Call for papers for a special issue on Advances in Research on Information Creation at Library and Information Science Research

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Sat, 07/31/2021 - 15:41

Guest Editors

  • Isto Huvila, Department of ALM, Uppsala University (
  • Jennifer Douglas, School of Information, University of British Columbia, (
  • Tim Gorichanaz, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University (
  • Kyungwon Koh, School of Information Sciences, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (
  • Anna Suorsa, Research Unit of History, Culture and Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu (



Traditionally, information science research has focused much less attention on information creation than on many other aspects of information behaviour and practices. It has been typically acknowledged as part of the life-cycle of information and an aspect of the totality of information behaviour (Bates, 2010). It has also been represented to varying degrees in classic models of information processes and activities (Gorichanaz, 2019), and acknowledged as an existing albeit under-researched area in information science research (Trace, 2007) and practice (e.g. Huvila, 2011; Woxland et al., 2017). Nevertheless, the topic of how information is created, made or produced has remained both conceptually and empirically underdeveloped. Only recently, a new body of research has started to explore diverse facets of information creation at the same time as information creation has been acknowledged as a key aspect of information literacy (ACRL, 2015). Increasingly, scholars and practitioners alike are recognizing how the usefulness and relevance of the information being sought and retrieved are dependent on the conditions and process of its creation.

Information creation has been approached so far from different empirical and theoretical directions. Conceptually it covers a field of research investigating diverse activities of creating, making and producing information in different forms. Under the broad umbrella of information creation fits also activities conceptualised in the literature sometimes as knowledge creation, knowledge production, records creation, information making, documentation and document creation, information production and records creation, information-creating behavior, and making and maker spaces.

The aim of this special issue is to gather and publish articles highlighting and pushing forward the current state-of-the-art in information creation research. The issue continues the work started as a part of the panel “Conceptualising and studying information creation: from production and processes to makers and making” (Huvila et al, 2020) organised by the editors of this issue at the 2020 ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Relating to information creation, this special issue is particularly interested in:

  • empirical studies of (e.g.) information, knowledge, data, documents and records creation, making and production pointing to new empirical or conceptual understanding or lines of inquiry in the field
  • expansion, evolution, development and exploration of theories and models relevant to information creation
  • studies inquiring into the implications of information creation for other practices

This issue seeks relevant and rigorous submissions in the above areas. Submissions that offer a descriptive analysis only – and not a contribution to a general understanding of information creation – will not be considered for review. Submissions will be evaluated using the criteria set out in LISR.

Submission Deadline

  • Initial submissions due January 10, 2022
  • Peer reviews sent to authors by April 4, 2022
  • Revised submissions due June 6, 2022
  • Projected publication of first articles by early/mid July, 2022

References and literature

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