The European Journal of Information Systems

Call for Papers: Special Communications on

Information Systems in the Age of Pandemics

**Closed for new submissions**

Special Communications Editors

Pär Ågerfalk (par.agerfalk@im.uu.se)

Kieran Conboy (kieran.conboy@nuigalway.ie)

Michael Myers (m.myers@auckland.ac.nz)

Rationale

COVID-19 has changed our world forever. Thousands of people are dying, millions of people are in lockdown, and many businesses will not survive. As scholars in many disciplines around the world are collaborating in a "war" against an invisible enemy, can IS scholars contribute to this global effort? While IS scholars might not be able to solve the crisis directly, we believe that we can provide knowledge and insights that might be helpful in the fight against COVID-19 and, indeed, during future pandemics.

These special communications will focus on the design, use and impact of information systems during pandemics such as the current COVID-19 crisis. We welcome all kinds of contributions, both empirical and conceptual, as well as design science research. Studies of individual and organisational responses in terms of new or changed digital practices are of particular interest. Work on digital information infrastructures for crisis management and IS modelling approaches to help solve or mitigate pandemics, such as COVID-19, would also be welcome. We furthermore welcome issues and opinion pieces and critical articles that look at the short and potential long term impacts of newly developed systems on people, organisations and society. For example, will short-term fixes (e.g. monitoring of infected people via an app) lead to a permanent state of surveillance? As individuals, organisations and governments are forced to make quick decisions with far-reaching consequences, what are the longer-term societal implications of these decisions and their resultant digital solutions and practices?

Submission details

Papers should be between 3000 and 6000 words. They should be submitted as soon as they are ready, as they will undergo a rapid review process by a selected group of scholars. Each full paper submission will be reviewed by at least one referee and one of the special communications editors. Accepted papers will be published as quickly as possible, normally in the next available issue of EJIS. All accepted articles will be made free to view with the support of the OR Society and Taylor & Francis. At this stage there is no fixed deadline for submissions as these special communications are more like a parallel stream than a dedicated issue of the journal.

Authors are advised to check the European Journal of Information Systems' Instructions for Authors on the journal homepage.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through ScholarOne at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ors-ejis and authors should select "IS in the Age of Pandemics", which can be found under the special issue drop-down menu during step 1 of the submission process.

If you are interested in submitting and would like to discuss your ideas, please feel free to contact one of the senior editors.

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