management information systems. Scholars can choose to develop survey items themselves or reuse survey items from existing studies. When survey items are reused without justification, the connection between theory and measurement is not made explicit. We present a procedure that facilitates selection and justification. Our procedure covers the selection of survey items, when one could choose from a pool of existing items and the justification of the selected set of survey items. We draw upon bibliometric theory and develop a rating that combines the relevance of the paper that presents the reused survey items, with the relevance of the survey item sources. We demonstrate our procedure by operationalizing sub-constructs of information technology capability and address potential concerns of our procedure. Our study provides an initial step towards a procedure that facilitates scholars with selecting and justifying their survey items, while at the same time, provides insight for peers regarding the connection between theory and measurement.