Call for Papers

Everything changes, everything stays the same?
Understanding Information Spaces

15th International Symposium of Information Science
13.-15. March 2017
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Organized by: Berlin School of Library and Information Science,
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
In Cooperation with: HI - University Association of Information Science DIPF - Bildungsforschung und Bildungsinformation

The 15th International Symposium on Information Science (ISI 2017) will be held at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in March 2017. The organizers invite submissions addressing the overall conference theme of “Everything changes, everything stays the same? - Understanding Information Spaces.”

With the ongoing digitization and virtualization of goods, services and living environments, information science reflects on the potential changes within the information society. While some parts of the community proclaim a revolutionary shift not only in the way we approach information and information systems, but also in the way society constitutes itself, others state that while the applications and interfaces adapt to advances in information technology, the underlying principles for human interactions with information remain the same. At ISI 2017, we invite contributions on the development of innovative information spaces and services, on analyses of human-computer interactions in physical or virtual information spaces and on the role of information science and its research endeavors.

Papers and other submissions on the following topics, but also those which cover any subject in the broader field of information science including neighboring disciplines such as archival science, computer science, economics, law, library science, linguistics political science and administration, psychology or social science invited:

Designing information spaces:

Analyzing information spaces:

Impact of information spaces on research and society:

The conference language is English and English submissions are expected. The conference tool EasyChair will be used for all submission types unless otherwise specified. A style sheet and guidelines for submissions will be provided. Students and doctoral students are encouraged to present their research in special sessions. The following types of contributions may be submitted:

  1. Long papers (10-12 pages)
  2. Short papers (3-5 pages)
  3. Posters (1- 2 pages)
  4. Panel suggestions (1-2 pages)
  5. Student session
  6. Doctoral Session

There is also a special call for the Gerhard Lustig Master Thesis Award.

1. & 2. Long and short papers

Paper contributions have to be original unpublished works. Peer reviewing will be provided by at least two members of the programme committee.

Chair: Prof. Dr. Vivien Petras (

3. Poster

Ongoing research can be demonstrated with a poster. The poster will be shown and can be commented on in the entrance area of the conference site. Poster authors should submit a short summary of the poster for review (maximum length of 2 pages).

Chair: Prof. Dr. Marc Rittberger (

4. Panel suggestions

Panels discuss trending topics with a group of experts in a semi-informal manner. The panel proposal submission should include the topic of the panel, a short description of its objectives, the name of the panel chair and potential participants (in general, between four and six people). Panels should not extend 90 minutes at the conference.

Chair: Prof. Dr. Hans-Christoph Hobohm (

5. Student session

Students of information science and related disciplines are encouraged to present their point of view, research projects or work in progress. The student submissions may be presented at a separate session or as a poster at the poster session. Student authors should submit a short summary of their presentation or poster and indicate their presentation preference (maximum length of 2 pages).

Chairs: Hanna Kummel ( and Maria Fentz (

6. Doctoral research session

Doctoral students are encouraged to present their research in a special doctoral research session, with short student presentations (10-15 minutes) and discussions. Doctoral students submit a summary of their ongoing dissertation research (length 3-5 pages) for review.

Chair: Prof. Dr. Christian Wolff (

Gerhard Lustig Award for the best Master Thesis in Information Science 2015–2016

All institutions with study programmes relating to the information sciences (in the broader sense) are invited to submit master theses which have been finished (approved) in 2015 or 2016 for the Gerhard Lustig Award. The participating master theses are proposed by their supervising professors. Only one entry may be submitted per institution. The nomination will be in form of an extended abstract of the thesis of up to 1500 words (including title, figures, and references).

A jury will select approximately six theses from those submitted for presentation at a special session at ISI 2017. Among these six theses, the best three students will be awarded on the basis of the quality of their master thesis and their presentation.

Chair: Prof. Dr. Achim Oßwald (

Author Guidelines

Authors are expected to use the Word template template_isi_2017.docx for posters, papers, student presentations and doctoral thesis presentations.

The conference tool is EasyChair and propsols can be submitted via Proposals will be reviewed by the ISI 2017 programme committee.

Programme and conference management

Please direct all inquiries to:
Last modified: December 6th, 2016