Emergent Research Forum (ERF) papers are a research in progress option that was introduced at AMCIS 2015. Submissions related to the conference theme (“A Tradition of Innovation”), or other relevant topics of interest to AMCIS attendees, will be considered. Like completed research, ERF papers will be submitted to a track/minitrack for double blind review. Accepted ERF papers will be presented by the authors in a slam presentation session (limited to 3 minutes) during the program as well as a poster. Both the slam presentation and the poster are required. ERF paper submissions must not exceed 5 pages (approx. 2,500 words, including figures, tables, references, and appendices) and must conform to the AMCIS 2017 final (camera ready) submission template. Authors of accepted ERF papers may submit an abstract for the proceedings OR a revised paper. IMPORTANT: After uploading the final version of your abstract or paper, please remember to delete the original submission in ScholarOne.


  • January 09, 2017: ScholarOne opens for submissions
  • March 01, 2017 1:00 p.m. EST (13:00): Submissions are due
  • April 17, 2017: Notification of initial decision
  • April 25, 2017: Camera ready submissions due – ERFs (ScholarOne)
  • June 23, 2017 (5:00 p.m. EST):Slam presentation slides due (email to amcis2017.erf@gmail.com with subject: AMCIS-2017-Poster Number)
  • July 24, 2017:Payment due for poster printing (if using available printing services) – follow instructions in section “Poster Session Details”
  • August 11, 2017:Slam session from 3:30 to 5:00 pm EST
  • August 11, 2017:Poster session from 5:00 to 6:00 pm EST


When submitting online, you must select a track and minitrack. A complete list of tracks and minitracks is available here. Under no circumstances should the same paper be submitted to more than one track/minitrack. For further guidance, please consult directly with track chairs.


  • Download the final (camera ready) submission template. IMPORTANT: After uploading the final version of your paper, please remember to delete the original submission in ScholarOne.
  • Length: Completed research papers must not exceed 5 pages all inclusive (approx. 2,500 words, including figures, tables, references, and appendices).
  • All submissions must be in Microsoft® Word .DOC or .DOCX, or Adobe PDF. The body of the submission (text, figures, tables, references, and appendices) should be stored in one single file and must use the AMCIS 2017 submission template.
  • All figures and illustrations must be inserted into your Word .DOC or .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. Any submission that does not use this template or deviates from the formatting requirements will be rejected without review.
  • Be certain to accept all changes and turn track changes “off” before uploading your paper to the AMCIS 2017 Review System.
  • NOTE:  Every author (co-author) is limited to a maximum of three papers in the Completed Research and ERF categories together. Panels, Workshop &Tutorials, PDS and TREO talks are not included in the 3 paper maximum.


Completed Research Papers and Emergent Research Forum (ERF) Papers will be pre-screened for conformity with submission guidelines and for overall appropriateness for the conference. Papers that pass the initial screening processes will be double blind reviewed.

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 any Acknowledgement blank until the final version is prepared for the Proceedings. Also, please remove author and institution information from document properties. To do this in Microsoft® Word, click on File | Info | Check for Issues | Inspect Document.  Click Inspect; Review the Inspective Results; then click Remove All next to the inspection results for the content that you wish to remove.

Format of Presentation

Accepted ERF papers require both a SLAM presentation and a poster as described below.

Slam Session Details

Slam presentation slides should to be submitted by email to amcis2017.erf@gmail.com with subject: AMCIS-2017-Poster Number. Please refer to the timeline for submission dates. Poster/slam numbers can be found through this shared online document. Slam presentation slides should strictly follow the slam template.

Poster Session Details

Posters should strictly follow the poster template for size and formatting.

The AMCIS program committee has worked in collaboration with the FedEx Office Print and Ship Center located onsite at the Sheraton Boston Hotel to offer poster presenters a preferred price of $50 on all posters ordered before July 24, 2017. This is a firm deadline. Your posters will be produced and set up in the designated room by AMCIS staff.

Use of the printing service is optional. You may bring your own printed poster (following the poster template) to the conference, in which case, no poster submission is necessary.

If you want to avail the FedEx service, please upload and pay for your poster directly at https://docstore.fedex.com/hco5036b.  The file name for your poster should be of the format: AMCIS2017-ERF-Poster-XXXX.ppt  where XXXX is your (e.g., AMCIS2017-ERF-Poster-5-DSA-020.ppt). Poster/slam numbers can be found through this shared online document. FedEx Office contact information: usa5036@fedex.com or 617.587.5444. In case of technical problems/errors during uploading and payment process for printing posters, you can reach out to the AIS Conference Director, Robina Wahid at: robina@aisnet.org for additional guidance.



English (dialects including American, British, Canadian, etc.) is the language of the conference and of all submissions. One track (LACAIS: Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin America Track) will accept submissions in languages other than English.


Submissions to AMCIS 2017 must be original; submissions cannot have been published or accepted in a journal or conference proceedings, nor presented at another conference. Submissions must not be currently under consideration for publication or presentation elsewhere.


After initial submission, authors cannot be added to or deleted from completed research papers, or emergent research forum (ERF) papers.


For all papers accepted into AMCIS 2017, 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 2017 Proceedings in the format of AIS’s choosing (e.g., CDs, eLibrary, or printed proceedings) under an established ISBN number for AMCIS 2017.

Emergent Research Forum (ERF) Chairs

Amit Deokar

Assistant Professor
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Pratyush Bharati

Associate Professor
University of Massachusetts Boston

Sagnika Sen

Associate Professor
Penn State Great Valley

Contact Email: amcis2017.erf@gmail.com

Submission Instructions

  • All submissions should be made via the AMCIS 2017 submission system. Click here to go to ScholarOne.
  • After creating an account and logging on to the ScholarOne site, authors should go to “Author Center” to submit their Completed Research paper.
  • Authors will enter the submission title, abstract, keywords, and author information as prompted by ScholarOne and will then upload the paper. More detailed instructions for using ScholarOne are available in the following guide: Author Submission Guide.