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About This Journal

The Association for Information Systems (AIS) began publishing two electronic journals in 1999 - Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS) and Journal of the Association for Information Systems (JAIS). These journals are designed to be complementary and the first part of this statement of editorial policy is common to both. In content, each will fulfill the role usually associated with the terms "communications" and "journal". Communications is intended to foster the free flow of ideas within the IS community; its emphasis is on originality, importance, and cogency of ideas; it is also a vehicle for case studies, survey articles, tutorials, debates, commentaries and other materials of general interest to the IS community. The Journal will be a classical, reviewed outlet for research with every intention of being equal to the best in the field.

Articles should be submitted to one of the journals in accordance with its content and the way the authors wish to have the submission processed. In case of doubt as to which journal is most appropriate for a particular article, it may be submitted to either and the editors will decide which one is most suitable.

About CAIS

The primary role of a professional society is to facilitate communication among its members. Communications of the Association for Information Systems carries out this role by publishing articles on a wide range of subjects of interest to the membership, including but not limited to research results, debates, panel discussions, and other topics of interest to the global community.

Specifically, Communications of the Association for Information Systems provides an outlet for subjects falling outside the focus of many research journals including:

  • tutorials on the state of the art
  • opinion columns and debates
  • education and pedagogical scholarship
  • instrument development
  • research trends and analyses
  • panel reports from leading conferences
  • innovations and novel concepts

Tutorials are expected to provide substantive discussion and explanation of a topic, technique, or method of interest to the general IS academic community. Tutorials provide a way to disseminate this information for continuing professional development in our community. A clear IS focus is expected. An example is the Gefen and Straub article on SEM and regression (CAIS Volume 4, Article 7, 2000).

Education and pedagogical scholarship addresses broader curricular and program issues, including teaching innovations and pedagogical theory in IS. Community-wide curricular efforts are also relevant, notably the continuing innovations in the IS model curriculum.

Research trends and analyses have been a long-standing tradition at CAIS. AIS provides several resources to support journal and citation analyses and we plan to publish annual updates on journal rankings from those sources.

Innovations and novel concepts are especially encouraged, given our commitment to rapid turnaround and quick dissemination of ideas to the community. Submissions may be think-pieces that describe development of new theory or evolving ideas. CAIS promotes a culture of having a developmental review process that provides mentoring to authors. Our broad-ranging editorial board strives not to impose pre-conceived notions of what constitutes an appropriate topic of methodology/analytics. Instead, we encourage the broadest possible thinking about our field and existing ideas within it. We hope you consider CAIS as your first choice for emerging ideas or think-pieces about new directions in our field.

Overall, submissions can deal with technical subjects (e.g., data base design, systems analysis, big data, econometrics), managerial subjects (e.g., strategic use, implementation, organizational change), current and persistent topics, or new and evolving ideas. No matter what the particular area of an article, a sound conceptual basis is required. In general, we strive to inform our community in a rapid and timely way about new ideas that are of value on the broad spectrum of dimensions that constitute the information systems field.

All manuscripts submitted to Communications of the Association for Information Systems should be submitted to the CAIS Scholar One site. If you do not have an account already, you will need to create one. Once you have logged in, and you begin the submission process, you will need to choose between peer and editorial board review. You will also have the opportunity to choose to submit your manuscript to a particular department if you so desire. CAIS has the following departments: Health Information Systems, Information Technology and Systems, History of Information Systems, Debate, and Papers in French. If you have questions, ScholarOne has excellent help facilities for the process. Please include a cover letter with your submission, mentioning which of our editorial board members you feel would be best suited for handling your paper. Remember to read through the format requirements before submitting.

Manuscripts submitted to Communications of the Association for Information Systems are subject to one of two types of review: Traditional peer review, or editorial review. Peer review is managed by an Associate Editor who solicits at least two peer reviewers and makes the recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief based on a traditional single-blind peer review process. Editorial review involves reviews by an Associate Editor and the Editor-in-Chief. The Associate Editor serves as the expert reviewer and makes the recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief. Editorial review is generally faster, but just as rigorous as peer review, albeit with a single expert reviewer. Authors decide which review process is appropriate for their submission by indicating the review type within ScholarOne at the time of submission.

Communications of the Association for Information Systems does not have page limits. Authors are encouraged to submit backup material (such as detailed data, explanatory appendices, screen images, survey measures, and programs) to create a richness in the articles that can usually not be found in conventional printed journals because of their limited space.

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