Call for Papers

Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section

Gold mining! Text and Data Mining of Journals - Librarians, Publishers and researchers excavating the treasure trove

The Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section (SOCRS) invites colleagues to submit proposals for its two-hour open session at the IFLA Congress in Singapore on the theme of Text and Data Mining of Scholarly Journals.

Enormous quantities of new information and data are generated everyday through economic, academic and social activities with some predictions estimating an increase at a rate of 40% each year. Techniques such as text, data mining and analytics are required to exploit the potential of these data which have significant potential economic and societal value.

Scholarly journals and data sources are increasingly available in electronic format making them more accessible to researchers and innovators. However, accessibility and availability do not mean that users can easily analyse the content and data that underpins scholarly output to find sought after information or to develop new insights. Text and data mining can change this.

Our session aims to present case studies about these terrific new developments in serials text and data mining, and some practical advice about how librarians, publishers and academics can rise to these new challenges.

Submission Guidelines

We invite papers that address the following issues:

  • Recent text mining projects
  • The role of libraries in supporting text and data mining activities
  • Challenges and opportunities of data mining for Publishers and database providers
  • Collaborative opportunities and experiences of Librarians, Publishers and Researchers
  • New services, initiatives and projects on text and data mining

Proposals must include the following information:

  1. Name and institution of speaker(s)
  2. Contact information for speaker(s)
  3. Brief biographical information
  4. Proposal title
  5. Brief (250 word) abstract of the proposed paper
  6. Language of presentation

Important dates

Proposal submission deadline:Friday 22nd February 2013
Notification of acceptance:Friday 15th March 2013
Submission of completed paper:31 May 2013

Proposals should be sent by email to:

Helen Heinrich
Secretary, Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section
by Friday 22nd February 2013.

Finalists will be notified by March 15th, 2013, and will be expected to submit final versions of their papers in one of the official IFLA languages by May 31, 2013.

For more information, please contact Helen Heinrich, Secretary of Serials and other Continuing Resources Section ( or Helen Adey, Chair of the Committee (

Please also note that in accordance with IFLA's Open Access Statement, all papers that are presented at the WLIC 2013 should be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.


All proposals must be in before 22 February 2013.

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.

Congress Attendance Grants

The Singapore National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information will be available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Last update: 27 January 2013