Guidelines for contributors

Entries are structured with numbered subheadings followed by an alphabetically arranged list of references. When writing new entries, authors are recommended to coordinate with already published entries, for example, by linking, supplementing and avoiding too much overlap with existing entries.

IEKO follows the instructions for authors for the journal Knowledge Organization: when in doubt always follow these rules or see recent issues of the journal. In a few cases, IEKO authors have some options (although following the journal guidelines will make printed publication easier):

  • Articles may be written in American English or in British English. However, articles must apply one of these consistently (except for quotes, which should always reflect the original source
  • Articles may be written in "Headline style" or in "sentence style" in headings and in titles in references (again, one of these must be consistently used throughout the article):
    Example, headline style: Beckner, Morton. 1959. The Biological Way of Thought. New York: Columbia University Press.
    Example, sentence style: Beckner, Morton. 1959. The biological way of thought. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Issue numbers for journals when a journal volume is not through-paginated, may be preserved or omitted:
    Example with issue number: Hjørland, Birger. 2013. "Facet Analysis: The Logical Approach to Knowledge Organization." Information Processing and Management 49, no. 2: 545-57.
    Example without issue number: Hjørland, Birger. 2013. "Facet Analysis: The Logical Approach to Knowledge Organization." Information Processing and Management 49: 545-57.
  • Page numbers for ending pages may preserve or skip the initial numbers if identical with page numbers for beginning pages.
    Example, preserved numbers: Library Trends 56, no. 4: 763-783.
    Example, skipped numbers: Library Trends 56, no. 4: 763-83.

Author guidelines for articles on classification schemes and other KOSs

Articles may consider schemes and systems currently in use, either in libraries and information services, or for digital organization of resources. Articles are also welcome about older systems of knowledge organization for their theoretical or historical interest. The scheme addressed may be a general (universal) classification, or one dealing with a particular subject or other specialist area.

The general guidelines for format and presentation of articles in IEKO (such as citation style) should be followed. In addition, authors should do their best to cover the following aspects of the givenclassification scheme or KOS, as they may be relevant and appropriate (although not necessarily in this order). It is understood that older, and historic, schemes may not exhibit all of these features, so the list should be regarded as a guide, rather than essential.

  • Origins and history of the scheme
  • Theoretical principles and philosophy of the scheme, including the use for which it was intended
  • Coverage, broad structure, and main subject subdivisions, number of classes and level of specificity
  • Notation and synthetic features
  • Principal uses and applications of the scheme, including some examples of important library and/or information service users; principal geographic areas where system is used
  • Perceived advantages and disadvantages for libraries in applying and using the scheme
  • Innovative uses and applications of the system; associated research and development projects
  • Arrangements for maintenance and revision, revision policy, and provision of bibliographical support services; difficulties in maintaining schemes
    • Institutions responsible for managing and publishing the scheme, including official websites
    • Other relevant organizations and sources of information, including user groups
    • The authoritative classification data and how it is stored and managed
  • Publication formats and means of access (print and online formats, with bibliographical details), including mention of any alternative versions of the scheme (for example, abridgededitions, special subject versions)? Conclusion, including status of the scheme today, competing systems and technologies, andevaluation of its future prospects.

Authors should adopt a critical and analytical approach to the scheme, and not be merely descriptive, although it is important to present a comprehensive factual account of its main characteristics. Articles should include a review of research relating to the scheme, and the text should be supported by reference to the published literature on the scheme, both primary and secondary. A bibliography containing these references and other relevant published material should be provided; this need not be exhaustive but should include significant books and papers.

Authors are encouraged to provide examples to demonstrate the working of the scheme, and to illustrate functional features such as notational provision and classmark building. Graphical representations of the layout and display of the scheme should be employed where possible to accompany the text.


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