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The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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CiteScore 2020: 3.1
CiteScoreTracker 2021: 3.2 (Updated Monthly)


Aims & Scope

The Bottom Line has broadened its scope to become an interdisciplinary journal not only for library and information researchers, but also for micro-economists and education researchers, marketers and knowledge professionals in information-based organisations. 

The Bottom Line publishes research and case studies on the financial and economic aspects of information and information practice, mainly focusing on the trading of information, information economics, and the business of information. Information is widely defined including, but not limited to: Records, Documents, Files, Learning objects, Visual and sound files, Data and metadata and User-generated content.

The journal focuses not so much on the management of information, but rather on the trading of it.

The journal is particularly interested in papers that:

  • examine the environment in which information is traded relating to socio-legal, cultural and technological aspects. 
  • analyse the relationship between information trading and other professions concerned with communication, marketing and information technology. 
  • articulate and develop relevant information theories and models. 
  • demonstrate the value of information in the relationship between society and business, technology, knowledge categorisation and metadata, and individual, group and collective memory. 
  • explain how information economics applies to the practice of information professionals and related recordkeeping professional roles, such as those of knowledge manager, author, librarian, recordkeeper, publisher, information broker and others. 
  • investigate brokers and hackers who sell information on the grey or black market to those who would exploit it, such as foreign government intelligence agencies, unscrupulous businesses, and cybercriminals.
  • advance theory building within the discipline of information science and in information practice.
  • highlight the underlining relationship between the value of information in communications management and other areas where information permeates the organisation. 

Please read the Author Guidelines here and submit manuscripts via our ScholarOne site at



The Editor is inviting expressions of interest in guest editorship, on innovative cross-disciplinary themes such as:

  • Digital information-based innovation
  • Information entrepreneurship
  • Information ‘value’ in the development of new business knowledge
  • Business strategy re. information capture, collection, curation, preservation and use
  • Accounting for information as an asset, a cost and a liability.

Through guest editorship you can:

  • Help shape the direction of a leading international journal
  • Chart new cross-disciplinary directions
  • Gain advance knowledge of work in the field, and
  • Have an influence on what becomes part of the body of knowledge

please contact the Editor Bang Nguyen


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