CAIS Special Section on IS History

Call for Papers (revised)


Building on a set of initiatives to collect, preserve, interpret, document and disseminate the history of the IS field (for more information, visit http://history.aisnet.org), Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS) invites contributions to a special section focusing on IS history. Sample topics include but are not limited to the historical aspect of the following:

  • Intellectual cores and/or "schools of thought" on IS
  • Sub-areas in IS
  • Research paradigms and their evolution in IS
  • Histories of ideas, showing how some ideas influenced other ideas
  • Research methods in IS
  • Education, curricula, pedagogy, and degree programs
  • Institutional roles of the IS field in academia
  • Regional, national, and international development of the IS field
  • Events, venues, or artifacts that played important roles in the IS field
  • Pioneers/founders and pioneering activities
  • Industry and practitioners' side of the IS field
  • The impact of IS: how IS has been changing the world
  • Relationships with fields outside IS
  • Origins and/or pre-history of IS
  • Other political, intellectual, cultural and social aspects of the history of the IS field
  • Strategies, principles, methods, and techniques for conducting historical studies in IS

Manuscripts should be in English. There is no length/page limit. Authors are free to choose the most appropriate writing style that can adequately capture the historical stories. These styles may or may not be the same for reporting standard scientific inquiries.

All manuscripts should be submitted to the online review system of CAIS. During the submission process, authors should specify that the manuscript is for the Special Section on IS History. All submissions will be screened by the AE of the special section. Authors may express their preferences of having a manuscript editorially reviewed (by the AE) or peer reviewed, although the AE may choose a different review method should she consider it more beneficial in improving and strengthening the work further.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadlines: April 15, 2014 and October 15, 2014
  • First decisions to authors: May 31, 2014 and November 30, 2014
  • Revisions due: July 15, 2014 and January 15, 2015
  • Final decisions: September 15, 2014 and March 31, 2015
  • Estimated publishing time: Winter 2014 and Summer 2015

If you have any questions and suggestions, or if you want to have some feedback on ideas of a paper, please contact the special section AE, Dr. Ping Zhang, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, 1-315-443-5617, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..