Provenance Declaration by Authors, Commitment to Service as Reviewer, and Transfer of Copyright to MIS Quarterly

Provenance Declaration by Authors

When authors submit a paper to MIS Quarterly, they must disclose in their cover letter to the Editor-in-Chief all closely related papers that they have written in journals, as book chapters, or as papers in conference proceedings. The disclosure requirement for any such papers are discussed below.

Disclosure of Closely Related Papers Written in Journals or as Book Chapters

Authors must disclose the following information:

  • Other journal papers or book chapters on closely related research that they have written and that have been published or accepted for publication, or that are under consideration at another journal or at MIS Quarterly.
  • Other journal papers or book chapters that use the same data or a subset of the data as used in the MIS Quarterly submission.
  • Other journal papers or book chapters on closely related research that have been rejected for publication on a previous submission to MIS Quarterly.

In the event any of the above information needs to be disclosed, authors should explain why their submission to MIS Quarterly makes a sufficient contribution to knowledge over and above the other journal paper(s) or book chapter(s) to merit consideration by MIS Quarterly. In this regard, authors are encouraged to seek the advice of colleagues who will provide forthright, independent advice on the extent of the unique contribution of their MIS Quarterly submission relative to their other journal paper(s) or book chapter(s). Further, authors are strongly encouraged to address concerns raised by a review team that may have rejected an earlier version of the paper at another journal.

If authors submit a paper on a closely related topic to another journal subsequent to their submission to MIS Quarterly, they must immediately notify the senior editor responsible for their MIS Quarterly submission.

Articles published in or under consideration for other journals or as book chapters must not be submitted.

Disclosure of Closely Related Papers Written in Conference Proceedings

Authors must disclose the following information:

  • Versions of the paper that have appeared or will appear as a conference publication.
  • If authors have assigned copyright for the conference publication to a conference or related publisher.
  • In instances where the authors have assigned copyright for the conference publication to a conference or related publisher, they should indicate if the conference or related publisher grants authors permission to republish the related conference publication in its entirety and include supporting information.

If authors retain the copyright to the conference publication or if the conference or related publisher grants authors permission to republish the related conference publication in its entirety, MIS Quarterly does not require a submitted paper to be different from the conference publication. A paper will not be rejected by MIS Quarterly only because the paper is not different from the conference publication. However, authors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the feedback received at conferences to develop their work prior to submission to MIS Quarterly. In this spirit, MIS Quarterly expects authors to describe in their cover letter how the paper has been developed relative to the conference publication.

If the authors have assigned copyright for the conference publication to a conference or related publisher and the conference or related publisher does not grant authors the permission to republish the conference publication in its entirety, authors must describe how the paper submitted to MIS Quarterly significantly differs from the conference publication. In this regard, authors are encouraged to seek the advice of colleagues who will provide forthright, independent advice on the extent of the unique contribution of their MIS Quarterly submission relative to the conference publication.

Data Provenance

Authors are required to certify that they have the right to use the data and publish the research results contained in the manuscript. This includes data that may be collected from public sources (such as open web sites). When data are collected from public sources, they should not violate the fair use policy of the data owner such as the web site. In the cases where corporate or other legal permissions are required to use the data or the results derived from the data, these must be obtained before submitting the manuscript for review. Any violation of the data provenance will result in withdrawal of the manuscript from MISQ (even after acceptance, retroactively). To understand fair use policy, authors are encouraged to review Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors here. This policy has been adopted from the INFORMS/ISR policy.

Commitment to Service

In recognition that their submission requires the use of a scarce resource, the services of editors and reviewers, *authors, by the act of submission, are implicitly promising to serve as a reviewer on three MIS Quarterly papers during the year, if asked.*

Transfer of Copyright to MIS Quarterly

By the act of submission, authors are implicitly agreeing to the transfer of copyright to MIS Quarterly (Management Information Systems Research Center for the Regents of the University of Minnesota) if the submission is accepted for publication.