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Call For Papers

The Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Decision Support and Analytics (SIGDSA) is seeking forward-thinking research in the areas of data analytics and business intelligence, with a special focus on understanding the applications and issues associated with harnessing the power of analytics for organizational and societal transformations.

As businesses continue to derive value from data analytics, the explosive growth in big data, fueled in part, by the digital ubiquity of the Internet of Things (IoT) presents new opportunities and challenges.  Research is needed to examine the role of data and analytics in enabling IT convergence, understand how to develop and monetize analytic capabilities, and study the evolution of new business models that may transform organizations and societies by leveraging data and analytics.

This research track aims to promote both theoretical and empirical studies in the areas of data analytics and decision support. We seek comprehensive completed research as well as early stage research-in-process (RIP) papers on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Data and analytics in the gig economy
  • Innovative decision support tools and techniques
  • Decision making, behaviors & decision models for data-driven business
  • Data analytics technologies and applications
  • Consequences of algorithmic decision-making
  • Privacy and ethical considerations in the use of data and analytics
  • Data and analytics for diverse societal applications, e.g., smart cities, smart and connected communities, smart health, smart energy management
  • Data and analytics in shaping public policy
  • Collaborative analytics
  • Data and analytics impact on the labor market and employment
  • Data analytics and business intelligence theory
  • Data analytics & decision making in various business sectors, e.g., financial services, hi-tech manufacturing, retail, pharmaceutical, healthcare, government, agribusiness, hospitality and entertainment, transportation and logistics

Paper Guidelines

All submitted manuscripts must conform to the submission template for the 2017 Pre-ICIS SIGDSA Symposium. All text, figures, tables, and appendices must be included within the page limit specified for each article category: Completed Research or Research-in-Progress (refer to the following section for details). The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count. When submitting camera-ready copy of the manuscript, we suggest that researcher share any pertinent data with the symposium attendees as feasible (optional but encouraged). All submitted manuscripts will go through a double-blind peer review process.

Helpful hints for writing your paper:

  • Topic is relevant to track’s theme and will draw an audience
  • Objectives are clear and well-described
  • Paper is clearly written
  • Paper is well organized and flows logically
  • Literature review is relevant, comprehensive and up-to-date
  • Analyses (conducted or proposed) are appropriate
  • Evidence supports authors’ arguments
  • Paper makes contributions (or, has potential to make contributions) to the field
  • Reference list is complete

Completed Research Papers

Completed research papers should be similar to journal submissions, but shorter.  They should include analyses and results. Completed research papers must not exceed 14 single-spaced pages.

Authors of accepted papers will have the option of publishing (a) extended abstract (single-spaced 2-3 pages) OR (b) complete manuscript as part of the symposium proceedings on AIS eLibrary. If authors choose to publish only the extended abstract, authors will retain copyright of the complete manuscript submitted during the review process for feedback.

Research-in-Progress Papers

Research-in-progress papers typically describe work that is promising, but incomplete. Research-in-progress papers must not exceed 7 single-spaced pages.

During the symposium, research-in-progress papers will be presented in a slam session followed by a feedback session or discussed in a round table format. The aim will be to help shape the research for future publication success and strong impact.

Authors of accepted papers will have the option of publishing (a) extended abstract (single-spaced 1-2 pages) OR (b) complete manuscript as part of the symposium proceedings on AIS eLibrary. If authors choose to publish only the extended abstract, authors will retain copyright of the complete manuscript submitted during the review process for feedback.

Journal Publication Opportunity

Papers accepted to the pre-ICIS SIGDSA 2017 symposium will be eligible to be selected for fast track review at the following journals:

Best Paper Award

One paper from the research track will be selected for the “Best Paper” award recognition.

Best Reviewer Award

One reviewer from the research track will be selected for the “Best Reviewer” award recognition.

Doctoral Research Award

The objective of this award is to encourage doctoral students to participate in SIGDSA events and to financially support the presentation of their research at the SIGDSA pre-ICIS Symposium. Up to two awards will be given.

The award entails:

  • Recognition as a recipient of the SIGDSA Doctoral Research Award at the Pre-ICIS SIGDSA Symposium
  • Waived registration for the symposium
  • Financial Award of 500 USD towards conference travel expenses

Eligibility: To be considered for the doctoral research award, a student must be:

  • A doctoral student in IS or related field in good standing at his/her institution
  • Sole or primary author of a paper accepted for presentation at the research track in the Pre-ICIS SIGDSA Symposium
  • Able to attend and present in person in a research session at thePre-ICIS SIGDSA symposium


  • A student must submit a manuscript by the deadline stated in the call for papers for the pre-ICIS symposium research track call for papers.
  • To be considered for the award, a student must designate ‘Pre-ICIS SIGDSA 2017 Research Track Submission: Submission for Doctoral Research Award’ in the subject line of their submission email.
  • All papers will be subject to the general review process for the symposium research track.
  • All papers submitted for award consideration will be reviewed by a special SIGDSA committee as designated by the symposium program chairs.
  • Up to two high quality submissions will be selected for the award.

Paper Submission

Submission should be made through this email address: sigdsaresearch@gmail.com

Please use “Pre-ICIS SIGDSA 2017 Research Track Submission” for subject line in your submission.

Important Dates

Visit the Important Dates section for up-to-date information on key dates.

Research Track Co-Chairs

(Please be advised that the paper submission should be made through this email address: sigdsaresearch@gmail.com using subject line “Pre-ICIS SIGDSA 2017 Research Track Submission”). 

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