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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.

Editors: Robert Davison, Philip Powell & Eileen Trauth

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 1.766 (2014 - 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

ISJ impact factor 2014

The 2014 impact factor (announced end of June 2015) for ISJ is 1.766. See the Editors comments on impact factors here.

New Senior Editor Appointed

We would like to welcome a new Senior Editor – Monideepa Tarafdar, and we look forward to working with her. She has previously been an Associate Editors for ISJ and this is a reward for all her hard work and excellent judgement.

ISJ paper wins AIS Best Publication Award

We are proud to announce that an ISJ paper won the AIS Best Publication Award for 2012. The Award was made at the ICIS 2013 Conference held in Milan, Italy, in December. Details here.


The Award winning paper is Perceived Discontinuities and Constructed Continuities in Virtual Work  by Mary Beth Watson-Manheim, Katherine M. Chudoba and Kevin Crowston. Volume 22, Issue 1, January 2012, Pages: 29–52. This paper has been made freely available by Wiley.


Many congratulations to the authors and all those involved.

New ISJ Editors

For 25 years, from its foundation to its current status as one of the leading journals in its field, David Avison and Guy Fitzgerald have lead the ISJ as its Editors-in-Chief. We say a sincere “thank you” to David and Guy for all their work and dedication to the Journal as they pass on the baton of chief-editorship and assume the role of Founding Editors. Read their last editorial and also a special article they have written Reflections and Opinions on 25 years with the ISJ.


As of July 1st 2012 they pass the baton to three longstanding friends of the ISJ – Robert M Davison (City University of Hong Kong), Philip Powell (Birkbeck, University of London) and Eileen Trauth (Pennsylvania State University).  All three, supported by the Senior and Associate Editors, are well-positioned to write the next chapter of the ISJ as it continues in its tradition of publishing high-calibre research, of benefit to the IS community at large. Read their inaugural editorial.

ISJ in the "Basket of 6"

ISJ is included in the ‘basket’ of 6 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.

ISJ Digital Archive Available Online

The ISJ is now available electronically (both abstracts and full-text) back to its beginning, i.e. 1991. Previously it had only been electronically available back to 1996. See ISJ content for information about how to access ISJ.

Can the outside-view approach improve planning decisions in software development projects?


This study empirically tackles the question of whether taking an outside-view approach, recommended for reducing the irrational behaviours associated with the planning fallacy, can also reduce the time underestimation, scope overload and over-requirement problems plaguing planning decisions in software development. Drawing on descriptive behavioural decision theory, this study examines whether the planning fallacy, a cognitive bias referring to the tendency of people to underestimate costs and overestimate benefits in evaluating a task to be performed, can provide a theoretical platform for mitigating irrational behaviours in the planning of software development projects. In particular, we argue that taking an outside-view approach in planning decisions for software development may have the same mitigating effects on time underestimation, scope overload and over-requirement it has been shown to have on cost underestimation and benefit overestimation. In an experiment investigating this argument, participants were randomly assigned to four groups by manipulating two outside-view mechanisms: reference information about past completion times (present/absent) and role perspective (developer/consultant). After being presented with a to-be-developed software project, they were requested to estimate development times of various software features and to recommend which features to include within project scope given a fixed duration for the entire project. The results confirm that the three problems of time underestimation, scope overload and over-requirement are manifested in planning decisions for fixed-schedule software development projects. Moreover, the results show that these problems are mitigated, yet not eliminated, by presenting reference information about past completion times and by having a consultant role.

Link: Can the outside-view approach improve planning decisions in software development projects?
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)

Solving misfits in ERP implementations by SMEs


The gap between the organizational needs and the extent to which an ‘off-the-shelf’ enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can meet these is called a misfit. A framework is developed to distinguish actual from perceived misfits. This is used to analyse the ERP implementation at four small-sized and medium-sized enterprises. The results show that they prefer to adjust the ERP system to their business processes when needed but often unnecessarily change the system to solve perceived misfits. The framework is a first step to prevent this unnecessary work in the future.

Link: Solving misfits in ERP implementations by SMEs
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)

Career transition antecedents in the information technology area


The more organizations invest in information technology (IT), the more the concern with IT personnel management has increased, namely the hiring, training and retaining of IT professionals needed to deal with such investments. In this context, two issues related to these professionals have often been observed, namely ‘turnover’ – in which the IT professional changes job but still remains in the IT area – and ‘turnaway’ – in which the IT professional abandons the IT area and assumes a job in another area in the same organization or another, usually rising to a managerial position. This work addresses the turnaway of IT professionals in Brazil. The relevance of this research is supported by the shortage of adequately trained IT professionals to work in the productive sector in this country. Therefore, by using and adapting the extant scientific literature, research hypotheses associated with the IT professional turnaway phenomenon are developed and tested via structural equation modelling. It was then concluded that exhaustion with work in the IT area, job dissatisfaction, the need to acquire further experience to remain attractive in the job market, the need for professional growth and prior and conscious managerial capacity development for career transition are the main antecedents of the career transition of IT professionals to other functional areas.

Link: Career transition antecedents in the information technology area
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)

Latest Papers in EarlyView

EarlyView is Wiley’s online repository for papers accepted but not yet published in an issue. 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.

Cultures of participation—for students, by students


Culturally relevant health information is said to benefit diverse populations and is critical for health dissemination and user experience creation. Social media and online content provide mechanisms to engage specific populations while helping to reduce barriers that can often hinder participation and engagement. Using action research and informed by co-creation theory, the initiative seeks to provide a user experience targeting Black female college students. Data were collected from females at a large university located in the Southeast United States. Through focus group participants’ feedback, co-creation with students as design delegates and reviews of social media resentments, evolved to include user-driven content. Results indicate that Black females are interested in HIV prevention information that uses simple, non-technical health jargon. The information should be, however, socially engaging to enable their voices to be heard, absent of cultural assumptions and biases about Black women, and embody an ownership ethos relative to social content. Informed by principals of canonical action research and the co-creation that results between the researcher and potential user, these findings suggest that the hedonic dimension underpins the key design lessons. This research helps to fill a void in the literature regarding the creation of user experiences for health-related messages, particularly those regarding stigmatized conditions, such as HIV, while designing for cultures of participation among under-represented groups.

Link: Cultures of participation—for students, by students
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)