-being (Evans 2020). The pandemic has fundamentally altered many aspects of our life and society with both short-term and likely long-term effects on health systems in particular. Health informatics tools can help better support the health system’s efforts to prepare for the current pandemic and the challenges associated with this task (Reeves 2020). 


We invite researchers from cross-disciplines to submit their latest research work and share their experiences with other fellow researchers. For Library Hi Tech, we are particularly interested in papers with original research on, but not limited to, the following topics: 

  • Emergency preparedness, alerts, exception handling, risk assessment, and business process re-engineering in libraries, information organizations, education institutes, healthcare, governments, and NGOs. 
  • Health information seeking, searching, sharing, and verification behavior 
  • Health information security, reliability, privacy, trust, and usability issues  
  • Electronic health record (EHR), public health informatics, and education 
  • Telemedicine/telehealth 
  • Emerging technologies such as mobile apps and wearables as well as domestic technologies for screening, surveillance, contact tracing and tracking, and quarantine 
  • Epidemiology, health surveillance systems, health surveillance data, and associated technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning Internet of Things, Big data, Ontology, Service Computing, and Cloud computing) 
  • Scaling up healthcare training and spreading health awareness through technology 
  • Aftermath of COVID-19 pandemic and impact to Epidemiology 

Submission Details

Manuscripts should not have been previously published or be under review in other journals. All authors are expected to explicitly state in their cover letter the contributions related to this special issue and Library Hi Tech. Submissions to Library Hi Tech must be made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. 

Authors must use the official submission portal on and select ‘COVID-19 Pandemic and Health Informatics’ special issue for their submission. 

Key Dates

Submission deadline: August 31, 2021

Revised papers due: June 30, 2021 

Final notification: July 31, 2021  

Publication: Spring 2022 

All papers will need to pass pre-screening stages. For papers out of scope or caught with a high percentage of plagiarism or not matching to the expected quality, they will be returned to authors with reasons for a desk reject. The selected papers will be screened by the guest editors (and desk rejected if not deemed suitable) before being sent to two referees. Papers will undergo a maximum of two rounds of revision to meet the scope and high standards of Library Hi Tech without any guarantee of final publication. We anticipate that the special issue will be published by Spring 2022. For any queries regarding submission, please email the special issue guest editors. 


CHP HKSARG (2020). Countries/areas with reported cases of Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19)(Last updated on May 17, 2020, 10 am). Centre for Health Protection (CHP), Department of Health, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSARG). Retrieved from Evans, O. (2020). Socio-economic impacts of novel coronavirus: The policy solutions. Bizecons Quarterly, 7 3-12. 

Reeves J.J. Hollndsworth, H.M., Torriani, F.J., Taplitz, R., Abeles, S., Tai-Seale, M., Millen, M., Clay, B.J., & Longhurst, C.A. (2020). Rapid response to COVID-19: health informatics support for outbreak management in an academic health system. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 0(0), 2020, 1–7. 

Wikipedia (2020). Template: COVID-19 pandemic data. Retrieved from