Vol 51 (2012)

With this publication of Volume 51, we celebrate a milestone for EJISDC. While this is a regular issue of the journal with 8 papers, it also provides the opportunity for the editors to take stock of what we have achieved in the last 12 years - since we published volume 1. We have seen our readership expand dramatically, with both readers and authors globally distributed. We have also seen an increase in submissions, with about 3 submissions a week at present. Given the lack of budgetary constraints, we have never felt the pressure to publish fewer papers - we believe that all quality papers should be published in a timely fashion. Currently, around 25% of submitted papers are eventually accepted for publication. Recently we have been indexed by Scopus and we are waiting to hear from Thomson-Reuters with respect to an SSCI listing. Our zero-budget model has served us well to date and we have no plans to change our open access approach to publishing.

Indeed, our zero budget model contrasts with the more traditional academic publishing, where researchers are paid nothing for their material and are then charged exorbitant fees to read it. The big three publishers that dominate the industry consistently enjoy profit margins of 30-40%. They charge astronomic subscriptions for the top journals that put them out of reach of pretty much every university in the developing world, forcing them to choose between a journal subscription or hiring a professor for a year. Little wonder that there are concerned academics (like us) who have had enough, with the growing boycott of Elsevier journals. At the time of writing, around 4,300 academics have signed up to an online pledge not to publish or do any editorial work for the company's journals, including refereeing papers (see http://thecostofknowledge.com/).

The value of information and knowledge in the development process is now well-understood and it is to the shame of the top academic publishers that they continue to prevent access to it by the developing nations that stand to benefit the most from being able to use it. The approach of EJISDC, now acknowledged as among the top journals in its field, demonstrates how open access to research achieves its moral imperative without discarding the benefits of peer review that academics depend on.

We therefore extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who have submitted, reviewed, edited, published and read the material that we have been honoured to make available and ask everyone to continue working with us towards our aim of keeping access to relevant research findings open for developing countries.

In the first paper, Blake and Garzon take a capability approach (after Sen) to consider how boundary objects can be combined to provide a comprehensive framework for sustainable technology-supported participatory development to alleviate poverty.

In the second paper, Ndiege, Wayi and Herselman present the results of an exploratory study into the quality of IS used within SMEs in Eldoret town, Kenya.

In the third paper, Manochehri, Al-Esmail and Ashrafi provide an overview of the current state of affairs of the ICT adoption in SMEs in private and public organizations in Qatar. They investigate ICT infrastructure, productivity and business application software used, drivers for ICT investment, perceptions about business benefits of ICT, outsourcing trends and availability of help and advice on ICT adoption.

In the fourth paper, Ekat reports on an investigation conducted to determine whether or not a relationship exists between IT expenditure and the financial performance of the Nigerian banking industry.

In the fifth paper, Winley and Wongwuttiwat investigate the structure of the IT profession across eight different organizational sectors in Thailand.

In the sixth paper, Siyao identifies the barriers to accessing agricultural information by small-scale sugar cane growers in Tanzania.

In the seventh paper, Moertini presents the risks faced at the project initiation stage of an Academic Information Systems development project and the methods of managing these risks, in the context of Higher Education Institutions in Indonesia.

In the last paper, Pade-Khene and Sewry present a Rural ICT Comprehensive Evaluation Framework, which encompasses the key domains of evaluation that should be applied throughout the progression of an ICT for development project. The framework is illustrated by the Siyakhula Living Lab, an ICT4D project in South Africa. The editors are now firmly convinced that EJISDC fully vindicates the concept of open access and open publishing, if such vindication is still required. With academic publishing in its present state of crisis, there can be no clearer evidence that our approach achieves the total promise that open access to the findings of publicly-funded research brings.

We hope that you enjoy this 51st volume as much as we enjoy publishing the best IS research about developing countries.

Table of Contents

In this Volume, the downloads# is the total number of downloads since publication.

Research Papers

Boundary Objects to Guide Sustainable Technology-Supported Participatory Development for Poverty Alleviation in the Context of Digital Divides PDF
Adam Blake, Margarita Quiros Garzon # of downloads: 2950

Quality Assessment of Information Systems in SMEs: A Study of Eldoret Town in Kenya PDF
Joshua Rumo A. Ndiege, Ntombovuyo Wayi, Marlien E Herselman # of downloads: 2386

Examining the Impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on Enterprise Practices: A Preliminary Perspective from Qatar PDF
Nick Manochehri, Rajab Al-Esmail, Rafi Ashrafi # of downloads: 3473

The IT Productivity Paradox: Evidence from the Nigerian Banking Industry PDF
Godfrey E Ekata # of downloads: 3233

The Structure of the Information Technology Profession: A Comparison Among Organizational Sectors in Thailand PDF
Graham Kenneth Winley, Jittima Wongwuttiwat # of downloads: 1403

Barriers in Accessing Agricultural Information in Tanzania with a Gender Perspective: The Case Study of Small-Scale Sugar Cane Growers in Kilombero District PDF
Peter Onauphoo Siyao # of downloads: 4875

Managing Risks at the Project Initiation Stage of Large IS Development for HEI: A Case Study in Indonesia PDF
Veronica Sri Moertini # of downloads: 1898

The Rural ICT Comprehensive Evaluation Framework: Implementing the First Domain, The Baseline Study Process PDF
Caroline Pade-Khene, David Sewry # of downloads: 1938

The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries.
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