MIS Quarterly uses the following review process:
- Authors submit their paper electronically, along with a cover letter/e-mail that includes nominations and assurances (see below). The website for submission of manuscripts to MISQ is http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/misq. When referring to “system” below, we will mean this MISQ ScholarOne Manuscripts website.
- Authors who have not previously submitted papers to MISQ or reviewed for the journal will have to first register themselves on the system. Already being registered at another ScholarOne Manuscripts venue (such as ICIS, Management Science, or Information Systems Research) does NOT mean that you are automatically registered on the MISQ system. Each venue has its own registration directory and you will need to sign up separately for MISQ.
- Once logged into the MISQ ScholarOne Manuscripts website, you will be asked to answer a set of questions and upload your materials. After this is successfully completed, the review coordinator in the MISQ office will be notified and will contact the Editor-in-Chief who will assign the paper to a senior editor taking into consideration the author’s nomination and the senior editor’s workload. Once the senior editor agrees to handle the paper, the submission is officially transferred on the system to that editor.
- A senior editor first screens the submission. The senior editor evaluates whether the paper (1) addresses a topic and uses a genre that fits with the mission of MISQ and (2) has achieved a level of quality that justifies further evaluation by a review team.
- The senior editor then makes a decision whether to seek the assistance of an associate editor. If the senior editor has a high level of expertise in the topic of the paper, he/she may not engage an associate editor. Similarly, for submissions to the Issues and Opinions and MISQ Theory and Review categories, associate editors are not used in their role as AE, but they may be involved in the review process as a reviewer. If associate editors are engaged, however, they apply a second screening to the paper. Sometimes, the senior editor and associate editor may screen a submission in parallel.
- If submissions do not pass the initial screening(s), they are returned to the authors as inappropriate or rejected submissions.
- Papers that pass the initial screening are then sent to a panel of reviewers (usually two or three).
- Once review comments are returned to the editors, the associate editor assimilates them and makes an editorial recommendation regarding publication, revision, or rejection. The senior editor uses this recommendation as a basis for his/her final decision.
- Associate editors are guided by the recommendations of reviewers, but they do not necessarily comply with the majority recommendation of the reviewers. Instead, they are required to make their own judgment on the merits of a paper. Similarly, senior editors are guided by the recommendations of reviewers and associate editors, but they are required to make their own judgments on the merits of a paper.
- Senior editors make a final judgment on a manuscript and send their report plus a copy of the reports provided by the associate editor and reviewers to authors.
- The senior editor provides the associate editor and reviewers with a copy of the review reports they send to the authors. Authors’ names are removed from the copy of the review reports sent to the reviewers.
- MIS Quarterly strives to provide authors with timely, high-quality reviews. Nonetheless, a full review process may take approximately three to five months from receipt of the manuscript to the first editorial decision. A review process that takes place during December or January or during the northern hemisphere’s summer months may take longer (see below).
- Authors can access the status of their manuscripts as they pass through the review process via the system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/misq. (For papers that entered the review process prior to August 1, 2008, contact the Review Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org).
At certain times of the year, authors should be aware that review processes tend to be slower. For instance, during December and January, many colleagues have end-of-semester responsibilities, and many attend the International Conference on Information Systems. In the southern hemisphere, many colleagues also take vacations. During July and August, many colleagues in the northern hemisphere attend conferences and take vacations. Many also finalize research papers during this period and thus the MIS Quarterly receives a large number of submissions.