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
Rankings of universities and authors based on the Senior Scholars' Basket of Journals are available.
Members of the College of Senior Scholars,