Call for Papers | CoLIS 9

Please note that the deadline for all submissions has been extended to January 31, 2016.

Conceptions of Library and Information Science (CoLIS) is a series of international conferences aiming to provide a broad forum for the exploration and exchange of ideas in the field of Library and Information Science, Information Studies, and related disciplines. It welcomes diverse contributions offering empirical, theoretical and historical perspectives. The 9th conference in the series is organised by the Department of ALM, Uppsala University and Division of ALM, Lund University. It is held in Uppsala, Sweden in June 27-29, 2016.

Three keynotes are confirmed:

  • Prof. Geoffrey Bowker,  University of California, Irvine
  • Prof. Louise Limberg, University of Borås
  • ​Assoc. Prof. Pamela McKenzie, University of Western Ontario

We invite authors to submit research papers, short papers, panels, workshops, alternative events and posters. All submissions should be in English - the official language of the conference.

All accepted papers will be published in the journal Information Research and they will be indexed in Web of Science (Social Sciences Citation Index) and other central bibliographical databases.

Conference Themes

The theme of the conference is conceptions (including approaches, theories, models) in the field of Library and Information Science (LIS). Contributions may be related to any subfield of LIS including (but not excluding others):

  • Information behaviour and information practices
  • Knowledge organization
  • Information and knowledge management
  • Library studies, Archival studies and Museum studies
  • Interactive information retrieval
  • Information systems
  • Information architecture
  • Scholarly communication
  • Digital literacy and information literacy
  • Digital libraries and archives
  • Document studies
  • Information-oriented social media studies
  • Information history
  • Bibliometrics, scientometrics, informetrics
  • Research data management
  • Interaction design and user experience
  • Social study of information and STS perspectives on information
  • Challenges for heritage institutions


Research papers

The conference encourages the submission of high quality research papers that have not been previously published and are not under review for another conference or journal. Submissions are welcomed in any of the topic areas indicated above. All accepted papers will be published in the electronic journal Information Research. Information Research is a peer-reviewed, ISI-indexed journal.

Submissions will be reviewed by at least two members of the international programme committee and ranked on the basis of the originality of the research presented in relation to conference themes, clarity of presentation, the quality of the theoretical contribution made by the research, the validity and rigour of the methodology chosen, the significance of the results presented and the overall contribution to the understanding of conceptions of library and information science.

Research papers should be submitted as a Word-document and contain at most 5,000 words (excluding references). The paper and references should be formatted according to the guidelines of Information Research ( Please use the first author's surname as the filename. If you are submitting more than one paper add a number after the surname, e.g. smith1.doc, smith2.doc.

The first page must contain the title of the paper, a structured abstract of not more than 200 words (for instructions see, and up to 2 topic areas describing your study. Please add up to four keywords of your own for specifying the content.

Assigning an appropriate topic areas helps to ensure that your submission is reviewed by appropriate experts in your area of research. All submissions should be anonymous. No page should identify the authors or their affiliations. Authors who cite their previous work should refer to themselves in the third person, e.g. "Newton and Einstein (1905) demonstrated that…".

Short papers

Short papers should be submitted following the instructions for full research papers, but should contain at most 3,000 words (excluding references). As a general rule, short paper format should be used for presenting work in progress.


Posters are visual presentations of research in progress. They should be designed to be presented in a common room or circulation area, usually over a 90 minute period, during which participants circulate and talk to individual presenters in an informal manner. Poster submissions should consist of an extended abstract of maximum 1,000 words, emphasising the research problem and methods used. Indicate clearly in the beginning of your abstract that you are submitting a poster.

Panels, workshops, and other formats

Proposals should include (use following subtitles in your submission):

  • Type of event (clearly indicated in the beginning of the submission)
  • Title of event/session
  • Short abstract: Approximately 1.000 words
  • Organizer(s): Names and affiliations of the organizers or participants (if known)
  • Length: Panels and alternative events are typically between 90 and 120 minutes in length. Workshops are either a Half or Full day
  • Participants: Expected/preferred number of participants
  • Proposed format: Including draft schedule, explanation of how it will engage with the audience
  • Purpose, goals and expected outcomes
  • Special requests/equipment needs

Proposals will be peer-reviewed by the international programme committee. Note that panels are expected to be based on (panel) discussion and active exchange of ideas instead of being sessions consisting of a series of paper presentations.

Doctoral forum

Call for papers for the doctoral forum will be published in May 2015.

How to submit

Please use Easychair at for all submissions.

Deadline for all submissions: January 31, 2016.

Conference dates: June 27-29, 2016

Queries regarding submissions should be directed to Prof. Isto Huvila (

Questions regarding panels, workshops and other formats should be directed to Assoc. Prof. Jutta Haider. (

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