[Asis-l] New issue of Information Research

Tom Wilson wilsontd at gmail.com
Tue Apr 17 10:35:42 EDT 2007

Volume 12 No.3, April, 2007 is now available at the Website:


Here is the Editorial:


My call in the Editorial for the last issue for help with copy-editing the
papers for the journal resulted in three volunteers: Eli Guinnee, Lauren
Goodchild and Peta Wellstead - located, interestingly, respectively, in the
USA, the UK and Australia. They have all tested their skills on one or two
papers and have been a big help with this issue. Our long-term copy-editor,
RaeAnn Hughes, has also re-surfaced after a long illness and will be back on
the team for the next issue.

And, while we are on volunteers, thanks to Elena Maceviciute for
and to Pedro Dias and Jose Vicente Rodriguez for the Spanish abstracts.

We have also started using Open Journal Systems for all submissions and I
that this will prevent the occasional item from slipping through the net and
failing to be reviewed. It seems to be working well, with only one or two
problems. If you wish to submit a paper, go to the site, register as an
and then follow the instructions for submitting a paper. The general rules
the preparation of papers are on that site, as well as at the Instructions
Authors location.
In this issue

This issue is an almost 50:50 split between papers on activity theory for
thematic issue and those on a variety of topics, which have been submitted
the normal way. The activity theory papers are the subject of another
by Guest Editor, Dr. Mark Spasser, so I shall refrain from comment here,
to that Mark for his work on behalf of the journal and also to remark upon
of the items, which is not a paper, but a full-length book—a first for the

The book, Human activity, by Benny Karpatschof, is not seeing its first
publication; it was published originally, in a small edition, by the Dansk
Psykologisk Forlag and its publication here was suggested by Prof. Birger
Hjørland of the Royal School in Copenhagen and Birger also provides a review
the book in our book review section. The book was provided as a set of .pdf
files and, apart from the top page, they remain in that form since
to xhtml would be a major task.

The 'non-thematic' papers in the issue cover a wide range of topics, as
one is in Portuguese (our first in this language) and one is in Spanish. The
Portuguese paper deals with stemming algorithms for the Portuguese language
comes from Brazil. The authors conclude that Portuguese has not had a great
deal of attention from this point of view and, perhaps, needs further
algorithms to be developed. The Spanish paper is on information literacy in
public libraries; this is a somewhat under-developed area and the authors
that information literacy programmes in public libraries should be a
if life-long learning is to be a reality.

The English language papers are equally diverse, covering factors that
the implementation of information technology in the financial services
industry; the dynamics of community network development in the north-east
and the information seeking behaviour of Jewish scholars in Israeli

The Reviews section includes a review of the second edition of Donald Case's
standard work on Looking for information, now covering more than 1,000
on the subject of information seeking behaviour, as well as reviews of a
range of books of interest to the 'information' field. We also have a review
a piece of Web-ware (again, a first for the journal), TiddlyWiki, which is a
very easy to use tool, requiring the download of only a single Web page,
then serves as the template for your own wiki. I've used this to create a
database of the abstracts and editorials in the current volume of the
as a demo of what can be done.

As announced in the last issue, we now have a longish pause before the final
issue of Volume 12 in October, with the first issue of Volume 13 coming in
March, 2008.


Professor Tom Wilson, PhD, Hon.Ph.D.,
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
Information Research: an international electronic journal
Website: http://InformationR.net/
E-mail: wilsontd at gmail.com
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