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Information For Authors

Manuscript Category

Authors should designate the manuscript category during submission. THCI has the following manuscript categories:

  1. Original Empirical Research (ER):The article contributes original and significant results, is grounded in theory, and presents empirical evidence of the verity of claims.
  2. Theory and Review (TR):The article presents the development of a new theory without theory testing, or a critical review of specific areas of research, or critical comparisons of theories. Critical reviews or theory comparisons are expected to contribute deep insights into an area of research and provide a foundation for further development of the research area.
  3. Research Note (RN):The article makes an important contribution of an empirical nature or present discussions that relate to an important methodological issue. Compared to an Original Empirical Research article, a Research Note article tends to focus less on theory and coverage of the literature.
  4. Issues and Opinions (IO):The article adds insights to well-developed and well-articulated statements concerning emerging, paradoxical, or controversial research issues. Compared to a Research Note article, an Issues and Opinions article emphasizes rigorous articulations of novel ideas and views rather than being empirical or methodological in nature.
  5. Research Commentary (RC):These articles are often invited by Editors-in-Chief (EICs). The article is often authored by senior scholars to discuss a research stream, methodological approaches, or insights into the future of research fields or areas.
  6. Letters to Editors (LE):These articles are authors’ replies to existing articles or elaborations on them.

Manuscript Length

THCI does not have restrictions on length because as an electronic journal it does not have page limits. However, all manuscripts should be written concisely to avoid being unnecessarily long. Overly long papers may not weather well with the review team and the readers. The following are suggestions on the maximum lengths for various categories (excluding tables, figures, appendices, and references):

  1. Original Empirical Research:15,000 words
  2. Theory and Review:20,000 words
  3. Research Note:10,000 words
  4. Issues and Opinions:10,000 words
  5. Research Commentary:10,000 words
  6. Letters to editors:3,000 words

Format Requirements

All submissions (new manuscripts or revisions) should be prepared with MS Word and submitted as MS Word documents.

Elements and Order in a New Manuscript

The main manuscript document should contain the following items in one file: title, abstract, text with tables and figures, references, and appendices.

Author information, manuscript category, keywords, nominations for the review team, and other relevant information such as prior versions being presented at conferences should be provided during online submission.

Elements and Order in a Revised Manuscript

The main manuscript document should contain the following items in one file: a section on responses to the earlier round of review, title, abstract, text with tables and figures, references, and appendices.

In the response section, the authors should address all the comments from the review team point by point with reference to page numbers in the revised document. If authors disagree with specific comments or suggestions, they should present arguments for why they disagree.

Tables and Figures

They should be inserted in the text close to the places they are first introduced, and labeled clearly with captions.

Manuscript Layout

  • Title: centered, Arial 16, bold.
  • Heading 1: Arial 14, bold.
  • Heading 2: Arial 12, bold.
  • Heading 3: Arial 11, italic.
  • Body text: Times New Roman, 12 point, left justified.
  • Table captions: before the tables, centered.
  • Figure captions: after the figures, centered.
  • Line space: double.
  • Margins: 1 inch around (all items including body text, tables, figures, etc. must fit within these margins)
  • No indent, use an empty line to separate paragraphs.
  • Page number: in the right bottom.
  • Footnotes: referred to by superscript number, and displayed on the same page as referred in text. Use Times New Roman 10 points, single spaced.
  • Endnotes: not preferred.

Reference Style

THCI uses JAIS' reference style. When making a reference within text, use the JAIS style as noted in the EndNote style sheet. Specifically,

  • Single author: (Benbasat, 2001)
  • Two Authors: (Zhang and Galletta, 2007)
  • More authors: (Gray et al., 2001)
  • Same author but more than one article in a year: (Galletta, 2005a), (Galletta, 2005b)

Manuscript Submission

All submissions to THCI should be made through the manuscript central review system (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/thci) hosted by ScholarOne. Authors need to login with their Manuscript Central ID and Password. Note: such login information is identical among JAIS , CAIS and THCI manuscript review systems. So if you already have an account with any of these journals, you just need to use the login information with that account to log in to another journal. If you do not have one, you can create one at the website. The default roles for each new account are Author and Reviewer.

Submitting New Manuscripts

Once in the system, go to Author Center, then go to "Click here to submit a new manuscript", and follow the flow of submission.

Submitting Revisions

When submitting a revision, authors should go to Author Center, click "Manuscripts with Decisions" to find the last version of the revision, then click "Create a revision".

Submitting Resubmissions

When submitting a resubmission (that is, the original manuscript received a "Decline but Invite Resubmission decision"), the authors should go to Author Center, then “Click here to submit a new manuscript.” During the submission, when asked whether the manuscript has been submitted previously, answer Yes, then give the original submission’s ID.

Best Paper Award

Papers published in THCI will be considered for the annual best paper award. To avoid potential conflict of interest, papers authored by EICs are excluded for being considered for the best paper awards.

Best Reviewer Award

All reviewers for THCI will be considered for the annual best reviewer award.

Fee for Submitting and Publishing

There is no fee for submitting a manuscript to THCI for review or for publishing a paper in THCI

Code of Research Conduct

All authors must adhere to the AIS Code of Research Conduct (http://home.aisnet.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=15) in their work. Authors who believe their work has been plagiarized or subjected to other scholarly misconduct are urged to consult Guidelines for a Victim (http://www.aisnet.org/conduct/Plagiarism_Guidelines.htm). 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 (http://home.aisnet.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=12).

Copyright

When submitting an article to any AIS journal, the authors certify that they own the copyright of the article. Copyright to all articles published by AIS journals must be transferred by the authors to AIS prior to publication. All authors of an accepted paper will be required to fill out and sign a form to this effect. Electronic or print copies of the published article 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 that use for profit is not allowed. Such an author version must be identical to the final published version, and include a link to the AIS journal in which the paper appears.

Sample of Copyright Release form