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2021 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 for the 21st International Paper Contest (IPC) for library and information science (LIS) professionals in developing countries, for the 84th Annual Meeting, which will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, from October 30-November 2, 2021. The theme of the Annual Meeting is: "Information: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, and Relevance" For more information, visit:

The purpose of this contest is to encourage researchers from developing countries 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, practical issues in or outside of LIS work settings, and case studies on any aspect of the 2021 ASIS&T Annual Meeting theme from a local and/or international perspective.

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

  • Role of information changes in economic, social, scientific, political, and personal behaviors
  • Role of information/information stake holders in Post COVID-19 era
  • Production, storage, sharing, preservation, management, and consumption of data and information for benefitting individuals, communities, organizations, or society
  • Role of the place, time, and how data/information/knowledge is communicated in empowering individuals, communities, organizations, or society
  • Information and individuals: Information behavior, information retrieval, human-computer interaction, social media use, information literacy, digital literacy, etc.
  • Information use in, for, or by organizations: Information architecture, knowledge management, competitive intelligence, linked data and big data, digital curation, records and archives management, etc.
  • Information society: Digital citizenship, cultural engagement, archival preservation, policy development, copyright, intellectual property, info-metrics, information access, etc.
  • Information and emerging technologies: Cloud computing, digital libraries, automatic indexing, social tagging, classification, semantic web, database design, web usability, etc.

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

  • Originality of the research question
  • Ability to situate problem statement against existing literature
  • Rigor in research methods
  • Novelty and significance of research findings
  • Theoretical and/or practical implications and/or contributions
  • Quality of presentation and overall organization of information
  • 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 2014-2020 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: Submissions should follow the Initial Submission Instructions at:

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 30, 2021, via email to as Microsoft Word attachment.

Notification: Winners will be notified by May 28, 2021.

Winners and Award: The IPC Committee will select three winners. We encourage all three winners to attend the 2021 ASIS&T Annual Meeting for sharing their research. The first-place winner will receive maximum of US $1,500 for offsetting the cost of attending and presenting their research poster at the 2021 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. In addition, all three winners will receive a two-year individual membership in ASIS&T. In 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 “LIBRI: International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies” and “PJIM&L: Pakistan Journal of Information Management and Libraries” for publication subject to the peer-reviewing process.

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 2021 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

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

Nosheen Warraich (Chair)
Iman Tahamtan Shivanthi Weerasinghe
Jaya Raju Muzammil Tahira
Noorhidawati Abdullah Zehra Taskin

SIG-III is pleased to announce the results of SIG-III International Paper Contest (IPC) 2021. This year, we received a good number of papers from Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Turkey. The competition was tough with two papers qualifying for third position!

SIG-III is, therefore, delighted to announce the winners as follows: -

First Place

  • Sia Wan Qi, & Nurul Afiqah, M.E.S. Usage of SNS among Underprivileged Entrepreneurs: Effect of Social Capital and Attachment. Department of Library & Information Sciences, Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology Universiti Malaya, Malaysia.

Second Place

  • Amara Malik, Talat Islam and Khalid Mahmood. Information Sharing Behavior of Facebook Users in Pakistan: A Case of COVID-19. University of the Punjab, Lahore-Pakistan

Third Place

  • Ghulam Murtaza Rafiq. Impact of Knowledge Sharing on Nurses' Job Satisfaction: The Mediating Effect of Innovation Behavior. Department of Information Management, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Khalid Mahmood, University of the Punjab, Lahore-Pakistan


  • Nurul Afiqah Mohammed Ebnu Saifudin. Information Needs and Seeking Behaviour of Women Entrepreneurs: The use of Social Media. Department of Library & Information Sciences, Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology Universiti Malaya, Malaysia.

Special thanks to the learned jury members who completed this evaluation task in a wonderful and timely manner. The diverse jury comprised of the following members in alphabetical order: -

  • Iman Tahamtan (Iran)
  • Jaya Raju (South Africa)
  • Muzammil Tahira (Pakistan)
  • Noorhidawati Abdullah (Malaysia)
  • Shivanthi Weerasinghe (Sri Lanka)
  • Zehra Taskin (Turkey)
  • Nosheen Warraich (Pakistan, Chair IPC Jury 2021)

Congratulations to the winners!


2020 International Paper Contest Results

The 2020 International Paper Contest Committee is excited to announce the results of the 20th International Paper Contest held by the Association for Information Science & Technology’s Special Interest Group on International Information Issues (SIG-III).

The winners are as follows.

First Place: “Visibility of Library and Information Science and Scientific Communication in Iran” by Golnessa Galyani-Moghaddam and Zahra Ojagh, Iran.

Second Place: “Children as Individual Subjects through Digital Competency” by Seran Demiral, Turkey.

Third Place: “A Comparative Study of Public Libraries of Nagaland, Patna (Bihar) and Vadodara (Gujarat) of India” by Pichano Kikon and Sourabh Suman, India.


2020 International Paper Contest Committee:

Bhakti Gala Thomas Matingwina
Devendra Potnis (Chair) Tung-Mou Yang
Nosheen Warraich Yuelin Li
Shivanthi Weerasinghe Zehra Taskin