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Meet the Editors 2024

Publishing in a scholarly journal often seems complicated and challenging, particularly for the new researchers and academics, who are expected to produce high quality papers from the outset of their careers. The aim of this panel is to help researchers not only choosing the right journal for publishing their research, but also to help them understand the processes from submission to final acceptance that papers undergo at the different journals. Editors will give insights into their quality criteria and, more generally, what they are looking for in a paper to be published.  Steve Sawyer (Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology), Dan Wu (Editor-in-Chief, Aslib Journal of Information Management), and David Bawden (Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Documentation) will share information on each of their journals and provide insight into how best to succeed in publishing with them.


Professor David Bawden is editor of Journal of Documentation, published by Emerald (Bingley, United Kingdom), and is also an editorial board member of Information, Sci, and Knjižnica. He was previously editor of Perspectives in Information Management and of IT Link, and is a past editorial board member for portal: libraries and the academy, Aslib Journal of Information Management, Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences, Expert Systems in Information Work, Alternatives to Laboratory Animals, and International Journal of information Management. He is author or editor of eight published books, most recently co-author of Introduction to Information Science (2nd edition, 2022, Facet Publishing) and of Open Access in Theory and Practice (2020, Routledge), and is a member of the international advisory board for the CoLIS (Conceptions of Library and Information Science) conference series. 

 David received a BSc in Organic Chemistry from the University of Liverpool, and an MSc in Information Studies and PhD in Information Science from the University of Sheffield. He worked as an information scientist for Pfizer Central Research for 12 years, and for City University London for over 30 years, and holds honorary positions at University College London and at the University of Ljubljana.His research and scholarly interests span a wide spectrum of the information sciences, particularly on theories and philosophies of information, the promotion of understanding as a goal for information science, and aspects of information history and of knowledge organization. 

Dr. Steven B. Sawyer is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Association of Science and Information Technology (JASIST).  His research builds on and advances the social informatics tradition through particular attention to the ways in which people organize to work together and use information and communication technologies. The courses he leads focus student’s attention to the design, development, and implementation of information systems and to the roles of information and communication technologies relative to organizational and social change. He received his D.B.A. and masters degree in Management Information Systems, from Boston University and a masters in Ocean Engineering, from the University of Rhode Island. His research advances social informatics (and, more broadly, socio-technical principles for studying information and communication technologies) by focusing on social practices, collective action, the roles and functions of the technologies and systems of information sharing, and the institutional contexts in which these happen. Current research projects include: Distributed scientific collaborations, scientific data repositories, project-based (gig or freelancing) work and the technological skills (e.g., infrastructural competency and working on platforms) this requires, and new ways of organizing work.

Dr. Dan Wu is the editor-in-chief of Aslib Journal of Information Management and a member of the editorial board of Information Processing & Management, The Electronic Library, and Library Hi Tech. Her research interests include information organization and retrieval, user information behavior, human-computer interaction, and digital libraries. She is a professor at the School of Information Management of Wuhan University and the director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction and User Behavior Research. She is a doctoral candidate jointly trained by Peking University and the University of Pittsburgh and a senior research scholar of the Sino-US Fulbright Scholar Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has edited academic monographs Cross-device Web Search (Taylor & Francis Group), Social Vulnerability to COVID-19: Impacts of Technology Adoption and Information Behavior (Springer), and especially Mobile Search Behaviors: An In-depth Analysis based on Contexts, APPs and Devices (Morgan & Claypool Publishers), which is the first English-language monograph on mobile search in China and has been invited to exhibit at ASIS&T, iConference, and the 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and the United States. She is the chief scientist of the Key Research Programmes of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the National Natural Science Foundation of China, conducting cutting-edge research on intelligent decision-making methods driven by data and knowledge and construction of smart library systems. The course she hosted, "Information Description", has been rated the national top undergraduate course offline. She also cooperated with technology companies like Alibaba to promote AI integration with the real economy. 

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