The ISKO UK 2019 Conference proceedings will be published by Nomos at the opening of the conference on 15th July 2019. All participants will receive a printed copy of the proceedings at the conference. All authors are requested to submit their papers via ConfTool by the deadline of 1st May 2019. The two best peer-reviewed papers (as judged by the Programme Committee) will also be submitted for publication in the journal Knowledge Organization

The Editors intend to publish the full text of all the papers presented at the conference and at the case study café. This includes papers presented by keynote speakers, invited speakers and commercial sponsors. Abstracts of posters will also be included in the proceedings.

Instructions for Authors

(based on Instructions for Authors by Richard Smiraglia, Editor-in-Chief, Knowledge Organization).

Copies of these instructions can be downloaded here: pdf and word


Manuscripts should be submitted electronically (in Word format) in English only via ConfTool:

Manuscripts should include an indicative abstract of approximately 250 words. Manuscripts of papers should fall within the range 6,000-10,000 words.

A separate title page should include the article title and the author’s name, postal address, and E-mail address. Contact information must be present for all authors of a paper.

The manuscript should be well-situated in the domain of knowledge organization, and should cite all relevant literature from within the domain. Authors are encouraged to use the KO literature database at

The manuscript should be concise and should conform to professional standards of English usage and grammar. Authors whose native language is not English are encouraged to make use of professional academic English-language proofreading services. The Editors reserve the right to amend the text if the English is not clear or contains grammatical or spelling errors. They will make every reasonable effort to consult the principal author about any proposed changes.

Manuscripts are received with the understanding that they have not been previously published, are not being submitted for publication elsewhere, and that if the work received official sponsorship, it has been duly released for publication.

Structure of the text

The entire manuscript should be double-spaced, including notes and references. The text should be structured with decimally-numbered subheadings (1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 2.1, 2.1.1, etc.). It should contain an introduction, giving an overview and stating the purpose, a main body, describing in sufficient detail the materials or methods used and the results or systems developed, and a conclusion or summary.

Footnotes are not allowed. Endnotes are accepted only in rare cases and should be limited in number; all narration should be included in the text of the article.

Paragraphs should include a topic sentence, a developed narrative and a conclusion; a typical paragraph has several sentences. Paragraphs with tweet-like characteristics (one or two sentences) are inappropriate.


Italics are permitted only for phrases from languages other than English, and for the titles of published works.

Bold type is not permitted.

Em-dashes should not be used as substitutes for commas. Dashes must be inserted manually (Insert, Advanced Symbol, Em-dash) with no spaces on either side.

Do not use automatic formatting of any kind. To indent, use the ruler. Do not use tabs under any circumstances. For a bulleted list, indent the list using the ruler, then insert bullets (Insert, Advanced Symbol, bullet). Do not use automatically-numbered paragraphs.

Illustrations should be embedded within the document. Photographs (including colour and half-tone) should be scanned with a minimum resolution of 600 dpi and saved as .jpg files. Tables should contain a number and caption at the bottom, and all columns and rows should have headings. All illustrations should be cited in the text as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. or Table 1, Table 2, etc.

Author-generated keywords are not permitted.


Reference citations within the text should have the form: (Author year). For example, (Jones 1990). Specific page numbers are required for quoted material, e.g. (Jones 1990, 100). A citation with two authors would read (Jones and Smith 1990); three or more authors would be: (Jones et al. 1990). When the author is mentioned in the text, only the date and optional page number should appear in parentheses: “According to Jones (1990), …” or “Smith wrote (2010, 146): ….” A subsequent page reference to the same cited work (e.g., to Smith 2010) should have the form “(229).” There is never a comma before the date.

In-text citations should not be routinely placed at the end of a sentence or after a quotation, but an attempt should be made to work them into the narrative. For example:

“Jones (2010, 114) reported statistically significant results.

“Many authors report similar data; according to Matthews (2014, 94): “all seven studies report means within ±5%.”

In-text citations should precede block quotations, and never are placed at the end of a block-quotation.

References should be listed alphabetically by author at the end of the article. Reference lists should not contain references to works not cited in the text. Websites mentioned in passing in the text should be identified parenthetically with their URLs but not with references unless a specific page of a specific website is being quoted.

Author names should be given as found in the sources (not abbreviated, but also not fuller than what is given in the source). Journal titles should not be abbreviated. Multiple citations to works by the same author should be listed chronologically and should each include the author’s name. Articles appearing in the same year should have the following format: “Jones 2005a, Jones 2005b, etc.”

Author names should be given as found in the sources (not abbreviated, but also not fuller than what is given in the source). Journal titles should not be abbreviated. Multiple citations to works by the same author should be listed chronologically and should each include the author’s name. Articles appearing in the same year should have the following format: “Jones 2005a, Jones 2005b, etc.”

Journal issue numbers are given only when a journal volume is not through-paginated. References for published electronic resources should be accompanied by either a URL or DOI but not in lieu of actual publication data; access dates are not allowed.

Unpublished electronic resources may use an access date in lieu of a data of publication. In cases of doubt, authors are encouraged to consult The Chicago Manual of Style 17th ed. (or online), author-date reference system (chapter 15).

Examples of references:

Dahlberg, Ingetraut. 1978. “A Referent-Oriented, Analytical Concept Theory for INTERCONCEPT.” International Classification 5: 142-51.

Howarth, Lynne C. 2003. “Designing a Common Namespace for Searching Metadata-Enabled Knowledge Repositories: An International Perspective.” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 37, nos. 1/2: 173-85.

Pogorelec, Andrej and Alenka Šauperl. 2006. “The Alternative Model of Classification of Belles Lettres in Libraries.” Knowledge Organization 33: 204-14.

Schallier, Wouter. 2004. “On the Razor’s Edge: Between Local and Overall Needs in Knowledge Organization.” In Knowledge Organization and the Global Information Society: Proceedings of the Eighth International ISKO Conference 13-16 July 2004 London, UK, ed. Ia C. McIlwaine. Advances in Knowledge Organization 9. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, 269-74.

Smiraglia, Richard P. 2001. The Nature of ‘a Work’: Implications for the Organization of Knowledge. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow.

Smiraglia, Richard P. 2005. “Instantiation: Toward a Theory.” In Data, Information, and Knowledge in a Networked World; Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science … London, Ontario, June 2-4 2005, ed. Liwen Vaughan.

Author information

Authors should provide a one paragraph biographical sketch (fewer than 100 words).