Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Associate Professor Hamid R. Jamali

Associate Professor Hamid Jamali

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


I am a Senior Lecturer, and currently Acting Head of School of 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.


  • Scholarly communication attitudes and practices of Early Career Researchers; a joint research project with CIBER Research. 2019
  • 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 current teaching is mainly focused on subjects related to metadata and information organisation. However, my teaching portfolio so far includes undergraduate and postgraduate subjects such as research methods, information architecture, information retrieval, XML, describing information resources, information behaviour, and data analytics.

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  • Principal supervisor, Dilini Bodhinayaka, impact of academic libraries on students.  Current at CSU.
  • Co-supervisor: Hossein Beydokhti, Relationship between the level of evidence in therapeutic articles and citation impact, completed in 2019 at Kharazmi University of Tehran.

  • Principal supervisor: Masoome Niknia, Implementation of CIDOC CRM for Iranian Archaeology, Completed in 2019 at Kharazmi University of Tehran.
  • Principal supervisor: Zhaleh Salimifar, Relation of Hofstead’s cultural dimensions with trust in information resources as an influencing factor in information seeking behaviour, completed in 2018 at Kharazmi University of Tehran.
  • Principal supervisor: Delneshin Danaei-Moghaddam, Children's interaction with augmented reality story books, completed in 2018 at Kharazmi University of Tehran.
  • Principal supervisor: Sara Behimehr, Cognitive biases in scientific information behaviour of graduate students, completed in 2018 at Kharazmi University of Tehran.
  • Principal supervisor: Mahmood Sangari, Digital library users` collaborative information seeking (CIS) and its relationship with users` learning style and information systems experience, completed in 2018 at Kharazmi University of Tehran.
  • Principal supervisor: Majid Nabavi, Adding value to Iranian national current research information system (SEMAT) using customisation of its data model, completed in 2016 at Iranian Research Institute for Information Science and Technology (IRANDOC).

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Professional Engagement

  • Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
  • Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)

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Recent Publications

    Selected publications

  • Jamali, H. R., Steel, C., & Mohammadi, E. (2020). Wine research and its relationship with wine production: A scientometric analysis of global trends, Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 26(2), 130-138.
  • Jamali, H.R., Nicholas, D., Watkinson, A., Abrizah, A., Rodríguez-Bravo, B., Boukacem-Zeghmouri, C., Polezhaeva, T., Herman, E., & Świgon, M. (2020). Early Career Researchers and their authorship and peer review beliefs and practices: an international study. Learned Publishing, 33(2), 142-152.
  • Jamali, H. R., Abbasi, A., & Bornmann, L. (2020). Research diversification and its relationship with publication counts and impact: a case study based on Australian professors. Journal of Information Science, 46(1), 131-144.
  • Jamali, H. R., & Foroutan, F. (2019). Everyday life information‐seeking behaviors of nomadic pastoralists in their oral culture. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 56(1), 432-435.
  • Jamali, H. R. (2018). Does research with qualitative methods (grounded theory, ethnography, and phenomenology) have more impact? Library and Information Science Research40(30), in press.
  • Jamali, H. R., Azadi-Ahmadabadi, G., & Asadi, S. (2018). Interdisciplinary relations of converging technologies: Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno (NBIC). Scientometrics116(2), 1055-1073.
  • Jamali, H. R., & Shahbaztabar, P. (2017). The effects of internet filtering on users' information-seeking behaviour and emotions. Aslib Journal of Information Management69(5). 408-425.
  • Jamali, H. R. (2017). Copyright compliance and infringement in ResearchGate full-text journal articles. Scientometrics112(1), 241-254.

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