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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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 4.267 (2017 - 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 2018

The 2018 impact factor (announced mid June 2019) for ISJ is 3.286. See past ISJ impact factors and the Editor’s comment on impact factors here. The next impact factor (2019) will not be available until around end of June 2020.

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.



Combining social media affordances for organising collective action


Social media provide new opportunities for supporting the dynamics of collective action (CA), allowing for the mobilisation of people into debates and involving them in new forms of collective decision making. Although current studies focus on opportunities offered by social media for collective action, there is still a need to deepen the understanding of how social media support the organisation of CA and to study the effects of individual actions performed on social media in complex organisational settings. We here explore how social media are used to manage CA by the Italian political movement Movimento Cinque Stelle, using the concept of affordances as the conceptual framing. Based on the qualitative case analyses, our study contributes to the knowledge base by identifying a typology of nine affordances supporting CA and exploring how the combined actualisations of some affordances of the typology create antecedents of the fundamental processes of CA. On the basis of the study analysis, we suggest a model to describe how social media support CA through affordances, their combinations, and the creation of antecedents and then formulate implications for research and practice.


Usable, in?use, and useful research: A 3U framework for demonstrating practice impact


In addition to innate curiosity, many of us also see scientific research as a way of making the world a better place. There has been a drive to better understand and observe the practical and societal impact of research, led by researchers seeking to find meaning and purpose in their work, as well as government agencies responsible for allocating research funding to maximum effect. Despite a wealth of guidance from researchers discussing impact and agencies evaluating impact, making practice impact visible and demonstrable remains arduous to researchers because it appears to be possible only at the end of a long and winding pathway to impact. This article presents a framework for demonstrating practice impact as it is being realized progressively, rather than only at the end of the pathway. It identifies usable, in?use, and useful research outputs, with each having cumulative and demonstrable practice impact. Our analyses of existing impact evaluation guidelines and top?ranked impact cases submitted to the Research Excellence Framework 2014 showed that all three forms of impact can be demonstrated and are recognized as practice impact. Framing impact in terms of “use” inherently connects the perspectives of researchers and beneficiary users and positions users as co?producers of impact rather than passive objects and recipients of research. The 3U framework is descriptive as well as prescriptive. It identifies impact indicators for each form of impact. It also indicates the necessary actions for strengthening impact. When applied iteratively, the 3U framework facilitates the identification and pursuit of new research questions that will further solidify a research endeavour’s practice impact.


Mitigating the intrusive effects of smart home assistants by using anthropomorphic design features: A multimethod investigation


With the growing proliferation of smart home assistants (SHAs), digital services are increasingly pervading people’s private households. Through their intrusive features, SHAs threaten to not only increase individual users’ strain but also impair social relationships at home. However, while previous research has predominantly focused on technology features’ detrimental effects on employee strain at work, there is still a lack of understanding of the adverse effects of digital devices on individuals and their social relations at home. In addition, we know little about how these deleterious effects can be mitigated by using information technology (IT) artefact?based design features. Drawing on the person?technology fit model, self?regulation theory, and the literature on anthropomorphism, we used the synergistic properties of an online experiment (N = 136) and a follow?up field survey with a representative sample of SHA users (N = 214) to show how and why SHAs’ intrusive technology features cause strain and interpersonal conflicts at home. Moreover, we demonstrate how SHAs’ anthropomorphic design features can attenuate the harmful effects of intrusive technology features on strain by shaping users’ feelings of privacy invasion. More broadly, our study sheds light on the largely underinvestigated psychological and social consequences of the digitization of the individual at home.