Policies and Guidelines

AIS believes that it is the best interests of the field for research to be first presented at a conference and then published in a more refined format in a journal. The conference review process and the presentation of the study to colleagues helps improve the research, so the research has the opportunity to be much more fully developed for review by journals. As a result, the AIS Policy on Conference and Journal Publication encourages conference papers to be published in journals. This policy applies to AIS conferences (so there are no copyright issues to prevent your AIS conference paper from being published in any journal (AIS or not)), and to AIS journals (so there are no restrictions preventing you from submitting your paper from any conference (AIS or not) to an AIS journal). Many non-AIS journals have policies similar to the AIS policy, so you can submit your AIS conference paper to them; this includes all the AIS Senior Scholars’ Basket Journals (European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Information Systems Research, Journal of the AIS, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of MIS, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, and MIS Quarterly), as well as Decision Support Systems, Information and Management, Information and People, MIS Quarterly Executive, Systemes d’Information et Management, Business & Information Systems Engineering, International Journal of Knowledge Management, The Data Base for Advances in Information Systems, and International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. (If your journal has a similar policy and you would like to include it here, please contact Alan Dennis at ardennis@indiana.edu).

AIS members are expected to adhere to the AIS Research Code of Conduct, which has been developed by the Research Conduct Committee (RCC), whose members are listed below, and endorsed by AIS Council.

The RCC has developed guidelines for journal editors and conference program chairs and guidelines for victims of plagiarism. These guidelines are designed to help individuals deal with situations where inappropriate scholarly conduct may have occurred.

All AIS journal editors and conference program chairs should review the Guidelines for Editors for advice on how to deal with suspected or potential scholar misconduct issues, including plagiarism.

If you think that someone may have plagiarized your work, please look at the Guidelines for Victims. These guidelines have been written with victims in mind and are informed by previous plagiarism cases. They provide actionable advice.

Finally, to understand how cases of scholarly misconduct are handled by AIS, please refer to AIS Policy, 5.4.3 Scholarly Misconduct. This policy explains how cases of scholarly misconduct are reported and handled, the ways in which the AIS investigates suspected cases of academic misconduct, the role of the RCC in this process, and the array of penalties that exist for scholarly misconduct.

We recommend that doctoral students and all new AIS members review all four of these documents.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please contact the chair of the RCC. or the president of AIS.

The Research Conduct Committee:

  • Robert Davison, City University of Hong Kong (Committee Chair)
  • Cynthia Beath, University of Texas, Austin (VP of Meetings and Conferences)
  • Virpi Tuunainen, Aalto University (VP of Publications)

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