European Journal of Information Systems

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 317–326

Why the old world cannot publish? Overcoming challenges in publishing high-impact IS research

  • Kalle Lyytinen
  • Richard Baskerville
  • Juhani Iivari
  • Dov Te'eni
Opinion Piece

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.ejis.3000695

Cite this article as:
Lyytinen, K., Baskerville, R., Iivari, J. et al. Eur J Inf Syst (2007) 16: 317. doi:10.1057/palgrave.ejis.3000695


We review the status of European publishing in high-impact Information System (IS) journals finding that the European publication record is disappointing. We consider popular explanations to this state of affairs and find them neither credible nor useful for improving the European record. We propose several constructive reasons for this including (1) the lack of appreciation of the article genre, (2) weak publishing cultures, (3) inadequate Ph.D. preparation for article publishing, (4) weak reviewing practices, (5) poorer command of research methods, (6) poorer understanding of the reviewing protocols, and (7) institutional shaping of research funding in Europe. We formulate several recommendations to affect these causes at the individual, institutional, journal, and European community level.


IS publishing reviewing publication genres research communities 

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© Palgrave Macmillan Ltd 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kalle Lyytinen
    • 1
  • Richard Baskerville
    • 2
  • Juhani Iivari
    • 3
  • Dov Te'eni
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Information SystemsThe Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve UniversityOhioU.S.A.
  2. 2.Georgia State UniversityGeorgiaU.S.A.
  3. 3.Department of Information Processing ScienceUniversity of OuluFinland
  4. 4.Faculty of Management, Tel-Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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