Thursday 11 June 2009

Special Issue of the New Review on Information Networking

The New Review on Information Networking seeks original manuscripts for a special issue on Repository Architectures, Infrastructures and Services to appear in Autumn 2009.

The aim of this issue is to further our understanding on how repositories are delivering services and capability to the scholarly and scientific community by marshalling resources at the institutional scale and delivering at the global scale.

Considerable progress in this area has been achieved under the "Open Access" banner and this special issue aims to explore the technical aspects of facilitating the scientific and scholarly commons: open access to research literature, research data, scholarly materials and teaching resources.

Topics for this special issue include (but are not limited to):

  • Repository architecture, infrastructure and services
  • Repositories supporting scholarly communications
  • Repositories supporting e-research and e-researchers
  • Integrating with publishing and publishing platforms
  • Repositories and research information systems
  • Integrating with other infrastructure platforms e.g., cloud, Web2
  • Integrating with other data sources, linked data and the Semantic Web
  • Scaling repositories for extreme requirements
  • Computational services and interfaces across distributed repositories
  • Content & metadata standards
  • OAI services
  • Web services, Web 2.0 services, mashups
  • Social networking, annotation / tagging, personalization
  • Searching and information discovery
  • Reference, reuse, reanalysis, re-interpretation, and repurposing of content
  • Persistent and unambiguous citation and referencing for entities: individuals, institutions, data, learning objects
  • Repository metrics and bibliometrics: usage and impact of scholarly and scientific knowledge

Scope of the New Review on Information Networking

A huge number of reports has been published in recent years on the changing nature of users; on the changing nature of information; on the relevance of current organisational structures to generations apparently weaned on social networks. Reading this mass of literature, far less digesting it, then assimilating it into future strategy is a Sisyphean task, but one ideally suited to this journal. Individual services from Second Life to Twitter will no doubt wax and wane but we shall seek to publish those papers which address the fundamental underlying principles of the increasingly complex information landscape which organisations inhabit.

Important dates:

Submission of full paper: 31st July 2009

Notification deadline: 1st September 2009

Re-submission of revised papers: 15th September 2009

Publication: Autumn 2009

Submissions and Enquiries

Papers submitted to this special issue must not have been previously published or be currently submitted for journal publication elsewhere.

Submissions should ideally be in the range of 3,500 - 4,000 words.

Submissions and enquiries should be made by email to the editor of this special issue: Leslie Carr, University of Southampton, UK (


  1. Les, will it be Open Access, or like so many librarianship publications, toll?

    Chris Rusbridge

  2. The issue will be fully open access
    Les Carr