22nd IS Hybrid Conference 2022
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22nd IS Hybrid Conference, 6th - 8th September 2022

Conference announcement and call for papers

The Department of Information Studies at the University of Zululand invites you to participate in the 22nd Information Studies (IS) conference at the University of Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa, between 6th – 8th September, 2022.

This year’s conference theme is “Library and Information Science education and research matters for sustainable development”

Towards the end of the last decade in the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science, M.E. Williams (1987/1988:17-19) noted that “… information science brings together and uses the theories, principles, techniques and technologies of a variety of disciplines toward the solution of information problems.  Among the disciplines brought together in this amalgam called information science are computer sciences, cognitive science, psychology, mathematics, logic, information theory, electronics, communications, linguistics, economics, classification science, systems science, library science and management science.  They are brought to bear in solving the problems with information — its generation, organization, representation, processing, distribution, communication and use.”

We believe that Library and Information Science education and research  can solve the United Nations seventeen sustainable development goals  (SDGs) focusing on: poverty, hunger, good health, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, renewable energy, good jobs and economic growth, innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequality, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption, protective planet, sea below water, life on land, peace and justice, partnership for the goals. We recognise efforts to made so far sustainably develop Africa but anticipate that the 2022 IS Annual Conference will advance the themes set previously and provide an international open forum for academics, students, researchers, knowledge and information workers, and information and communication related professionals, to join our hybrid and multidisciplinary event to discuss, and share knowledge and experiences on LIS research and education projects and studies in Africa. The purpose of the conference is thus to explore and share current LIS research results and experiences for sustainable development.

We invite researchers worldwide, and especially from Africa, to submit their contributions to the 22nd IS Annual Conference in the form of original full research papers (FRP), research-in-progress (RIP) papers, or posters that have not previously been presented elsewhere and make new contributions to the theme’s theory and practice.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. LIS and Education
  2. LIS and Poverty
  3. LIS and hunger
  4. LIS and good health
  5. LIS and Gender equality
  6. LIS and water and sanitation
  7. LIS and renewable energy
  8. LIS and employment
  9. LIS and innovation
  10. LIS and infrastructure
  11. LIS and inequality
  12. LIS and sustainable cities and communities
  13. LIS and environmental protection
  14. LIS and peace and justice
  15. LIS and Covid-19
  16. LIS and 4I

Submissions are invited on any topic within the main theme and subthemes listed above, in any one of the following formats:
•    Poster Papers (PP): To enable conference participants to interact one-to-one with presenters in workshops.
•    Research-in-Progress (RIP): Ideas for future research or not fully completed research to generate discussion and feedback
•    Full Research Paper (FRP): Completed research for possible publication in the Conference Proceedings

Kindly note:
•    All presentations should not exceed 15 minutes.
•    At least one of the authors of qualifying papers must be present at the conference.
•    Qualifying papers in FRP format will be published in double blind peer- refereed and the subsidy-attracting South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) conference proceedings or book

Important dates:
•    Submission of Abstract by 30th April 2022
•    Notice of acceptance by 30th May 2022
•    Submission of full research papers (FRP): 30th June 2022
•    Notice of acceptance 30th July 2022
•    Submission of Research-in Progress (RIP) Abstracts: 15th April 2022
•    Notice of acceptance of abstracts: 15th May 2022
•    Submission of RIP papers: 15th June 2022
•    Notice of acceptance of RIP papers: 15th July 2022
•    Submission of poster papers:1st July 2022
•    Notice of acceptance: by 30th July 2022

Requirements for submission of Abstracts:
•    Title of paper
•    Name(s) of author(s)
•    Institutional Affiliation
•    E-mail address
•    Maximum of 300 words and to include: purpose of the paper; methodology, Findings, conclusions and recommendations, study implications and include 3-5 keywords.

•    Final submissions should be in Arial, font size 12, 1.5 spacing on A4 portrait.
•    FRP papers to include separate title page with names of authors and a separate manuscript


•    Final Full Research Papers: - 4000 – 6000 words
•    Research in Progress Papers: -2000 - 3000 words
•    Final Poster Papers: - Maximum 2000 words


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