Title

Journal Lists are Not Going Away: A Response to Fitzgerald et al.

Campus Units

Supply Chain and Information Systems

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2019

Journal or Book Title

Communications of the Association for Information Systems

Volume

45

Issue

paper 8

First Page

134

Last Page

138

DOI

10.17705/1CAIS.04508

Abstract

In their paper, Fitzgerald, Dennis, An, Tsutsui, and Muchhala (2019) make several key points. Primarily, they argue that the practice of estimating a journal paper’s quality by considering the journal that published it is flawed. The perceived quality of the journal in which a paper appears does not guarantee the paper’s quality. In fact, they argue, journal impact factors themselves constitute flawed measures. The Association for Information Systems (AIS) Senior Scholars’ “basket of eight”, they claim, like many other journal lists, does not reliably indicate the premier journals in the field. They begin their commentary by stating that “the fact that someone cited a paper almost always clearly and unmistakably signifies that they found it useful in their own research” (p. 111), yet they consider citation counts a lagging indicator of quality. Instead, they propose that the information systems (IS) discipline consider and develop “leading indicators” of journal quality.

Comments

This article is published as George, J. F. (2019). Journal Lists are Not Going Away: A Response to Fitzgerald et al.. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 45, pp-pp. https://doi.org/10.17705/1CAIS.04508.

Copyright Owner

Communications of the Association for Information Systems

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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