Submission Requirements

General Information

Submission of an article to Communications of the Association for Information Systems implies the authors’ certification that the manuscript is not copyrighted and is not currently under review by any other journal or conference proceedings.

Members of AIS must adhere to the AIS Code of Research Conduct in their work. Members who believe their work has been plagiarized or subjected to other scholarly misconduct are urged to consult Guidelines for a Victim. AIS Council's process for dealing with allegations of scholarly misconduct in the Association's journals and proceedings is detailed in AIS Research Conduct Committee Process Guidelines.

Submission Review Mode

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 in procedure similar to most academic journals: The Editor-in-Chief assigns an Associate Editor to a paper who solicits at least two peer reviewers and makes a recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief based on a single-blind peer review process. This type of review process is appropriate for regular research paper submissions as well as tutorials.

In addition, the Communications of the Association for Information Systems also offers the option of editorial review. 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 because decisions are made based on one report only. This type of review process is often appropriate for panel reports, workshop reports, debates, or commentaries.

Authors decide which review process is appropriate for their submission by indicating the review type within ScholarOne at the time of submission. The default mode is set to peer review. If an alternative review mode is preferred, authors must provide explicit justification for their choice in their cover letter.

Cover Letter

Authors are strongly encouraged to provide a cover letter with their submission. This cover letter should outline contributions of the article, justification for review mode (where appropriate), any previous submission history (if any) and the authors’ preference for Associate Editor (see here).

Format Requirements

The official language of the Communications of the Association for Information Systems is English.

All manuscripts submitted to Communications of the Association for Information Systems should be submitted in Word format. Authors are encouraged to use the CAIS author template for submission of their manuscripts. Submissions must be made 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 have the opportunity to submit the manuscript as a Regular paper, or else choose to submit your manuscript to a particular department. The Communications of the Association for Information Systems has the following departments. Please click on the links below to access information about the departments, possible submission topics and relevant submission instructions specific to that department:

If you have questions, ScholarOne has excellent help facilities for the process. Please also upload a cover letter with your submission, mentioning which of our editorial board members you feel would be best suited for handling your paper.

The body of articles may include text, tables, and figures only in order to ensure the widest accessibility even in less technologically endowed environments. The body of the article should represent a stand-alone document. Links and multimedia supplements may be included in one or more appendices. Readers will have the option of downloading articles with such appendices as HTML documents.

As an electronic journal, the Communications of the Association for Information Systems does not have page limits; however, authors are encouraged to submit condense manuscript without excessive length. 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.