Information Systems Frontiers Journal

Editorial Policies


Information Systems Frontiers (ISF) seeks to publish articles that identify, extend and integrate scientific knowledge from the various disciplines supporting the emerging frontiers of information technologies and systems. ISF will provide an international forum for all researchers and developers engaged at the IS/IT interface areas. Both applied and theoretical research will be promoted and the journal actively seeks submissions from all over the globe.Contributions solicited for submissions to both special and general issues would include: research papers, surveys, tutorials, industry papers on designs, solutions and experiences, case studies, technical innovation papers, commentaries on the state-of-the-art and discussions on open problems/potential initiatives. The contributions should address any combination of the following requirements, but are not limited to: theory development, modeling and analysis, computational and empirical studies, perspectives that synthesize recent developments in an interface subfield, state-of-the-art surveys and academic/industry reviews of challenges, accomplishments and lessons learned in practical IS work .

Articles must be readable, well-organized and exhibit good writing style. Important criteria for publication are: originality and innovativeness, significance to research and practice and capacity to yield generalizations from focused research and development. More specifically, research on frontier areas that are relevant to the industry both now and the future and industrial developments that can spark significant research activity are most welcome.

The submission of a paper to Information Systems Frontiers for refereeing means that the author certifies the manuscript is not copyrighted; nor has it been accepted for publication (or published) by any refereed journal; nor is it being refereed elsewhere, at the same time. If the paper (or any version of it) has appeared in a non-refereed publication, or will appear in a non-refereed publication, the details of such publication must be made known to the editors-in-chief at the time of submission, so that the suitability of the paper for Information Systems Frontiers can be assessed. At least one of the authors of each accepted article should sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement form.


Detailed submission information is available at:,11855,4-170-70-35673075-0,00.html?detailsPage=contentItemPage&contentItemId=140346&CIPageCounter=CI_FOR_AUTHORS_AND_EDITORS_PAGE1 

Some general guidelines include:

  • Articles should be printed on 8 1/2" x 11" paper
  • Typed in 12-point font, double spaced, with 1 inch margin on all four sides
  • Contain a cover page describing the title of the article, names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of all authors with one of them designated as the Corresponding Author
  • Contain an abstract of not more than 200 words and up to 6 keywords that encapsulate the principal subjects covered by the article
  • Figures, charts, diagrams, tables and photo illustrations should be black and white with minimum shading and numbered consecutively using arabic numerals. These could be either embedded in the text or their positions clearly shown in the text using "Insert figure" instructions.
  • The referencing style of the American Psychological Association should be used. Examples are available at several websites. One of these sites is (opens in a new page):
  • A list of five potential referees on a separate sheet of paper, with a brief description of:
  • Mailing addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses
  • Why they would be good reviewers - based on their areas of expertise
  • The suggested referees should not have a conflict of interest with the author(s). A person has a conflict of interest with (a) his/her major professor or a student for whom the person served as a major professor, (b) people working in the same institution, (c) co-authors on work completed or in progress during the last four years.
When a paper is finally accepted, the authors will be asked to submit a hard copy of the final version plus a disk in either Word or Wordperfect. In addition, good quality originals of all figures, photos and other illustrations must be provided for publication. A brief bio of each author should also be supplied. A copyright transfer form should be executed by at least one of the authors at this time.

Proposals for Dedicated Issues

Proposals for the dedicated issues are actively solicited. Four copies of the proposal should be submitted to one of the Editors-in-Chief. The proposed topics should be relevant to ISF objectives. A proposal at a minimum should include:

  1. proposer's name, mailing address, phone numbers and email address,
  2. a description of the topic areas,
  3. a justification of why the areas chosen are at the frontiers of IS/IT,
  4. any special qualifications on the proposal with regard to academia/industry integrative research and other multidisciplinary thrusts,
  5. target communities from which articles will be solicited,
  6. target readership audience,
  7. a project plan covering all activities from solicitation to publication, and
  8. a timeframe.
  • Each proposal will be thoroughly refereed by at least three qualified reviewers. The Editors-in-Chief make all final decisions regarding the proposals. When a proposal is accepted, the proposer will be asked to constitute his/her own team of associate editors, solicit, review, process and finalize on the submissions in consultation with the Editors-in-Chief. The special issue editors should develop their issues with a balanced mix of articles along the dimensions of article type and focus described in our publication policies above. The content of papers considered for publication may address more than one interface area within the domain of the dedicated issue topics. ISF will actively seek a good balance of topics among the special issues.

Review Process

Each submitted paper in the General Submissions category will be initially reviewed by the Editors-in-Chief. If found suitable for publication in ISF, the paper will be assigned to an appropriate Executive Editor, who will then handle the review process. Otherwise, the corresponding author will be informed of the unsuitability of their work to ISF. Each paper that enters the pipeline with an Executive Editor will be thoroughly reviewed by at least three qualified expert reviewers. Based on the reviews, the Executive Editor will decide whether the paper is acceptable, needs revisions, or to be rejected. Based on the Executive Editor's recommendations, the Editors-in-Chief will make the final decisions and communicate them to the corresponding author. Each submitted paper for the Dedicated Issues also follows the same process, except that all the solicitations, review handling and final recommendations to the Editors-in-Chief are made by the guest editors.



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