Communications of the Association for Information Systems


“Panel reports” reflect a particular category of submissions that authors can make to the Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS). As the CAIS website states, panel reports (i.e., papers that report on panels, debates, symposia, workshops, and similar events) differ from traditional research papers in that they “have to clearly position the matter of discussion at the event, highlight the relevance of event and topic and outline the different views on the topic that emanated at the events” (see https://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/panel_reports.pdf). While this definition has persisted for some time and still holds true, it leaves room for interpretation as to what constitutes a contribution and how one knows that a particular paper has made enough of one. In this editorial, we interpret and elaborate on these principles based on our collective experience with such reports.