Welcome to the DATA BASE for Advances in
Since 1969, the DATA BASE for
ADVANCES IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS
has had a significant impact on the IS
discipline as an outlet for high-quality
In reviewing the list of editors
who have guided this journal prior to
our tenure here, its strong reputation
has resulted from the hard work and
dedication of many people - senior
editors who have developed and
cultivated high-quality research,
reviewers who have taken the time to
carefully examine the work of their
peers, and authors who have submitted
their best manuscripts to expand the
body of knowledge.
We are honored to be guiding this
journal into a new era.
Our vision for DATA BASE hinges upon one
key word – ADVANCES in Information
To advance means ‘to propel
forward in a new direction’.
Accordingly, we seek to advance
our field – through thought-provoking,
We want DATA BASE for ADVANCES
IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS to be a place
where we can turn to find well-developed
manuscripts that challenge our field to
move in promising new directions.
In this pursuit we are not bound
by established paradigms or approaches,
but rather seek diversity in thought and
methods, while yet maintaining the
intellectual rigor of the journal.
We therefore extend a call to you to
submit your best empirical work for
inclusion within our pages.
Our editorial team will encourage
and help develop your ideas so that we
are publishing high-impact, high-quality
research, but this simply isn’t possible
without your submissions.
In addition to this broad
invitation for papers, there are five
content foci that we are specifically
seeking to advance.
While not an exhaustive list, these
will include 1) senior scholars’
perspectives, 2) methodological
advances, 3) framework/review articles,
and 4) case studies.
We will be including articles as invited
“perspectives” pieces from Senior
Scholars in the field.
These pieces will be broad in
nature, whether addressing the field
(overall), a research area in which the
senior scholar writing the piece has
expertise, or a general trend of
interest to the IS community.
We will also focus on advancing new
research methodologies for the IS field.
We will actively seek pieces that
highlight new methods that IS
researchers can employ (perhaps in the
form of tutorials, but more importantly
in developing novel methodologies
focused on the IS field). We intend to
focus on new research methods and
approaches that represent advances in
our thinking about research in IS.
In particular, we intend to
promote an emphasis on measurement
development pieces and encourage you to
submit work that creates and validates
measures for key phenomena within the
We will encourage and focus on in-depth
framework and review articles that
advance our thinking about a specific
research area. No journals of which we
are aware currently emphasize these
types of articles, although they tend to
be highly read and highly cited and thus
provide the journal with an opportunity
to advance research.
Many of our colleagues that teach MBA
courses in IS rely heavily upon case
studies for their pedagogical needs.
However, our assessment is that there
are limited outlets for these types of
articles that are peer-reviewed. We will
seek to address this need in the
community by providing such an outlet.
Case study articles tend to be highly
read and used both for teaching and
research, thus providing an opportunity
for us to enhance the academic impact of
We decided fairly early on that our
effort would be only as good as the
people working with us.
To this end, we have carefully
selected outstanding editorial boards.
First, we have added a board of
These individuals will not handle
routine editorial positions, but will
help identify potentially important new
ideas in the discipline and as well
identify individuals whose ideas merit
consideration for invitation to the
Further, they will provide advice
to and insight regarding ideas that
merit attention in the journal.
The names on the list should
offer some indication as to why we
believe them to be preeminent; these
individuals often appear as both editors
and authors in the very best journals in
We have also recruited some
exceptional individuals as Senior
Editors, all of whom possess excellent
Both of the boards reflect the
fact that we sought to recruit
individuals who would be representative
of the breadth and reach of our field,
and we are pleased to have such strong
colleagues working with us in this
While our ideas will always be subject
to revision and improvement, the main
point is that we’d like to make the
for ADVANCES IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS
into the kind of journal we’d
like to read.
Hopefully you’ll find it to be
one you’ll like to read as well.
If we accomplish this, we’ll have
done the field a service, and by doing
this will enhance even further the
journal’s visibility and impact.