About This Journal

About JAIS

The Journal of the Association for Information Systems (JAIS), the flagship journal of the Association for Information Systems, publishes the highest quality scholarship in the field of information systems.

It is inclusive in topics, level and unit of analysis, theory, method and philosophical and research approach, reflecting all aspects of Information Systems globally.

The Journal promotes innovative, interesting and rigorously developed conceptual and empirical contributions and encourages theory based multi- or inter-disciplinary research.


  • One of the ‘Basket of Six’ - the top six journals in the field as recognized by the AIS Senior Scholars Forum in April 2007.
  • 2009 impact factor of 2.246 - the second highest impact factor of the AIS Basket of Six journals and remarkable since first listing only occurred in 2007.
  • A favoured outlet: JAIS ranks third amongst IS journals in terms of the percentage of authors who come from high-quality academic institutions*.
  • Indexed in ISI, Scopus, EBSCO and Cabell’s.
  • Increasing number of submissions, with over 40% more in 2010 compared with 2009. The acceptance rate remains at 10 - 15%.

For Authors

  • A wide readership, as the journal is freely accessible online by members of AIS (also available pay per view to non-members).
  • Relatively short cycle times and short times to publication - average 73 days turnaround in 2010.
  • Developmental reviewing approach, with an editorial board of eminent scholars engaging with authors on promising papers.
  • An annual Theory Development Workshop at the International Conference on Information Systems.

Significant Publications

Each year since 2007, JAIS has had a paper honored with the Best Information Systems (IS) Publications Award, presented by the Senior Scholars of AIS. JAIS is one of only two journals in the AIS Basket of Six to have had a paper receive this honour each year.

The four best papers demonstrate the range of publications in the journal:

Sequential Adoption Theory: A Theory for Understanding Herding Behavior in Early Adoption of Novel Technologies. Eric A. Walden and Glenn J. Browne

A Foundation for the Study of IT Effects: A New Look at DeSanctis and Poole’s Concepts of Structural Features and Spirit. M. Lynne Markus and Mark S. Silver

The Anatomy of a Design Theory. Shirley Gregor and David Jones

The Impact of IT on Market Information and Transparency: A Unified Theoretical Framework. Nelson F. Granados, Alok Gupta and Robert J. Kauffman