Why the old world cannot publish? Overcoming challenges in publishing high-impact IS research

Kalle Lyytinen*, Richard Baskerville, Juhani Iivari, Dov Te'Eni

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Abstract

We review the status of European publishing in high-impact Information System (IS) journals finding that the European publication record is disappointing. We consider popular explanations to this state of affairs and find them neither credible nor useful for improving the European record. We propose several constructive reasons for this including (1) the lack of appreciation of the article genre, (2) weak publishing cultures, (3) inadequate Ph.D. preparation for article publishing, (4) weak reviewing practices, (5) poorer command of research methods, (6) poorer understanding of the reviewing protocols, and (7) institutional shaping of research funding in Europe. We formulate several recommendations to affect these causes at the individual, institutional, journal, and European community level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-326
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Information Systems
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2007

Funding

FundersFunder number
European Commission

    Keywords

    • IS
    • Publication genres
    • Publishing
    • Research communities
    • Reviewing

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