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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Format

Final presentation will be done by the editorial team, so your keep your submission format as simple as possible.

Text should be

  • Prepared according to the Submission Preparation Checklist above,
  • Double spaced, 
  • Left justified, 
  • Without paragraph indenting, 
  • Times Roman 12 point font. 
  • Margins are 2.5cm top, bottom, left, and right, 
  • Page size A4, 
  • Headings numbered,
  • Pages numbered ,
  • Diagrams and images placed appropriately within the text,
  • Abstract should be a single paragraph of 150 - 200 words,
  • Adhering to the page length for each section.

Only include as authors those who have made a substantive contribution; those who have made marginal contributions (for example, colleagues or supervisors who have reviewed a draft of the work prior to submission) should be named in an Acknowledgments paragraph after the conclusions.

References must be formatted according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. If you are using the EndNote application, use the "APA 6th" style. DOI URLs are preferred over generic URLs. 

The length of the manuscript should be commensurate with content, and on the close order of 30 pages* (double spaced, including tables and diagrams, but not including abstract and references). Where manuscripts significantly vary from 30 pages justification needs to be made to the editor.

* Please note that Research Notes should be no more than 2,500 words, and can include two figures or tables. They should have at least eight references.

Research Articles

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

Research on User Involvement

Engaging Stakeholders Online: The Bright and Dark Sides

Given the growing interest of people in using online media to communicate in their personal and professional life, organizations are striving hard to engage their stakeholders online much more than ever before. It has encouraged scholars to analyse a set of factors that is specific to virtual means of engagement. From the little research available in the area online engagement, it appears that along with advantages, online engagement also comes with grave consequences for an organization’s stakeholders. Thus, this special section seeks to cover both bright and the dark sides of engaging stakeholders online. Special Section Call for Papers: Engaging Stakeholders Online: The Bright and Dark Sides Organizations are increasingly using the internet to engage their stakeholders (employees, suppliers, customers, government, and management) for several positive outcomes such as higher productivity, growing revenue, and increased profits. Different theoretical models of engagement has been explored for such online platforms like uses and gratification theory, dual processing theory, and technology adoption models (Dolan et al., 2016; Dolan et al., 2019; Grover & Kar, 2019; Grover et al., 2019b; Gupta et al., 2019).

Though research suggests that engaging stakeholders have a lot of benefits to the individuals, groups, and organizations, the concerns relating to the overuse of these engagement practices especially through the internet cannot be ignored (Shelton & Skalski, 2014; Fox & Moreland, 2015; Baccarella et al, 2018). This side includes the darker aspects that cover ‘too much of engagement’ such as physical and mental strain leading to imbalances in the stakeholders’ life. Indeed, there seem to be both positive and negative consequences of engaging stakeholders online and each engagement practice or intervention needs to be seen through both these lenses. Further there has been plethora of evidences surrounding disinformation and misinformation in existing literature which impacts user engagement (Aswani et al., 2019).

Such an exploration makes it necessary to view the context through more than one lens and from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders (Friedman & Miles, 2002). It enhances the chances of a more holistic theoretical understanding of this new and complex nature of engagement. To address the issues of such complexity, mixed-method research designs are often suitable. A plethora of emerging research methodologies like the user-generated content mining, social media analytics, artificial intelligence and other approaches are guiding a lot of such research up and beyond the traditional approaches based on surveys, expert feedback, and analyses using inferential statistics (Fan & Gordon, 2014; Rathore et al., 2017).

Thus, following are the objectives of this special section:

• To challenge the existing theories in the online engagement literature.
• To explore different theoretical models of the factors that may have dual effects on the stakeholders that are engaged online, whether positive or negative.
• To examine the ways in which internet can itself be a remedy to shift stakeholders from the dark side to the bright side of engagement.
• To establish the need for interventions in such engagement in the online communities

Research Themes of the Special Section:

Submissions related to the following themes are welcome but are not limited to,

• Adoption and impact of innovative internet-based disruptive business models
• Balancing engagement of one stakeholder with that of the other.
• Collaborative learning through internet engagement.
• The dark side of excessive internet engagement, compulsive behaviour, and addiction.
• Disruptions in personal or professional life due to different levels of addictive engagement to online platforms
• Engagement, disengagement, polarization or acculturation due to misinformation/disinformation in social media platforms in socio-political agendas
• Examining the counter-intuitive initiatives by the industry to engage stakeholders online.
• Factors affecting stakeholder disengagement due to internet-based activities such as employee turnover, customer churn due to technostress
• Impact of biases due to intelligent backend algorithms in online platforms
• Interventions to shift stakeholders from the darker to the brighter side of internet adoption, usage, and impacts.
• Organizational interventions to engage its stakeholders online.
• Role of social media in engaging economies for socio-economic development.
• Theory development using user-generated content for online community behaviour

Deadline for paper submission: 30 June 2020.
Notification of acceptance: 31 October 2020.
Special section publication: 1 January 2021.

Special Section Editors

Manish Gupta,
Department of HR,
IBS Hyderabad,
Constituent of IFHE,
[email protected]

Arpan Kumar Kar,
Dept. of Management Studies,
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
New Delhi, India
[email protected]

Charles Jebarajakirthy,
Department of Marketing,
Griffith Business School,
Griffith University, Australia,
[email protected]

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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  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 
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  5. If the corresponding author declines to respond, a note to that effect will appear with the review

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