Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems

Submission of Papers

Authors are invited to submit original manuscripts in MS Word format (double spaced). More information can be found at

Once a paper is submitted, one of the four members of the editorial board will be assigned by the coordinating editor to act as the editor of the manuscript. The reviewing process is double-blind in the sense that the authors and reviewers are anonymous to each other. Three reviewers will be assigned for each paper. The SJIS reviewers are committed to produce high quality review reports that serve two purposes. First, it provides a means for evaluating manuscripts with respect to their publication in the journal. Second, it provides substantive feedback to authors to assist them in improving their work.

After the review, the assigned editor and the coordinating editor will arrive at a decision whether to publish the manuscript or not, or under which conditions the manuscript may later be published. The policy of the journal is that the reviewing process should take no longer than ten weeks from the date of submission.

You can submit your manuscript directly at

Formatting instructions

Word template for SJIS including formatting instructions is used to prepare the final version of the paper. Authors will receive intructions from the production editor upon acceptance of the manuscript

And Endnote style for references and bibliography is available from the production editor upon request.

Quick view on formatting the reference list

All references listed must be cited, and all cited references must be included in the list of references. References must be complete, i.e., include, as appropriate, volume, number, month, publisher, city and state, editors, last name & initials of all authors, page numbers, etc. The author(s) are responsible for the accuracy of the references. References should be collected at the end of the paper under the unnumbered section “References”.

In-line citations should be of the format (Jones et al. 1995; Smith 1996), i.e., last names of authors followed by year. Citations are separated by semicolon. Use the abbreviation “et al.” when there are three authors or more. Citations should be sorted in the same order as in the reference list. 

References to journal article 

The required fields are: Author, title, journal, volume, issue, year, pages. For authors, last names are given first, even for multiple authors. For multiple authors, the last author is prefixed by “and” not “&”. 

References to papers in proceedings 

The required fields are: Author’s name and title of paper, editor conference name, city, pages.  For editors, last names are last. Optional fields are: publisher.

References to books 

Required fields are: Author’s name, title, publisher, city, year. 

Reference list

A few examples are: 

Avison, D., (1998). Rigour in action research: Some observations and a plea. Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, (10:1&2): 119-124. 

Bjerknes, G., Ehn, P., and Kyng, M., eds., (1987). Computers and Democracy - A Scandinavian Challenge, Avebury, Aldershot.

Checkland, P., (1981). Systems Thinking, Systems Practice, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester. 

Fichman, R. G., and Moses, S. A., (1999). An incremental process for software implementation. Sloan Management Review, (40:2): 39-52.

Landauer, T. K., (1995). The trouble with computers: Usefulness, usability, and productivity, MIT Press, Cambridge.

Markus, M. L., (2004). Technochange management: Using IT to drive organizational change. Journal of Information Technology, (19:1): 4-20.

Simonsen, J., and Hertzum, M., (2008). Participative design and the challenges of large-scale systems: Extending the iterative PD approach. In: PDC2008: Proceedings of the Tenth Anniversary Conference on Participatory Design, J. Simonsen, T. Robertson and D. Hakken (eds.), ACM Press, New York, pp. 1-10.