TJTJ7705 How to publish in Top Information Systems Journals (2–5 cr)

Study level:
Postgraduate studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Information Technology
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024

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This course describes the expectations by top information systems journals


The course starts by looking at which are the top journals in IS, how they operate in terms of review practices, and what types of articles the top journals publish. Then we move to discuss general structure of successful research articles in IS. We discuss what kind of expectations there is in terms of contribution and what is adequate contribution in leading IS journals. After that we focus on "research papers" types of papers, and describe different types of research papers. Article that apply different research approaches need to be developed differently. Also, the role of theory in each types of research article is discussed. Finally, the students write their own journal article.

First part of the course consists of lectures 16h. The second part is seminars, where the students write their own article section-by-section manner.

Learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to help doctoral students to write a high-quality research article on Information Systems related to their doctoral thesis. In this course, students learn what the reviewers and editors expect for a successful IS journal article. Furthermore, students write an article in this course.

Additional information

This is relevant for information systems students

Description of prerequisites

Research topic for the doctoral thesis (or the paper) is known.


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Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
Active participation (90% lectures; 60% seminars) and writing a journal article to information systems journals
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Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (2–5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
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