Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

AJIS publishes high quality contributions to the global Information Systems (IS) discipline with an emphasis on theory and practice on the Australasian context. Topics cover core IS theory development and application (the nature of data, information and knowledge; formal representations of the world, the interaction of people, organisations and information technologies; the analysis, design and deployment of information systems; the impacts of information systems on individuals, organisations and society), IS domains (e-business, e-government, e-learning, e-law, etc) and IS research approaches. Research and conceptual development based in a very wide range of epistemological methods are welcomed. AJIS now also publishes Research Notes and Post Publication Reviews.


Section Policies

Research Articles

Full research articles, other than those solicited for special themes should be submitted in this section.

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Research on Health Information Systems

A Special Section on “Emerging Mobile Healthcare Research for Developing Nations: Citizen, Organisation, Governmental and Technological Perspectives”

Call for papers

Mobile health (M-health) applications potentially allow improved provision and access to health services that enhance the wellbeing and quality of life of underserved populations in developing nations. Despite low per capita income, a large proportion of the population in many developing nations owns smartphones. Effective studies however, are lacking for guiding sustainable initiatives to improve the quality and relevance of M-health design and service delivery for various stakeholders, at citizen, organisation and government levels.


The complexity of healthcare industries and involvements of agents for various layers of service delivery and relevant siloed technology development raises fundamental questions to rethink on designing new useful individualised approaches or specific architecture that may fulfil the need of organisational, behavioural, scientific or professional and offer benefits of latest technology for better service acceptance. The recent industry initiatives in Australia outlined emerging M-health solution designs by the Monash Watch program. Such initiatives are for

  1. Smart health to supply its cloud-based solution; 
  2. Queensland State wide cloud e-health chronic disease management, 
  3. Cancer multi-disciplinary team meeting management system rollout, 
  4. Patient portal for mobile devices – Live, and 
  5. Integrated home monitoring or shared EHR Live

The Monash Watch is part of “the Hospital without Walls initiative” at Monash Health Service (MHS). MHS provides personal mobile devices enable autonomous and unobtrusive collection of clinical data and support the continuous transmission of physiological information between patients and remote healthcare providers. While relevant theory and understanding are of significant to develop guidance and design assistance, the initiatives aimed for delivering shared care would contribute to improve healthcare services in developing nations. Going beyond, various successful studies indicated issues on problem solving using mobile technologies. For example, Sam (2017) focused on the use of mobile phones to empower young people for communicating and accessing vital livelihood information to articulate their everyday activities. Choi et al. (2017) reinforced on personalization enabled by contextualization – focusing on the effects of LBS-assisted searching for gas price information on user perceptions and actual behavior. Trestian et al. (2017) utilised mobile network infrastructure integrated into intelligent systems that could help at detecting exceptional events such as riots, protests or even at disaster preventions with minimal costs and improve people safety and security, or even save lives. The study collects fully anonymized cellular network data, like Call Detail Records (CDRs) to analyse the telecommunication traffic and connect people, locations and events. Many other latest technological provisions are now introduced in various application design, including large-scale systems, location analytics, RFID-driven, IoT enabled and other sophisticated computational techniques (Abbas et al. 2015). Such aspects can also have potentials for effective M-health design as various purposespecific solution designs in developing nations.

Objectives of the Special Section

The aim of this special section is to bring together leading research in mobile healthcare, describing approaches relevant to the context of developing countries. The objective is to examine diverse issues of social, economic, cultural and technological context related to public healthcare, clinical healthcare, healthcare management, hospital management and other healthcare informatics. With a developing nations focus, we seek different methods, models, constructs, solution applications or specific architectures and theories related to M-health research and practice. The topics broadly cover decision-making, strategic improvement, operational management, user access and other behavioural, organisational and governmental administration issues, as well as technological issues around mobile infrastructure, organisational information systems and app designs. Manuscripts that emphasize these from theoretical, empirical, and solution design approaches, using appropriate research methods will be welcome. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • M-health approaches for connecting patient, doctor and support service authorities
  • Location Based M-health Solutions for citizen, professionals and organisations
  • M-health approaches for decision making
  • Big-data capturing, processing and specific architectures for M-health
  • Context-Sensitive approaches for targeted populations
  • Constructs, issues, barriers and gaps in designing M-health applications
  • Longitudinal projects involving large-scale implementation and evaluation activities
  • Evaluation of impact of IT innovations on modernised healthcare
  • Theoretical constructs, models, architectures and conceptualisations for M-health
  • Applications from developed countries adapted for developing countries
  • Mobile infrastructure technologies
  • User studies

Important Dates (Tentative)

  • Submission: from November 30, 2017 to March 30, 2018
  • First Round Review Decisions: June 15, 2018
  • Major Revisions if required due: August 30, 2018
  • Second Round Decisions: September 30, 2018
  • Minor Revisions if necessary: October 30, 2018
  • Final Decision: November 30, 2018 
  • Publication Date: By the mid-year 2019

Guest Editors

  • Dr Shah Miah, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia 
  • A/Prof Don Kerr, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia 
  • Prof John Gammack, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E 

  • John Gammack
  • Don Kerr
  • Shah Miah
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Research on Recent Advances in Social Media

Social Media: Recent Advances in Applications, Monitoring and Analytics

Motivation and overview
Social media continues to transform contemporary society. The conventional role of the Internet as a medium for information broadcast has been radically disrupted by online social media, which now accommodates unprecedented levels of end-user participation. Its prominent features include equitable representation of all participants (individuals, organisations and governments), adaptable networks/groups of participants, conversations across and within groups, explicit expression of sentiment and increased multimedia content creation. Social media has fostered communication, creativity, social cohesion and advanced freedom of expression. However, it has also been criticised for creation of information silos, lack of credibility, lack of control, psychological issues arising from excessive use, participant abuse and invasion of privacy.

A large body of literature has already focused on various aspects of social media. The honeycomb framework by Kietzmann et al. (2011), social media metrics framework and guidelines by Peters et al. (2013), seven layers of social media analytics by Khan (2015) are notable research outcomes that provide much needed theoretical rigor. However, given the evolving nature of this emerging field, further research is essential to ensure less harm and more good precipitates into society from the increasing use of these technology platforms. Besides society, responsible use of social media can influence sustainable business practice leading to the development of a healthy economy. Recent events, both local and international, provide further impetus for such research endeavours. To this end, this special section aims to contribute a new body of knowledge that addresses current and recurrent issues in social media applications, social media monitoring and social media analytics.

The objectives of this special issue are:

  • To publish theoretical research on the usage, participation, expansion, evolution, implications and ethics of social media networks, platforms and frameworks. 
  • To publish applied research addressing current issues in social media applications, such as credibility, information cohesion, improved control and governance. 
  • To publish applied research addressing current issues in social media monitoring, such as new methods and techniques for monitoring, applications and outcomes from diverse industries and the business value of monitoring. 
  • To publish recent advances in social media analytics such as sentiment analysis, detection of emotions, prediction of events, privacy preservation, social network analysis and detection/prediction of social network expansion.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to,

  • Current issues in social media research. 
  • Theoretical research on the progression and implications of social media. 
  • Application of information systems theories in social media. 
  • Case studies of real-world instances of social media applications, monitoring, analytics. 
  • Systematic literature reviews from an information systems perspective.

Guest editors

  • Daswin de Silva, La Trobe University, Australia. 
  • Susan Bedingfield, Monash University, Australia. 
  • Damminda Alahakoon, La Trobe University, Australia.

Important dates

  • Deadline for paper submission: 1 December 2017. 
  • Notification of acceptance: 1 February 2018. 
  • Special issue publication: 1 April 2018.

  • Damminda Alahakoon
  • Susan Bedingfield
  • Daswin De Silva
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Research on the Role of Technology in Workforce Management

Recent advancements in human resource management (HRM) and organizational behavior (OB) are predominantly technology driven that require techno-savvy human resource managers. In general, the quest for effective and efficient workforce management has led to embracing digitization. It does affect the several stages of HR process such as recruitment, selection, performance appraisal, demand forecasting, supply forecasting, job description, job specification, job analysis, job evaluation, training and development, career planning and development, succession planning, etc. Technology as a disruptor in the workplace has major consequences for employees and employers.

Following are the objectives of this special section:

  • To gain theoretical insights into the relationship between technology and employee level factors. 
  • To capture the increasingly changing nature of workforce and its management 
  • To examine role of external factors such as social, cultural, and market conditions among others in affecting the relationship between employee behavior and technology.

Research Theme of the Special Section:
Submissions relating to the following themes are welcome but are not limited to,

  • Online/internet engagement 
  • Human-computer interaction 
  • Change management (re-engineering) 
  • e-governance in organizations 
  • De-materialized documentation management 
  • Virtual teams 
  • Distance learning 
  • Liquid workforce 
  • Employee data mining 
  • Collaborations using social media 
  • Employer branding through technology 
  • Adaptation of technology by employees 
  • Collaborative technology in corporate social responsibility 
  • Technology acceptance

The following submissions are particularly encouraged:

  • Conceptual submissions that provide fresh insights into the area of study, 
  • Qualitative works that dive deep into the sub-conscious minds of the participants and derive new constructs, and 
  • Quantitative studies that enable replication of the results in different contexts and suggest robust directions for future research.

The timeline

  • Deadline for paper submission: 25 January 2018. 
  • Notification of acceptance: 25 April 2018. 
  • Special section publication: 1 June 2018.

Special Section Editors (SSEs)

  • Manish Gupta, IBS Hyderabad, IFHE University, India. 
  • Jatin Pandey, Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, India. 
  • Jighyasu Gaur, IBS Hyderabad, IFHE University, India. 
  • Neharika Vohra, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.

  • Jighyasu Gaur
  • Manish Gupta
  • Jatin Pandey
  • Neharika Vohra
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Research Note

A Research Note is an article giving a brief description of an exciting, innovative, new and groundbreaking IS topic or idea, including the modification of a methodology, method or associated tool. It should be timely and relevant to AJIS’s primary readership: the international Information Systems academic and professional community. Research notes provide an outlet for publication of information that is relevant and important, but may lack spatial or temporal replication. It should clearly state (& justify) the nature of any proposed contributions in terms of developing the IS community It should be no more than 2,500 words, and can include two figures or tables. It should have at least eight references. Research notes will be sent for peer review. Research notes are not designed to serve as an outlet for publication of research that lacks appropriate scope or is better suited for other outlets.


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Post-Publication Reviews

The information systems discipline is dynamic, with developments which often outpace the normal publishing programme of a journal. AJIS is interested in developing the discipline and encouraging constructive discussion leading to the strengthening of ideas and argument. Accordingly, AJIS invites short reviews (no more than 1,000 words) of papers it has published, subject to the following guidelines:

  1. All reviews must be signed and will be attributed 
  2. All reviews should address a substantive issue on a recently published paper 
  3. All reviews should be be written in a positive tone, not as a listing of negative comments 
  4. A submitted review will be sent to the corresponding author of that paper for a response to the review, which will be published simultaneously 
  5. If the corresponding author declines to respond, a note to that effect will appear with the review

The AJIS Editor-in-Chief has the final decision on whether a Post-Publication Review will be accepted. 

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Peer Review Process

All manuscripts are initially assessed for plagiarism using Turnitin. They are then assessed using double blind peer reviewing by at least two well qualified reviewers. Their task is to provide constructive, fair, and timely advice to authors and editor. Different types of research paper need to be judged by different criteria.

Here are some assessment criteria that may be applied:

  • Relevance - topic or focus is part of the IS discipline. 
  • Effectiveness - paper makes a significant contribution to the IS body of knowledge. 
  • Impact - paper will be used for further research and/or practice. 
  • Uniqueness - paper is innovative, original & unique; plagiarism checks are carried out as a matter of routine. 
  • Conceptual soundness - theory, model or framework made explicit. 
  • Argument - design of the research or investigation is sound; methods appropriate. 
  • Clarity - Topic is clearly stated; illustrations, charts & examples support content. 
  • Reliability - data available; replication possible. 
  • References - sound, used appropriately, and sufficient - appropriate AJIS articles referenced Style - appropriate language, manuscript flows.

Currently, the review process takes between 80 and 120 days.


Publication Frequency

Articles are published as soon as they have passed through the reviewing and editing stages.

Special Sections are published as soon as all its articles have passed through the reviewing and editing stages.


Open Access Policy

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Special Sections

Proposals for Special Sections of the journal may be submitted for consideration to the Editor-in-Chief. There is a FAQ on creating Special Sections that the Editor-in-Chief can supply to assist in understanding how this operates and the information required to propose a Special Section. Please read this first before suggesting a Special Section.


Publication Archiving

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