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SIG News, January 2023

SIG-III: 2023 International Paper Contest (IPC) Call for Papers

The Special Interest Group on International Information Issues (SIG-III) of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) invites research papers from the library and information science (LIS) professionals of developing countries for the 23rd International Paper Contest (IPC). The winners of the IPC-2023 will be awarded in the 86th Annual Meeting of the ASIS&T, which will take place in Novotel London West, London, UK from 27-31 October 2023. The theme of the Annual Meeting is: "Making a Difference: Translating Information Research into Practice, Policy, and Action". For more information, visit:

The purpose of this contest is to encourage researchers from developing countries and to share their work globally. It also focuses to push advancements in information, people, and technology in contemporary societies in the context of developing countries.

Papers submitted to this contest can discuss research problems, policies, new methodologies, and case studies highlighting practical issues in or outside of LIS work settings, and case studies on any aspect of the 2023 ASIS&T Annual Meeting theme from a local, regional, and/or international perspective.

Topics include, but are not limited to the following core areas:

  • Archives, data curation, and preservation
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data Science, analytics, and visualization
  • Domain-Specific Informatics
  • Information and knowledge management
  • Information behavior
  • Information literacy
  • Information retrieval
  • Information science education, information, and learning
  • Information theory
  • Informetrics and scholarly publishing
  • Knowledge organization
  • Libraries
  • Privacy, ethics, and regulation
  • Research into practice
  • Social media and social computing
  • Technology, culture, and society (for the list of subtopics, visit

Judging Criteria: The IPC papers will be judged using the following criteria.

  1. The originality of the research question and objectives
  2. Ability to situate problem statements against existing literature
  3. Rigor in research methods
  4. Novelty and significance of research findings
  5. Theoretical and/or practical implications and/or contributions
  6. Quality of presentation and the overall organization of information
  7. Consistency in citations, references, and grammar

Eligibility & Information for Authors: All authors should be citizens of and reside in a developing nation. Winners of the 2016-2022 contests are not eligible. The papers should be original, unpublished, and submitted in English. We encourage submissions from librarians, information and network specialists, and educators involved in the creation, representation, maintenance, exchange, discovery, delivery, and use of digital information.

Style format: Submissions should follow the Initial Submission Instructions at:

To format the paper, please this link:

ASIS&T Copyright Policy: ASIS&T will have the non-exclusive right to publish any of the papers submitted on its website or in print, with ownership and all other rights remaining with the author.

Deadline: Authors are invited to submit manuscripts, not to exceed 5,000 words, by April 18, 2023, via submission form as a Microsoft Word attachment.

Notification: Winners will be notified by May 30, 2023, via email.

Winners and Award: The IPC Committee will select three winners. We encourage all three winners to attend the 2023 ASIS&T Annual Meeting for sharing their research. The first-place winner will receive a maximum of US $1,500 for offsetting the cost of attending and presenting their research poster at the 2023 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in London, UK. In addition, all three winners will receive a two-year individual membership in ASIS&T. In the case of multiple authors, the first author will be awarded the ASIS&T membership.

Publishing opportunities: All three winners are welcome to submit their papers to Data and Information Management or Turkish Librarianship Journal (Türk Kütüphaneciliği Dergisi), which are indexed in Emerging Sources Citation Index of Web of Science, or Information World (Bilgi Dünyası), which is indexed in Scopus, for publication subject to the peer-reviewing process. All submissions will go through a peer-review process in those three journals.

Poster Presentation: The first-place winner will be expected to present a poster (48" by 36" inches) based on their research paper at the SIG-III Reception at the 2023 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in London, UK.

We look forward to receiving your submissions. Please feel free to distribute this call for papers widely to your colleagues in developing countries. Thanks!


International Paper Contest Committee

Lu An Naailah Parbhoo-Ebrahim
Chris Cunningham Tayyba Rasool
Safirotu Khoir Zehra Taşkın (Chair)