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Re: IS Journal Categorisation
- From: Ken Peffers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 09:31:29 +0800
I would suggest that you revisit the implicit premise of your inquiry:
that journals can be adequately characterized by content topic.
Perhaps this isn't very much true.
Quite a few journal editors would probably say that their journals
are not limited to any particular topical content within IS. In
reality most journals do have favored topics, but more importantly
the journals differentiate themselves explicitly and implicitly
along a large number of other dimensions, such as
Length of paper
Review and publication process--and the time to publication
Preferred research methods
Article types preferred
Research interests of the editorial group
All of these dimensions influence the appropriate selection of a
journal as output for one's research. For example, JITTA positions
itself as the appropriate outlet for first output from interesting
research projects. It has a very fast review process. Its delivery
mode is electronic and soon print. Its research content is general.
It prefers specific article types specified in the call for papers
at http://jitta.org. These are the explicit parameters.
Others may notice that implicit preference emerge with time and
draw their own inferences. About other journals, for example, one
might infer that Management Science is mostly interested in articles
that use mathematical models, but that MISQ would prefer not to see
them. One might conclude that MISQ isn't interested in any paper that
shows the reader how to do anything. These kind of inferences would
be subject to question; not all would agree with them.
Creating typology of IS research outlets would be a complex and controversial task.
A new kind of IS research journal
Ken Peffers, ISMT Department
HK University of Science and Technology
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
Tel: +852 2358-7639
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