ISIC2012: The Information Behaviour Conference


Will take place in Tokyo, Keio University, Mita Campus on 5-7 September, 2012.

After receiving several requests for the extension of the deadline for the papers the final date to submit them is January 24, 2012. The papers accepted for full-presentation will be considered for publication in Information Research (

Notification of acceptance will be sent by March 10, 2012. Please, submit your paper through the ISIC2012 paper submission site  at Notification of acceptance will be sent by March 10, 2012. Please, submit your paper through the ISIC2012 paper submission site at 

You can find the detailed list of the Conference topics and the details of paper submission on the ISIC 2012 site

The deadline for doctoral workshop submission is 5th of March, 2012.


In addition ISIC 2012 includes Workshop on Teaching Information Behaviour (2-5 pm, 7 September 2012) organized by Karen E. Fisher, University of Washington; Sanda Erdelez, University of Missouri. Everyone registered  for the ISIC 2012 Conference is invited to participate in the Workshop on Teaching Information Behaviour for the additional fee of 3,000 yen. For interested workshop participants, the following peer reviewed option is offered in which you discuss a teaching exemplum from your own portfolio: By March 23rd 2012, submit a 500-1000 word write-up of a teaching exemplum from your own portfolio. Authors who submit teaching exemplars will be notified of acceptance by April 30th 2012 with final versions due May 18th, 2012. To learn more about the workshop, please contact Karen E. Fisher ([log in to unmask]) or Sanda Erdelez ([log in to unmask]).


The key-note speakers for ISIC2012 are:

Ann Blandford
 is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at UCL. She leads research on how people interact with and make sense of information, and how technology can better support people's information needs. She has over 200 international, peer-reviewed publications, including a Synthesis Lecture on "Interacting with Information".


Makiko Miwa is Professor of the Center of ICT and Distance Education of the Open University of Japan. She is a member of the Cognitive Research for Exploratory Search (CRES) project, a collaborative research project to investigate user's behavior and cognitive processes during various information seeking tasks on the web, and is interested in how people learn during web search processes in order to reflect it on the interface design and the evaluation of IR processes.


ISIC: the Information Behaviour Conference intends to reflect interdisciplinary character of the area through attracting papers from researchers in all of these areas. The unifying characteristic, which we see as essential in developing a programme is the relationship between the needs or requirements of the information user, the means for the satisfaction of those needs and the uses to which those means are put in practice organizations or disciplines. Thus, papers that deal solely with technological aspects of system design, for example, will not be appropriate for the conference.




Karen E. Fisher, PhD


The Information School

University of Washington

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