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Author Guidelines

To facilitate the editorial process, authors are kindly requested to follow the submission standards described below prior to submitting an article for consideration.

Please carefully read and adhere to the general submission standards as well as those specific to the item being submitted.


General Guidelines:

Format of Submission:

Papers may only be submitted electronically in Word (.doc) or OpenOffice (.odt) format. PDF or HTML submissions will not be accepted. Papers should be in single column pages with a font size of 12 points, single-spaced, in Times New Roman font type. Papers should be formatted simply for North American letter-sized paper. All material on each page should fit within a rectangular margin of 1” on all sides.

How to submit:

All submissions should be made online through the FIQ website. In order to submit, please visit FIQ’s “Online Submissions” page and follow the instructions. The registration process requires you to specify your name and contact information, but since FIQ is committed to a double-blind peer review process, this information will not be revealed to the reviewers. This information is strictly for the purpose of correspondence. If the submission has multiple authors, please provide the name and contact information for the author who will be the primary point of contact for questions or comments.

Ethical Standards:

When reporting on research using human subjects, please note that researchers should indicate that procedures meet the ethical standards of the University of Toronto. If subjects are identified, permission must be obtained from the subject by the author. For more information regarding the University of Toronto's Office of Research Ethics, visit this page.


Contributors to FIQ are responsible for obtaining any copyright clearances required in relation to their work. Contributors agree to each reader accessing, downloading, or printing one copy of their article for their own personal use or research. All other copyrights remain with the author. Authors should recognize that, because of the nature of the Internet, the publisher has no control over unauthorized copying or editing of protected works.

Style Guidelines, Citation Format and Reference Format:

FIQ uses Canadian spelling based on the latest edition of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2nd Edition, 2004) and has adopted the author-date system in the Chicago Manual of Style for citations and references. Authors should be as comprehensive and complete in their citations as possible, to ensure the highest level of academic integrity and accuracy. References to personal letters, papers presented at meetings, and other unpublished material may be included and cited accordingly.


Appendices, if applicable, should be consecutively numbered and collected at the end of the paper before the References.

Item-Specific Guidelines:

Feature Articles:

Feature articles should be of an academic nature, and should express scholarly rigour in quality and content. Each article should be no less than 1000 words, and no more than 5000 words. Submissions should be well written and employ a writing style appropriate to graduate level work. They should be well organized with attention to form and structure, and content must express thoughtful reflection and analysis of the issues discussed. Colloquialisms and clichés should be avoided, and papers should be free of spelling, vocabulary, and grammatical errors. We encourage students to submit articles they think are of an academic calibre, which can include conference papers, reworked course papers, personal research projects, reflections on the scholarly and practical elements of Information, or other communications of excellent quality.

Please ensure that arguments are well conceived, sophisticated in their approach, and appropriate for publication in a scholarly journal. They should effectively and clearly support the thesis of the article, and illustrate a synthesis of complex academic concepts.

We encourage feature articles to be creative, critical, engaging and thought provoking to the reader. Please remember that this journal is aimed at the Information community when attempting to address the views and assumptions of your audience.

Formatting Requirements:

Text should be left justified. Tables and figures should be incorporated in the text. Page numbers should appear in the lower right-hand corner in numerical sequence. Page numbers should appear on the first page and every page thereafter, including the reference list. Page numbers should be in Times New Roman, 12-point font.


All feature articles submitted must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 250 words. The abstract should give an overview or synopsis of the entire paper. It should not be a simple conclusion, which requires reading of the paper in its entirety in order to be understood.

Tables and Figures:

Tables and figures should be incorporated in the text as close to the reference as possible and should be in a form suitable for publication in digital format. Captions should be Times New Roman 12-point, centred. Tables and figures should be sequentially numbered in separate series. Tables, figures and captions should be centred with the page.

Tables should be centred in the page, and include a caption or title above the table. Tables should be labelled as “Table 1,” “Table 2,” etc. and should be italicized. Captions for tables should be above the table and centred.

Figures should be labelled as “Figure 1,” “Figure 2,” etc. and should be italicized. Captions for figures should be below the figure. The figures themselves should be sent as separate files/documents and not embedded in the text document.


Sections should not be numbered. First level section headings should be in bold face 12-point Times New Roman, with subsections in italic 12-point Times New Roman.

Thought and Opinion Pieces:

Thought and opinion pieces are shorter items intended to allow the author to reflect critically on a particular aspect of the Information field, outside of the constraints of a feature article format. These pieces can focus on any element of the Information field that is of particular interest to the author. These written items can be a few hundred words in length, and may not use citations or references. Nonetheless, thought and opinion pieces should be written using scholarly language, and provide some contribution to the Information field through insightful commentary, critical thought and express real reflection about the topic at hand.


Interviews for FIQ are designed to provide readers with thoughtful insight into the work and ideas of professionals and scholars in the Information field.

Should you be interested in providing an interview with an academic or a professional from the Information field, please contact F/IQ directly at We are seeking interviews that capture the interviewee’s view on a particular phenomenon or contentious issue or reflective insight regarding an issue of great interest or pertinence to the field of Information and to the theme of the issue in question.

Interviews should be 600-1200 words in length.

Ensure that the interviewee understands the intent of the interview and the nature of the publication. FIQ is not responsible for the content of interviews, and depends on interviewers to ensure accuracy and appropriate depiction of views and assertions via interview content.

Book Reviews:

Book reviews in FIQ are intended for the educated generalist in the Information field, rather than for a subject specialist, and should be designed to present the information needed for assessment of the item in a highly condensed form. Therefore, within 175-200 words, we ask reviewers to include the following: a brief statement of the thesis or description of the contents, a critical appraisal of both substance and execution, and an indication of the book's value for the Information community.

In addition, we ask for special attention to accuracy in the reviews: quoted passages should be checked against the text; dates and spellings of authors' names should be given in full, the titles given exactly, and the publisher and year of publication. An assertion that a book is filled with errors should be supported with examples.

Ultimately, the reviewer should tailor the substance of the review to the contents of the item; obviously there can be no single model for all reviews. Ideally, the essential elements should be incorporated in a statement that reflects the reviewer's own mode of thinking as well as the book's individual character.

To a large degree, the book's purpose will determine the reviewing approach. For example:

  • a reference book requires a detailed account of its features and usefulness
  • a literary translation requires comment on its accuracy
  • a social science monograph requires discussion of the validity and implications of the findings
  • an illustrated popular history should not be expected to offer new insights to scholars, but neither should it contain inaccuracies, betray ignorance of current scholarship, or merely duplicate other works


Finally, objectivity is important. Any bias detected in an essentially non polemical work should be noted, and its bearing on the overall value of the book assessed. Reviewers of scholarly works should abstain from parochial academic debates.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.

  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in the About section of the journal.

  6. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with FIQ agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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