ISJ Special Issues

ISJ has a number of Special Issues, typically around one per year. Special Issues are proposed and edited by Guest Editors appointed by the Editor-in-Chief. They focus on one topic or theme and have a number of papers devoted to various aspects of that topic. The Guest Editors usually provide an extended editorial putting the topic and the papers in context. Special Issues have proved to be very successful and popular with ISJ readers and have been highly cited.

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Welcome to the Editors' Website for the ISJ

The purpose of this site is to provide information from the Editors to our readers, authors, potential authors, deans, etc. about the Information Systems Journal (ISJ) over and above that provided on the publishers website which also contains ISJ Table of Contents, access to sample papers and full-text access.

Please follow the links of the above menu which provide detailed information and answers to most questions. We hope you find this website useful. Please contact us with any comments you have.

Editor-in-Chief: Robert Davison

ISJ Indicators
This page just provides a brief overview of some key quality indicators for the ISJ. Please see the details in the various menus above, in particular here.

- ISJ is the premier, predominantly qualitative, information systems journal
- ISJ is in the AIS basket of six top information systems journals
- ISJ has an impact factor of 4.122 (2015 - latest)
- ISJ is 'the' truly international information systems journal
- ISJ was ranked 1st for author experience
- ISJ will respond within 2 weeks indicating if your paper is out of scope or unsuitable

ISJ News

Good News

We are pleased to announce the ISJ’s Impact Factor of 4.122. This places ISJ 3rd of the top eight IS journals in terms of impact. Congratulations to all who have made this possible and it is a further indication of the high standards and quality of ISJ.

ISJ impact factor 2016

The 2016 impact factor (announced mid of June 2017) for ISJ is 4.122. See the Editor’s comment on impact factors here. The next impact factor (2017) will not be available until around end of June 2018.

Change to Editors

As of 1st January 2017 Wiley have announced a change to the Editors-in-Chief of the Information Systems Journal (ISJ). Eileen Trauth and Philip Powell have stepped down and Robert Davison will now become the sole Editor-in-Chief. ISJ would like to thank Eileen and Philip for all their hard work and help in contributing to the ongoing success of the journal over the past years.

ISJ in the "Basket of 8"

ISJ is included in the ‘basket’ of 8 top IS journals in the field, identified by the AIS (Association of Information Systems) Senior Scholars, click here for details. Also see other indicators of ISJ quality and recognition here, and reasons to publish in ISJ here.

Latest Papers in EarlyView

EarlyView is Wiley’s online repository for papers accepted but not yet published in an issue. The latest EarlyView papers are detailed below. For full details and access to all of the ISJ please go to the publishers website – see Wiley link in Weblinks in the next column.

Digital transformation by SME entrepreneurs: A capability perspective


This research investigates how entrepreneurs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with inadequate capabilities and limited resources drove digital transformation in their companies, a phenomenon that remains under-researched in the extant literature. We conduct qualitative research on digital transformation to cross-border e-commerce undergone by 7 SMEs on the Alibaba digital platform. We inductively derive a process model that aims to describe and explain how SME entrepreneurs, with support from the digital platform service provider, drive digital transformation through managerial cognition renewal, managerial social capital development, business team building, and organizational capability building. This model expands our understanding of both digital entrepreneurship and digital transformation. It also presents new insights into how digital platform service providers can help SMEs transform and compete.

Link: Digital transformation by SME entrepreneurs: A capability perspective
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)

Information Systems Journal (Wiley)

Editorial: Special issue on empirical research on information systems addressing the challenges of environmental sustainability: an imperative for urgent action

Link: Editorial: Special issue on empirical research on information systems addressing the challenges of environmental sustainability: an imperative for urgent action
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)

To sell or not to sell: Exploring sellers' trust and risk of chargeback fraud in cross-border electronic commerce


Over the past few decades, chargeback fraud from buyers has been identified as a major risk faced by online sellers, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises, in cross-border electronic commerce. However, most previous studies have focused on trust and perceived risk from the buyers’ perspective and in domestic online marketplaces, while neglecting the importance of sellers’ trust and perceived risk in the success of online transactions and the significance of cross-border transactions. To fill this gap in the literature, this study examines both the antecedents and the impacts of sellers’ trust in buyers and their perceived risk of chargeback fraud on sellers’ intention to trade with buyers in the context of cross-border e-commerce. To this end, we develop a conceptual model that identifies a set of institutional mechanisms to enhance sellers’ trust and reduce their perceived risk. Hypotheses are tested via a survey of 443 sellers on, one of the major cross-border e-commerce websites connecting the small- and medium-sized enterprises of mainland China with overseas buyers. Our research makes concrete contributions to e-commerce research and generates useful insights for third-party online transaction platforms and online trade policy makers.

Link: To sell or not to sell: Exploring sellers' trust and risk of chargeback fraud in cross-border electronic commerce
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)

Sociocultural transitions and developmental impacts in the digital economy of impact sourcing


Impact sourcing (ImS) is the practice of bringing digitally enabled outsourcing jobs to underprivileged communities. While such jobs are attractive and improve life chances, situated ImS employees face the difficult task of transitioning from their traditional communities to the relatively modern ImS workplace. These transition experiences expose them to a variety of work-life challenges and, at the same time, serve as occasions for development. This paper draws on an inductive qualitative study of an up and coming Indian ImS company and explores how ImS employees experience sociocultural transitions and realize developmental impacts. The findings suggest that compartmentalization and integration strategies help ImS employees manage boundaries arising from the contrasting cultural expectations of the community and the workplace. Impact sourcing employees respond to sociocultural transition challenges in the workplace through a series of cognitive adjustments, which involves the creation of fictive kinships, job crafting, and experimenting with provisional selves. Furthermore, the analysis shows how intense engagement with sociocultural transitions can lead to the development of crucial individual and collective capabilities. In closing, a model of capability development of ImS employees is outlined, and the implications for ImS companies are discussed.

Link: Sociocultural transitions and developmental impacts in the digital economy of impact sourcing
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)