Knowledge Organization (ISSN 0943-7444) is the official bi-monthly journal of ISKO. It was founded
in 1973 by Dr. Ingetraut Dahlberg, the first President of ISKO, with a
consulting board of editors representing the world's regions, the special
classification fields, and the subject areas involved. The journal began
publication in 1974 with the title International Classification;
in 1989, it became the official organ of ISKO; and in 1993 (Volume 20),
the title was changed to its present form. From 1974 to 1980 it was published
by K. G. Saur Verlag of München; from 1981 to 1997 by Indeks Verlag
of Frankfurt; and since 1998 by Ergon
Verlag of Würzburg.
The contents of the journal are indexed and abstracted in Social Sciences Citation Index, Web of Science, Information Science Abstracts, INSPEC, Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA), Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (EBSCO), Library Literature and Information Science (Wilson), PASCAL, Referativnyi Zhurnal Informatika, and Sociological Abstracts. ISI impact factor for 2014 was 0.448, and corresponding 5-year impact factor was 0.485.
Knowledge Organization publishes original research articles that: (1) clarify theoretical foundations (general ordering theory, philosophical foundations of knowledge and its artifacts, theoretical bases of classification, data analysis and reduction); (2) describe practical operations associated with indexing and classification, as well as applications of classification systems and thesauri, manual and machine indexing; (3) trace the history of knowledge organization; (4) discuss questions of education and training in classification; and (5) problems of terminology in general and with respect to special fields.
The journal publishes reviews of recently published KO-related books.
Book Review Editor
Melodie Joy Fox (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA)
Most papers are published within 6 months after submission.
Subscriptions and advertising
All ISKO members receive paper and electronic copies of Knowledge Organization (see
the Join ISKO page for details on how to become
a member of ISKO). All subscription inquiries by non-members, and all
inquiries about advertising, should be directed to the publishers, Ergon
Verlag. The annual non-member subscription rate for four issues
is 115 euros. Ergon's contact details are as follows:
Dr. H.-J. Dietrich
Widad Mustafa el Hadi (Université Charles de Gaulle Lille 3, France)
H. Peter Ohly (Bonn, Germany)
K. S. Raghavan (Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, India)
M. P. Satija (Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India)
Aida Slavic (UDC Consortium, The Hague, Netherlands)
Dagobert Soergel (University at Buffalo, USA)
Renato R. Souza (Getulio Vargas Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Maja Žumer (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Online access through libraries
Access to Knowledge Organization online is provided by libraries subscribing to the journal in one or more of the following ways:
Libraries subscribing to "Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with full text (LISTA) by EBSCO" can search and have access to journals via LISTA. This is an indirect access as it does not appear directly from the library catalogue because you have first to search for LISTA. (The direct and normal procedure is that books and journals are sought in the catalog and the catalog record say how to access it).
Libraries subscribing to the online journal via EBSCO have to protect the access through a password. It is possible, however, for libraries to put the password automatically into force so that KO may be accessed directly from the institution served by the subscribing library. (But this solution does not make access to volumes older than year 2009 or to Advances in Knowledge Organization). This solution has been tested and works if the library has implemented it. We recommend that all libraries subscribing to KO implement this service for the users.
Libraries which are institutional members of ISKO can make the same sort of solution as the one described under 2. This will provide full-text to all published issues of both KO and AKO. This solution is currently being tested and should presently be the best solution available.
Many online journals and books have today automatical IP-recognition software. That means that a journal or book is automatically open to institutions subscribing to the journal directly from the publisher. If the users library has bought, for example, The elements of Knowledge Organization by Smiraglia (published by Springer), this book is automatically available to users at the subscribing institution from the publishers site. The same is the case for many electronic journals. This is the most user-friendly way of establishing access, but this option is not presently available for KO.