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Submission Guidelines - Submission Closed

Please read and follow all the instructions on this page to ensure your submission meets all requirements. This page contains: 

A. Important dates for authors 
B. General submission requirements for all submission types 
C. Additional requirements specific to each type of submission

C.1. Full Papers

C.2. Emergent Research Forum Papers

C.3. Panel Proposals


A. Important Dates for Author


Submission Deadlines:

The AMCIS 2015 submissions website is open from January 5, 2015 through February 25, 2015: ScholarOne’s ManuscriptCentral.  

All submission types (full papers, emergent research forum papers, and panels) must adhere to the submission guidelines outlined in this webpage.

No submissions will be accepted after Midnight Pacific Time, February 25, 2015.

Author Notification Date:

Authors will be notified as to whether their submission was accepted, conditionally accepted, or rejected by Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

Authors Camera-ready Revisions Due Date:

Authors must have their revised submissions submitted by Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Early Bird Registration Due Date:

At least one author of every accepted submission and all members of every accepted panel must register for the conference. Early bird registration is determined per the registrar. Please check the AMCIS site for follow up.

Author Presentations at AMCIS 2015:

At least one author of every accepted submission and all members of every accepted panel must present at AMCIS 2015 in Puerto Rico. Authors should be prepared to present their papers or participate in panels at any time during the conference (Thursday, August 13 to Saturday, August 15, 2015).

Failure to comply with this requirement can result in removal of papers or panelists from the AMCIS 2015 Proceedings.
(Thursday, August 13 to Saturday, August 15, 2015).

Failure to comply with this requirement can result in removal of papers or panelists from the AMCIS 2015 Proceedings.


B. General Submission Requirements for All Submission Types

Types of Submissions:

Full papers

Emergent Research Forum papers

Panel proposals (submitted to the ‘Panels Track’ only)

Note: Emergent Research as well as Full papers must be submitted to the appropriate track/minitrack. Authors select if the submission is a Full paper or ERF in Manuscript Central. Full papers and Emergent Research Forum papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

English (dialects including American, British, Canadian, etc.) is the language of the conference and of all submissions with two exceptions:  Papers about IT/IS and MIS topics may be written in Spanish if submitted to the Spanish minitrack, or written in Portuguese if submitted to the Portuguese minitrack of the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American track.

Submissions to AMCIS 2015 must be original; submissions cannot have been published or accepted in a journal or conference proceedings, nor presented at another conference. Further, submissions must not be concurrently under consideration for publication or presentation elsewhere.

Template and Formatting Requirements
All submissions must be in Microsoft® Word .DOC format, Microsoft® Word .DOCX format, or Adobe PDF format.

The body of the submission (text, figures, tables, references, and appendices) should be stored in one single file and must use the submission template provided on the AMCIS 2015 website.

All figures and illustrations must be inserted into your Word .DOC or Word .DOCX file as either JPG or GIF format (other formats or embedded graphic objects will not convert to PDF correctly). For more instructions regarding figures, please see the submission template for research papers or the panel submission template for panel proposals. Any submission that does not use this template or deviates from the formatting requirements will be rejected without review.

Authors will enter the submission title (50 words or less), abstract (150 words or less), keywords, and author information in the menus prompted by ScholarOne.

How to Submit
All submissions are to be made via the AMCIS 2015 submission system at 
ScholarOne’s ManuscriptCentral. After creating an account and logging on to the ScholarOne site, the authors should go to "Author Center" to submit their full paper, Emergent research forum paper, or panel proposal. For detailed instructions on how to submit in ScholarOne, please see the Author Submission Instructions for ScholarOne.

Please note that once a manuscript has been submitted to the online submission system it CANNOT be altered, amended, changed, corrected, edited, or revised. Once a submission has been made, it is final. One can, however, upload a manuscript and then wait to actually submit it. Such manuscripts may be altered and re-uploaded until they are submitted. To be considered for AMCIS 2015, manuscripts must be actually submitted by the final deadline listed above.

Track/Minitrack and Type
When submitting online, you must select a track/minitrack and a paper type (full papers, Emergent Research Forum papers, and panel proposals). Under no circumstances should the same paper be submitted to more than one track/minitrack. Minitrack co-chairs must submit to a minitrack other than their own.  Track co-chairs must submit to the General Track or to some track other than their own.
For further guidance, please consult directly with track chairs. See the list of tracks at: Track List.

Number and Order of Authors
After initial submission, authors cannot be added to or deleted from full papers or Emergent Research Forum papers. Changes to the author order/list can be made during the revision process.

Track Changes Feature must be Off: 
Be certain to accept all changes and turn track changes “off” before uploading your paper to the AMCIS 2015 Review System.

Review Process:

Full Papers and Emergent Research Forum Papers (ERF) will be prescreened for conformity with submission guidelines and for overall appropriateness for the conference. Papers that pass the initial screening processes will be double blind reviewed. Panel submissions will not be blind reviewed.

Anonymize Full Papers and Emergent Research Forum Papers for Blind Review:
Authors name(s) should not appear in the body of the paper (including the abstract). Eliminate references to your institutions, your sponsors, your unpublished work and your published work if these references will identify any author. To aid in making your paper anonymous, leave Acknowledgement blank until the final version is prepared for the Proceedings. Remove author and institution information from document properties. To do this in MS-Word, click on Tools>>Options and then click on the Security tab. Under Privacy Options, select "Remove personal information from file properties on save." Panel proposal submissions do not have to be made anonymous for blind review.

Copyright Note
For all papers accepted into AMCIS 2015, authors of accepted papers will retain copyright. However, by submitting a paper, authors do agree that AIS can publish and reproduce any accepted papers in the AMCIS 2015 Proceedings in the format of AIS' choosing (CDs, e-Library and printed proceedings) under an established ISBN number for AMCIS 2015.


C. Additional Requirements Specific to Each Type of Submission

In addition to the general submission requirements, there are additional requirements for each submission type.  These are identified below.  In addition the characteristics of the full papers and ERF paper types are summarized in Table 1.

Table 1. Summary of Characteristics of Full and ERF Paper Types


Full Paper

ERF Paper

Length (maximum) (not including references and Appendices)

5,000 words

2,500 words


Completed Research

Completed Research or Research-In-Progress (RIP)

Presentation options

General Session

ERF Format

Publication options

Entire paper published

Entire paper published or  Abstract


C1.)  Additional Requirements: Full Papers

Full papers must describe completed research.  The authors must present in general session format.  Full papers will be peer-reviewed using a double blind system. Full papers will be published in their entirety in the conference proceedings.

Presentation Formats for Full Papers.

Full papers will be presented in General Session Format. Each general session consists of three or four competitive papers accepted through the review process. The papers are presented in a standard format of presentation by an author and general audience discussion. Each session (meeting room) is set up with presentation equipment (i.e., overhead projectors and screens).

Full Paper Page Limit Requirements:
Full papers must not exceed 5,000 words (not including references and Appendices) and must conform to the AMCIS 2015
submission template.

C2.)  Additional Requirements: Emergent Research Forum (ERF) Papers

Emergent Research Forum (ERF) papers are a new option that we are introducing to AMCIS 2015. ERF papers presented by authors while interested participants gather to share ideas and discuss topics of mutual interest while networking. ERF papers may describe completed research or research-in progress (RIP).  The RIP papers should be papers that are near completion, and even may be completed by the time of the conference. (Note:  Research- in-Progress papers may only be submitted as ERF papers.) All ERF papers will be judged on the merit of the research idea. Authors submitting Emergent Research Forum papers may submit an abstract for the proceedings OR a revised paper. If a revised paper is not received by the deadline, the abstract will be published.

Emergent Research Forum Presentation format:

All Emergent Research Forum papers will be presented in Emergent Research Forum presentation format which has two parts: (1) A slam presentation session during the program (date/time TBA based on total ERF papers) but before the Friday poster session. Each presentation is limited to 3 minutes or less. The presentations are meant to whet the audience’s interest for that particular research and the audience members can follow-up with questions and feedback either at the poster session or another time. There will be no Q&A during the slam presentation. (2) A poster session scheduled in a regular program time slot before the social on Friday. The poster session will be held in the same venue as the social on Friday, so conversations about the posters can extend into the social hour. There will be mechanisms for attendees to provide written feedback to authors and evaluate ERF papers for awards.

NOTE: All ERF submissions will go through the same review process as completed research papers. When a ERF submission is accepted, authors need to follow guidelines for final presentation format. Guidelines are provided here.

Emergent Research Forum Paper Page Limit Requirements:
Emergent Research Forum papers must not exceed 2,500 words (not including references and Appendices) and must conform to the AMCIS 2015 
submission template.

C3.)  Additional Requirements: Panel Proposals

As in prior years, AMCIS 2015 provides the opportunity for attendees to explore a topic or focus of interest in a panel and discussion format.  Panels typically involve a panel moderator (who poses several questions related to the topic), three to four knowledgeable contributors with alternative views or perspectives on the topic, and time for attendee follow up discussion.  Depending on the topic, the contributors can be drawn from the academy and/or from industry.

Though we are certainly interested in panel submissions that are related to the conference theme (Blue Ocean IS Research), we are also quite interested in other relevant topics that would be of interest to AMCIS attendees.

If you have a provocative idea for a panel but are unsure how to put together the panel or find panel members, please contact either of the panel co-chairs by email. If we agree your idea is interesting, we will work with you to create a strong proposal.

Your panel proposal should contain the topic title and include an abstract as well as the following sections:

  • Statement of the panel objectives (e.g., to disseminate new points of view, to foster a debate, to introduce a new area of exploration). This section should include one or two representative questions that each of the panelists would answer.
  • Statement of the overall approach. This should specify the panel layout (how the moderator and panelists will address the topic (e.g., questions from the moderator, position statements followed by interactions among the panelists), and the time allocation given to the panel discussants and Q&A from the floor.
  • A list of proposed panelists including a short bio of each that emphasizes why the panelist is well qualified to serve as a moderator or panelist. Panelists will need to be confirmed prior to the final selection of the panels.
  • Statement of any equipment needs (projector, computer, Internet access). The complete panel proposal should be no more than three pages.

To submit a panel proposal: 

  • Use the AMCIS 2015 Panel Template to create your panel proposal (Download Template)
  • Submit your panel proposal via ScholarOne
  • Select “Panel” for paper type in the submission system

Submissions are encouraged as soon as possible.  Improvement suggestions and feedback will be provided after submission. Notifications of acceptance/rejection will be sent by April 4. Any questions you may have regarding your panel submission should be addressed to:

Suzanne Rivard, HEC Montreal, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Martin Santana, ESAN University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have any questions about paper submissions, please send an email to Carol Saunders or Paul Pavlou at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.