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Special Issue > Global Sourcing and Development: New Drivers, Models and Impacts
Special Issue > Activity Theory in Information Systems Research
Special Issue > Digital Entrepreneurship

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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.

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)

Reflections on Information Systems Journal's thematic composition


This article analyses the scholarly output of Information Systems Journal (ISJ) in relation to its seven peer journals in the Association for Information Systems Senior Scholars’ Basket of Eight journals (SSB8) since ISJs inception in 1991. To do so, cluster analyses are generated using metadata (i.e. titles, keywords and abstracts) from the articles published. The analysis results reveal commonalties and some distinguishing differences between ISJ and its peer journals. The findings illuminate that ISJ has published articles in the area of information systems development at a much higher rate than its counterparts. The analyses also illustrate that ISJ has embraced broader philosophical and methodological underpinnings than other SSB8 journals.

Link: Reflections on Information Systems Journal's thematic composition
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)

Current Issues of ISJ

The following section lists the papers in the latest issue of ISJ. 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.

Volume 25, 5 (Sept 2015)
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Editorial-The Art of Constructive Reviewing (pages 429–432)
Robert M. Davison
Article first published online: 14 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/isj.12083
Proposing the control-reactance compliance model (CRCM) to explain opposing motivations to comply with organisational information security policies (pages 433–463)
Paul Benjamin Lowry and Gregory D. Moody
Article first published online: 8 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/isj.12043
The deep structure of organizational online networking – an actor-oriented case study (pages 465–488)
Dr Matthias Trier and Dr Alexander Richter
Article first published online: 10 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/isj.12047
More than providing ‘solutions’: towards an understanding of customer-oriented citizenship behaviours of IS professionals (pages 489–530)
Xuefei (Nancy) Deng, Tawei Wang and Robert D. Galliers
Article first published online: 29 JAN 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/isj.12051
Managing e-Government: value positions and relationships (pages 531–571)
Jeremy Rose, John Stouby Persson, Lise Tordrup Heeager and Zahir Irani
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/isj.12052
These Early View articles are now available at Wiley Online Library

SI: Reframing Privacy in a Networked World

Company information privacy orientation: a conceptual framework
Kathleen E. Greenaway, Yolande E. Chan and Robert E. Crossler
Article first published online: 22 JUN 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/isj.12080

SI: Reframing Privacy in a Networked World

The role of mobile-computing self-efficacy in consumer information disclosure
Mark J. Keith, Jeffry S. Babb, Paul Benjamin Lowry, Christopher P. Furner and Amjad Abdullat
Article first published online: 19 JUN 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/isj.12082