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MISQ Special Issue on Social Justice - Submission and Curated Case Track Information

  • 1.  MISQ Special Issue on Social Justice - Submission and Curated Case Track Information

    Posted 21 days ago

    Dear fellow researchers,

    Thank you for your interest in submitting to MIS Quarterly's Special Issue on Digital Technologies and Social Justice. This message is intended to serve as a reminder of the upcoming submission deadline and to provide further information on submissions to the Special Issue and the Curated Case Track.

    Submission deadline

    Submissions to the special issue are due by Thursday, June 30, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. There will be no extension to this deadline. Once this deadline passes, authors should submit their manuscripts for consideration for a regular issue of the journal.

    Further details on the category of cases (Curated Case Track)

    In the Call for Papers (, you can read that "we seek original case submissions that shed a bright light on pressing social justice phenomena, which future IS research can build upon for further theorization and expansion of IS knowledge. With curated case collections, we wish to collate several individual empirical case studies into a joint, peer-reviewed paper. These curated case collections are intended to bring the research community's attention to particularly relevant understudied issues and ongoing initiatives on the ground relating to social justice and digital technology. As such, they may serve as a starting point and motivation for further research attention to important aspects of social justice."

    Since this is a novel type of submission with which we are experimenting, we wish to provide additional information regarding the format and process:

    The purpose: We included this novel format to be able to publish empirical exemplar cases that provide insight into novel, significant phenomena or issues. Our hope is that they serve as an inspiration and a motivation to other researchers that sparks research interest towards hitherto overlooked or under-researched themes and issues. These papers are therefore neither teaching cases, nor primarily practitioner-oriented papers.

    The format: The emphasis in the case papers is on the empirical contribution. Cases need to be based on an analysis of empirical data. We expect that they contain a problem definition (and this requires conceptual positioning), a well-structured and relevant description of the empirical case, a sound analysis, and formulation of insights or learnings from the case. We do not expect that the case papers have any extensive literature review (beyond that which is required to define and conceptualize the case itself). Also, we don't expect that the paper will offer theoretical or methodological contributions. Please consult the criteria listed in the Call for Papers.

    The review process and publication: Each curated case paper submission will be individually sent for review, and the "curation" (i.e. combining several cases into a case collection) will only happen after the individual cases are accepted. During the review process, we may ask you to share additional information (e.g., on the data generation and analysis process) per the journal's transparency policy (

    For the publication, we envision a format similar to what you can find in the special issue on Next Generation IS Theories at MISQ 45(1) (, where 5 Regular Articles are complemented by a 6th unconventional article. This 6th article (co-authored by the SI guest editors) contains a brief introduction to 8 shorter "Provocations," which appear as standalone, specific pieces of work by each author team, however, not as Regular Articles.

    Adapting this model, accepted and curated cases will appear as a combined article with one DOI in one PDF file, in which each case will constitute one separate section. Authorship may be combined in the curated article, but each section will show separate author lists for each case.

    Practical information: We ask for manuscripts with a length of no more than 2,000 words. This word limit does not include an abstract and references.

    You should submit a case paper to MISQ ScholarOne ( in the same way as a Regular Article, but please specify in your cover letter that you're submitting to the Curated Case track. If not specified in the cover letter, it would be considered a Regular Article submission.

    Transparency materials: Do not include appendices in your curated case submissions. You may provide additional details such as data generation and analysis processes as part of transparency materials ( The transparency materials will not be included in the published curation; only a link to the materials will be included.

    Curated case submissions vs. regulate case study submissions: We also want to clarify that in addition to submissions to the Curated Case Track, the special issue welcomes submissions that employs case study approaches similar to what MIS Quarterly regularly publishes. Such submissions will be handled as Regular Articles, confirming to the normal guidelines. Like other regular articles, these case studies will be expected to have substantial theoretical contributions and implications.

    As with any innovation in the editorial process, we understand that authors submitting to this track may have questions before submission or during the review/publication process.  Please feel free to ask us any questions at

    Once again, thank you very much for your interest and participation in the special issue, and we look forward to your submission by June 30, 11:59 PM EST.

    Min-Seok Pang
    Associate Professor
    Temple University
    Philadelphia PA
    (215) 204-3059