About the International Journal of Information Research

The International Journal of Information Research (ISSN: 2249 8273) was launched in 2011 on the occasion of centenary celebration of Library and Information Science education in India. The International Journal of Information Research is a fully peer-reviewed print as well as open access scholarly journal, and it is published quarterly by the Society of Scholarly Publishing and Open Access Resources (SPOARS). Its main aim is to keeping up-to-date to librarians, information scientists, documentation officers, specialists, managers and educators interested in keeping with most recent isues and development in the field. Articles, reviews, proceeding papers, book reviews, etc are published in this journal. This journal covers all the current issues and practices in the field of library, information and management, information production; economics of information; information user's needs and seeking patterns; information sources and services; information and knowledge management; library and information science education; curriculum framework; curriculum development; training, research and development in LIS education; digital library; technological advancement; collection development and management etc. This journal keeps professionals abreast of the current research and development in the field of library, information and management (LIM).

Scope and Coverage
Authors are requested to submit manuscript related to the trends and developments in the field of library and information management. Manuscript will be accepted for publication only on the basis of its originality, methodology and implications. The journal accepts academically robust papers, topical articles and case studies that contribute to the area of research in, and practice of information science. The journal publishes works in the categories: research papers, case studies, conference reports, view points and book reviews. Here are some sub-themes of the journal’ scope and coverage:

Knowledge Management; Information Seeking Behaviour; Research Methodology; Training, Research and Development; Information Literacy; Information Literacy Skills; Models of Information Literacy; Digital and Hybrid Libraries; Digital Collection and Preservation; Collection Development and Management; Electronic Publishing and Open Access; Library Automation: Classification, Cataloguing and Organizations; Virtual Reference Services; Databases and Information Retrieval Techniques; Human, Culture and Technology Drivers; Institutional Repositories; Knowledge Discovery Tools and Techniques; Web Ontology; Data Mining and Web Analysis; Semantic Web; Metadata Harvesting and Web Resources; Federated Search; Standards and Protocols; Knowledge, Architecture and Mapping; Interoperability Issues; Open Source Software; Social Networking; Knowledge Networks; User Assessment Tools and Techniques; Intellectual Property Right (IPR), Copyright and Plagiarism; Information Seeking Pattern in Digital Environment; Usage Statistics; Research and Performance Evaluation; Citation Analysis; Knowledge Dissemination Mechanism and Practices; Open Access and Knowledge Dissemination; Scholarly Communications, Grey Literature; Institutional Repositories; Knowledge Processing and Content Organization; Role of Web in Information Dissemination; Social Networking; Library and Information Science Education; LIS Curriculum Development; Information Studies; LIS Education: Problems and Issues; Curriculum Framework; Competency based Curriculum; Research and Development; Teaching Practice and Techniques; Current Tends and Development; Competencies, etc and all areas of library and information science and management.

Publication Ethics

International Journal of Information Research is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors. 


International Journal of Information Research takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); or retracting the article.

Previous distribution and/or publication

The author should disclose any prior distribution and/or publication of any portion of the material to the Editor for the Editor’s consideration and ensure that appropriate attribution to the prior distribution and/or publication of the material is included.

Contributor’s publishing agreement

Before publication, International Journal of Information Research requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. International Journal of Information Research’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement for traditional subscription journals is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants International Journal of Information Research the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than International Journal of Information Research. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. This licence enables authors to make articles open access by archiving their article at no charge via the green open access archiving route.

Open Access contributor's publishing agreement

International Journal of Information Research publishes articles under Creative Commons licenses. The standard licence is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. Alternative licence arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author's request.


Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.