INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS
INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS
Authors should carefully review these instructions and the new call for papers
link, accessible at http://jitta.org. They should also feel free to contact the Editor-inchief, to discuss questions or problems they may have with a submission.
Submission and review process objectives
• To select papers for publication that are novel, state-of-the-art, and exciting, that
IS researchers and professionals will want to read, and that will have an impact on
research and/or professional practice in IS.
• To publish papers very quickly with an engineered review and publication process
designed to provide moderate development assistance to authors who have
submitted papers that are ready to be peer reviewed.
• To help authors finish very high potential papers as concisely written articles of
the highest quality by providing precise editorial direction.
JITTA’s goal is that review and publication of successful papers should average 16 weeks
from the date of submission. Of course, individual times vary; however, JITTA expects
that most successful papers will be published within six months, including author
revision time. This compares with an average of 2-5 years for traditional academic IS
JITTA has implemented a new paper submission and review system. It is perhaps
the best and easiest to use of those in use among IS journals. It is found at http://jitta.org.
This system helps us to achieve our goal of a short and dependable review and
publication cycle. All papers submitted to the journal for publication should be submitted
through the new system.
To submit a paper to the system, go to the paper submission and review system at
http://jitta.org, register in the system, and follow the link for your activities as an author.
Each author on a paper must register as an author in the system. Alternately, the
corresponding author can create each of the author accounts.
The submission consists of three parts, (1) the paper itself, (2) the note to the
editors, and (3) the author identities in order of authorship.
The paper format
All of the materials for a submission, including figures and tables, must be in one
MS Word (any version) document file. Please do not send compressed formats, PDF
documents, or send a submission as multiple files. If you have difficulty complying with
these requirements or have questions about any aspect of submitting papers to JITTA,
please contact us at [email protected] Note that for security reasons very large files, e.g.,
of about 5 MB or more, are automatically rejected by the system.
Format the document as plainly as is practical. Format it as double-spaced and
single-sided. Do not imitate the style of the published journal. Author names and
affiliations may be stripped from the paper; they are entered separately into the system.
The initial submission should include:
1. An abstract that independently summarizes the paper, i.e., is not part of the
2. A contribution section. See below.
3. A complete and appropriately formatted reference list. See the note about
citation and reference styles at the end of this document. There must be a oneto-one relationship between citations in text and reference list items.
4. Figures and tables should be captioned with sufficient clarity so that a reader,
opening the paper to a figure or table can understand its meaning. Table
captions go above the table, figure captions below. Captions should not be
imbedded in graphics, i.e., they should be in text. Axes, other dimensions, and
shapes in figures should be labeled. Tables and figures must be discussed in
text and should be pasted into the document near the location where they are
Single blind/double blind
JITTA accepts papers for single or double blind review. The authors choose
which. Double blind means that the authors and the reviewers are both anonymous to
each other. Single blind means that reviewers know the identity of authors, but not viceversa.
If you want your paper to be reviewed in double blind fashion, strip all identifying
information from the paper. Consider entries in the paper that might reveal your identity,
such as the document properties and self citations. Don’t worry; the paper submission
system keeps accurate track of your identity.
For double blind review, delete the title page, but leave the title on the abstract
page. For single blind review, leave the title page on the paper, with all of the author
identifying and contact information.
The note to the editor
Include in an accompanying note to the editor, also entered into the system as an
MS Word document, include:
1. Identification of the type of paper being submitted (see call for papers).
2. The names, institutions, addresses, fax, telephone numbers and email
addresses of four people who are well qualified, in your opinion, to serve as
reviewers for the paper. The reviewers must have no explicit professional or
personal connection, e.g., current or former co-author, student, teacher,
advisor, institutional colleague or relative, with the authors.
It is wise to include nominees who have a variety of levels of experience, i.e.,
not all senior researchers, and with whom you are not obviously connected by
institution, vicinity, co-authorship, or mentorship. Generally, JITTA’s editors
won’t send papers to JITTA’s own editors or editors of other journals for
review. Likewise, very high profile researchers tend to receive more review
requests than they can handle; hence assistant and associate professors are
sometimes better nominees.
3. One or two suggestions for your preference of senior editor for the paper. We
may or may not be able to honor your request for SE, depending on his/her
4. Discussion about how the paper’s contribution and quality should be
5. Anything else that you would like to address to the editor.
On revision or with first submission if you have chosen single blind review….
When the editor informs you that a revision of the paper will not be going back to
the reviewers, it must also include:
1. Include a title page with all of the identifying and contact information as you
want it published in the article.
2. Author biographies of approximately 50-100 words for each author pasted
into the end of the document.
3. Author photos pasted into the end of the document. Photos should not exceed
50 Kb before pasting into the document. They should be head and shoulder
only shots in black and white or color.
Statement of contribution
Because JITTA entertains innovative paper forms, it is especially important that
reviewers, editors, and readers have a clear understanding about what the paper
contributes to research and/or practice, in the view of the authors. Include a section,
labeled “Contribution,” at the beginning of the paper that explicitly describes the
intended contribution of the paper in terms of the paper’s research objectives, the precise
nature of the new knowledge created, and the audience of readers to whom it is
addressed. The reviewers and readers will use this section to help understand and
evaluate your contribution. It may also influence the selection of reviewers. It must be
sufficiently explicit and detailed so that reviewers can use it as a standard with which to
measure what you have done in the paper. Note that the contribution section isn’t the
same thing as an introduction, which has a somewhat broader purpose and is also
It is also not the same as an abstract. An abstract summarizes the paper. Its
purpose is to provide a very short summary of the paper, incorporating the important
contents, concepts, and results of the paper to help users of bibliographic databases
determine whether to obtain a copy of the full paper.
The contribution section highlights the value created by the article so that readers
can evaluate it appropriately. For example, if a paper written for ISR, (Dos Santos,
Peffers, and Mauer, 1993), had actually been submitted instead to JITTA, a contribution
section in the paper might have looked like the example in the box below.
Editor’s preliminary review
The senior editor assigned to your paper will briefly review the submission prior
to sending it out to reviewers. Any of the following will result in the paper being rejected.
When a paper is rejected at this stage the editor will generally not make suggestions for
development of the paper content.
1. Not ready for review. It would be rejected if the paper lacks elements, such as
an abstract, appropriate introductory front end material, an adequate statement
of contributions, discussion and conclusions, properly formatted citations and
references, or other elements requested in the instructions or call for papers.
It would also be rejected if the form, language or other presentation elements
of the paper are not workmanlike. Authors are urged to circulate a paper to
colleagues before submitting it to JITTA and to have the paper edited by an
English language editor if presentation in English is not the authors’ strong
2. No contribution. If the paper lacks an explicit statement of contribution or if
the statement indicates, in the opinion of the senior editor that the paper does
not make a prima facie case for contribution.
3. No hope. If for any reason the editor concludes that there is little hope that the
paper can be made acceptable in one round of revision.
Review process in brief
JITTA’s review process starts with a blind peer review. Editors will generally
attempt to refer papers to reviewers who will be interested in and can understand the
paper’s contribution. This may include members of the Editorial Review Board, other
researchers from around the world, and knowledgeable practitioners, when appropriate.
JITTA editors have discretion to determine the weight they will assign to reviewer
comments and suggestions.
“One major revision/one minor revision” rule
Because of its 16-week publication objective, JITTA aims to play less of a
development role for authors than some other journals. Submissions to JITTA are
generally limited to, but not assured, no more than one major revision and one minor
revision. This means that the senior editor will reject a submission, if after review, he or
she cannot specify to the authors how to make the paper acceptable or if he or she thinks
that it is not likely that the authors can make the paper acceptable in one review cycle.
Consequently, it is important that papers submitted to the journal be finished and revised
by the authors. They should not be first drafts.
When a paper is revised at the request of the editor, it is important for authors to
make sincere efforts to revise the paper well by making the best use possible of the
recommendations of the reviewers and editor. Authors are encouraged to discuss possible
revisions with the senior editor. On revision or resubmission, the editor will reject the
paper if he or she cannot specify how to make the paper acceptable for publication with
The authors should also include a point by point response to each
recommendation of the reviewers and the editor, indicating what they did about the
recommendation and where in the paper they did it or why they did nothing. This
response should be pasted into the paper at the very end of the document.
Authors whose papers have been published are given a short term online
subscription at no cost to allow them to print copies of their papers for collegial
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Ken Peffers, Editor-in-chief and Publisher
Rajiv Kishore, Editor-in-chief
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Revised April 24, 2003
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Revised November 22, 2006
Revised March 31, 2007
Dos Santos, B.L., K. Peffers, and D.C. Mauer, "The Impact of Information
Technology Investment Announcements on the Market Value of the Firm,"
Information Systems Research, March 1993, 4:1, 1-23.
Appendix: References, Citations and Intellectual Property issues
When appropriate to give credit for the intellectual contributions of others,
authors should include in-text citations to sources that are described in a reference list.
Normally, there should be a one-to-one relationship between citations and reference list
items, i.e., cited items must appear in the reference list and vice-versa. Authors should
format papers for submission so that in-text citations and items in the reference list
conform to the following style.
Permissions for use of figures
If you use a copy of a figure from a published work, this requires permission of
the copyright owner. Generally it is better to make a new drawing that adapts the concept
for your purposes. You would then say that this new drawing is “Adapted from (citation
to the original).” If the figure is used with permission (you’ll need to provide us with the
permission letter from the copyright holder) then you’d say, “(Citation) Used with
Scanned figures from other journals are generally not good enough for us to
publish. Always redraw.
Citations refer to items in the reference list by author name and year within
parentheses, e.g., (Peffers 2003). They should not use numbers. For up to five authors
show all names and year, e.g., (Peffers and Ma 2003), (Peffers, Genglar, and Tuunanen
2003), or (Hallikainen, Heikkila, Peffers, Saarinen, and Wijnhoven 1998). To cite more
than five authors, show first name and et al., e.g., (James et al. 1995). When a
combination of authors has more than one in a year differentiate among papers by using
a,b,c…, e.g., (Klein 2003a).
All authors, regardless of the number should be listed in the reference item. Items
in the reference list are ordered alphabetically. They must not be numbered.
Author(s), Title in Italics, Place of Publication: Publisher, Year, Pages (if
Example: Fukuyama, F., Trust: Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity,
New York: The Free Press,1995.
Journal or magazine article
Author(s), “Title,” Journal Name in Italics, Year, Volume:Issue, Pages.
Example: Mayer, R.C., J.H. Davis, and F.D. Schoorman, “An integrative model
of organizational trust,” Academy of Management Review, 1995, 20:3, pp. 709-734.
Example: Moore, S.F., L.S. Shaffer, E.L. Pollak, and P. Taylor-Lemcke, “The
effects of interpersonal trust and prior common problem experience on common
management,” Journal of Social Psychology, 1987, 127, pp. 19-29.
Editors(s) (ed.), Title in Italics, Publisher, Place of Publication, Year.
Example: Edwards, L. and C. Waelde (eds.), “Law & the Internet,” Hart
Publishing, Oxford, 2000.
Article in Edited Book
Authors(s), “Title of Article” in Editor name (ed.), Title in Italics, Publisher,
Place of Publication, Year, Pages.
Example: Zucker, L., “Production of trust: institutional sources of economic
structure: 1840-1920," In Research in Organizational Behavior, Staw, B. and L.
Cummings (eds.), JAI Press, Greenwich, CT, 1986, pp. 53-111.
Use the exact date, where available.
Author(s), “Title of Article,” Name of Newspaper in Italics, Date, Pages.
Example: Beer, M., “64% of web users don't trust sites,” San Francisco
Examiner, 17 August, 1999, p. 23.
Note that your web link will not be published to be live. JITTA contains live links
only to its own pages. Use a short URL to the source’s front page, rather than a very long
link to the document. Long links are difficult to retype accurately.
Author(s), “Title of Article,” Year. Available at: URL, last accessed Date.
Example: OECD, “Dismantling the Barriers to Electronic Commerce,” 1997.
Available at: http://www.oecd.org, last accessed 23 August 2002.
Name of Source, Personal Communication, Date
Example: Dos Santos, B. L., Personal Communication, April 2003.
INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS