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.

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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 2.522 (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

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 impact factor 2015

The 2015 impact factor (announced end of June 2016) for ISJ is 2.522. See the Editors comments on impact factors here. The next impact factor (2016) will not be available until around June/July 2017.

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.

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)

Unravelling causal and temporal influences underpinning monitoring systems success: A typological approach


This paper is concerned with the causal and temporal underpinnings of information systems success. It uses a typological approach based on fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis and process tracing. It investigates success across multiple cases of information systems adopted for monitoring the disbursement and use of resources within the European Social Fund. The study unravels the causal mechanisms and temporal pathways underpinning success in these systems. It develops a typological theory of monitoring systems success that reveals the temporal pathways embedded within individual cases, as well as broader theoretical patterns emerging across cases. Theoretical, methodological, and practical implications are discussed.

Link: Unravelling causal and temporal influences underpinning monitoring systems success: A typological approach
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)

The pastoral crowd: Exploring self-hosted crowdfunding using activity theory and social capital


As crowdfunding technologies mature, designers and practitioners are continuing to discover new paradigms for fund-raising activities. One such paradigm seeks to complement or replace third-party crowdfunding websites by embedding crowdfunding technologies directly into fund seekers’ personal websites. This promises more control and customisation for fund seekers yet also distances fund-seeking activities from the established crowds on websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Consequently, fund seekers adopting this paradigm must be capable of gathering and sustaining a suitable crowd that does not already exist in any one location. However, not all organisations are likely to possess the social resources to meet this challenge. Of those that do, little is known about how they might leverage these resources or the manner in which specific resources have an impact. Thus, the objective of this study is to explore the social resources that enable self-hosted crowdfunding activities. In particular, this research models these activities by leveraging 2 a priori theoretical lenses: activity theory and social capital theory. These are applied to analyse an extreme case of self-hosted crowdfunding, the funding of Star Citizen. Observations from this case are used to develop a propositional model that links different types of social capital with specific elements of self-hosted crowdfunding.

Link: The pastoral crowd: Exploring self-hosted crowdfunding using activity theory and social capital
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)

Declarations of significance: Exploring the pragmatic nature of information models


This paper considers the juncture experienced between information modelling in theory and information modelling in practice. It identifies the basis of this juncture in an unsatisfactory ontological basis for information modelling. Using both the early and more recent work of Searle, it establishes the need for information models to be framed in terms of communicative patterns significant within some delimited institutional domain. Such communicative patterns are visualised in terms of an innovative artefact known as a pattern comic. The propositional content of communicative acts within such patterns is then expressed as a set of binary relations, which can be transformed into various visualisations of an information model. Patterns of communicative action evident in the domain of medical emergency response are used throughout to illustrate this pragmatic approach to constructing information models.

Link: Declarations of significance: Exploring the pragmatic nature of information models
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)