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About the Editor

Blaise Cronin is the Rudy Professor of Information Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he has been Dean of the School of Library and Information Science for seventeen years. From 1985-1991 he held the Chair of Information Science and was Head of the Department of Information Science at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, U.K.. He is concurrently Honorary Visiting Professor at City University, London, the University of Brighton, and Napier University, Edinburgh. For six years was the Talis Information Visiting Professor of Information Science at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

Dr. Cronin is the author of numerous research articles, monographs, technical reports, conference papers, and other publications. Much of his research focuses on collaboration in science, scholarly communication, citation analysis, and the academic reward system—the intersection of information science and social studies of science. His books include The Citation Process (1984), The Scholar's Courtesy (1995) and The Hand of Science (2005). He has also published on topics such as information warfare, information and knowledge management, strategic intelligence, and digital pornography. Professor Cronin sits on a number of editorial boards, including the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Journal of Informetrics, and International Journal of Information Management. Since 2000, he has been Editor of the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology and effective January 2009 will also be Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

Dr. Cronin has extensive international experience, having taught, conducted research, or consulted in more than thirty countries: clients have included the World Bank, NATO, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO, U.S. Department of Justice, Brazilian Ministry of Science & Technology, European Commission, British Council, Her Majesty's Treasury, Hewlett-Packard Ltd., British Library, Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux, Chemical Abstracts Service, and Association for Information Management. He has been a keynote or invited speaker at scores of conferences, nationally and internationally. Dr. Cronin was a founding director of Crossaig, an electronic publishing start-up in Scotland, which was acquired in 1992 by Thomson Reuters in Philadelphia.

Professor Cronin was educated at Trinity College Dublin (M.A.) and the Queen's University of Belfast (Ph.D., D.S.Sc.) In 1997, he was awarded the degree Doctor of Letters (D.Litt., honoris causa) by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh for his scholarly contributions to information science. In 2006 he received the Award of Merit from the Association for Information Science and Technology, the Society's highest honor.

Professor Cronin can be contacted at: bcronin@indiana.edu