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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. The next impact factor (2015) will not be available until around June/July 2016.

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.

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.

Editorial 26:2

Link: Editorial 26:2
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)

Leveraging virtual business model innovation: a framework for designing business model development tools


This paper presents a framework for developing tool support for the design and management of new business models. Existing IT tools supporting the process of designing, innovating, and evaluating a company’s business model are currently not leveraging the full potential of tool support, because they do not make use of theoretical and empirical knowledge around business model development. Against this backdrop, we analyze existing knowledge on business model design and management, resulting in a first systematization of the activities that are necessary for developing and managing new business models. In order to complement this knowledge and to identify the requirements for supporting these activities, a series of expert interviews is conducted. Based on the results of the interview series, a new business model development tool is created and evaluated. The learnings of this development process are then consolidated in a unified framework. This framework constitutes a new solution for systematically designing tool support for business model development and extends existing literature by highlighting the importance of collaboration between participants in a business model development project. It also provides designers of new business model development tool with an empirically based conceptualization to guide their efforts.

Link: Leveraging virtual business model innovation: a framework for designing business model development tools
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)


Link: Editorial
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)

Affordances of social media in collective action: the case of Free Lunch for Children in China


This paper studies the socialised affordances of social media in the processes of collective action, exploring the role of technology in the under-researched area of civil society. We examine the case of Free Lunch for Children (FL4C), a charitable programme in China based on the microblogging platform, Weibo. Adopting the perspective of affordances-for-practice, we draw upon the collective action model to better understand the sociomaterial practices and social processes involving social media, and seek to address the ‘when’ and ‘how’ questions of affordances. The study generates theoretical and practical implications for understanding the role of social media in social transformation.

Link: Affordances of social media in collective action: the case of Free Lunch for Children in China
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)