Submission Guidelines

The journal features a double-blind review process. We expect authors to follow the general principles laid out in the AIS code of conduct. We allow for submissions of extended conference or workshop papers as long as the submission respects the copyrights of conference proceedings. All relevant prior published papers need to be addressed in the cover letter upon submissions. Every conference paper by the authors, which is relevant to the submission needs to be cited. Such self-citations need to be anonymized for the review (e.g., use “Author citation” as author, “Blinded for peer review” as title). If the paper is currently under review at another journal or conference that takes copyright, it must not be submitted to BISE.

To maximize the changes of your research to become published, consider our Author Guidelines.

Types of submissions

Research Articles are full-length papers that seek to theoretically and/or empirically examine significant information systems phenomena. Appropriate submissions should offer a contribution that is sufficiently original and significant so as to warrant a full-length article for the authors to develop and present their argument.

NEW: Registered Reports emphasize the importance of the research question and the quality of methodology by conducting peer review prior to data collection. High quality protocols are then provisionally accepted for publication if the authors follow through with the registered methodology. Registered Reports are currently only accepted in the Department “Human Computer Interaction and Social Computing”. For more information on registered reports and a checklist to help you craft an effective submission see

Research Notes promote dialog among the information systems community providing methodological commentaries, discussing a roadmap for future research, or extending the network of constructs that currently underlies the community’s understanding about specific phenomena. Methodological commentaries provide important ideas about the application of specific methodologies, critique their usage in research, and offer valued guidelines for improving the conduct of research. Research Notes can also be designed to provide a critical evaluation and roadmap for future research on an important phenomenon. Finally, authors can introduce a new phenomenon of choice in a Research Note and the dominant model shaping the prevailing understanding about it.

State-of-the-Art (SOTA) Articles summarize and organize recent research results in a novel way that integrates and adds understanding to work in the field. A SOTA Article assumes a general knowledge of the area; it emphasizes the classification of the existing literature, developing a perspective on the area, and evaluating trends.

Catchwords describe emerging technologies and important phenomena for the BISE community. The discussion section provides statements of experts on a particular subject relevant to the field. Suggestions for catchwords can be submitted to the respective Section Editor in form of a 5-10 phrase teaser.

Manuscript length and components

The size of a manuscript submitted for the first time should not exceed 7,500 words. Since the manuscript usually grows during the review process, the limit for final submissions is 9,000 words.

A complete manuscript contains bibliographic data. Appendices are excluded if they are only published online. For each full-page illustration, 500 words should be considered. Manuscripts should be submitted in English language. Research notes should be limited to 5,000 words. Significantly longer submissions are possible in justified exceptions and require justification in the cover letter.

Each submission must comprise the following components:

  1. title page,
  2. blinded manuscript,
  3. additional information (e. g. questionnaires, previously published versions)
  4. all figures in separate files

The title page must include:

  • title and subtitle,
  • name of author(s) including full given name and academic degrees,
  • author’s addresses for publication,
  • corresponding author for proof copy (if different from first author)

The blinded manuscript of submissions must include:

  • title and subtitle [English],
  • abstract [English],
  • keywords (up to 8) [English]

In the abstract, please do not use the personal form (“we”, “our”). The abstract should answer the following questions and should be structured as follows:

  • Problem definition: What is your research problem?
  • Relevance: How is your research problem relevant to the IS research community and practice?
  • Methodology: What is the underlying research method?
  • Results: What are your key findings?
  • Managerial implications: How can academics/managers/decision makers benefit from your study?

The manuscript has to be structured numerically. No special template for Word is required. Please use minimal formatting and format references and citations according to the guidelines below. If you are using LaTeX, please use our template.

Keywords always start with a capital letter. For composite keywords only the first word is written with capital letter, e. g. “Enterprise resource planning”.

If a questionnaire was used, a one-page extract should be included in the manuscript in order to illustrate its structure and content. Additionally, the complete questionnaire must be submitted in order to be able to conduct the review process properly. As in case of acceptance the complete questionnaire will be published online only, the manuscript should include an appropriate reference.


Figure captions (underneath) and table headings should be formatted as follows: “Figure” or “Table”, number and brief description. Colons are not used. Example:

Figure 1: Caption 1 for the test figure

In-text references to figures and tables must refer to the respective numbers. Do not use phrases like “the following figure“.

Color art is free of charge for online publication only. Make sure that the main information will still be visible if printed in black and white. Please do not refer to color in the captions.

“Hairline” is not suitable as a line thickness as this will be too thin when printed. If possible, the font “Arial” should be used in figures. If it is necessary to scale down in the final layout, the type should be large enough to ensure good readability.

In case of acceptance, figures for a manuscript must be supplied in separate files via e-mail preferably in the following formats:

  • PPT (PowerPoint)
  • XLS or XLSX (Excel)
  • VSD (Visio)
  • CDR (CorelDraw)
  • AI (Adobe Illustrator)
  • EPS

For screenshots and photographs only:

  • TIFF
  • JPEG
  • BMP
  • PSD (Photoshop)


Annotations should be avoided wherever possible. If unavoidable (e. g. references to errors in the original source, acknowledgements in exceptional cases), footnotes may be used.


URLs (www or FTP addresses) which appear in the body of the text or in tables are treated in the same way as URLs in the references in terms of notation and formatting; the protocol (e.g. http://) must always be stated.

Calendar Dates

Calendar dates must always be expressed in the form YYYY-MM-DD, e. g.: 2014-09-27.

References and Citations

As an BISE author you contribute to promoting the scientific reputation in the field. We encourage authors to reference articles in the journal that are related and relevant to the subject matter in their article to show how the paper contributes to work and discussions in the community.

All in-text and references should be formatted following the guidelines provided by the Springer Basic Author Date style. The style is available in all major citation management systems such as Citavi, EndNote, or Mendeley. A full description of the citation style including in-text reference and the reference list can be found here.
For Endnote users, the Springer Basic style can be downloaded here.

In case of acceptance, a BibTex file containing all citations must be supplied as a separate file via e-mail. 

Submission of Manuscripts

Research Articles,  Research Notes, and State-of-the-Art Articles need to be submitted via the journal’s online submission tool at:

Manuscripts for the journal’s other sections must be submitted by e-mail to the respective section editor. The current departments and sections as well as responsible editors can be found here.

Review process

All submissions go through a double-blind review process, i.e. the identity of the authors is not disclosed to the reviewers and vice versa. In general, there are at least two scientific reviewers. Manuscripts undergo multiple (usually two to three) review rounds. At present, it takes about two months from the (re-) submission of a (revised) manuscript to the receipt of the reviews. The final decision on whether to accept, decline, or impose modifications lies with the department editor or the editor-in-chief.