Journal of the Association for Information Systems


Writing well is not often taught in PhD programs. Rather, it is usually learned via trial and error. The goal of this editorial is to reduce trial-and-error frustration by providing guidelines for crafting information systems (IS) research papers. I start by discussing and proposing guidelines for writing IS theory papers, drawing heavily from a recent experience writing an IS theory paper (Baird & Maruping, 2021). I then extend the guidelines provided to writing empirical IS papers. Numerous tips are provided throughout. Paper planning worksheets and outlines are available in the appendices.





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