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Fake News in Library and Information Science

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Dr. Renate Chancellor
Dr. Shari Lee


Open Information Science Journal invites submissions for a special issue dedicated to scholarship on the broad theme of Fake News. Scholars, Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals around the world are invited to submit papers.

Recent developments in the information sphere have created an environment of distrust and have emphasized the need for increased information/media/digital literacy. In this information environment, the notion of a universal truth is virtually non-existent and individuals seemingly choose their own truth. Also problematic is the general idea that any information with which one disagrees can be labeled “fake.” While information professionals have always advocated for the critical evaluation of information and sources, there has not been a connection made between Library and Information Science as a discipline and what the U.S. has been experiencing with regards to fake news, the weaponization of information, or the need for information literacy. This gap is reflective of the longstanding disconnect between the public and Library and Information Science.

The guest editors welcome a broad spectrum of submissions on topics related to Fake News, including, but not limited to, topics such as:

  • Digital literacy
  • Professional activities, roles, skills, responsibilities to combat Fake News
  • Pedagogy and Fake News
  • The Weaponization of Information

Submissions should include the following:

  • The author’s full name, physical address, and email address.
  • A title for the proposed paper (a tentative title is acceptable)
  • A proposal of no more than 500 words, outlining the theme, research question, hypothesis or focus of the paper, the research approach to be taken to the study (for theoretical or conceptual papers) or the research strategy and methodology to be used (for a research paper or case study), and any other details that help explain the intended purpose and scope of the paper.
  • Between 3 and 6 keywords to represent the themes or topics in the paper.

Please submit your completed proposal by May 15, 2018. Authors will be notified of acceptance by June 15, 2018.  Final papers are due September 15, 2018.
All submissions will follow a full peer review process.

Final Papers should be from 6,000-8000 words, including notes and appendices, and formatted to the Instruction for Authors


Authors are kindly invited to register at the paper processing system at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/opis/ and submit their contribution.

Every manuscript should be clearly marked as intended for this special issue. All papers will go through the Open Information Science’s high standards, quick, fair and comprehensive peer-review procedure. Instructions for authors are available here. In case of any questions, please contact Guest Editors (Dr. Renate Chancellor chancellor@cua.edu  and Dr. Shari Lee lee.shari@gmail.com or Managing Editor (katarzyna.grzegorek@degruyteropen.com).

As an author of Open Information Science, you will benefit from:

  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review managed by our esteemed Guest Editors;
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter e-technology;
  • no publication fees;
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.