Editorial Notes

Roles and Responsibilities of a Senior Editor
Suprateek Sarker, University of Virginia
Ritu Agarwal, University of Maryland
Paulo Goes, University of Arizona
Shirley Gregor, Australian National University
Ola Henfridsson, University of Warwick
Carol Saunders, Northern Arizona University
Bernard Tan, National University of Singapore

In this editorial forum, we individually discuss (1) the roles and responsibilities of a senior editor (SE) as informed by our experiences, (2) key challenges to fulfilling the role of senior editor, and (3) philosophies/characteristics/values/practices that are associated with the most effective SEs. A consensus emerges that it is the responsibility of SEs to determine the final disposition of papers submitted to their journal in light of various tradeoffs. In making these decisions, the SE must be cognizant of authors’ careers and the field’s intellectual development. We recognize the constructive element of the SE role and the importance of their offering guidance to the authors. While there was disagreement as to whether the “invisible college” or formal policies should be enacted to limit undesirable practices, suggestions emerged about how SEs could be better recognized for their contributions and SE-related policies could be enacted to improve the review process..

Eight Obstacles to Overcome in the Theory Testing Genre
Shirley Gregor, Australian National University
Gary Klein, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Theory testing work is popular in information systems (IS), with many studies using questionnaires, experiments, or other methods to gather quantitative data and test hypotheses with statistical techniques. This editorial note highlights some of the obstacles that theory testing researchers face, and assists authors so that their papers will not be rejected outright on submission, nor slowed unnecessarily in the review process. In particular, we identify three obstacles relating to theorizing and five related to methods. We provide guidance on how authors can deal with each obstacle, and include examples of studies that have successfully addressed the obstacle. We hope that our editorial will encourage authors to take better note of these obstacles and to give further consideration to avoiding them when they plan and conduct their research studies.

Recent Editorials

Towards a NeuroIS Research Methodology: Intensifying the Discussion on Methods, Tools, and Measurement
René Riedl, Fred D. Davis, Alan R. Hevner

Editorial: The Role of Information Systems in Enabling Open Innovation
Eoin Whelan, Kieran Conboy, Kevin Crowston, Lorraine Morgan, Matti Rossi

Innovation in Information Infrastructures: Introduction to the Special Issue
Eric Monteiro, Neil Pollock, Robin Williams

Selected Editorials (from earlier issues)

Editors’ Introduction [to Special Issue on Ethics]
Antony Bryant, Frank Land, and John Leslie King

Data matters in IS theory building
Kalle Lyytinen

Some Guidelines for the Critical Reviewing of Conceptual Papers
Rudy Hirschheim

Contributing to Rigorous and Forward Thinking Explanatory Theory
Bernard C.Y. Tan, Ananth Srinivasan, Kalle Lyytinen, Varun Grover

Introduction to the Special Issue on “Quo Vadis TAM – Issues and Reflections on Technology Acceptance Research"
Rudy Hirschheim

Special Research Perspectives Issue on the IS Core/Identity Debate
Rudy Hirschheim

Interdisciplinary Perspectives/Part I: Economic Perspectives (Editorial Introduction)
Robert J. Kauffman.