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Call for Papers

Science and Technology Libraries Section

Measuring the Impact of Open Science: What counts, Who counts, and How to Count?

Access to science and technology information remains variable depending on who you are, where you are and what you want. Yet, more scientific information is becoming freely available as publishers alter publishing practices, scientists archive publications and institutions enact mandates for open access. Measuring the impact of these changes would provide more impetus for sustaining the move towards open access to the sciences. We anticipates proposal papers on topics such as:
  • Explaining metrics and tools
  • Describing audiences and strategies for communicating measurements
  • Presenting case studies of impact
  • Discussing how different audiences use open science (civil society, the academic community, the medical community, etc.)

The language of the session is English. Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in duration. There will be additional time for questions and discussion.
Proposals for papers should include an abstract no longer than 400 words. A short biography of the presenter and contact information (name, full address, phone, fax, email, etc)
should be included with each submission. Full papers must be between 3000 and 6000 words in length.

Proposals should be submitted by 31 January 2010 to:


Janet Webster
Chair, Standing Committee of the Science and Technology Libraries Section

Successful proposals will be identified by 28 February 2010.  Proposals will be reviewed by a sub-committee of members of the Standing Committee of the Science and Technology Libraries Section.

Papers will be due by 15 June 2010. Papers should be in English and contain an abstract.


All proposals must be in before 31 January 2010.

Please note

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors/presenters if that is required.

Last update: 18 January 2010