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CALL FOR PAPERS for a Special Issue 

Impact of COVID-19 in Digital Libraries and E-books   


Important dates 

Article Submission Due 

25th  March, 2021 

Author Notification 

30th April, 2021 

Revised Article Due 

30th May, 2021 

Final Notification 

27th  June, 2021 


InfTars 2021/4 

The impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) is not only an overwhelming challenge to global health workers, but it harms individuals of humankind. As the world responds to this global pandemic with numerous preventive measures, most of the governments around the globe have temporarily closed schools and colleges for the welfare of the nation. These circumstances encourage the transition from traditional learning methodologies to distance learning paradigms. In response to the transition measures, students and teachers across the world have started focusing on E-books and e-learning standards. As a result, all around the globe, virtual libraries find themselves in the lead role of making this transition happen, with an unprecedented need for digital resources and knowledge sharing facilities. Perhaps the crisis of COVID-19 provides the critical mass to digital libraries, creating the potential for tremendous advantages. One of those is that digital libraries may be transformed from a merely technically enhanced source of knowledge to a more distinct public good. In more precise terms, for the time being, it has become the only source of knowledge to promote human development.  

Looking forward, it is undoubtful that the growth of the digital library will be of exponential rate in the coming years. Also, it is predicted that this growth will be further facilitated by the increased explosion of global trends such as smartphone penetration, personal computers, and several other information and communication technology-related reading devices. Additionally, it offers an effective learning environment worldwide and forms an active part of sustainable development in education and technology. Despite the advantages, there is a possibility that the digital library platforms are subject to various security and privacy threats with an increasing number of digital users. Also, this rapid proliferation of E-learning methodologies will loom large over every aspect of technology and innovation at digital libraries. With an intent to explore the implications of COVID-19 (both pros & cons) over digital libraries & E-books and to find required solutions and advancements, we call for this special issue. We welcome researchers and practitioners from various disciplines to bring novel and innovative solutions to tackle the impacts of COVID-19 over digital libraries and E-books. List of topics for the special issue include but not limited to the following: 

  • The impact of COVID-19 over information management in digital libraries 

  • The impact of COVID-19 over digital library from a technological perspective 

  • The impact of COVID-19 over the digital libraries in terms of security and privacy concerns 

  • The impact of COVID-19 over the digital library in terms of legal and regulatory policies 

  • The innovations in information management to tackle the effects of COVID-19 

  • The impact of COVID-19 over social interactions and community development in digital libraries 

  • Emerging agenda for digital library & E-books in terms of information management 

  • Advances in information and communication technology to tackle the effects of COVID-19 over the digital library 

  • Advances in knowledge management for digital library 

  • Advances in information design and delivery services to meet the increasing demands of digital library 

  • Effective ways to collect, store, and disseminate information across digital libraries to meet the needs of growing users 

Guest Editors: 


Associate Professor 

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science 

Beirut Arab University - Beirut Campus  

Tarik El Jadida, Beirut, Lebanon 




Dr. Yu-Dong Zhang (Eugene) 

Professor, Department of Informatics, 

University of Leicester,  

University Road,  

Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK 




Dr. Shuai Li 

Assistant Professor – Research, 

Department of Computing, 

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 

Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong. 





Dr. Laszlo Z. Karvalics 

Associate Professor 

University of Szeged 

Faculty of Arts 

Department of Cultural Heritage and Human Information Science.  

Senior Researcher, Institute of Advanced Studies, Kőszeg. 


Dr. Seifedine Kadry has a Bachelor degree in applied mathematics in 1999 from Lebanese University, MS degree in computation in 2002 from Reims University (France) and EPFL (Lausanne), PhD in 2007 from Blaise Pascal University (France), HDR degree in engineering science in 2017 from Rouen University. At present his research focuses on education using technology, system simulation, operation research, system prognostics, stochastic systems, and probability and reliability analysis. He is an ABET program evaluator. He is the editor in chief of Research journal of mathematics and statistics & ARPN Journal of Systems and Software. He is the associate editor of international journal of applied sciences (IJAS) and editorial board member of International Journal of Mathematics and Statistics, Journal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology and International Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He has published more than 270 research items out of which it has been cited 1192 times, his h-index is 10 and i10-index is 26. 

Dr. Yu-Dong Zhang received a B.S. from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2004, and a M.S. from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2007. He received his Ph.D. degree in Signal and Information Processing from Southeast University in 2010. From 2010 to 2012, he worked at Columbia University as a post doc, and from 2012 he worked as an assistant research scientist at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute. His research interests focus on knowledge engineering, image processing. He is the author and co-author of 43 SCI-indexed papers, which include JAMA Psychiatry , Knowledge-based Systems, Journal of Food Engineering, Sensors, Expert Systems with Applications, Entropy , Digital Signal Processing , Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications, The Scientific World Journal, Mathematical Problems in Engineering , Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, Journal of Biological Systems, Science in China-Information Science, IEEJ Transactions on Electrical and Electronic Engineering, etc. Besides, he is the author of 12 EI-indexed papers. He published two academic monographs (one in Chinese and the other in English). His papers are cited 1823 times with h-index of 26 till August/2014. He holds 6 patents, and 8 software copyrights. 

Dr. Shuai Li received his BE degree in Precision Mechanical Engineering from Hefei University of Technology, China, in 2005, his ME degree in Automatic Control Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2008, and his PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, USA, in 2014. He is currently working at Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a PhD supervisor, leading a robotic group working on intelligent robot manipulation, multi-robot coordination and nonlinear control. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Robotics and Control (IJRC) and the general chair of the 2018 International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Control (ICARIC). He currently serves as an associate editor or editorial board member for Neural Computing and Applications, Neural Processing Letters, IEEE Access, the International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tool and the International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks. He is a senior member of IEEE. 

Laszlo Z. Karvalics Associate Professor, former Head, University of Szeged, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Heritage and Human Information Science. Senior Researcher, Institute of Advanced Studies, Kőszeg. MA in History, Literature and Linguistics PhD and Hab. in History, ELTE, Budapest. Founding director, BME-UNESCO Information Society Research Institute. Fulbright Research Scholar, George Washington University, Center of International Science and Technology Policy (CISTP) (2007). Teaching and research on social impacts of information technology, comparative analysis of national information strategies, information history and education in the information age. Invited expert in several EU-projects and events. National representative, UNESCO Information for All Program (IFAP). Founding editor of the Hungarian language Information Society quarterly. Has written books, scientific papers, and plenty of small articles for the dissemination of the "Information Society thinking" and Internet-culture. His best-selling books are (in Hungarian): Introduction to Information History (Gondolat, 2004) Information, Society, History (Typotex, 2003) Searching of the Information Society (Aula, Budapest, 2001) Toothpick on the Net (Prím, Budapest, 2000) His latest books in English: Information Society Dimensions (JATE Press, 2009). Information History of the first World War (Ed.) L’Harmattan, 2015 Research 2.0. and the Future of Information Literacy (with: Koltay Tibor, Sonja Spiranec) Chandos Publishing, 2016 Informatorium. Word Guide to Contemporary Information Culture, 2020. Forthcoming, in Hungarian: From infodemic to knowledge governance: Pandemic and World System through an eye of an inforamtion researcher  


Generic Call for Papers

InfTars is a venue for research in „information society studies”, broadly defined.

Some of the topics we accept manuscripts in:

  • information theory, information history
  • digital inequality, e-acceptance, social policy
  • electronic governance
  • information culture, digital literacy
  • information and knowledge management
  • digital culture, media, games
  • innovation, competitiveness
  • e-commerce, e-business
  • e-health, AAL, ICT for ageing
  • sustainable information society, green IT
  • education, e-learning
  • artificial intelligence
  • big data

The editorial board of InfTars maintains the prerogative to decide whether a submission fits into the topics of the journal.

The publication of the Journal is supported by Budapest University of Technology and Economics.