Types of Papers MISQ Does Not Publish
MIS Quarterly has no a priori restrictions on the types of papers it publishes. If a Senior Editor deems a paper to be worthy of publication, this decision is the only remaining constraint for publication. For example, if an SE determines that a paper that develops or validates a research instrument makes a sufficient contribution, then the paper will appear in MIS Quarterly.
Scientometric papers will be considered, but the SEs at MISQ have historically required a large theoretical contribution in our Research Articles and so a simple journal ranking study, by itself, would be very unlikely to meet the standards of our Senior Editors. If a scientometric study addresses valuable professional concerns, it could find a home in the Issues and Opinions section, however.
Design science and economics of IS papers are especially welcome. The journal has prominent SEs in both domains who are ready to handle such papers.