Pacific Asia Journal of the Association for Information Systems

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Pacific Asia Journal of the Association for Information Systems (PAJAIS) is an AIS journal that focuses on enhancing the knowledge in information technology management with an emphasis on the research and development in the Asia Pacific Region. It is a quarterly journal that will publish high-quality organizational and technical research papers in information systems. To enhance communication of knowledge related to Information System and promote the readership of the journal, the editors of PAJAIS invite authors to submit their papers for publication. PAJAIS will cover both organizational and technical issues, with particular interests in topics pertaining to the Asia Pacific region. The Journal encourages multidisciplinary and nontraditional approaches. The language is English (American). All papers are blindly reviewed.


  1. Research Articles
  2. Research Perspectives

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We welcome submissions of relevance to the topics listed below, but will not be limited to the following.

IS Development in the Asia Pacific:

-Information systems in the Asia Pacific region
-Information systems in developing countries
-Government Information policies
-Cultural issues in information systems development
-Privacy and other societal issues

Information System Theory and Research Methods:

-Theoretical foundation of information system
-Research Methods
-Philosophical aspects of information systems

Information Systems Development:

-Design and implementation of information systems
-Techniques for System analysis and design
-Object-oriented design and web services
-Rapid application development
-Systems implementation and project management

Management of Information Systems:

-Strategic planning of information systems
-Management of information systems
-Computer center management
-Adoption and diffusion of information systems
-Information systems outsourcing
-Planning and evaluation of information systems projects

Technical Development in information systems:

-Telecommunication infrastructure
-Artificial intelligence and data mining
-Tools and techniques for systems development
-Computer security
-Modeling information systems processes

E-business and Other Applications:

-E-business and e-commerce
-Decision support systems
-Knowledge-based systems
-Mobile and location-based commerce
-ERP and supply chain management
-Internet marketing and customized services

Group and Organizational applications:

-Group support systems
-Power and organizational aspects of information systems
-Organizational impact and organizational changes
-Business process re-engineering

Other topics related to Information Technology Application

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PAJAIS is a quarterly journal, will publish four issues in March, June, September, and December.

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Ethics in publishing

Please see our information pages on https://aisnet.org/page/Policies.


Submission of an article to PAJAIS implies the authors' certification that the manuscript is not copyrighted and is not currently under review by any other journal or conference proceedings. Copyright to all articles published by PAJAIS must be transferred by the authors to AIS prior to publication. Upon acceptance of an article, a decision of manuscript e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author together with a “Copyright Transfer Form” and the corresponding author will be asked to complete it before publication.

New submissions

To submit a manuscript to PAJAIS, the online submission system will guide you step by step through the process of entering your manuscript details and uploading of your files. The system will convert your files to a single PDF file automatically, which is used in the peer-review process.

Peer review

PAJAIS operates a double-blind review process. First, all manuscripts will be evaluated by editors for originality and suitability for PAJAIS. Second, manuscripts considered appropriate will be sent to at least two independent reviewers to evaluate the quality of the paper. The editor will make a final decision regarding the acceptance or rejection of manuscripts.

Double Blind

PAJAIS implements double-blinded reviews, meaning that both the authors and the reviewers are ‘blind’ to the identity of the other. To achieve this, please upload the following separately:  

Title page (with author details): Title page should include the title of the manuscript, authors' names, e-mail address, affiliations, acknowledgments and any Declaration of Interest statement. The corresponding author should provide a complete address and an e-mail address.

Blinded manuscript (no author details): The main body of the manuscript (including the references, figures, tables, and any acknowledgments) should be written in a way that it does not show an author’s identity.

Revised submissions

At revision, you must provide us a response letter to answer point-by-point requirements in a two-column format, upload to online review system separately.


After submission, any change in the order of authors or the deletion/addition of authors, need to provide the “Change of Authorship Request Form” to the editorial office and must be agreed by every author. PAJAIS will not investigate or adjudicate authorship disputes before or after publication. If the difference cannot be resolved amongst authors, it should be directed to the relevant institutional authority.

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Language (usage and editing services)

Please write your manuscript in good English (American). The quality and clarity of writing can significantly impact the views of reviewers. PAJAIS aims to publish the highest quality papers in research contribution. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to submit manuscripts that are well written. Poorly written and error-prone manuscripts risk initial desk rejection.


Articles are to be submitted to the PAJAIS online review system:


Submission checklist

You can use this list to carry out a final check of your submission before you send it to the journal for review.

Ensure that the following items are present

  • One author has been designated as the corresponding author with a contact e-mail address.

All necessary files have been uploaded:


  • Include abstract and keywords
  • Main body (no author details)
  • All figures (include relevant captions) and all tables (including titles, description, footnotes)
  • Ensure all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided
  • Correct reference format

Title Page

  • Concise and instructive. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems, avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
  • Author names and affiliations. Please clearly present the given name and family name of each author and confirm that all names are accurately spelled. Present the authors' affiliation addresses below the names. Provide the e-mail address of each author.
  • Corresponding author. To mark who will be the corresponding author at all stages (under review process and also post-publication) and ensure that the e-mail address is given. This responsibility includes answering any future queries about methodology and materials.
  • The title page stored here.


  • Response letter. When your manuscript is a revision, please submit a point-to-point summary of the revision to the online review system.

Further considerations

  • Journal policies detailed in this guide have been reviewed
  • Referee suggestions and contact details provided, based on journal requirements All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa
  • A competing interests statement is provided, even if the authors have no competing interests to declare

Manuscript Length

PAJAIS does not have formal restrictions on page length. However, all manuscripts should be written concisely to avoid unnecessary length. An approximate guide for Research Articles is 15,000 words. Manuscripts that are more than 15,000 words are very likely to receive extra scrutiny from the editors.

Article structure

Subdivision - numbered sections


All PAJAIS manuscripts should be submitted in the style of a structured abstract with no more than 300 words. Write an informative abstract that addresses key points. The abstract should not include references. The structured abstract has four labeled sections.

Instructions for structured abstracts

labeled sections

Essential aspects




A brief introduction to reveal the main ideas of the manuscript. The title, abstract and content are consistent with each other and the manuscript. An examination of research objectives and contexts, why the work was done, and what is important.


The research questions must be articulated in an explicit sentence. The authors must define what the primary research objective is. State the reason for the name of the study, call attention to the proposed questions that previous scholarly conversation has neglected.



The fundamental research design for conducting the study should be reported clearly. All unnecessary methodological details should be omitted.


Do not overstate the advancement of research methods. The abstract should state explicitly how the study design has been designed to answer the posed research question(s).



Only showing the expected and observed results is insufficient. Key findings that explain how and why differences occurred should be organized in summary form to make them easier to understand.


Do not report trivial findings, focus exclusively on key findings that reveal insights and develop new avenues of research.



Elements of the conclusion found in the abstract must be justified and supported by the evidence in the manuscript.


Focus on the contribution to existing scholarly conversation. How do the implications revise or extend well-known wisdom?



After the abstract, provide 3 to 5 keywords. Avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations.


Describe the problem or issues that motivate the study, outline the aim and purpose of the study/paper and derive the research questions. Define the Unit(s) of Analysis and briefly outline the benefits of the study for academics and practitioners. Also, position the study relative to other publications in the field.

Literature Review

Critically engage and review, do not summarize. Outline the knowledge gaps or problematize to realize research opportunities. Include at least 4 articles from the last four years.

Methodology and Analysis

In the methodology, describe methods with sufficient information to facilitate replication, include a discussion of validity, reliability, and ethics. In the analysis, first provide a descriptive analysis, then an inferential analysis, clearly state the results of each proposition/hypothesis test.


Benchmark results against other researchers’ results, develop or advance the theory. Outline academic and practitioner implications, also possibilities for future research.


Summarize the study, answer the research question(s), and conclude with the study’s contribution to theory and practice.


All references should follow the American Psychological Association (2010) guide. This section contains examples of all types of referencing. Note that this style does not capitalize every word in a text‘s title. In references, only the initial word and proper nouns should be capitalized. The only exception to this rule is with sources cited in conference proceedings. In these cases, the conference‘s name should be fully capitalized. The following section provides examples for reference styles. The only major difference between APA and PAJAIS style is that PAJAIS does not use Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs).

  • Journal papers:

Hevner, A., March, S., Park, J., & Ram, S. (2004). Design Science in Information Systems Research. MIS Quarterly, 28(1), 75-105.

  • Magazine Articles:

Ackerman (2007). The perfect blend. Consumer Goods Technology Magazine. Retrieved from http://consumergoods.edgl.com/media/publicationsarticle/art-mar07-6.pdf

  • Books:

Alvesson, M., & Deetz, S. (2000). Doing Critical Management Research. Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, California.

  • Book chapters:

Keren, G. (1990). Cognitive aids and debiasing methods: Can cognitive pills cure cognitive ills? In J. Caverni, J. Fabre, & M. Gonzalez (Eds.), Cognitive biases (pp. 523-555). Amsterdam, North Holland: Elsevier.

  • Conference:

Forget, A., Chiasson, S., & Biddle, R. (2007). Persuasian as education for computer security. In T. Bastiaens & S. Carliner (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2007 (pp. 882-82). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

  • Working Papers:

Acha, V. (2004). Technology frames: The art of perspective and interpretation in strategy (SPRU Electronic Working Paper No. 109). Brighton: University of Sussex.


If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc.

About the Authors

The authors' information only added on the last page when the manuscript has been accepted.


Prospective authors for PAJAIS publications should follow the PAJAIS Submission Style document stored here, as Microsoft Word document file.

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Upon submission, manuscripts are checked for their completeness and adherence to the AIS policies. Next, each completed manuscript is assigned a Senior Editor to manage its evaluation. Each Senior Editor has the autonomy to accept or reject a paper for publication or to request that the author revise and resubmit the paper. Submissions are screened to provide quick feedback to authors if there are significant issues that would preclude a favorable reaction from the reviewers. Senior Editor solicits reviews from two or three reviewers and integrates them to provide a recommendation. The Editor-in-Chief makes the final decision based on reviewer comments and Senior Editor’s recommendation.

Time in Review

The journal seeks to complete evaluations and decisions on each submission within 90-120 days from the original date of submission of a manuscript. If the revision of a manuscript is invited, authors are urged to complete their work and resubmit their paper within three months.

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As per the style of this journal, biographies of the authors are mandatory. Please include a short biography for all authors.

Final Submission

Asking for manuscript and copyright transfer form

We will send an e-mail after your manuscript had been accepted. Please find the copyright transfer form on the attachment, and have at least one of the authors sign it and return the form to Managing Editor (manager.pajais@gmail.com). When you are preparing for the manuscript, please submit the final manuscript in regular manuscript format (single column and without page number).


Please make sure the following things before you submit your files:

  1. All figures and graphs are in high quality
  2. Your final manuscript is free from errors
  3. Authors’ biosketches are provided at the last of your paper
  4. All reference styles are in the correct format


Sample publications can also be found at either http://pajais.org/ or AIS e-library http://aisel.aisnet.org/pajais/.

After you complete the format, please send the files (copyright transfer form and MS Word manuscript) to manager.pajais@gmail.com.