Cataloging and Classification Quarterly-Special issue on metadata and institutional repositories

Call for papers: Special issue on metadata and institutional repositories: Cataloging and Classification Quarterly


The general aim of this special issue of Cataloging and Classification Quarterly is to report and assess the current status and trends in describing the contents of institutional repositories, including semantic and syntactic schemes, staffing, work flows, tools, training, and resource issues. The guest co-editors seek to outline major challenges and future perspectives
related to the application, harvesting, and interoperability of institutional repository metadata.

Cataloging & Classification Quarterly emphasizes full-length research and review articles, descriptions of new programs and technology relevant to cataloging and classification, considered speculative articles on improved methods of bibliographic control for the future. The guest editors seek to represent an international perspective. Submissions by authors outside
North America are encouraged.


Topics of interest include but are not restricted to:
* Role of the cataloger/metadata librarian in institutional repositories
* Augmenting repository metadata through social tagging and community annotation
* Metadata standards and profiles in open access repositories
* Authority control and author affiliation in IRs
* Metadata issues affecting “findability” of repository content
* Integration of institutional repositories and the library catalog
* Metadata quality and harvested metadata
* Library-created vs. author-produced metadata
* Metadata process and workflows in institutional repositories


* Abstract (up to 500 words): 31 March 2008
* Notification of appropriateness: 15 April 2008
* Manuscript submission: 15 July 2008
* Notification of acceptance/rejection: 1 September 2008
* Final revisions due: 1 November 2008
* Tentative publication date: Spring, 2009


Submission of a manuscript to this journal represents a certification on the part of the author(s) that it is an original work, and that neither this manuscript nor a version of it has been published elsewhere nor is being considered for publication elsewhere.
Potential contributors to the special issue are strongly encouraged to submit an extended abstract for feedback as to the suitability of proposed papers until 31 March 2008.
Submissions should be sent as e-mail attachments to the following addresses:
hmercer[at]ku[dot]edu & m-babinec[at]northwestern[dot]edu

* Michael Babinec, Assistant Head, Bibliographic Services Dept., Northwestern University Library
* Holly Mercer, Interim Coordinator for Scholar Services, University of Kansas

“Cataloging & Classification Quarterly is respected as an international forum for discussion in all aspects of bibliographic organization. It presents a balance between theoretical and applied articles in the field of cataloging and classification, and considers the full spectrum of creation, content, management, and use and usability of both bibliographic records and catalogs. This includes the principles, functions, and techniques of descriptive cataloging; the wide range of methods of subject analysis and classification; provision of access for all formats of materials; and policies, planning, and issues connected to the effective use of bibliographic records in modern society.” More information about Cataloging and Classification Quarterly can be found online at or

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