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Online Information Review

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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2018 Impact Factor: 1.928*
5-year Impact Factor (2018): 2.529*

CiteScore 2020: 3.6
CiteScoreTracker 2021: 3.5 (Updated Monthly)

Journal history

Previously published as Online Review and then Online and CD-ROM Review
Follow the Table of Contents link above for previous content.

Aims & Scope

Online Information Review (OIR) is an international, double blind peer-reviewed, SSCI-listed journal devoted to research in the broad field of digital information and communication, and related technologies.

The journal provides a multi-disciplinary forum for scholars from a range of fields, including information studies/iSchools, data studies, internet studies, media and communication studies and information systems.

We are particularly interested in publishing research on the social, political and ethical aspects of emergent digital information practices and platforms, and welcome submissions that draw upon critical and socio-technical perspectives in order to address these developments. 

We welcome empirical, conceptual and methodological contributions on any topics relevant to the broad field of digital information and communication, however we are particularly interested in receiving submissions that address emerging issues around the below topics.

Coverage includes (but is not limited to):

  • Online communities, social networking and social media, including online political communication; crowdsourcing; positive computing and wellbeing.
  • The social drivers and implications of emerging data practices, including open data; big data; data journeys and flows; and research data management.
  • Digital transformations including organisations’ use of information technologies (e.g. Internet of Things and digitisation of user experience) to improve economic and social welfare, health and wellbeing, and protect the environment.
  • Developments in digital scholarship and the production and use of scholarly content.
  • Online and digital research methods, including their ethical aspects

 Generally these types of submissions are rejected:  

  • Papers that require mathematics to develop, test or analyse concepts or findings (these require non-mathematical explanations for the readership of OIR)
  • Questionnaire-based studies based on convenience samples that expand previous studies only moderately (these should focus on a new topic, and argue convincingly that convenience sampling is necessary, to be acceptable)
  • TAM or other standard model-based submissions applied in a formulaic way to a limited population and which do not significantly advance our knowledge of the topic


OIR invites full research and conceptual papers, as well as scholarly viewpoints (up to 10,000 words) and major reviews in these fields, and occasionally shorter research notes (under 3,000 words) on current work of particular potential.

Every submission must spell out the implications of findings in the paper for online information as distinct from implications for e-commerce, education, etc. (These implications should be mentioned in the introduction, discussion and conclusion sections of your paper.) Papers which focus on findings for specific sectors without adequate attention to the online environment will not be accepted.

In general only research-based submissions on any type of research, including technical (but non-mathematical) or conceptual are accepted. The journal supports sharing of research data and therefore encourages (but does not require) authors to make the analytical code and data underlying their research findings fully available at submission by providing a link to the dataset - for full details seehere.

The following special issues are in process:


Special issue editorship

Prospective guest editors should submit a written proposal that incorporates the following elements:

  • A title for the issue;
  • A rationale for the special issue topic, that positions it in the literature;
  • Some illustrative topics that papers could focus upon ;
  • A draft of the actual call for papers;
  • A plan for how authors will be recruited (which can include authors who have already been approach informally);
  • The credentials of the guest editors;
  • A proposed timeline towards publication.

Guest editors will be responsible for publicizing the call for papers and for generating submissions for the special issue. 

It is expected that a special issue will include an introductory essay written by the editor and around six contributed papers.

The introductory paper will be subject to independent OIR editorial review. 

The guest editors will also be actively involved in all stages of the review process in terms of identifying and inviting reviewers and making preliminary decisions on submissions. The review process will be managed online through the scholarone system. 

In order to prevent any perception of conflicts of interest, it is OIR policy that Guest Editors cannot submit to the special issue as authors of papers beyond the introductory article.

Online Information Review is indexed and abstracted in:

  • ABI/Inform Complete;
  • ABI/Inform Global;
  • ABI/Inform Professional Advanced;
  • ABI/Inform Professional Standard;
  • Academic Research Library;
  • Academic Search Alumni Edition;
  • Academic Search Complete;
  • Academic Search Premier;
  • Cabell's;
  • CNKI;
  • Compendex;
  • CompuMath Citation Index;
  • Computer Science Index;
  • Computers & Applied Sciences Complete;
  • Current Abstracts;
  • dblp Computer Science Bibliography;
  • Discovery; 
  • Education Full Texts;
  • Education Research Complete;
  • EI Compendex;
  • ERIC;
  • Information Science & Technology Abstracts;
  • INSPEC (Electrical & Electronics Abstracts);
  • Library and Information Science Abstracts;
  • Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts;
  • Library Literature and Information Science Full Text;
  • Library Literature and Information Science;
  • Internet and Personal Computing Abstracts;
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega; OmniFile Full Text Select;
  • Platinum Periodicals;
  • Primo;
  • Professional ABI/Inform Complete;
  • Professional ProQuest Central;
  • ProQuest Advanced Technologies and Advanced Aerospace Collection;
  • ProQuest Central; ProQuest Curriculum Essentials;
  • ProQuest Computer Science Collection;
  • ProQuest Education Journals;
  • ProQuest Library Science;
  • ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source;
  • ProQuest Pharma Collection;
  • ProQuest Sci Tech Journals;
  • ProQuest Technology Journals;
  • Readcube Discover;
  • Research Library;
  • Summon;
  • Zetoc

The journal is ranked by:

  • Scopus
  • Clarivate Analytics Journal Citation Reports/SSCI and SCI
  • ACPHIS (B);
  • BFI (Denmark)
  • The Publication Forum (Finland)
  • Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List
  • Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS, UK)


Online Information Review 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)