Informing Science: The International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline (InformingSciJ)

Online ISSN: 1521-4672  •  Print ISSN: 1547-9684

Message from Editor in Chief

The journal is transdisciplinary. The transdisciplinary character of InformSciJ enables us to provide you with a broad array of contributions from various disparate fields that elaborate on finding better ways to inform. Sadly, unless successful commercial business, academia still tends to prize research only if it stays within the artificial disciplinary boundries imposed by faculty structures. This view has been rejected by other organizations and businesses. This journal was created to provide the reader in one discipline with a novel perspective—even if that perspective is not necessarily novel in the discipline of the author.  In this way, the journal serves the function of transdisciplinary knowledge creation.

The research topic must be explicitly related to informing. To better understand what we mean by informing, potential authors can look at Cohen (2009). Additional insights can be found in Cohen (1999)Gill and Bhattacherjee (2007) and Gill and Cohen (2009).

The journal particularly welcomes submissions on the topics of bias, misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, and such.

The most common submission types include the following:

  • Theory Building and Theory Test
  •  Synthesis: An existing body of theory and observations are organized into a more cohesive whole. Literature review and metastudies may fall into this category if it attempts to propose a novel systematic organization for the existing literature.
  •  Illustration: The meaning or implications of a particular theory are explained and clarified through an illustrative example. In the business literature, for example, nearly all practitioner-directed publications use this technique extensively.
  •  Unexplained Observation: We welcome papers that point out what can't be explained by existing theory. Indeed, we particularly welcome publishing well constructed research papers on informing that fail to confirm current thinking and theories.
  • Early Promising Work: We will also consider publishing promising research findings that are in their later formative stages—during which the ideas being presented are still somewhat malleable, even before all ideas have been fully tested. For example, a manuscript that proposes a well developed and conceptualized theory need not include a rigorous empirical test of the same theory.

All published articles must be grammatically correct, understandable prose, concisely written in "journal English" that is understandable by those for whom English is a second language.

Eli Cohen


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