Frequently Asked Questions about Submissions

Q: Where and how do I submit my paper?
A: All submissions are to be made via the ICIS 2021 submission system at Precision Conference Solutions (PCS). After creating an account and logging on to the Precision Conference site, the authors should go to “Author Center” to submit their completed research paper, short paper, teaching case, or panel proposal.

Q: When is the deadline for paper submissions?
A: Submission deadline is: May 4 (Tue), 2021, 11:59PM EST. No submissions will be accepted after the deadline even if the submission system is not automatically shut down. Any papers submitted after the official deadline will be early rejected.

Q: What kind of papers may I submit?
A: There are six types of submissions:

  • Completed research papers (can be submitted to any track except “Panels”, “PDW” or “Paper-a-thon”)
  • Short Papers (can be submitted to any track except “Panels”, “PDW” or “Paper-a-thon”)
  • Teaching cases (submitted to the “Digital Learning and IS Curricula” track only)
  • Panel proposals (submitted to the “Panels” track only)
  • PDW proposals (submitted to the “PDW” track only)
  • Paper-a-thon (submitted to “Paper-a-thon” track only)

Q: Where do I find the call for papers?
A: Please refer to the ICIS 2021 CFP.

Q: May I submit my paper to more than one track?
A: No! Under no circumstances should the same paper (or different versions of the same paper) be submitted to more than one track. You also may not submit essentially the same paper under two different titles; both papers will be desk rejected.

Q: May I submit multiple papers?
A: Yes, you may submit different papers. However, you should not be listed as an author on more than five (5) papers.

You may not submit the same or slightly varied papers to different tracks. If you do so, this will be considered as unethical scientific behavior and both papers will be rejected.

One of our goals is to have a diversity of people presenting papers. If you have multiple papers accepted, we encourage you to coordinate with your co-authors so that each of you presents a paper, rather than having one individual present many different papers.

Q: May I submit papers that are under review somewhere else?
A: No! Submissions to ICIS 2021 must be original; submissions, or highly similar versions, cannot have been published or accepted in a journal or conference proceedings. Further, submissions must not be concurrently under consideration for publication or presentation elsewhere.

Q: What if my paper topic does not fit any of the tracks?
A: We would encourage you to read track descriptions carefully as we expect most papers to fit with at least one track. However, if your paper topic doesn’t fit any of the tracks, submit your paper to the General IS Topics track.

Q: May I add/delete co-authors of my paper after it is submitted/accepted?
A: No.

Q: How do I withdraw my submission?
A: Please notify the program chairs if you want to withdraw your submission.

Q: Are there any formatting guidelines?
A: All submissions must be in Adobe PDF format only. Files submitted in other formats or that do not use the submission template will not be considered for review. Please consult the ICIS 2021 Submission Guidelines for further information.

Q: Where do I find the paper guidelines / templates?
A: You can find all guidelines here.

Q: In which language should I submit?
A: English (including American, British, Canadian, etc., dialects) is the language of the conference and of all submissions.

Q: What is included in the page limit?
A: Everything in the submission. All text, figures, tables, appendices, and references must be included within the page limit.

Q: What if my paper exceeds the page limits?
A: Submissions that exceed the page limits will be early rejected.

Q: What are the requirements for the abstract?
A: Abstracts must be 150 words or less. The abstract should be a concise statement of the problem, approach, and conclusion of the work. It should clearly state the paper’s contribution to the field.

Q: How will my papers be reviewed?
A: Submitted papers can be early rejected by program chairs for technical reasons (e.g., failure to adhere to submission formatting guidelines). Otherwise, full research papers, short papers, and teaching cases will be assigned by the track chairs to an associate editor. The AE has the discretion to recommend an early reject without review, and will provide a detailed and constructive review of the paper. Otherwise, the AE will invite 2-3 reviewers. For more details, please refer to Guide for Reviewing (to be available later).

Q: Are track chairs allowed to submit papers to the conference?
A: Yes, they are, but they may not submit their papers to their own track. Track chairs that have papers that align with their own tracks should submit them to the General IS Topics track

Q: Are conference and program chairs allowed to submit papers to the conference?
A: Yes, they may submit their own papers to the desired track via the editorial system. However, the submissions will be handled outside the review system by the respective track chairs.

Q: Do I need to suggest reviewers for my paper?
A: No, reviewers are suggested and invited by the associate editors and track chairs.

Q: How / when will I be notified about whether my paper has been accepted?
A: Authors will be notified via email as to whether their submission was accepted, conditionally accepted, or rejected by July 31, 2021.

Q: How do I propose a panel?
A: Panel proposals may only be submitted to the Panels track. Please refer to panel proposal submission guidelines on the ICIS 2021 website.

Q: How do I apply for the doctoral consortium?
A: Please refer to ICIS 2021 Doctoral Consortium website.

Q: I have problems with the editorial system. Whom shall I contact?
A: In case of technical problems, please contact the ICIS 2021 review coordinators at icis2021queries@gmail.com. Please carbon-copy your responsible track chairs.

Q: My paper got accepted. Do I have to present my paper at the conference?
A: At least one author of every accepted submission and all members of every accepted panel must present at ICIS 2021. Authors should be prepared to present their papers or participate in panels at any time during the conference. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in removal of papers or panelists from the ICIS 2021 proceedings.

Q: My paper got accepted. May I opt for a discussant?
A: No.

Q: May I offer suggestions for discussants?
A: Yes, you can suggest a discussant to your track chairs after your paper was accepted, but you cannot suggest someone from your own institution. The final decision regarding discussants resides with the track chairs.

Q: Is it possible to exclude my paper from being printed in the proceedings?
A: No. Completed research papers, short papers, and teaching cases must be printed in the proceedings, which will be archived in the AIS library.

Q: Do I lose my copyright when my paper gets published in the proceedings?
A: No. The copyright resides with the authors and the authors may submit and publish their papers elsewhere, if the regulations of the respective publication platform allows to do so.

Q: What is the process for Best Paper Nominations and Awards?
A: Please see the details about the process at the bottom of the call for papers (CFP) page.