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Abstract

In this study we examine the influence of premier information systems research over time to assess the maturity of the Information Systems (IS) field and its impact on subsequent IS and non-IS research. 19,357 citations from the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) (1982-2004) are attributed to 879 articles published in MIS Quarterly (MISQ), Information Systems Research (ISR), and the IS articles from Management Science (MS) between 1982 and 2004, and this number continues to increase over time. The results suggest that research in premier IS journals has an influence on other disciplines as 7,137 citations come from outside the IS discipline and this number continues to increase over time. Of particular note is the consistent increase over time in citations of premier IS research articles from the management, engineering and physical sciences, organizational behavior, and computer science disciplines. Given recent debates regarding the IT artifact, we also directly test the impact of articles that address the IT artifact and those that do not. We find that articles that directly address the IT artifact are cited significantly more often than those that do not, consistent with arguments made by Benbasat et al. [2003].

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