Avoiding Type III Errors: Formulating IS Research Problems that Matter (Arun Rai, MIS Quarterly Vol. 41 No. 2 pp. iii-vii/June 2017)
Type III errors occur when a researcher answers the wrong question using the right methods. This editorial discusses how authors can avoid Type III errors by safeguarding against misconceptions, risks, and common errors in problem formulation, which dramatically influences the research question that is addressed, the value that is created by a research study, and the suitability of the research for MISQ.
Seeing the Forest for the Trees (Arun Rai, MIS Quarterly Vol. 41 No. 4 pp. iii-vii/December 2017)
Discusses (1) the issues arising from not effectively abstracting the immediate problem of interest to an archetypal problem, and (2) the approaches that can assist in abstracting the immediate problem to an archetypal problem
Engaged Scholarship: Research with Practice for Impact (Arun Rai, MIS Quarterly Vol. 43 No. 2 pp. iii-viii/June 2019)
Discusses how engagement with practice can be beneficial in problem formulation, theory development, research design risks associated with engaged scholarship can be mitigated.
Creating Blue Oceans of Thought Via Highly Citable Articles (Detmar Straub, MIS Quarterly Vol. 33 No. 4 pp. iii-vii/December 2009)
Discusses why contribution is a relative term and implies that the work is adding to a body of literature or methodological development. It provides examples to showcase approaches to achieve novelty in work and break new ground.
The Problem of the Problem (Ron Weber, MIS Quarterly Vol. 27 No. 1 pp. iii-ix/March 2003)
Discusses why choosing the phenomena we wish to explain or predict is the most important decision we make as a researcher and the mindsets that are damaging to our identifying and articulating high-quality research problems.
A curation of resources for reviewers:
Developing Virtuous Reviewers (Arun Rai, MIS Quarterly, Vol. 43 No. 4, pp. iii-vii/December 2019)
With the objective of developing virtuous reviewers, MISQ’s Reviewer Development Workshops were launched in 2016. This editorial discusses the design of the workshop from a cognitive process perspective and describes the workshop setup and activities from this perspective.
Writing a Virtuous Review (Arun Rai, MIS Quarterly Vol. 40 No. 3, pp. iii-x/September 2016)
Defines the roles of senior editor, associate editor and reviewer in the MISQ review process, differentiates between a constructive and destructive mindset of reviewers, and discusses why participating in reviewing is important. Provides guidelines about how a reviewer can write a virtuous review—one that adds value to the to the editors, the reviewed work, the authors, and the reviewer. Also discusses how a revision can be effectively reviewed.
How Reviews Shape MIS Quarterly: A Primer for Reviewers and Editors (Rajiv Kohli and Detmar Straub, MIS Quarterly Vol. 35 No. 3 pp. iii-vii/September 2011)
Discusses how important high-quality reviews are to the MIS Quarterly and how the review process shapes the journal. Identifies practices to avoid Type 1 and Type II errors in the reviewing process.
Diamond Mining or Coal Mining? Which Reviewing Industry Are We In? (Detmar Straub, MIS Quarterly Vol. 33 No. 2, pp. iii-viii/June 2009).
Discusses the critical role of a positive attitude of reviewers toward the research they are reviewing to give every paper a fair hearing. Differentiates between a diamond mining and coal mining predisposition to reviewing. Offers suggestions on how reviewers and editors can adopt a proactive and constructive stance in the reviewing process.
Type II Reviewing Errors and the Search for Exciting Papers (Detmar Straub, MIS Quarterly Vol. 32 No. 2 pp. v-x/June 2008)
Discusses why papers with exciting ideas that change the way we look at phenomenon are rejected at top journals. Three factors are identified as contributing to such Type II errors: (i) dominance of methodological considerations in review recommendations, (ii) misplaced democracy degrading the reviewing process, and (iii) editorial influence and signaling to reviewers not effectively exercised by editors.
Looking for Diamond Cutters (Carol Saunders, MIS Quarterly Vol. 29 No. 1 pp. iii-viii/March 2005)
Discusses the role of a reviewer as a diamond cutter where the reviewer helps in polishing manuscripts so that the gem in the paper can surface and shine. Suggests that reviewers should try to counter every problem they identify with a suggestion to address the problem.
A Personal Perspective on the State of Journal Refereeing (Robert W. Zmud, MIS Quarterly Vol. 22 No. 3 pp. xlv-xlviii/September 1998)
Identifies a set of desirable referee behaviors including volunteering to review, timely submission of reviews, and providing constructive reviews.
Beyond Outdated Labels: The Blending of IS Research Traditions (Arun Rai, MIS Quarterly Vol. 42 No. 1 pp. iii-vi/March 2018)
Discusses how the increasing blending of IS research traditions (i.e., combining informing theoretical perspectives and methods across traditions) defies traditional classifications (e.g., behavioral, design science, economics, and organizational, or some variants of this labeling) and approaches to effectively pursue such cross-combinative practices.
Synergies Between Big Data and Theory
(Arun Rai, MIS Quarterly Vol. 40 No. 2 pp. iii-ix/June 2016)
Discusses (1) changes in the practices to generate and source data for research, (2) certain cautions that arise from these changes, and (3) synergies that can be achieved between big data and the testing, elaboration, and generation of theory in IS through research designs and methods.
Commonalities Across IS Silos and Intradisciplinary Information Systems Research
(Paulo Goes, MIS Quarterly Vol. 37 No. 2 pp. iii-vii/June 2013)
Discusses often-overlooked commonalities in research principles and execution across IS research traditions (behavioral, design science, economics, and organizational) and why these commonalities position IS scholars to conduct impactful research by achieving a broader integration in the field at the level of research streams and general methodologies and not only research methods.
Opportunities and Challenges for Different Types of Online Experiments (Elena Karahanna, Izak Benbasat, Ravi Bapna, Arun Rai; MIS Quarterly Vol. 42 No. 4, pp. iii-x/December 2018)
Highlights the reasons that have propelled new types of experiments; discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the online variants of lab, field, and natural experiments; and identifies issues that emerge with the new online variants of experimental research.
Diversity of Design Science Research (Arun Rai with contributions from Andrew Burton-Jones, Hsinchun Chen, Alok Gupta, Wolfgang Ketter, Jeffrey Parsons, H. Raghav Rao, Sumit Sarkar, Youngjin Yoo; MIS Quarterly Vol. 41 No. 1 pp. iii-xviii/March 2017)
Discusses the diversity of perspectives related to design and design science research, provides examples of genres of design science research, and identifies commonalities and differences across genres.
Qualitative Studies in Information Systems: A Critical Review and Some Guiding Principles (Suprateek Sarker, Xiao Xia, Tanya Beaulieu, MIS Quarterly Vol. 37 No. 4 pp. iii-xviii/December 2013)
Describes the anatomical components of qualitative research papers and suggests principles that provide holistic guidance to both researchers and evaluators of qualitative research.
The First Few Pages (Arun Rai, MIS Quarterly Vol. 42 No. 2 pp. iii-vi/June 2018)
The first few pages of an article can make it or break it. This editorial discusses what authors need to achieve in an effective introduction and how they can do so; it also briefly discusses the writing of the abstract and development of an effective title.
The First Revision (Arun Rai, MIS Quarterly Vol. 43 No. 3 pp. iii-viii/September 2019)
Many journals, including MISQ, are striving to arrive at an editorial disposition toward a manuscript after reviewing the first revision. This editorial discusses practices that can be applied by authors to formulate and develop the first revision.
Why Top Journals Accept Your Paper (Detmar Straub, MIS Quarterly Vol. 33 No. 3 iii–x/June 2009)
Discusses the reasons why top journals accepts articles; differentiates between the required and the enhancing aspects of an article.
The Ions of Theory Construction (Suzanne Rivard, MIS Quarterly Vol. 38 No. 2 pp. iii-xiii/June 2014)
Differentiates between papers that make a theoretical contribution through a comprehensive review of the literature and pure theory papers; discusses aspects in developing these types of papers and more broadly those that seek to make a theoretical contribution.
Analyzing the Past to Prepare for the Future: Writing a Literature Review (Jane Webster and Richard Watson; MIS Quarterly Vol. 26 No. 2, pp. xiii-xxiii/June 2002)
Provides guidelines on how to synthesize the literature and write a review article that looks forward.