Lisa Ellram is a co-editor-in-chief of Journal of Supply Chain Management. She conducts the second half of the doctoral consortium here at MWDSI 2009 on publishing. (more…)

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Here’s a new venue for publishing e-gov research… and maybe even offshoots of the SPN-SKM project:

The International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) establishes the foundations of e-politics as an emerging interdisciplinary area of research and practice, as well as offers a venue for publications that focus on theories and empirical research on the manifestations of e-politics in various contexts and environments. This journal encompasses diverse aspects of e-politics, including: strategy, e-commerce, decision sciences, marketing, economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, media studies, communication studies, women studies, black studies, political science, philosophy, law, criminology, and ethics.

Editor-in-chief: Celia Romm Livermore of Wayne State University

The following puts itself together as I read an e-mail from Toby:

This evening I was thinking about communicating our research. Has the student affairs research crowd started doing much with online journals? The information systems crowd is trying, but the big proprietary journals with long review processes are still the gold standard.

So your second e-mail set me thinking: Nash calls us to moral conversations. The rapid pace of change in information systems (and what about student affairs?) begs for immediate conversation, interchange, shared efforts to build meaning instead of “simple dissemination of information,” as you aptly put it.

But look at how we researchers communicate: through academic journals that take months, maybe years to publish our work. While we work on a research project, we keep it under wraps, afraid someone else might see a blog post on it (Gulp!) and write the idea up and conduct an experiment before we do. While the paper is under review, we still keep it under wraps, waiting for the yay or nay from the reviewers. Once it’s published, we can’t post it online, since the journals own the copyright. It’s like the latency (the delay) in a bad cell phone connection: it takes so long for the signal to travel from speaker to receiver that we can’t have a good conversation.

Some IS researchers argue we need to abandon the old journals and go for instant online wiki-style publishing. Anyone in student affairs making a similar argument? I’d love to hear what Nash thinks, because his idea of research as moral conversation seems to demand moving from old journals to instant interaction, a constant conference of scholars building meaning online.

Prof asks for a simple summary of major issues in DSS research, as discussed in Arnott and Pervan (2005, 2008) and Shim et al. (2002), and I have to go off advocating wholesale destruction of an industry….

The above articles appear to point to three pressing issues in DSS research: relevance, relevance, and relevance. Technology and business are changing fast. The increasing accumulation of data and easy access to it mean that those entrepreneurs who have the tools and talent to sift through that data and translate it into knowledge and action will have a competitive advantage over those who don’t… or even those who do but do so more cautiously. While the academic careers of researchers may hinge upon articles that take five years to make the grueling journey from inception to acceptance and publication, five-year-old data for practitioners is often laughably obsolete. (more…)

We’re reading Arnott and Pervan (2008) for INFS 838. The authors perform a content analysis of over a thousand decision support systems research articles published from 1990 to 2004 in an effort to identify trends and concerns in DSS research.

Among the problems they find is a relative lack of exposure in “A” journals. On the whole, DSS is relatively well represented, but (more…)

A student in CIS427 asks about posting a link to a journal article. He wonders if it’s o.k. to save a copy of an article from the Mundt Library research databases. I offer this reply:

Good to see you reading the journals! Journals are tricky for open Web use. I’m not an expert on copyright and fair use, but if the source is a regular academic article and your only access to it is through the DSU library database, then it’s a good bet that you can’t post the article in full on the open Web. “Fair use” allows you to post quotes from it, discuss it, offer the full citation, and even try offering a link to the original in library database. But full copies — probably naughty. (I’ve even been nervous about saving complete copies from the library to my hard drive, but I think in-house copies for research and teaching are o.k., as long as you’re not making a copy available for unrestricted public redistribution.)

Am I right?