This quarter we have seven papers covering the usual wide range of topics within the field of information research. Two of the papers deal with different aspects of scientific activity: Damar and colleagues look at the evaluation of research collaboration within the European universities network, UNICA, while Lee and Chung, using keyword bibliographic coupling, produce a map of open science research. A rather more "intimate" kind of activity is described by Soursa who explores how knowledge is created in a co-creation workshop.

We also have three papers in the general area of information behaviour: one on small ethnic minority populations in China who are moved to resettlement areas; another on the reading habits of Croatian library users during the Covid-19 pandemic; and a third on six theoretical approaches to information behaviour. It will be noted that these are not information behaviour theories, such as those of Dervin and Kuhlthau, but theories from areas such as media studies, decision making, and marketing.

Finally, we have a paper from Sweden on the features and affordances of audiobook apps, and the reading practices of users of the apps. While various features are found useful by the users, such as the sleep function, which switches off the app after a selected time, the same functions may cause problems: for example, a person may fall asleep before the selected time and then have some difficulty in locating the point at which they fell asleep.

Overall, an issue with a good selection of papers which should provide something for almost everyone.

Book reviews

The book reviews are similarly diverse, covering topics from the future of academic libraries, social media, the digital transformation in business and industry, to information retrieval. It is interesting to see that of five books, three are from MIT Press, which is publishing some very interesting books.


Our thanks, as usual, to the regional editors who see the papers through the review process, our copy-editors who try to ensure the readability of the texts, to the many reviewers and members of the Editorial Board who help to maintain the quality of the papers published. Without their dedication to the open access ideal, the journal would not exist.

Professor T.D. Wilson
December, 2022.