Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC) strives to become the foremost international forum for practitioners, teachers, researchers and policy makers to share their knowledge and experience in the design, development, implementation, management and evaluation of information systems in developing countries.

EJISDC focuses on the digital divide. Our aim is to situate contemporary trends in ICTs within a fully global context. Outside of North America, Western Europe, Australasia and Japan, diverse societies are making sense of technological advances in ways unique to their cultures and histories. ICT investments can and do contribute to improved quality of life, even where priorities for investments in information systems compete with the provision of the basic necessities of life such as decent housing, clean water and primary healthcare. ICT investments are able to leverage the values of assets in developing countries in much the same way as they do in developed countries, sometimes to a far greater extent because of the lower starting point and lower costs.

In the last 17 years, we have published hundreds of articles from countries as far dispersed as China, Tanzania, the Solomon Islands, Namibia and Nepal. Many of the authors work in these, and other developing, countries, as too do many of the readers. EJISDC is recognised by organisations such as the UN and its publications are often cited.

We support and encourage the submission of research papers that focus on novel IS-related innovations, imagined, created and co-created within and for the developing context by the people on the ground. This requires a shift away from the techno-centric approach to innovation and a closer examination of the work undertaken by local communities to improve their daily lives. 

We do not publish purely technical papers or papers that have no developing country context. The fact that the authors are based in a developing country is insufficient. All papers must explicitly reference one or more contexts that pertain to developing countries.

Further, we discourage authors from submitting papers that merely test well-worn theories developed in the Western context. We note that many authors take a well-established theory (such as TAM, UTAUT, ISSM, TPB) and unreflexively collect data from a developing country in order to test if the theory/model also applies in that context. These authors typically do not try to situate the theory/model in the new context at all - few or no local contextual details are provided and we learn very little about the local context at all. All research articles should be contextually detailed and specific. Where possible, we hope that authors will identify local contextual or cultural factors that influence the adoption/use of technology. We are not interested in intentions to use technology - we are interested in actual behaviour, ideally over some period of time, and with a commensurate level of contextual detail. 

We appreciate that the use of IS for education is an important activity in developing countries. However, there are many existing journals in the computer-supported education space. Submissions in this domain must be clearly situated in a developing country context and must explicitly make a contribution to knowledge beyond what we know already. This requires careful research motivation and identification of a research question that challenges current practices. Unreflexive studies of how one specific technology is used in the classroom will not be entertained.


Section Policies

Research Papers

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Practitioner Papers

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Discussion Papers

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Unchecked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

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Peer Review Process

Publication Policy EJISDC intends to reach its audience in a manner which is consistent with its mission. It will be published electronically, as the title suggests. There are no subscription fees. Research contributions will be sought, and they will be reviewed and refereed by renowned scholars, but EJISDC is not a journal for academics merely to showcase their research skills to each other. The editors will seek contributions from practitioners, managers, policy makers and writers with a story to tell. We are convinced that there is an abundance of useful knowledge regarding the use of ICTs in developing countries which has not been tapped and which can be usefully and easily shared electronically among interested individuals in the developing world. Existing forums are not doing the job. The Journal will focus on information technologies and practices relevant in the context concerned rather than on any accepted norms that might be prevalent in developed countries. In acknowledging that the digital divide is not defined by national borders alone, EJISDC is also interested in issues surrounding information systems among less privileged indigenous communities within otherwise developed countries. Examples are Native Americans, the aboriginal populations of Australia and the Maoris of New Zealand.


Publication Frequency

We aim to publish 4-6 times a year, depending on the availability of completed articles and special issues. Papers are normally assigned to the next available issue. The number of articles per issue ranges from 6-8.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides open access to all of its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work. For more information on this approach, see the Public Knowledge Project, which has designed this system to improve the scholarly and public quality of research, and which freely distributes the journal system as well as other software to support the open access publishing of scholarly resources.



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The purpose of this page is to provide information about a) other journals in this domain, b) other not-for-profit eJournals, and c) other organisations and/or individuals who have supported the journal in some way. The journals are in no way affiliated with EJISDC, and EJISDC takes no responsibility for any content that may be published on them. Journals ITD - The Journal of IT for Development
RESI - Revista Eletrônica de Sistemas de Informação: This journal publishes academic papers that help broadening the knowledge in Information Systems, including theoretical and empirical analyses, book reviews and all sorts of research reports, with special focus on the use of computing, communications and information technologies in organizations and their impacts on companies and our society, in Latin America.
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The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries.
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