The Journal of Information Systems is now in its 29th year of publication. It is recognized as the premier journal in the accounting information systems domain. At the same time, knowledge and recognition of JIS can always be enhanced and improved. Early in our tenure as senior editors of JIS, Mary Curtis and I recognized that it was important to build a clear case for acceptance of JIS at the highest level in the accounting, MIS and computer science communities. We set about to build an “information packet” that would clearly communicate the nature and objectives of JIS as well as report various performance metrics. The packet provides key background information and performance metrics on JIS. The information packet meets the needs of deans and other senior academics when considering the role of JIS in a portfolio of academic publication, as well as members of the Accounting Information Systems section of the AAA, Ph.D. students, their advisors, and other researchers when considering JIS as an outlet for their research. The information packet is now published and is available online at tinyurl.com/jis-packet
. Printed copies are also being made available to members of the AIS section as well as other friends and family of JIS.
The Information Packet has details on:
- Objectives and editorial outlook
- Editors and Editorial Board
- Submission and acceptance rates
- Levels of citation
- Acceptance in faculty rankings at universities throughout the USA and internationally
- Position in international journal rankings
- Key researchers and significant papers published in JIS
The Executive Summary of the information packet is reproduced below. The data in the information packet shows that JIS:
- Has excellent citation rates, on par with several other major journals in accounting and MIS
- Is widely accepted at high levels on key international rankings
- Broadly recognized for the purposes of promotion and tenure at a variety of universities
An important finding from our work on the packet is that the performance and ranking data for JIS shows that the journal is in excellent
shape. Our Scopus SNIP and SJR citation metrics shows us on par with other specialist journals and very much in the same league as more generalist journals such as the European Journal of Information Systems, Accounting Horizons, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory and Journal of Management Information Systems.
Working on the Information Packet has also given us new insights into the nature of academic publication.