A CALL FOR PAPERS FOR
A NEW KIND OF IS RESEARCH JOURNAL
To be the outlet of choice for the first articles from the most
interesting and important IS research efforts.
Critical Success Factors
Publish with extremely short publication cycle times.
Attract a portfolio of very exciting, very high quality research contributions.
Maintain the highest quality standards.
IS research journals are an extremely important asset for the IS research
community. For many researchers, however, the 2-5 years required, on average, to
publish a paper as an article in a traditional IS journal is too long because
1. technological and economic change renders research inferences out-of-date,
2. unaware of parallel research efforts, authors miss collaboration opportunities or
fail to make use of others’ simultaneous research efforts, or
3. the long publication cycle time doesn’t fit researchers’ professional needs.
JITTA’s goal is to publish accepted, submitted research, on average, within 4-
6 months of submission, plus author revision time. JITTA accomplishes this through a
re-engineering the editing and review process. This process uses the most advanced paper submission and review system in IS research,
streamlined review procedures, and new paper forms designed to facilitate rapid paper development and review.
JITTA has redefined the academic research paper to focus on new paper styles that are well suited to very fast review and publication.
At the same time, the journal will use a blind peer reviewing process to maintain the highest standards of research quality.
Such a hyper-fast publication cycle time will add value for researchers as it:
1. helps make research efforts more effective as researchers know about colleagues
2. encourages cooperation and collaboration among IS researchers, and
3. helps researchers manage their careers better by providing a quality outlet that can
publish research very quickly.
WHAT JITTA WILL PUBLISH
To accomplish its objectives, JITTA will encourage the submission of new kinds
of research papers, designed to be written early in the research process and to be
reviewed effectively and quickly.
1. Research agenda paper. The authors review literature, develop new theory,
develop research questions and objectives, and set agenda for research, their
own and/or others, to accomplish these objectives.
2. Interpretive or exploratory paper. The author uses qualitative or interpretive
research methods, such as case studies, ethnographic studies, or focused group
interviews, to develop or test theory or to draw qualitative or tentative
3. Speculative research. The author uses methods such as metaphor, history,
mathematics, graphics, or thought experiments to develop new concepts.
4. Research report on first results. The author reports on early results from
empirical analysis. Such a paper might describe the objectives of a study, as
well as the data, method and results in sufficient clarity so that readers can
understand and evaluated its motivation, execution, and contribution. It might
use simple analysis and just a subset of a project’s research questions. It might
preview the remainder of the results to come. Typically this would be shorter
than a full research paper and may not include such components as an extensive
literature review, explication of theory, or conclusive inferences.
5. State-of-research review. In this type of paper an author reviews several new
papers in a research stream that contain new theory, research results or make
other contributions that should be made available to the IS research community
quickly. Typically, such a review might result from the confluence of several
papers presented in a conference or workshop, the output of a substantial
research project, or the confluence of papers around a theme or problem written
by several researchers. The paper should describe the research in sufficient
detail so that readers can understand the research objectives and contribution of
each paper reviewed, its methodology, and its results well enough to refer to
them in subsequent research, as reported in the review paper. The paper may
draw inferences across the group of papers and suggest new research lines or
extensions. Authorship may or may not be by one or more of the reviewed
6. Full research papers. Traditional full research papers of any length are also
welcome and may benefit from being published much more quickly than in
7. Research essays. Papers about the nature of IS research, research methods, the
IS discipline or other matters of interest and importance to the research
community. Such papers should be of particular interest because they contain
novel and important ideas or arguments.
JITTA is keenly interested in publishing the best application articles in
8. Normative papers. The authors provide managers with models, methods,
procedures, or advice about practical, successful IS practices, based on theory,
experience, and/or empirical study.
9. Case studies. Studies in which there are novel application, events, or behavior
involving IS from which the authors draw inferences about IS practice or
Application articles published in JITTA must create new knowledge. Papers that
are inappropriate for JITTA include those that describe the use of IT in an industry,
papers that report on exciting new features (developed by someone else) of a technology
and discuss how they might be used in business at a functional level, tutorials and
primers, and papers that summarize a technology for the manager.
Research, viewpoint, and application articles must be:
1. Substantial and interesting. The paper’s contribution to research,
management, or practice should be clear and substantial. It should be of
considerable importance and interest to researchers and or managers.
2. Novel. An acceptable paper creates new knowledge, rather than simply
repeating knowledge available in other sources. This new knowledge may be
created through integration or interpretation of research theory, experience,
empirical study, grounded research, or other means.
Submissions will be evaluated on their contribution and in terms of
1. Audience. Papers should be of high interest to a defined audience, whether
broad or narrow.
2. Presentation. Papers must be well presented in English.
3. Credibility. The paper should present adequate evidence and appropriate
reasoning to support any recommendations and conclusions.
4. Integrity. Authors of application papers are expected to observe the high
standards for citing other’s work and obtaining permission to use other’s work
5. Methodology. Whether the research methods are appropriate to accomplish the
6. Execution. Whether the paper is well done in terms of its objectives.