Track Description

The Paperathon was piloted at ICIS 2017 and—based on positive feedback from participants, mentors, and journal editors—has been refined and repeated at every ICIS since then. The goal of this “paper hackathon” is to facilitate new research collaborations, help scholars develop their research abilities while making new professional connections, and—for the most promising projects—to accelerate a publication review process.

The Paperathon traditionally begins with an intense two-day working session where researchers are organized into interest-related project teams to collaborate under the mentorship of prominent IS scholars. This initial two-day workshop phase concludes with sufficiently prepared groups pitching their research projects to a panel of journal editors. Then, up to three papers are selected to make a full presentation in a conference session. Finally, after ICIS concludes, one or more of the presented papers may be invited for a fast-tracked review process for possible publication in the Journal of AIS. For an exceptional project, the resulting paper could appear in publication as quickly as six months. However, this year will be unique, due to the virtual aspect of ICIS. This year the networking and “research hacking” will take place over a full week, and then there will be a couple days for finalists to prepare for the full presentation.

Track Chairs
Panayiotis Constantinides, Manchester University
James Gaskin, Brigham Young University
Anjana Susarla, Michigan State University

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