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Information Matters Call for Articles


ASIS&T has recently announced a new digital platform called Information Matters, available online at Information Matters (IM) is a digital-only communication translational forum for information science, and its mission is to bring relevant and current research evidence and industry developments, news, and opinion to a global public audience, free of charge.

Founding Editor-in-Chief Dr. Chirag Shah invites you to write a short article on a topic of interest to you. This is a different kind of writeup in that it is short (a few hundred words) and written in a very accessible manner (anyone without a degree in information science being able to read and appreciate it).

Specifically, Information Matters invites articles written on these categories of contributions:

Summarize and explain a notable, recently published information science research article for a non-expert audience. Convey the gist of what may be a highly technical subject to someone outside the field. Draw attention to it and create interest in it. 500-1000 words.

Introduce and explain an information science research or practice that has not been published elsewhere. How does this unexplored area contribute to or innovate the information science world? 1000-2000 words.

Report on events that affect or are pertinent to the information science field. 500-1000 words.

Educational articles written by someone outside of the field of information science and technology, on a topic not usually discussed in the field (e.g., carbon footprint of blockchains). 1000-2000 words.

Topic of the week/month or something for the future in 200-1000 words. Needs to be very timely (e.g., breaking news).

Written by someone who has been thinking about a given topic for a while, perhaps has done quite a bit of work in the area, and wants to speak up for (or against) something in that area. It could be a perspective, a visionary statement, or even a controversial point of view. 500-1000 words.

A tutorial-like article written to inform and educate someone not familiar with a particular topic. This could be a series with several parts. 1000-2000 words.

Author guidelines and advice on writing your article are here. You can submit your work through this form (you will need a free WordPress account). Once you submit, we will do some editing on it, add appropriate graphic elements and run it by you for your approval. It can then be published (and cited, linked, and shared) almost immediately.

For more information or questions, please contact Information Matters Managing Editor Garrett Doherty at