Knowledge Organization (KO)

Online access

ISKO members have right to access the online version. (Members encountering access problems or having lost their login credentials may contact Ergon via their contact form.)

Academic staff may also have access through their libraries.

The tables of contents and abstracts of all issues starting with volume 38 (2011) onwards are available on the present website.


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 resources. Reviews should follow the guidelines for reviews.

Review Editor

Submission of manuscripts

Instructions for authors intending to submit manuscripts to Knowledge Organization are available.

Manuscripts must be submitted through the ScholarOne manuscript submission system. All inquiries about submission of manuscripts should be be directed to the editor-in-chief <ko@isko.org>.

Most papers are published within 6 months after submission. Authors can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version according to RoMEO green policy.

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
    Ergon Verlag
    Grombühlstrasse 7
    97080 Würzburg



  • +49 (931) 280-084


  • +49 (931) 282-872


  • Richard P. Smiraglia (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA)
    email: ko@isko.org
  • Melodie Joy Fox (Bryant and Stratton College, Milwaukee, USA)
    Review Editor
    email: melodie.j.fox@gmail.com
  • Jihee Beak (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA)
    Editorial Assistant
  • Joshua Henry (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA)
    Editorial Assistant

Editors Emerita

  • Clare Beghtol (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Hope A. Olson (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA)

Former editors-in-chief: Ingetraut Dahlberg (1974-1996), Charles T. Gilreath (1997-1998), Francis Miksa (1998), Clare Beghtol (1999), Hope A. Olson (2000-2004).

Editorial Board

  • Thomas Dousa (The University of Chicago Libraries, USA)
  • Jonathan Furner (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Jesús Gascón García (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
  • Claudio Gnoli (Università di Pavia, Italy)
  • Rebecca Green (Library of Congress, USA)
  • José Augusto Chaves Guimarães (Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil)
  • Birger Hjørland (Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark)
  • Michael Kleineberg (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)
  • Kathryn La Barre (University of Illinois, Champaign, USA)
  • María J. López-Huertas (Universidad de Granada, Spain)
  • Ia C. McIlwaine (University College London, UK)
  • Devika Madalli (Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, India)
  • Jens-Erik Mai (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Daniel Martínez-Ávila (Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil)
  • Elaine Ménard (McGill University, Montréal, Quebec, Canada)
  • 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)
  • Renato R. Souza (Getulio Vargas Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Rick Szostak (University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada)
  • 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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


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