Editor and Reviewer Nominations by Authors

Authors should offer nominations for both the senior editor and, where appropriate, an associate editor to handle their manuscript. Note that the editor-in-chief may play the role of a senior editor in this process.

Authors should nominate at least two choices of senior editor and associate editor. Nominees for senior editor and associate editor must be current members of the Editorial Board.

Authors should also offer reviewer nominations. Authors are encouraged to nominate four or more candidates for reviewers. A nominee for reviewer should be knowledgeable about the topics or methods found in the paper. An attempt will be made to select at least one of the reviewer nominations. In addition to the nominee’s name, please provide the nominee’s e-mail address and current affiliation.

On rare occasions, the editor-in-chief may consider an author’s nomination of a senior editor emeritus to serve as senior editor for the author’s manuscript. A key condition in assigning a senior editor emeritus to handle a manuscript is that he or she must possess the highly specialized knowledge, and this knowledge must be deemed necessary to evaluate the manuscript and the view of the associate editor and reviewers. The editor-in-chief will not approve such a nomination if a current senior editor is deemed to be able to handle the manuscript effectively. Approval of such a nomination also depends on the availability and approval of the senior editor emeritus. Authors who would like to nominate a senior editor emeritus must submit their manuscript and a justification for the nomination of a senior editor emeritus to the editor-in-chief. They should not personally approach the senior editor emeritus.

The editor-in-chief may exercise his or her discretion to choose any person (including a current associate editor) to act as a senior editor for a manuscript. Upon receiving a manuscript, a senior editor may forward it to the editor-in-chief with the recommendation that an acting or special senior editor be considered. Similarly, a senior editor might recommend to the editor-in-chief that an acting associate editor be considered. Because a colleague must be familiar with the MIS Quarterly ethos and reviewing culture if they are to serve satisfactorily as a special senior editor or associate editor, such appointments will be rare. The editor-in-chief must approve all such appointments. They will occur only if no member of the editorial board has the knowledge, skills, experience, or capacity to take responsibility for the paper.

The senior editors of the MIS Quarterly will consider carefully the nominees for reviewers and editors. Nonetheless, a senior editor may decline a manuscript and the review coordinator may ask another senior editor to handle the paper. Moreover, the selection of an associate editor is always at the discretion of the senior editor. Similarly, the selection of reviewers is always at the discretion of the senior and associate editors.