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ISJ Trending Topics
13 June 2023
08:30 - 12:00

In June 2023, Information Systems Journal will organize the third edition of the annual ISJ Trending Topics Workshop. This workshop is scheduled to occur from 8:30am-12:00pm (UTC+2) on Tuesday, June 13th, 2023, as an in-person pre-ECIS workshop in Kristiansand (Norway). The workshop will be conducted in a hybrid format allowing those authors and editors to join virtually that won’t be able to travel to Norway.

Workshop information

The ISJ encourages research that reflects the wide and interdisciplinary nature of the IS field and is looking for submissions that integrate technological advancements and digital innovations with social, contextual and management issues, based on research using appropriate research methods. With our paper development workshop format, we aim to put a particular emphasis on the rapidly advancing technological development, as currently can be seen, for example, in the rise of ChatGPT, that may help us to deal with massive societal, ecological, and health-related issues but also confronts us with new challenges, increasing complexity, and unwanted side effects of technology use.

Thus, this paper development workshop promotes scholarship that focuses on high-impact research on new trending topics in the IS field. Workshop participants will discuss drafts of their corresponding research work with ISJ editorial board members, and other workshop participants. Please see a list of topics of interest, below.

Authors are not obliged to submit their work to ISJ, although the journal is a top-quality outlet that welcomes both conceptual and empirical papers. It is the ISJ objective that those papers receiving feedback during the workshop will be ready for submission and publication consideration in ISJ afterwards. In fact, we are confident that a decent number of workshop papers will be published in the journal, year by year.

Prior to the workshop, participants whose papers have been accepted for discussion in the workshop, will receive one to three papers to read and review for their roundtable. During the workshop, participants meet in small groups where participants receive feedback from ISJ editorial board members and provide feedback on other participants’ papers. The ISJ Senior and Associate Editors will facilitate the discussion such that each participant has equal time to receive comments from the group’s members.

Selection for the ISJ Trending Topics Workshop is competitive. This workshop primarily addresses trending topics and significant societal issues wrapped in a high-quality and high-impact research piece. To be considered, a paper must demonstrate a significant contribution to IS research, with or without data.

We do not consider papers that are currently accepted, under review, or under revision at other journals or conferences.

Topics of interest (include but are not limited to):

  • Inclusive digital initiatives
  • IS in social and political protests and issues of (in)equality and marginalized groups
  • Social media and digital collaboration for political participation and societal changes
  • Implementation and value of big data and machine learning for organizations
  • The impact of chatbots, like ChatGPT, on research, education, and the future of work
  • Automation and augmentation of tasks, work and occupations
  • Ethical uses of data, algorithms, and design
  • Consequences of Gig work arrangements on workers and society
  • New organizing forms enabled by sharing economy, platforms, and crowds
  • Dark side of technology including addiction, victimization, surveillance
  • Social cyberwarfare and cybersecurity
  • Cryptocurrencies and digital money
  • Implications of blockchain and distributed ledger technology
  • IS for a greener society, government, and/or industry
  • The role of IS for climate change
  • Psychological, and social aspects of human-computer and human-robot interactions
  • IOT, wearable devices and their impacts
  • Designs for wearable, pervasive, and ubiquitous systems and computing

Submission details

The submission deadline is Sunday, April 23rd, 2023. Papers should be line spaced at 1.5 with wide margins on one side of the page. A manuscript should not exceed around 10,000 words for the main text, not counting the appendices and references. References should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the APA (6th edition). For more information and author guidelines, please consult:

To submit a paper to the workshop, please use: Please select SI-PDW (Paper Development Workshop) for the submission.

The review process is double-blind, so any author identifying information should only appear in the body of the submission system (and not in the submitted paper).

Individuals selected as participants will be notified on or before May 15th, 2023.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: April 23rd, 2023
Notification of Accepted Papers: May 15th, 2023
ISJ Trending Topics Workshop: June 13th, 2023

ISJ Editorial advisors

Senior Editors
Carol Hsu, University of Sydney, Australia
Federico Iannacci, University of Sussex, UK
Stan Karanasios, University of Queensland, Australia
Paul Lowry, Virginia Tech, USA
Niki Panteli, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Ravi Patnayakuni, University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA
M. N. Ravishankar (Ravi), Loughborough University, UK
Angsana Techatassanasoontorn, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Associate Editors
Petros Chamakiotis, ESCP Business School, Spain
Nancy Deng, California State University Dominguez Hills, USA
Daniel Fuerstenau, IT University Copenhagen, Denmark
Sven Laumer, Friedrich-Alexander University, Germany
Marco Marabelli, Bentley University, USA
Marjolein van Offenbeek, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Christoph Rosenkranz, University of Cologne, Germany
Yenni Tim, University of New South Wales, Australia
Manuel Trenz, University of Goettingen, Germany
Zhongyun (Phil) Zhou, Tongji University, China

Please direct any question about the submission process and the overall ISJ paper development workshop to Andreas Eckhardt (Workshop Chair) at:

Please direct all other questions related to the ISJ to Robert Davison (ISJ Editor-in-Chief) at: