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[Call for Papers] ASIS&T 2015: 78th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology

February 26th, 2015 by

Nov 6, 2015 – Nov 10, 2015
St. Louis, Missouri
Submission Deadline: Apr 30, 2015
Notification Due: Jun 11, 2015

Information science research is inspired by, and designed to, address the needs of various practice communities. Whether researchers investigate the implications of new information technologies in hospitals, or explore best practices for managing collections in academic libraries, the impact of information science research in communities is significant. Information science research shapes policy decisions, informs organizational practices, and changes the lives of individuals. Research designed to contribute to society, culture, the economy, the environment, or other practice contexts outside academe is at the heart of information science research. Research findings, for example, can alter the records management practices of small, local community groups or they can change the ways that large, multi-national companies share information across digital networks. The potential for impact in a discipline that is linked to diverse information settings, populations, technological contexts, and service orientations is a defining feature of information science research.

This year’s conference theme provides an opportunity for information science researchers – including academics and practitioner researchers – to discuss the impact of their research on industry, on government, on local/national/global community groups, on individuals, on information systems, on libraries/museums/galleries, and on other practice contexts. The theme highlights the introduction of a new conference focus on Applied Research, which recognizes that basic research in information science is also inspired by, and/or connected to, information practice contexts. Submissions are encouraged that present theoretical or applied research with results that demonstrate one or more of the following themes:

Impact on Individuals: information behavior; information retrieval; human-computer interaction; social media use; information literacy; etc.
Impact on Society: digital citizenship; cultural engagement; archival preservation; policy development; copyright; intellectual property; infometrics; information access; etc.
Impact on Organizations: information architecture; knowledge management; competitive intelligence; digital curation; records and archives management; etc.
Impact on Systems & Technology: cloud computing; digital libraries; automatic indexing; social tagging; classification; semantic web; database design; web usability; etc.
Impact on Information Contexts: health; education; law; environment; agriculture; business; etc.

Types of Submissions
Authors of papers, panels and posters will be asked to nominate one or more “impact” topics that best fits their submission and to identify whether the research presented is primarily “applied,” or “theoretical,” or whether it presents a balanced mix of both approaches. The chairs reserve the right to recategorize submissions, as warranted.

1) Papers: Papers should discuss, analyze, critique theories and concepts, or report original, unpublished research; all papers must be substantiated by experimentation, simulation, theoretical development, analysis or application. Submissions will be judged on such criteria as quality of content, significance for theory, method, design, innovative ideas, originality, quality of presentation, and fit with the conference theme. The maximum length for a paper is 10 pages, single-spaced. All submissions will be refereed in a double-blind review process and accepted papers will be published in the digital conference proceedings.
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2) Panels: Proposals for panels are invited on topics that explore emerging cutting-edge research and design, analyses of emerging trends, opinions on controversial issues, analyses of tools and techniques, or contrasting viewpoints from experts in complementary areas of research. Panels are not a substitute for a set of contributed papers; they must have a cohesive theme and promote lively discussions between panelists and audience members. Submit a proposal of 4 pages, singled-spaced (about 1,250 words) that provides an overview of the issues to be discussed by the panel. Proposals must also list panelists who have agreed to participate and indicate the qualifications and contribution that each panelist will offer.
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3) Posters: Posters provide an opportunity for face-to-face presentations and interactions using traditional posters. Presenters may also show short videos or give live demonstrations during the session. The poster session provides opportunities for interactive discussion and feedback about the work. Poster presentations are expected to invite questions and discussion in a personal and less formal setting. Posters offer a unique opportunity to present late-breaking results, work in progress, or research that is best communicated in an interactive or graphical format. Please note, however, that posters describing works that are simply proposals without any preliminary results will not be accepted. Please submit an extended abstract of 4 pages, single-spaced (about 1,250 words).
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4) Workshops and Tutorials: Workshops and tutorials will be held before or after the conference. The purpose is to provide an informal setting for the exchange of ideas on a focused topic and suggest directions for future work. As such, workshops and tutorials offer a good opportunity for researchers and professionals to present and discuss work with an interested community. Workshops may be mini-focused research presentations, a series of working events, brainstorming and idea sharing sessions, or even a forum for teaching/learning a new skill. In particular, SIGS are invited to submit proposals for half-day or full-day events on topics that are relevant to the goal of the SIG. Proposals that are not SIG-related or sponsored are also welcomed. Only one submission per SIG is allowed for a workshop and additional participation fees will apply.
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For more information, please contact:

Conference Chair: Lisa Given, Charles Sturt University (
Paper Co-chairs: Brian Detlor, McMaster University (
Hazel Hall, Edinburgh Napier University (
Panel Co-chairs: Heather O’Brien, University of British Columbia (
Alison Brettle, University of Salford (
Poster Co-chairs: Lynn Westbook, University of Texas at Austin (
Michael Khoo, Drexel University (
Workshops & tutorials, local arrangements, and logistics:
Richard Hill, ASIS&T Executive Director (
More about the conference and ASIS&T at:

Important Dates:

Papers, Panels, Workshops & Tutorials:
Submissions: April 30, 2015
Notifications:  June 11, 2015
Final Copies:  July 15, 2015

Posters, Demos & Videos:
Submissions:  July 1, 2015
Notifications:  July 30, 2015
Final copies:  August 20, 2015