13th ISSI 2011 Conference Announcement, Durban, South Africa, July 4-8.

Judit Bar-Ilan judit at CC.HUJI.AC.IL
Sun Jul 11 05:08:19 EDT 2010

[Apologies for cross posting]

13th ISSI 2011 Conference Announcement,
Durban, South Africa, July 4-8.

The Conference Organizing Committee would like to 
invite participants to attend the 13th 
International Society of Scientometrics and 
Informetrics Conference 2011 in Durban, South 
Africa (<http://www.issi2011.uzulu.ac.za/>http://www.issi2011.uzulu.ac.za/).

Although the generic term informetrics has become 
increasingly popular, scientometrics, 
bibliometrics and webometrics are all closely 
related or interlinked sub-disciplines. They 
belong to the general field of Information 
Science and are all employed for the quantitative 
analysis or measurement of all forms of recorded 
information by studying their distribution, 
circulation and use pattern largely within or 
among individuals, disciplines, organisations or 
countries. The informetric disciplines thus 
contribute to evidence-based and informed 
knowledge about scientific research and provide 
input to research and innovation policy making worldwide.
Evidently, a conference of this magnitude always 
encourages the growth of research and increased 
national and international collaboration. We are 
convinced that by organising the conference on 
African soil, we will be able to popularise 
research in the areas of informetrics, 
scientometrics and webometrics within the country and on the continent.
The ISSI 2011 Conference will provide an 
international open forum for scientists, research 
managers and authorities, information and 
communication related professionals to debate the 
current status and advancements of informetric 
and scientometric theory and applications, with 
emphasis on the progress of scientometrics and 
science in developing countries. The conference 
is organized under the auspices of ISSI – the 
International Society for Informetrics and 
The conference language is English.

The choice of Durban to be the conference city is significant. Durban
is considered to be Africa's leading conference 
destination; is a vibrant city with a harmonious 
blend of African, Asian and European culture, and 
is located in the historical Kingdom of the Zulu 
nation in the KwaZulu-Natal province that is a 
gateway to African culture in South Africa. 
Durban is also South Africa's only destination of 
tropical summers, with 320 sunny days a 
year.  Durban University of Technology, the 
conference venue that is located close to the 
city Central Business District (CBD), is one of 
the 23 public universities in South Africa that 
focuses on technology oriented vocational and 
professional higher education with 23,000 
students enrolment. The University has allocated 
its conference facility for the ISSI conference.

Invitation to submit contributions to ISSI 2011
We invite researchers worldwide to submit 
original full research papers, 
research-in-progress papers or posters within the 
broad area of informetrics. Major conference 
themes are listed below. For the different forms 
of submissions, see information on the conference 
A Doctoral Forum and dedicated tutorials will be 
held the day prior to the start of the main conference.

Topics of interest include, but not limited to:
    * Theory
    * Methods and techniques
    * Citation and co-citation analysis
    * Indicators
    * Webometrics
    * Mapping & visualization
    * Research policy
    * Productivity & publications
    * Journals, databases and electronic publications
    * Collaboration
    * Country level studies
    * Patent analysis

Important Dates:
Full Papers, Research-in-Progress and
Workshop/Tutorial paper submission 
deadline                                 15-01-2011
Paper/Workshop/Tutorial notification of 
acceptance/rejection            15-02-2011
Poster submission 
deadline                                                             18-02-2011
Doctoral Forum submission 
deadline                                               01-03-2011
Poster notification of 
acceptance/rejection                                        14-03-2011
Paper in camera ready form sent to system
(at least one author must 
register)                                                  17-03-2011
Doctoral Forum result 
announcement                                             01-04-2011
Early Bird 

Organizing Committee
The I3th ISSI conference in South Africa is 
organised by the ISSI 2011 Conference Local 
Organising Committee with the participation of 
six Universities and Research Centres: Durban 
University of Technology (the conference venue 
University of Cape Town 
University of KwaZulu Natal 
National Research Foundation 
University of South Africa 
University of Pretoria 
(<http://www.up.ac.za/>http://www.up.ac.za) and University of Zululand

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