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That MISQ is the highest quality IS journal is as close to an incontestable fact as we have in the IS field. Yet there is no empirical evidence to support this assertion. In this paper, we provide a model that explains why this notion should be perpetuated in the IS field. This model argues that three interlocking processes: the doctoral training, tenure and promotion and article reviewing processes interacting with the group of senior scholars act to create and perpetuate the notion of the superiority of MISQ. Not only does it explain the existence and continuance of the MISQ superiority notion, it also explains why it would be very difficult change this notion or the processes in place.

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