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About This Journal

The Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2014, thus being one of the longest running European journals within the area of information systems. SJIS is the journal of the IRIS Association (Information Systems Research in Scandinavia), which is the Scandinavian chapter of the Association for Information Systems.

The journal publishes research on development and use of information systems, and related organizational and societal issues. Research published in SJIS typically draws on the Scandinavian research traditions, emphasizing engagement with the field. As this line of research is not confined by geographical boundaries, the term "Scandinavian" in the title of the journal should be interpreted metaphorically rather than literally. Indeed, SJIS frequently publishes articles by researchers residing outside the Scandinavian countries. Theoretical and methodological pluralism is welcomed by the journal.

The journal publishes two issues per year, comprising regular research papers, special issues and debate forums.

The special issues are edited by a team of guest editors based on submission of a special issue proposal to the coordinating editor (see submission guidelines at http://iris.cs.aau.dk/index.php/special.html). The special issues cover important and timely topics within the scope of the journal. Examples of recent SJIS special issues include:

  • Distributed participatory design
  • Genre theory in IS
  • Development and use of web-based information systems
  • Software process improvement

The debate forum consists of an invited debate essay authored by one or more senior scholars, and a number of invited response papers from key researchers within the focused area. As an example, the debate forum in issue 19(2) focused on the relationship between IS research and design science.