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Editorial Guidelines

ACM TMIS encourages submissions that have not been published or submitted previously. ACM TMIS will accept submissions of original research that are innovative and high-impact. It will also publish occasional focused surveys in important and merging subareas of MIS. ACM TMIS will also publish occasional special issues of original research in emerging topic areas. Guest editors will be invited to organize such issues. 

ACM TMIS encourages submissions that meet the following requirements:

  • Management information systems relevance: Submissions need to be relevant to the design, development, assessment, and management of information technology and systems within organizations, businesses and societies. Innovative, emerging, and real-world applications in businesses and other enterprises (e.g., governments, healthcare organizations, etc.) are welcome. Research needs to demonstrate its organizational and managerial relevance.
  • Scientific rigor and contribution: Submissions need to demonstrate academic rigor and contribution to the discipline. Papers need to provide comprehensive literature reviews, analysis, and critique of the relevant field of study. Research questions and hypotheses need to be clearly stated and research design and methodology well articulated. Research testbeds, experiments, and evaluation metrics need to be carefully designed and executed. Managerial and organizational relevance of the research also needs to be presented.
  • Societal relevance and impact: We encourage submissions that are relevant and high-impact, especially for the benefit of businesses, organizations, society, and the world.
  • Innovation and novelty: Submissions need to demonstrate novelty in applications, designs, methodologies, algorithms, or theories. Research needs to be carefully compared with the best previously reported methods or approaches.
  • Design science and system relevance: We encourage design science and system-oriented papers that report the design, development, and assessment of innovative, emerging, and real-world information systems of relevance to different types of organizations.

The following types of submissions are discouraged:

  • Purely theoretical papers: Submissions that are entirely theoretical in nature and without data support are discouraged. However, theories that are carefully developed and applied to relevant MIS applications are strongly encouraged.
  • Argumentation essays: Submissions consisting of mainly essays of qualitative argumentation or secondary analysis are discouraged. Scientific approach and validation are needed for any submission.
  • Incremental research in well-established areas: Submissions that build on old and well-known models or methods without substantial improvement are discouraged. However, such well-known methods should be used as a comparison benchmark in reported research.
  • Research targeting specific algorithms or techniques: Submissions that only focus on comparison of algorithms or techniques using standard testbeds are discouraged. However, research that reports development of novel algorithms or techniques for emerging MIS applications are welcome.

ACM TMIS will publish papers that are carefully written and are readable by a broader IT professional audience instead of specialists doing research in a narrow area. Submissions need to be carefully edited to avoid mistakes and grammatical and typographic errors. Poorly written papers will be automatically rejected by the editor. ACM TMIS will discourage excessively long papers (more than 7,000 words). Most papers will be between 4,000 and 6,000 words. It is our goal to motivate the authors to bring out the essence of their research, to make their work easily understood by reviewers and readers, and to allow ACM TMIS to include more interesting papers in any given issue.

Papers appearing in ACM journals are normally original research that has not been published elsewhere. Widely distributed refereed conference papers are considered publications, but technical papers are not. The ACM disclosure requirement concerns any paper by any author of the submission that overlaps significantly with other publications. At the time of submission and in a separate writing, the corresponding author must inform the handling editor about all papers that may have substantial overlap.

The papers in the Research Commentary (RC) category differ from regular research submissions in that they do not have to present new research findings and novel results that advance the state-of-the-art in the field. Instead, the RC papers can describe new concepts, views, possible future research directions and agendas, present new conceptual frameworks and address important current topics in the field. The RC papers tend to be shorter (up to 3000 – 4000 words), and they go through an expedited reviews process to reach the readership of the journal faster than regular submissions.

Emerging, relevant, high-impact IT research is often time critical. The ACM TMIS Editorial Board is committed to providing a professional and timely editorial process, as supported by the Manuscript Central review system. We strive to provide the initial editorial decision for a submission within 4 months, from the day a paper is submitted electronically to the day the initial decision is sent to the author. ACM TMIS AEs will also regard a submission to have been withdrawn if its required revision is not submitted within 3 months of the revision (first round or second round) notification. The second-round review will be returned within 2 months by the AEs. A submission will only go through at most two rounds of review. In principle, a successful ACM TMIS submission can reach a final, full-accepted decision in 12 months or less, from the day of the initial submission.

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