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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.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

Entrepreneurial impact sourcing: a conceptual framework of social and commercial institutional logics


This article answers calls for better characterizations of impact sourcing given its potential to create social impacts in conjunction with global sourcing. It introduces a conceptual framework consisting of four dimensions drawn from entrepreneurship literature: primary mission, success criteria, resource mobilization and innovation approach – that characterize entrepreneurial impact sourcing service providers. These four dimensions are anchored across ideal types of social and commercial institutional logics to explicitly account for and capture the dual social and commercial value orientations of impact sourcing service providers as acknowledged in the literature. We evaluate the utility of this framework by using it to assess a US-based business process outsourcing social enterprise that focuses on the underserved workforce of military veterans and spouses of military personnel. We found that this firm used social logic for both the firm’s primary mission and the firm’s resource mobilization; it used commercial logic for its success criteria, and it used both logics for its innovation. Our analysis of the case substantiates the applicability of the framework for capturing variation in how impact sourcing providers may selectively draw upon different logics across the four dimensions. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Link: Entrepreneurial impact sourcing: a conceptual framework of social and commercial institutional logics
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)

IT professionals' person–organization fit with IT training and development priorities


Person–organization fit (P–O fit) research and practice have been hindered on account of the difficulty of operationalizing the richness, complexity and subjectivity of the P–O fit phenomenon. P–O fit for technology professionals is further complicated by the rapidly changing demands the IT profession places on its constituents to continually engage in training and development. A human capital perspective is adopted as a lens through which to view the IT professional’s P–O fit, and Social Cognitive Theory is proposed as a framework within which to incorporate the principles of Concourse Theory, which is the guiding philosophy of Q-Methodology and Q-sorts. The Q-methodology was used as a means to operationalize the IT professional’s P–O fit with respect to IT training and development. Analysis revealed five distinct P–O fit types of perspectives that explained 35% of the population variance. Post-hoc analysis of the five types revealed that they are interpretable through the lens of the human capital perspective. The results show promise for continued research on the subject, as well as implications for both researchers and practitioners. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Link: IT professionals' person–organization fit with IT training and development priorities
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)

Editorial appreciating alien thinking

Link: Editorial appreciating alien thinking
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)

Distilling a body of knowledge for information systems development


As a contribution towards consolidating the information systems (IS) field, we offer a systematic method for distilling a canonical body of knowledge (BOK) for information systems development (ISD), an area that historically accounts for as much as half of all IS research. Based on an integrative synthesis of the literature, we present a map of the most significant ISD research, uncover gaps in its canons and suggest fruitful lines of inquiry for new research. Our review combines citation analysis, which identifies the field’s evidence of cumulative tradition, with computer-aided textual analysis, a hermeneutically guided method that organizes the fragmented corpus of ISD literature into coherent knowledge areas. From a pool of over 6500 articles published in the IS Senior Scholars’ Basket of Journals, we find 940 IS citation classics, and from that list, 466 ISD articles that offer canonical ISD knowledge distinctive to IS and complementary to other disciplines such as software engineering and project management. From this study, we offer two contributions: (1) a justification for an ISDBOK grounded in the theory of practice and professionalism, and (2) a canonical map of disciplinary ISD knowledge with areas that have demonstrated cumulative tradition and others that require the attention of IS scholars. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Link: Distilling a body of knowledge for information systems development
Source: Information Systems Journal (Wiley)