Category Lengths

MIS Quarterly has requirements for maximum total length of an article, which includes tables, figures, references and appendices. It is the total length of an article that will be reviewed.

In the past, MISQ did not restrict the number of figures, references, tables, and appendices, and had limits only on the number of pages of text in the article. This led to some submissions and revisions becoming excessively long, making it challenging for both editorial processes and readers of the work.

The following are guidelines on maximum total length of an article, including tables, figures, references and appendices:

  • Research Articles: 55 pages

  • Method Articles: 55 pages

  • Theory and Review:
    • 65 pages for articles in the Theory-Generative Literature Synthesis genre
    • 55 pages for articles in the Theory Development genre
    • For the difference between these genres, please see the description of the MISQ Theory and Review category of manuscripts (shown on the previous page)

  • Research Note: 30 pages

  • Research Commentary: 30 pages

  • Issues and Opinions: 30 pages

Articles must be written concisely.

Submissions that exceed the maximum total lengths will either be returned to authors for shortening before they are sent out for review, or will be desk-rejected.

The maximum total length must be adhered to in revisions as well.

All text in manuscripts must be in 12-point Times New Roman font. Papers must be DOUBLE SPACED, left-justified only — the entire article, including the abstract and the appendices.

References must be in 12-point Times New Roman font and SINGLE SPACED, with a hanging-indent.

Figures, tables, and exhibits can be in font sizes smaller than 12-point Times New Roman (e.g., 10-point Arial or Calibri). Text in figures, tables, and exhibits may be single spaced.

Figures, tables, and exhibits can be embedded in the body of the article as appropriate. If authors do not refer to a table, figure, exhibit, or appendix in the text, it should not be included.

Include the article’s main claims, key arguments, and primary evidence in the body of the paper. Relegate backup information and supplemental evidence (whether written in text, tables, figures, or exhibits) to appendices if required.

Use the appendix to augment the primary evidence in the body of the article. Refrain from using appendices to present tangential material.

After transitioning to an online-only journal in March 2020, MISQ has discontinued the publication of “Online Supplements.” The article and the appendices are now published as one integrated document.