Senior Scholars' Basket of Journals

The College of Senior Scholars encourages colleagues, as well as deans and department chairs, to treat a "basket" of eight journals as top journals in our field. Such a list is intended to provide more consistency and meaningfulness to tenure and promotion cases. This list was adopted from a formal statement by the "College of Senior Scholars" as of April 23, 2007, and revised on December 6, 2011.

The College of Senior Scholars consists of senior information systems academics who have served as editors-in-chief of the journals listed in the College of Senior Scholars basket of eight journals, current and former ICIS chairs and program chairs, current and former presidents of AIS, as well as all Leo Awards winners and AIS Fellows.

The journal list is limited to those in the "IS field," and omits both multidisciplinary outlets and specialty areas. Nevertheless, the list recognizes topical, methodological, and geographical diversity. In addition, the review processes are stringent, editorial board members are widely-respected and recognized, and there is international readership and contribution.

It is important to note that a short journal list such as this is most appropriate for PhD-granting, research-oriented universities, and most likely not at all appropriate in cases where there are few research resources and high teaching loads. In those cases, this short journal list should be augmented liberally by careful deliberation of departments and/or department chairs. For instance, at the teaching-intensive end of the spectrum, many schools (perhaps appropriately) count all refereed outlets. Publishing in this small set of journals is exceedingly difficult already, and nearly impossible without abundant resources for careful research.

The College of Senior Scholars emphasizes that this list should not be construed as a replacement for assessments based on objective measures such as citation indices or author affiliation indices. It should also not be seen as a substitute for assessments based on large-sample opinion surveys currently summarized on AISWorld. It is meant to provide an alternative, based on the opinions of the members of the College of Senior Scholars. All departments and/or department chairs should consider those other resources before making their final decisions.

Augmenting the list can also be important in some research schools. For example, in schools with a highly technical focus, the adopted journal list should obviously include highly-rated and/or highly-cited technical journals. Other programs draw from and contribute to a multidisciplinary base, and should include journals from other fields such as computer science, economics, psychology, biometrics, and human-computer Interaction. The College of Senior Scholars focused on behavioral, business-oriented IS research, which might reflect a majority, but is not a universal model that fits (or even should fit) all schools. It strengthens our discipline to integrate our knowledge with other fields, and provides more choices for students, so interdisciplinary work should be encouraged.


The eight journals in the list are, in alphabetical order:

  • European Journal of Information Systems
  • Information Systems Journal
  • Information Systems Research
  • Journal of AIS
  • Journal of Information Technology
  • Journal of MIS
  • Journal of Strategic Information Systems
  • MIS Quarterly

The quality and timeliness of reviews provided by each of the eight journals are rated by AIS members to enable potential authors to better understand the review process at each journal. The 2018 results are available at Senior Scholar Journal Review Quality Survey

Please let us know if this list provides helpful guidance to you in tenure and promotion cases, especially for those in schools currently with only two journals listed in the "A" category. Given the stringent nature of reviews in many of our journals, and infrequency of our publications, we believe that this basket of eight will take a step towards evening the score with other business disciplines.

Rankings of universities and authors based on the Senior Scholars' Basket of Journals are available

Members of the College of Senior Scholars, December 2011

SIG Recommended Journals

The College of Senior Scholars has also encouraged each of the AIS Special Interest Group (SIGs) to recommend up to 5 journals that they feel are especially relevant to their constituency and worthy of broader AIS recognition extending beyond the basket of 8. Additional detail can generally be found on the specific SIG website.


SIG   Sourcing 
 SIG Name  Advances in Sourcing 
 Journal 1  Information and Organisation
 Impact  1.85 
 Journal 2  Information and Management
 Impact  3.8
 Journal 3  Decision Support Systems
 Impact  3.56
 Journal 4  Decision Sciences
 Impact  1.64 
 Journal 5  MISQ Executive
 Impact  N/A












SIG Name  Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Applications
Journal 1  IEEE Intelligent Systems
Impact  2.596
Journal 2  Expert Systems
Impact  1.430
Journal 3  Expert Systems with Applications
Impact  3.768
Journal 4  Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance and Management
Impact  N/A
Journal 5  Decision Support Systems
Impact  3.565














SIG Name  Cognitive Research
Journal 1  Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Impact  2.259
Journal 2  Decision Support Systems
Impact  3.565
Journal 3  Computers in Human Behavior
Impact  3.536
Journal 4
Journal 5












SIG Name  Decision Support and Analytics
Journal 1  Decision Support Systems
Impact  3.565
Journal 2  Decision Sciences
Impact  1.641
Journal 3  Information Systems Frontiers
Impact  3.232
Journal 4  Expert Systems With Applications
Impact  3.768+L5
Journal 5  European Journal of Operational Research
Impact  3.428












SIG  e-Gov
SIG Name  Electronic Government
Journal 1  Government Information Quarterly
Impact  4.009
Journal 2  International Journal of Information Management
Impact  4.516
Journal 3  Information Systems Frontiers
Impact  3.232
Journal 4  Public Administration Review
Impact  4.591
Journal 5  Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory
Impact  3.907












SIG Name  Enterprise Systems
Journal 1  Information and Management
Impact  3.89
Journal 2  Information and Organization
Impact  1.857
Journal 3  Decision Support Systems
Impact  3.565
Journal 4
Journal 5












SIG Name  Geographic Information Systems
Journal 1  Decision Support Systems and Electronic Commerce
Impact  3.565
Journal 2  Communications of Association for Information Systems
Impact  .0534
Journal 3  Telecommunications Policy
Impact  2.087
Journal 4  Socio-Economic Planning Sciences
Impact  1.610
Journal 5  Technological Forecasting and Social Change
Impact  3.129












SIG Name  Grounded Theory Methodology
Journal 1  Information and Organization
Impact  3.299
Journal 2  Information Technology and People
Impact  2.138
Journal 3  Organizational Research Methods
Impact  9.248
Journal 4  Organization Science
Impact  5.431+L9
Journal 5  Academy of Management Journal
Impact  11.2












SIG Name  Human-Computer Interaction
Journal 1  AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction (AIS THCI)
Journal 2  ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM TOCHI)
Impact  2.227
Journal 3  International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS)
Impact  2.224
Journal 4  Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
Impact  3.379
Journal 5  Computers in Human Behavior (CHB)
Impact  4.417












SIG  GlobDev
SIG Name  ICT and Global Development
Journal 1  Information Technology for Development
Impact  1.387 (2016) 1.554 (5 year)













SIG  Health
SIG Name  IT in Healthcare
Journal 1  Journal of American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA)
Impact  4.270
Journal 2  International Journal of Medical Informatics (IJMI)
Impact  2.957
Journal 3  Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR)
Impact  4.671
Journal 4  Health Systems
Impact  N/A+L11
Journal 5  BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Impact  2.134













SIG Name  Leadership in IT
Journal 1  Information & Management
Impact  4
Journal 2  Information & Organization
Impact  3.03
Journal 3  IEEE Transactions on Management
Impact  1.454
Journal 4  Information Technology & People














SIG Name  Open Research and Practice
Journal 1  Communications of the AIS
Impact  .534
Journal 2  Research Policy
Impact  4.661
Journal 3  First Monday
Impact  1.47













SIG Name  Security
Journal 1  Computers & Security 
Impact  2.862
Journal 2  International Journal of Information Security
Impact  1.658
Journal 3  Journal of Information System Security (JISSec)+L13
Impact   N/A
Journal 4  Journal of Information Security
Impact  2.43+L13
Journal 5  Digital Investigation
Impact  2.307












SIG Name  Systems Analysis and Design
Journal 1  Communications of the AIS
Impact  0.576
Journal 2  Journal of Database Management
Impact  0.462
Journal 3  Communications of the ACM
Impact   4.027
Journal 4  Requirements Engineering
Impact  1.75
Journal 5  IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
Impact  3.331











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