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Submission Preparation Checklist

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

Research articles are full papers other than those solicited for special sections.

Research on Applied Ethics

The Research on Applied Ethics section is currently accepting papers on Ethics in Social Media Research 

Research on User Involvement

The Research on User Involvement is currently accepting papers on Engaging Stakeholders Online: The Bright and Dark Sides

Selected Papers from the conference of the Aust Inst of Computer Ethics (AiCE)

The section on Selected Papers from the conference of the Aust Inst of Computer Ethics (AiCE) is restricted to papers approved for submission by the Section Editors.

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.


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 through Post Publication Reviews. 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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