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 SIG Name (sorted alphabetically) SIG URL or N/A if no current site Journal 1 full name Impact Journal 2 full name Impact Journal 3 full name Impact Journal 4 full name or enter N/A if not applicable Impact Journal 5 full name or enter N/A if not applicable Impact
Sourcing Advances in Sourcing Information and Organisation 1.85 Information and Management 3.8 Decision Support Systems 3.56 Decision Sciences 1.64 MISQ Executive N/A
AIAA Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Applications No Current Site IEEE Intelligent Systems 2.596 Expert Systems 1.430 Expert Systems with Applications 3.768 Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance and Management N/A Decision Support Systems 3.565
IS-CORE Cognitive Research Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 2.259 Decision Support Systems 3.565 Computers in Human Behavior 3.536 n/a n/a n/a n/a
DSA Decision Support and Analytics Decision Support Systems 3.565 Decision Sciences 1.641 Information Systems Frontiers 3.232 Expert Systems With Applications 3.768 European Journal of Operational Research 3.428
e-Gov Electronic Government Government Information Quarterly 4.009 International Journal of Information Management 4.516 Information Systems Frontiers 3.232 Public Administration Review 4.591 Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 3.907
ES Enterprise Systems Information and Management 3.89 Information and Organization 1.857 Decision Support Systems 3.565 NA NA NA NA
GIS Geographic Information Systems n/a Decision Support Systems and Electronic Commerce 3.565 Communications of Association for Information Systems .0534 Telecommunications Policy 2.087 Socio-Economic Planning Sciences 1.610 Technological Forecasting and Social Change 3.129
GTM Grounded Theory Methodology Information and Organization 3.299 Information Technology and People 2.138 Organizational Research Methods 9.248 Organization Science 5.431 Academy of Management Journal 11.2
HCI Human-Computer Interaction AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction (AIS THCI) n/a ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM TOCHI) 2.227 International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS) 2.224 Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) 3.379 Computers in Human Behavior (CHB) 4.417
GlobDev ICT and Global Development Information Technology for Development 1.387 (2016) 1.554 (5 year) NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Health IT in Healthcare Journal of American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) 4.270 International Journal of Medical Informatics (IJMI) 2.957 Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) 4.671 Health Systems N/A BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2.134
LEAD Leadership in IT n/a (just what is on the AIS website) Information & Management 4 Information & Organization 3.03 IEEE Transactions on Management 1.454 Information Technology & People 2.138 n/a n/a
OPEN Open Research and Practice Communications of the AIS .534 Resaerch Policy 4.661 First Monday 1.47 N/A N/A N/A N/A
SEC Security Computers & Security 2.862 International Journal of Information Security 1.658 Journal of Information System Security (JISSec) N/A Journal of Information Security 2.43 Digital Investigation 2.307
SAND Systems Analysis and Design Communications of the AIS 0.576 Journal of Database Management 0.462 Communications of the ACM 4.027 Requirements Engineering 1.75 IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering 3.331

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