Journal of the Association for Information Systems

Journal of the Association for Information Systems

About This Journal

About JAIS

The Journal of the Association for Information Systems (JAIS), the flagship journal of the Association for Information Systems, publishes the highest quality scholarship in the field of information systems.

It is inclusive in topics, level and unit of analysis, theory, method and philosophical and research approach, reflecting all aspects of Information Systems globally.

The Journal promotes innovative, interesting and rigorously developed conceptual and empirical contributions and encourages theory based multi- or inter-disciplinary research.

The impact factor of JAIS in 2018 is 3.103.


For Authors

  • A wide readership, as the journal is freely accessible online by members of AIS (also available pay per view to non-members).
  • Relatively short cycle times and short times to publication.
  • Developmental reviewing approach, with an editorial board of eminent scholars engaging with authors on promising papers.
  • An annual Theory Development Workshop at the International Conference on Information Systems.

Significant Publications

Each year since 2006, the Senior Scholars of AIS have given a Best Paper award to the top papers published in the IS discipline during the previous year.  A list of all AIS papers receiving honors from the AIS Senior Scholars may be found on the Publication Awards page on the AIS website.

These best papers demonstrate the range of publications in the journal:

2017 JAIS Best Paper Award
A Paradox of Progressive Saturation: The Changing Nature of Improvisation over Time in a Systems Development Project.  Wolfgang Molnar, Joe Nandhakumar, Patrick Stacey

2016 JAIS Best Paper Award
Inconsistent and Incongruent Frames During IT-enabled Change: An Action Research Study into Sales Process Innovation.  Brett W. Young, Lars Mathiassen, Elizabeth Davidson

2015 JAIS Best Paper Award
Seeing for Understanding: Unlocking the Potential of Visual Research in Information Systems.  Antonio Diaz Andrade, Cathy Urquhart, Tiru S. Arthanari

2014 JAIS Best Paper Award
The Historical Research Method and Information Systems Research.  Jaana Porra, Rudy Hirschheim, Michael S. Parks

2013 JAIS Best Paper Award
Work System Theory: Overview of Core Concepts, Extensions, and Challenges for the Future.  Steven Alter

2012 JAIS Best Paper Award
2013 AIS Best Infromation Systems Publication Award

A Glorious and Not-So-Short History of the Information Systems Field.  Rudy Hirschheim and Heinz K. Klein

2011 JAIS Best Paper Award
2012 AIS Best Information Systems Publication Award

Secondary Design: A Case of Behavioral Design Science Research. Matt Germonprez, Dirk Hovorka, and Uri Gal

2010 JAIS Best Paper Award
2011 AIS Best Information Systems Publication Award

Theory-Driven Design Framework for Social Recommender Systems. Ofer Arazy, Nanda Kumar and Bracha Shapira

2009 JAIS Best Paper Award
2010 AIS Best Information Systems Publication Award

Sequential Adoption Theory: A Theory for Understanding Herding Behavior in Early Adoption of Novel Technologies. Eric A. Walden and Glenn J. Browne

2008 JAIS Best Paper Award
2008 AIS Best Information Systems Publication Award

A Foundation for the Study of IT Effects: A New Look at DeSanctis and Poole’s Concepts of Structural Features and Spirit. M. Lynne Markus and Mark S. Silver

2007 JAIS Best Paper Award
2007 AIS Best Information Systems Publication Award

The Anatomy of a Design Theory. Shirley Gregor and David Jones

2006 JAIS Best Paper Award
2006 AIS Best Information Systems Publication Award

The Impact of IT on Market Information and Transparency: A Unified Theoretical Framework. Nelson F. Granados, Alok Gupta and Robert J. Kauffman