Reviewed by: Christine Oka, Research & Instruction, Northeastern University Libraries, Boston, MA
Managing information and knowledge are activities that have been around a long time, but the phrase, “knowledge management,” identifies a fairly new concept. Librarians often see the distinction between information and knowledge, especially when working with researchers, who are “gathering information.” The knowledge comes into play after the information has been studied, analyzed, and synthesized. In the Oxford English Dictionary, the term is defined as “the use of management techniques to optimize the acquisition, dissemination, retention, and use of information, esp. within an organization” and dates from 1971.” More practically, Peter Drucker describes it as "the coordination and exploitation of organizational knowledge resources, in order to create benefit and competitive advantage."
The open access Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management (EJKM) aims to provide “perspectives on topics relevant to the study, implementation and management of knowledge management” by publishing articles and papers contributing “to the development of both theory and practice in the field of Knowledge Management.” This includes quantitative, qualitative, and experience-based research, as well as case studies. EJKM publishes special issues containing carefully-selected papers presented at the European Conference on Knowledge Management, the European Conference on Intellectual Capital, and the International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning. All manuscripts considered for publication undergo review. There are also periodic calls for papers for general EJKM issues. These papers undergo a double-blind review by members of the Editorial Board. The journal also publishes conference and book reviews. An article processing charge of GBP 250 (approximately USD 355) is assessed when the article is published.
An archive of all EJKM issues is accessible online. The latest issue, Volume 14, issue 1, presents “a selection of the best articles from the 16th European Conference on Knowledge Management,” from over 100 articles, with authors from 46 different countries. Topics range from practice, such as “Driving Knowledge Sharing Initiatives in Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) Libraries for Enhanced Collaboration” to “Learning from an Envisioned Future: An Empirical Account” and a self-analysis of “Main Research Topics in Knowledge Management: A Content Analysis of ECKM [European Conference on Knowledge Management] Publications.” An interesting journal worth a look from those interested in knowledge management.