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Conceptions of Library and Information Science - CoLIS11

CoLIS is a series of international conferences aiming to provide a broad forum for the exploration and exchange of ideas in the field of Library and Information Science, Information Studies, and related disciplines.

The conference welcomes diverse contributions offering empirical, theoretical and historical perspectives. The 11th conference in the series will be organised by the Department of Archives, Library and Information Science at Oslo Metropolitan University, and will take place from May 29 – June 1, 2022. 

The theme of the conference is - as indicated in the name CoLIS - Conceptions (approaches, theories, etc.) of Library and Information Science (LIS). This concerns the well-established LIS subfields, such as:   

  • Call for papers

    Research papers

    The conference encourages the submission of high quality research papers that have not been previously published and are not under review for another conference or journal. Submissions are welcomed in any of the topic areas indicated in the list of conference themes. All accepted research papers will be published in the electronic journal Information Research. Information Research is a peer-reviewed, ISI-indexed journal. 

    Submissions will be subjected to a double blind review process and ranked on the basis of the originality of the research presented in relation to conference themes, clarity of presentation, the quality of the theoretical contribution made by the research, the validity and rigour of the methodology chosen, the significance of the results presented and the overall contribution to the understanding of conceptions of library and information science. 
    Research papers should be submitted as a Word-document and contain at most 5,000 words (excluding references). The paper and references should be formatted according to the guidelines of Information Research (informationr.net). Please use the first author's surname as the filename. If you are submitting more than one paper add a number after the surname, e.g. smith1.doc, smith2.doc. 

    The first page must contain the title of the paper, a structured abstract of not more than 200 words (informationr.net), and up to two topic areas describing your study. Please add up to four keywords of your own for specifying the content. 

    Assigning an appropriate topic area helps to ensure that your submission is reviewed by appropriate experts in your area of research. All submissions should be anonymous. No page should identify the authors or their affiliations. Authors who cite their previous work should refer to themselves in the third person, e.g. "Newton and Einstein (1905) demonstrated that…". 

    Short papers

    Short papers should be submitted following the instructions for full research papers, but should contain at most 3 000 words (excluding references). As a general rule, short paper format should be used for presenting work in progress. 


    Posters are visual presentations of research in progress. They should be designed to be presented in a common room or circulation area, usually over a 90 minute period, during which participants circulate and talk to individual presenters in an informal manner. Poster submissions should consist of an extended abstract of maximum 1 000 words, emphasising the research problem and methods used. Indicate clearly in the beginning of your abstract that you are submitting a poster. 

    Panels and workshops

    Proposals should include (use the following subtitles in your submission):

    Type of event (clearly indicated in the beginning of the submission)

    Title of event/session

    Extended abstract. Approximately 1.000 words with description of:

    • Organiser(s): Names and affiliations of the organisers or participants (if known)
    • Length: Panels are typically between 90 and 120 minutes in length. Workshops are either half or full day
    • Participants: Expected/preferred number of participants
    • Proposed format: Including draft schedule, explanation of how it will engage with the audience
    • Purpose, goals and expected outcomes
    • Special requests/equipment needs

    Proposals will be peer-reviewed by the international programme committee. Note that panels are expected to be based on a (panel) discussion and active exchange of ideas instead of being sessions consisting of a series of paper presentations.

    Doctoral forum

    The doctoral forum will be held May 29, 2022. Call for papers will be published on the conference website in October, 2021.

  • Important dates

    • Submission deadline via EasyChair: January 10, 2022  
    • Registration starts in February 2022  
  • Organisers

    Conference chair

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      Oganisation chair

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        Paper/Programme chairs

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           Poster chairs 

           Workshop and panel chairs 

           Doctoral forum chairs 

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             Publicity chair 

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               Proceedings chairs 

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                Technical support chair

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                • International advisory board

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