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The Electronic Library

The Electronic Library

Digital information organization and use

ISSN: 0264-0473

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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Content: Table of Contents  
Information: Journal information  |  Editorial Team  |  Author Guidelines
Other: Journal News (inc. calls for papers)  |  Recommend this journal

2018 Impact Factor: 0.886*
5-year Impact Factor (2018): 1.119*

CiteScore 2018: 1.47
CiteScoreTracker 2019: 0.70 (Updated Monthly)

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Aims & Scope

The Electronic Library (TEL) publishes digital information research. It is particularly interested in information organization for knowledge creation, discovery, access, and sharing. Information behaviour research in this context, is also welcomed.  All types of digital objects are included, for example data, records, documents, and files. The journal welcomes submissions on:
  • Personal digital archiving
  • Digital ‘life’
  • The cultural record
  • Scholarly communication
  • Social media interaction and analysis
  • Health communication
  • Geographical information
  • Big data
  • Security and governance
  • Language and lexicons
  • Classification and coding.

The editors are likely to reject submissions that are not related to data or information organization, such as bibliometric studies and pure user behavioural studies applying survey methods. Exceptions are made for the types of studies that develop innovative approaches to organize collected data for the purposes of expediting data analysis or research finding assessment.  In general, survey studies exploring the use of information resources in a particular library, a university or a nation will not be accepted unless the study provides generalizable new knowledge for information resource organization for a particular community or population.

We expect that a submission will address one or more well thought-out problems or challenges in information organization and be designed with a rigorous research methodology. The study should have more than local interest and bring new knowledge to TEL readers. It is highly recommended that authors complete all the fields in the structured abstract, including the research limitations/implications, practical implications and social implications, to facilitate editors and reviewers’ understanding of the significance of the submission. Studies that do not have a good research design and bring no new knowledge will be considered insignificant.

This journal is abstracted and indexed by:

  • Computer Science Index;
  • Current Abstracts;
  • Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences;
  • dblp computer science bibliography;
  • Education Full Text;
  • Education Research Complete;
  • The Informed Librarian;
  • Information Management & Technology Abstracts;
  • Information Science & Technology Abstracts;
  • INSPEC (Electrical & Electronics Abstracts);
  • Internet and Personal Computing Abstracts;
  • Library and Information Science Abstracts;
  • Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts;
  • Library Literature and Information Science;
  • Library Literature and Information Science Full Text;
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega;
  • OmniFile Full Text Select;

This journal is ranked by:

Clarivate Analytics Journal Citation Reports/SSCI; Scopus; The Publication Forum (Finland); ACPHIS (B); BFI (Denmark); CORE Rankings


The Electronic Library is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald Library Studies eJournals Collection. For more information, please email [email protected] or visit the Emerald Library Studies eJournals Collection page.

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* 2018 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2019)