Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Hamid R. Jamali

Dr Hamid Jamali

BSc, MLIS, PhD (University College London, UK)


I am a Senior Lecturer at the School of Information Studies. I received my PhD in Information Science from University College London (UCL). I have a BSc in Medical LIS and an MA in LIS. Previously I was an Associate professor at Kharazmi University (Iran) and a senior consultant of CIBER Research Ltd (UK). I have published widely on topics related to information behaviour and scholarly communication in different journals including JASIST, Scientmetrics, JIS, JDoc, IP&M and several other journals.

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My research interests focus broadly on the area of scholarly communication. Scholarly communication is about how scholars in different fields use and disseminate information through formal and informal channels, the growth of scholarly information, and the information needs and use of individual user groups. It also covers the evaluation of research and bibliometrics which simply means applying quantitative methods to procedures, artefacts and concepts in scholarly communication, mainly formal communication. I am interested in studying variables and factors that can contribute to the impact of research activities. In the past I have done research, using different qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods designs, on open access, repositories, publishing and depositing behaviour of scholars, collaboration, article writing, use of social media in research, reputation building and impact of interdisciplinary research.


  • Academic Reputation Mechanism, 2014; as collaborator, 25,000 GBP, funded by The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), the European Commission; The research team included David Nicholas and Eti Herman. The project used extensive review, short case studies and an in-depth case study to see how academic reputation is formed in the context of the new digital age using new platforms such as ResearchGate and the like.
  • Measuring the Level of Fulfilment of Science and Policy Section of the Fifth Iranian National 5-Year Development Plan, 2014-2015, as the grantee and key investigator, 265,000,000 Iranian Rial, funded by Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences; The project used bibliometrics, interview, focus group and survey methods to measure the extent to which the plan has met its target objectives and what barriers existed and how they could be eliminated.
  • Trust in scholarly communication, 2012-2013; as collaborator, 180,000 USD; funded by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; the project was a joint research between University of Tennessee and CIBER Research Ltd. The international project used interview, focus group and survey to find out about the trust criteria of scholars for reading, citing and publishing journal articles.
  • Emerald Online Community project, 2012; as collaborator, 8,000 GBP, funded by Emerald Publishing Group; the research team included David Nicholas, Bill Russell and Anthony Watkinson. This international survey aimed to find out about the applications of online communities in different activities of researchers and whether there was a role for publishers to play in that context.
  • Developing a model for the assessment of Iranian medical research impact, 2011, as the grantee and key investigator, 350,000,000 Iranian Rial, Funded by Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences; After reviewing different existing models and methods of research impact assessment (RIA) in the context of medical sciences, a model was proposed for RIA in Iran.

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My teaching portfolio so far includes undergraduate and postgraduate subjects such as research methods, information architecture, information retrieval, XML, describing information resources, and information behaviour. At CSU my current teaching is mainly focused on subjects related to metadata, bibliographic standards and information organisation.

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  • Danaei-Moghaddam, Delneshin, Information Science, Kharazmi University of Tehran, PhD, Children's interaction with augmented reality story books, in progress.
  • Sara Behimehr, Information Science, Kharazmi University of Tehran, PhD, Cognitive biases in scientific information behaviour of graduate students, completed in 2018.
  • Mahmood Sangari, Information Science, Kharazmi University of Tehran, PhD, Digital library users` collaborative information seeking (CIS) and its relationship with users` learning style and information systems experience, completed in 2018.
  • Nabavi, Majid, Information Science, Iranian Research Institute for Information Science and Technology (IRANDOC), PhD, Adding value to Iranian national current research information system (SEMAT) using customisation of its data model, completed in 2016.

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Professional Engagement

  • Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST)
  • Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
  • Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)

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Recent Publications

  • Jamali, H. R. (2018). Does research with qualitative methods (grounded theory, ethnography, and phenomenology) have more impact? Library and Information Science Research, 40(30), in press.
  • Jamali, H. R., Azadi-Ahmadabadi, G., & Asadi, S. (2018). Interdisciplinary relations of converging technologies: Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno (NBIC). Scientometrics. 116(2), 1055-1073.
  • Nabavi, M., & Jamali, H. R. (2018). Determining information needs of science and technology policy makers. Information Development, 34(4), 382-396.
  • Jamali, H. R., & Shahbaztabar, P. (2017). The effects of internet filtering on users' information-seeking behaviour and emotions. Aslib Journal of Information Management. 69(5). 408-425.
  • Jamali, H. R. (2017). Copyright compliance and infringement in ResearchGate full-text journal articles. Scientometrics, 112(1), 241-254.
  • Nabavi, M., Jeffery, K., & Jamali, H. R. (2016). Added value in the context of research information systems. Program, 50(3), 325-339.
  • Jamali, H. R., Nicholas, D., & Herman, E. (2016). Scholarly reputation in the digital age and the role of emerging platforms and mechanisms. Research Evaluation, 25(1), 37-49.
  • Watkinson, A., Nicholas, D., Thornley, C., Herman, E., Jamali, H. R., Volentine, R., … & Tenopir, C. (2016). Changes in the Digital Scholarly Environment and Issues of Trust: an exploratory, qualitative analysis. Information Processing & Management, 52(3), 446-458.
  • Jamali, H. R., & Nabavi, M. (2015). Open access and sources of full-text articles in Google Scholar in different subject fields. Scientometrics, 105(3), 1635-1651.

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