Information for Contributors

The JOURNAL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT (JITM) is a forum for the communication of solutions found by practitioners and academicians to the multifaceted problems associated with managing information and information technology as a corporate resource. JITM is published by Maximilian Press on a quarterly basis and is sponsored by the ASSOCIATION OF MANAGEMENT.

Written for non-technical audiences of practitioners and of academicians, the Journal invites manuscripts with a strong applied orientation in topics such as strategic importance of information systems; information systems planning and policy; systems development alternatives, methods and tools; end-user systems development and management; data base design and administration; network and telecommunications design and management; role and effectiveness of the information executive; and behavioral and human resources aspects of information systems.

Because of the two audiences served by the Journal, (practitioners and academicians) special formats for manuscript publishing were adopted specifically for articles, short studies and case studies.

Articles *
Empirical papers presenting research results directly relevant to the information systems practice. Emphasis should be on long- term/managerial knowledge (rather than short-term/technology issues) and on creative thinking (not just replication of previous studies with minute variations), presented in a language as practitioner oriented as possible but supported by empirical evidence.

Recommended format (up to 25 pages):
1. What is the problem? Why is it relevant? (1 to 2 pages)
2. What is the argument (hypothesis)? Why is it important? What results of your study support the argument? (8 to 10 pages)
3. What are the conclusions? How do they contribute to solving the problem? (2 to 3 pages)
4. References: 15 to 20 references are normally sufficient, but in any case no more than two pages.
5. Technical appendix: summary of the research question, methodology and results. (5 to 10 pages)

Short Studies *
Exploratory studies and conceptual papers presenting results and/or arguments of immediate applicability to information systems practice. Emphasis on testing of existing concepts, frameworks and methodologies, and on development and testing of methodologies, procedures and techniques to support the managerial use of information technology.

Recommended format (up to 10 pages):
1. What is the problem? Why is it relevant? (1 to 2 pages)
2. What is the argument? Why is it important? What results of your study support the argument? (4 to 6 pages)
3. What are the conclusions? How do they contribute to solving the problem? (1 to 2 pages)
4. References: 5 to 10 references are normally sufficient, but in any case no more than one page.

Case Studies *
Descriptions of successful applications of concepts, methodologies, etc., to improve information systems practice. Emphasis on identification of concepts, frameworks and methodologies that improved information systems practice, and on the identification of factors that contributed to its successful application.

Recommended format (up to 10 pages):
1. What is the problem? Why is it relevant? (1 to 2 pages)
2. What concept, etc., was applied? Why is it important? How was it done? What factors may have led to success? (4 to 6 pages)
3. What was learned from the case? How can this knowledge be transferred to other circumstances? (1 to 2 pages)
4. References: 5 to 10 references are normally sufficient, but in any case no more than one page.

* Contributors should note
In all three categories the emphasis is on their unique contribution to the solution (section 2) of an information systems problem (section 1).

Articles have the content of a traditional academic manuscript (introduction, research question, methodology, results and conclusion), but presented in a practitioner-oriented format.

Footnotes are extremely discouraged. Either the subject of the footnote is important enough to be included in the regular text, or it should not be included at all.

Manuscript submission
Four copies of the manuscript should be submitted to:

Prof. Albert L. Lederer
Senior Editor
JOURNAL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT
425C Business and Economics Building
Decision Sciences and Information Systems
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0034

(He can be reached via e-mail at lederer@ukcc.uky.edu).

Please include a cover letter requesting that the paper be considered for publication in the JITM, stating also that the manuscript has neither been published nor is under review elsewhere.

A final version of the accepted manuscript should be provided by the author(s) in both diskette (WordPerfect 5.0 and up) and printed formats. The graphs and figures should be in a WordPerfect compatible format.

Review Process
All manuscripts are screened by the Senior Editor, reviewed by at least two Editorial Review Board members and receive a recommendation from the Associate Editor on publication, revision, development or rejection.

The Senior Editor will make the final decision in regard to the manuscripts based on the reviews and recommendations, and will communicate the decision to the author(s). The Associate Editors will see that manuscripts accepted for publication conform to the Journal style and format, and to the recommendations for revisions, if any.

Manuscripts conditionally accepted for development will receive special attention from the Editors and from the Editorial Review Board. These manuscripts have the potential to be publishable but are not yet at a level compatible with standards of the Journal. The Senior Editor, together with selected members of the Editorial Review Board, will work with the author(s), if the author(s) so desire, to make the document publishable. All members of the Editorial Board have made a commitment, and welcome the opportunity to participate in this special manuscript development process, whenever necessary.

The entire review process takes approximately three months to complete, from the time the article is initially submitted to the time it goes to the publisher.

References
The JOURNAL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT uses the following style for references:
1. References are numbered based on the alphabetical order of author(s) or editor(s) names, or the title of the work for items with no author's name.

2. Citations in the body of articles, short studies and case studies, are made to the number of the reference, in brackets.
Mason [7] proposed that ...
Adapted from Swanson [17, pp.363-364].

3. Entries in the reference list are made:
a. Books and working papers: author(s) name(s) (last name and first initial), title (underlined), number (if working paper), publisher (or school), city, state, year.
[4] Davis, G. and Olson, M., Management Information Systems, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1985.

b. Periodicals: author(s) name(s), title (in quotes), periodical (underlined), volume, number, date, pages.
[10] Etzioni, A. "Mixed-Scanning: A 'Third Approach' to Decision-Making," Public Administration Review, Volume 27, Number 2, 1967, pp.385-392.

c. Proceedings: author(s) name(s), title (in quotes), name of conference proceeding (underlined), city, state, month and dates, year, pages.
[11] Hamilton, S. and Ives, B. "Communication of MIS Research: An Analysis of Journal Stratification," Proceedings of the First International Conference on Information Systems, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 8-10, 1980, pp.220- 232.

Copyright
Articles, short studies and case studies accepted for publication in the JOURNAL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT are copyrighted by Maximilian Press.