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– Making the Developing World a Better Place
– Smart Service Systems
– Storytelling and Information Systems
– Critical Perspectives on Information Systems and Openness
– Social Inclusion

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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 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.

New Special Issue (SI) Call

May 2016: The Editors have just approved the latest special issue call for ISJ. It is entitled Smart Service Systems: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. See here for details.

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.

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.

A model for assessing and mitigating knowledge sharing risks in agile software development


We present an empirically grounded and theoretically informed model for the assessment and mitigation of risks to effective knowledge sharing in agile development. The model is anchored in empirical insights from four agile projects across two software companies and in extant research on risk-strategy analysis and knowledge sharing in software development. We develop the model as part of the long-standing tradition of presenting risk management models dedicated to specific issues in software development and confirm its practical usefulness in one of the software companies studied. The model offers concepts and processes to assess a project’s knowledge sharing risk profile and articulate an overall resolution strategy plan to mitigate the risks. The results highlight how different knowledge sharing risk management profiles can lead to different project performance outcomes. We conclude with a discussion of research opportunities that the results offer software development scholarship. © 2016 Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Link: A model for assessing and mitigating knowledge sharing risks in agile software development
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)

Examining the use of status quo bias perspective in IS research: need for re-conceptualizing and incorporating biases


Kim & Kankanhalli introduced status quo bias perspective (SQBP) to help understand information systems (hereinafter IS) users’ resistance behaviour. Since then, scholars have widely referred to the theoretical perspective to understand user resistance to and adoption of new IS and information and communication technologies (hereinafter ICT). However, our analysis found that while adopting SQBP, researchers focused primarily on rational cost-and-benefit analysis, rather than on the fundamental tenet of SQBP that highlights ‘bias’ in users’ decision-making on account of their cognitive limitations that lead to bounded rationality. In addition, some of the key constructs used in SQBP were not properly interpreted or were oversimplified in their operationalization. This research note aims to provide guidance for utilizing and analysing SQBP and its constructs for future IS user resistance/adoption research. Because SQBP provides unique insights into ‘bias’ in human decision-making in its presentation of bounded rationality, accurate interpretation of its concepts and their investigation can help better understand the different sources of user resistance derived from the status quo bias during new IS and ICT implementation. © 2016 Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Link: Examining the use of status quo bias perspective in IS research: need for re-conceptualizing and incorporating biases
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)

Open generification


To what extent can software ‘travel’ to organizations and countries for which it was not designed for, and how important are local contexts for a successful design and implementation of generic software? Information systems researchers have differing views on this, some emphasizing the strengths of the generic and others the importance of contextual aspects. Contributing to this debate, Pollock and Williams have coined the term generification in order to describe how large vendors succeed in globalizing software packages through management by community, content and social authority. In this paper, we explore an approach that we call open generification, which extends Pollock and Williams’ work in the sense that we acknowledge the need for and the feasibility of generic software, but propose an alternative model for the governance of it. Open generification is not about managing the community of users attached to a software package by homogenization or segmentation but aims at addressing the diverse needs of the community the software is expected to serve. Our empirical basis is a longitudinal study of the development of an open-source health information system software (District Health Information software version 2), which is being used in more than 47 countries. Its success is attributed to a continuous interplay between generic and specific software and continuous cycles of embedding (implementing the global in the local context) and disembedding (taking local innovations into the global). We identify and discuss the contingent mechanisms of this interplay. © 2016 The Authors. Information Systems Journal Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Link: Open generification
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)

Starting open source collaborative innovation: the antecedents of network formation in community source


Specific needs in the area of enterprise applications have led to a new type of collaborative open source innovation development across institution borders: community source. We use the Kuali community source network, a jointly managed, border-spanning organization that supplies the institutions that created it, to describe how community source works. This study builds a theoretical basis for understanding the individual and institutional factors affecting community source network formation and the decision by organizations to join a community source network. We identify eight antecedents of decisions about forming or joining community source initiatives: motives, learning, trust, norms and monitoring, institutional similarity, external funding, hostile external environment and information technology. © 2016 Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Link: Starting open source collaborative innovation: the antecedents of network formation in community source
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)