AIS Response to Coronavirus

AIS is Here to Help

AIS Council, volunteers and staff are here for you. We understand the immense challenges our entire community is experiencing during these uncertain times.  With members from  more than 100 countries, being global has been at the forefront of our mission since the inception of AIS more than 25 years ago. Thanks to all of our members and volunteers for the countless hours they have spent pivoting their classes, continuing to serve in volunteer rolls, and helping to lead the association in difficult times.

We want to re-assure all of our members and indeed the entire IS community, the continuity of AIS services during these times. These include:

  • All AIS staff continue to work remotely. The Georgia State University offices are closed, so email might be a faster way to get in touch with us. We are available at onestop@aisnet.org
  • The AIS eLibrary remains fully operational 
  • The 2020 conference programs of PACIS, ECIS, AMCIS and ICIS will continue to completion, including publication of proceedings in the AIS eLibrary, regardless of what the future may hold for the face-to-face presentations.
  • The 2020 Conference Chairs of PACIS, ECIS, AMCIS and ICIS are working on contingency plans if we are unable to meet in person.  Details of these plans will be shared as soon as they become available.
  • All AIS Journals (JAIS, CAIS, TRR, THCI, MISQE, PAJAIS) remain operational, including receiving manuscripts, conducting reviews, publishing articles, etc.
  • AIS online communities remain available, including AISWorld ListServ, AIS Faculty Directory and numerous AIS Chapters, SIGs and Colleges. These services are great resources for our members to share best-practices and remain socially connected.
  • AIS Membership Services & Resources are available including Job Postings, Ranking Services, IS Job Index, Eduglopedia, AIS InPractice, the newly formed Research Resources Repository and much more.

Since the founding of AIS 25 years ago, the leaders have worked diligently to instill multiple levels of business continuity measures to keep operations moving forward in times of disruption. The Association's financial reserves are strong, and ensuring the continuity of member services continues to be our priority.

Thank you for being a member of AIS.  Please let anyone in the AIS office know if we can help during these uncertain and turbulent times.  

Best Regards,
AIS Council
AIS President
AIS Staff


PACIS 2020 has received 670 submissions and the PACIS program committee is working hard to ensure the timely and quality review result. We commit to produce a conference proceedings and deposit into AIS library for record. 


UAE has put the strictest measures to contain the outbreak by shutting down the borders, having massive testing of suspicious cases, and enforcing social distancing. However, great uncertainty remains for this worldwide crisis and the safety is the top priority for everyone. We are closely following the situation and working on the contingency plans for conference organization. We’ll update the conference format by the end of April. Hopefully by then, the situation is much improved. 


Thanks to the committee members and volunteers for your support and hard work. Thanks to all authors for your support for PACIS 2020. Stay safe and pray for all! 


Conference Committee of PACIS (www.pacis2020.org) 



The show will go on. AIS has decided that AMCIS and ICIS will be held as scheduled in August and December. We don’t know the exact form of the conferences yet, whether they will be a regular in-person conference, a blended conference with both in-person and remote participation, or an entirely online conference. AIS will continue to provide high-quality conference experiences to you, but we will always put the safety of our members first. We are aware that many of you are currently facing travel restrictions, and some of you may simply be wary of the current health risks associated with travel. We are monitoring these situations.

We will provide an update on the form of AMCIS on May 1, and conference registration will open after that.

The AMCIS program committee is working hard on reviewing and selecting papers. The ICIS program committee will start its work as scheduled in May (so please submit your papers!).

We will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available.

Thanks to all our members and volunteers for your support and hard work, 

Alan Dennis
President


A Note to Contributing Authors and Paper Reviewers of AMCIS 2020 and ICIS 2020: 
 
We are writing to assure the entire AIS Community that the AMCIS 2020 Program and the ICIS 2020 Program will continue to full completion. This includes all paper reviews, all paper decisions, best paper awards, and publishing accepted works in the conference proceedings of the AIS eLibrary. The AMCIS 2020 and ICIS 2020 Programs will continue to full completion regardless of what the future may hold for face-to-face presentations.
 
We encourage you to reassure the entire IS community that their research and service is still very much needed. Authors, paper reviewers, associate editors, track chairs and more help to assure the continuity not only of the conference programs, but also of the field. The on-site conference planning continues as scheduled on the same dates and in the same locations. We are however developing contingency plans in case the onsite conference plans need modification.  As more information becomes available about some virtual participation options, we will share them.
 
Thank you for submitting your work, completing paper reviews, volunteering to serve on the committee and participating with the conferences. We are very grateful for your service and patience during these challenging times.
 
With warm regards.
 
AMCIS 2020 Chairs
ICIS 2020 Chairs
AIS President
AIS Staff



With several regional conferences planned, AIS and the Conference Chairs of PACIS, ECIS, AMCIS and ICIS continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and guidance from the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus) and other governmental organizations such as the US Centers for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html).

Many attendees have reached out to inquire whether the conferences are still taking place as planned. As of right now, AMCIS, ECIS, PACIS and ICIS are proceeding as planned. AIS and Conference Organizers will take recommended actions to minimize risk as needed and will work swiftly to update members and attendees if any plans change.

As always, please follow guidance from your university and local governmental institutions to help in formulating your decisions regarding conference attendance.


Southern Chapter of AIS, March 2020 - Postponed.

With the inability to accurately assess the potential reach of the virus, the organizers' desire is to protect the health and safety of our members and our communities. Therefore, SAIS has made the tough decision to postpone the 2020 conference to September 11 - 12, 2020. The conference will still be hosted at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC just six months later. The Marina Inn has moved the block of rooms for us already. Please contact the hotel directly to verify and/or change your reservation. 

Conference organizers sincerely apologize for any travel problems or inconvenience this decision might cause. However, based on today's COVID-19 report it is best to postpone now instead of waiting another week to see what happens. If you cannot make the conference in September, please let us know. Conference organizers will do what we can to assist with a refund through AIS.


Midwest Chapter of AIS, March 2020 - Cancelled.

With the inability to accurately assess the potential reach of the virus, the organizers' desire is to protect the health and safety of our members and our communities. Therefore, MWAIS has made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 conference. Submitted papers will still be reviewed and accepted papers will be published in the proceedings.  


2020 Student Chapter Leadership Conference, March 2020 – Cancelled, but the competitions will continue in an online format.  More details will be sent to the competition finalists. 


Thank you for your patience as AIS leaders and volunteers continue to make the best decisions possible for our members and conference attendees.

Updated March 26, 2020


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