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Journal of Documentation

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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Content: Table of Contents  
Information: Journal information  |  Editorial Team  |  Author Guidelines
Other: Journal News (inc. calls for papers)  |  Recommend this journal

2018 Impact Factor: 1.573*
5-year Impact Factor (2018): 1.601*

CiteScore 2018: 1.69
CiteScoreTracker 2019: 2.05 (Updated Monthly)

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Aims & Scope 

The Journal of Documentation (JDoc) is one of the longest-established academic journals in library/information science, providing a unique focus on theories, concepts, models, frameworks and philosophies related to documents and recorded knowledge. This peer-reviewed journal is included in both Clarivate Analytics' SSCI and in Scopus. Our articles have long-lasting value, with the longest citation half-life in their SSCI category.

JDoc provides a link between research, scholarship and reflective professional practice. 

It publishes research papers with novel methods or results of wide significance, in all the information-related disciplines

Critical and scholarly reviews are welcome, as are reviews of the evidence base for professional practice, and shorter speculative articles

We particularly welcome submissions exploring topics where concepts and models in the library and information sciences overlap with those in cognate disciplines: these disciplines include, but are not limited to, psychology and cognitive science, the physical sciences, communication and media studies, museum studies, computer science, sociology and publishing  

We also welcome contributions in the 'Speculation in Documentation' category. These are short (no more than 5,000 words) contributions, presenting an original concept or perspective


This journal is abstracted and indexed by: 

  • ABI/INFORM Complete;
  • ABI/INFORM Global; Arts & Humanities Full Text;
  • Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Management;
  • Computer Science Index Index;
  • Computers and Applied Sciences Complete;
  • Current Abstracts;
  • Education Full Text;
  • Education Research ERIC®;
  • Information Science and Technology Abstracts (ISTA);
  • Library and Information Science Abstracts;
  • Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts;
  • Library Literature and Information Science Full Text;
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega;
  • OmniFile Full Text Select;
  • Professional ABI/INFORM Complete;
  • Professional ProQuest Central;
  • ProQuest Central;
  • ProQuest Curriculum Essentials;
  • ProQuest Education Journals;
  • ProQuest Library Science;
  • ProQuest Pharma Collection;
  • The Informed Librarian;
  • zetoc

This journal is ranked by:

Clarivate Analytics in the Journal Citation Reports/SSCI; The Publication Forum (Finland), BFI (Denmark); Scopus; CORE Rankings; Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education;


Journal of Documentation is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald Library Studies eJournals Collection. For more information, please email or visit the Emerald Library Studies eJournals Collection page.

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* 2018 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2019)