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    Remarks by Senior Editor, Mary Curtis, at the 2015 AAA...
    blog entry posted January 27, 2016 by Roger S Debreceny, last edited January 27, 2016, tagged research, teaching 
    Remarks by Senior Editor, Mary Curtis, at the 2015 AAA Annual Meeting
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    In August 2015, Senior Editor, Mary Curtis made remarks at the breakfast meeting of the Accounting Information Systems at the 2015 AAA Annual Meeting. These are the edited remarks


    Senior Editor, Mary Curits


    Roger Debreceny, my co-senior editor, and I have just completed the first half of our tenure as senior editors of JIS.

    I want to begin by thanking those who are responsible for the real day-to-day work of the journal.

    First, our editorial assistant. The AAA has been moving toward professional editorial assistant for the journals, and we are very grateful that they connected us with Stephanie Austin. It is impossible to exaggerate the extent to which Stephanie makes all of our jobs easier and the journal better. Not only does she perform every task we ask of her with professionalism and cooperation, but she often has them completed before we even knew they were necessary. 

    Our editors.

    • Faye Borthick
    • Richard Dull
    • Peter Green
    • Diane Janvrin
    • Jacob (Jake) Rose
    • Juan Manuel Sanchez
    • Carla Wilkin
    • Eileen Z. Taylor
    • Hans Verkruijsse

    These are the guys who manage the day-to-day work of the journal and we greatly appreciate their hard work. All of them are important and contribute enormously. However, we would like to recognize Carlin Dowling, who has just stepped down as Editor for the journal with our first Outstanding Editor award.

    Carlin is being replaced with the very capable Carla Wilkin from Monash University in Australia. We thank Carla for her willingness to step into this role.

    Next, we would like to thank all of you who have reviewed for the journal. Your role is critically important to the success of the journal.

    Our editors have heard this from of, but I want to emphasize to all who review for us two goals for the journal: faster turn-around times and a developmental attitude toward submissions.

    We are proud that we have achieved a 60-day turn-around time for 60% of the manuscripts and 88% are turned around within 90 days of submission over the last year, and it is you, our reviewers who are responsible for that. But as some of you know some manuscripts take much longer. It is our goal to reduce the average turn-around time and eliminate, to the extent possible, those outliers and we appreciate your help with this.

    Second, Roger and I have encouraged a developmental attitude toward submissions to the journal – it is the case that manuscripts do not appear on our doorstep at a publishable level of quality. However, if there is a promise, we want to nurture that in helping the authors move the manuscript toward a quality contribution. We need your help with this – you are the experts in the literature. Tell the editors when you think there is promise in a manuscript, even tho it will take work on all our parts to bring it out; tell the authors where they have missed possible contributions and point them toward the literature they have missed. Help us take something that may often be a rough idea and turn it into something the journal can be proud to publish.

    Finally, those who have submitted to the journal. We thank you for entrusting your intellectual children to us and hope you will continue. Submissions are down a little this year, and we hope that you have all been slaving away this summer on manuscripts that will soon flood the submissions system.

    I would like to quickly review a few accomplishments of the journal over the last year.

    First, the journal conference. JISC2015 was held in March at the AICPA headquarters in Durham North Carolina with the theme of IT auditing. The success of that conference is due, in great part, to the two conference chairs, Diane Janvrin, and Davis Wood. Diane and David served both as conference organizers and as editors of the resulting theme issue of the journal. Given that this was the first time the conference was held, and without the usual AAA support and coordination, you can imagine the number of details that had to be addressed. They worked tirelessly to make every aspect of the conference work, and we would like to recognize them with a special service award. Would you guys join me at the podium? Diane and David, thank you again for your hard work on behalf of the journal.

    The second accomplishment we are proud of is the journal P&T document. This packet is intended to inform your departments, colleges and P&T committees of the quality of the journal.  Hopefully, it has already proved helpful and will continue. We also hope we have created a framework that will be relatively easy for future editor(s) to update. I have a few extra copies with me in case any of you need another copy.

    Going forward, we will hold JISC2016 next October in California at the headquarters of Workday, Inc. with a theme of Data Analytics and Data mining. Calls for papers are distributed on the tables and we hope you will all consider submitting to the conference. Faye Borthick and Robin Pennington have agreed to edit the theme issue, which includes managing the program, and Eileen Taylor has agreed to serve as conference chair.

    Theme issues. JIS has developed several special issues, in order to call attention to important and cutting edge areas in AIS. Our most recent theme issue is on Social Media and Social Networking. We currently have a call for submissions to the AIS and Ethics theme issue which I hope you will consider. Eileen Taylor and Ronnie Daigle will edit the issue Eileen, along with several co-authors, has a literature review posted to SSRN that will hopefully give you ideas. Beyond research that explores basic organizational and individual efficiency and effectiveness, most behavioral research, because it involves human interaction and relationships, has ethical implications. We encourage you to consider how your current research projects have ethical implications. These connections could consider how individuals and organizations use AIS in ways that may violate personal privacy, enable financial statement fraud, or unfairly advantage certain individuals. Eileen and Ronny, the special issue co-editors, are happy to discuss how your research may fit within the special issue.