Policies for Communications of the Association for Information Systems
- About AIS publications
- Electronic Publication
- Editorial Board
- Author Information
- Format Requirements
About AIS Publications
The Association for Information Systems (AIS) began publishing two electronic journals in 1999 - Communications of the Association for Information Systems and The Journal of AIS. 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, 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.
Both journals will be delivered to subscribers electronically. There will be no paper copy! The entire publication process from submission, through review, revision, and final edit will be electronic. Electronic publication has a number of implications:
- The cycle from submission to delivery will be shortened. Every effort will be made to ensure that reviews are submitted in a timely manner; once an article has been accepted for publication, there will be no need to wait for the next available issue after such and such a number of publication cycles. Given the nature of the delivery system, articles will be delivered to subscribers immediately when they become available. The numbering system will be Vol. X (year), No. y. For example, the third article in 1999 will be Volume 1 (1999), No. 3
- Authors will be required to adhere strictly to the publication guidelines in terms of software and text formats to facilitate the rapid turnaround, which we intend to make a hallmark of these publications.
There is a Senior Editorial Board for AIS Publications and an editorial board for each journal. The editorial board membership is accessible at this location.
As part of its mission, Communications will maintain a digital archive of all published articles.
Articles must be submitted in Word format to CAIS Scholar One site.
The bodies 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.
The official language of the Communications of the Association for Information Systems is English.
Submission of an article to CAIS 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.
Prospective authors for both AIS publications should reference the "CAIS author template" (645KB) document stored here as a Microsoft Word .doc file.
Submission of an article to CAIS implies the authors' certification that the manuscript is not copyrighted and is not currently under review by any other journal or conference proceedings.
Copyright to all articles published by the Communications of the Association for Information Systems must be transferred by the authors to AIS prior to publication. Authors will be required to fill out and sign a form to this effect.
Electronic or print copies may be made for non-commercial personal or class-room use. In cases of classroom copies, copyright should be attributed to AIS on each copy.
Authors may include a copy of their article on their Web page as long as it is clearly noted that AIS owns the copyright and use for profit is not allowed. Such an author version must be identical to the final published version, and include a link to CAIS.
All members of the Association for Information Systems receive complementary subscriptions to the Communications of the Association for Information Systems. Information and rates about joining AIS is available. Nonmembers of AIS can subscribe to the journal for an annual fee of $40 by going to the journal subscription page.
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