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Global Information Integrity

Special issue call for papers from Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication

Guest editor: Jo Smedley,  Professor in Digital Learning, Halmstad University, Sweden. 

Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication is an inter- and cross- disciplinary double-blind peer reviewed journal. It publishes contemporary research and practice which explores the way that people and organisations interact with information. It is concerned with information innovation and developments, as they relate to global knowledge, communication and world memory.  

An important element of success in the information world is information integrity.  This can be defined as the accuracy, consistency and reliability of information (Nayar, 1999).  Information with a lower level of trust associated with it represents a personal or organisational risk with potential limitations on the overall impact of business success and organisational health.  Poor information quality can result in loss of revenue, reduced productivity, negative brand image, potential legal problems, and a slide in organisational market positioning value (Thomas, 2002). Therefore, information integrity is acknowledged as an essential part of enabling and supporting successful business decisions to be made.  

With the acknowledged importance of information integrity, the recent emergence of fake news presents challenges.  With disinformation spread via print, broadcast or online social media, fake news is written and published usually with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically.  This may use sensationalist, dishonest, or fabricated headlines to increase readership, online sharing, and Internet click revenue. For media outlets, the ability to attract viewers to their websites is necessary to generate online advertising revenue. Fake news threatens to undermine conventional media coverage.   As an important element of modern-day democracy, it is vital therefore that information generated regarding global developments maintains its reliability in currency and value within its various audiences.

This Special Issue of Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication is concerned with innovation and developments in information integrity, as it relates to global knowledge, communication and world memory.  It will consider the extent to which there is a need for acceptance and a shared understanding of the need for “Global information integrity”.  Proposals are encouraged that explore the role of information integrity and frameworks from various viewpoints and experiences, i.e. information generation, information engagement, information use, information verification, and its implementation and operation within any specific country or culture.   Impact assessment of how such developments can encourage change and support dialogue to enhance international understanding and shared communication would also be of interest.

Submissions are welcomed along the following major themes:

Global Knowledge and Information Integrity 

  • Development and enhancement of knowledge through effective information integrity;
  • Information integrity as an agent for social, political, cultural and organisational change;
  • Information integrity and personal knowledge management;
  • The global impact of ineffective information integrity.

World Memory and Information Integrity

  • Reflections on historical processes and practices in global information integrity;
  • Sustainable information integrity including environmental, social, technical and legal issues;
  • Sharing and facilitating engagement with historical information integrity processes and practices; 
  • Stories of information integrity: when news is news.

International Communication and Information Integrity

  • Information integrity associated with social interaction, dialogue and networking;
  • Information integrity and social, political, cultural and organisational change;
  • Global information integrity: networks for sustainable development and maintenance.
  • Collaborations in information integrity – academic, professional and practitioner. 

Indicative topics:-:

  • Case studies comparing information integrity in different countries or cultures;
  • Discussions on information integrity involving specific cultural contexts;
  • Reflections on how information integrity assures standards in academia and/or business;
  • The organisational responsibility of information integrity;
  • The impact of linguistic diversity and multilingualism on global information integrity.

Submissions should comply with the journal author guidelines which are here. They should be made through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at


  • Deadline for submissions: March 27th 2019 
  • Peer review: April and May 2019
  • Revisions, copyediting, proofing etc.: June and July 2019
  • Publication of special issue: October 2019