General Information for Authors

EM cordially invites contributions in the field of digital business and platforms. Although the guidelines differ between the various journal sections, there are some general aspects that authors should consider:

  • EM aims at publishing original research. This means that manuscripts are unpublished and not submitted or under review elsewhere while under review for EM.
  • EM supports cumulative research. Following a cumulative research tradition EM publishes research that has already received feedback from prior publications, e.g. at a conference and therefore follows the AIS Policy on Conference and Journal Publication, which means that you may submit your earlier version even without changes. You will need to declare the prior publication upon submission and you should summarize changes to that in separate change sheet.  
  • Submissions to EM should fit the journal's scope. Please make sure that your research topic falls with the scope of EM. In case the submitted paper is out of scope for EM there is a high probability that it will be desk rejected soon after submission.
  • EM aims at publishing influential and novel research. Please critically check, whether your research includes clear implications to the field of information systems from a theoretical as well as from a practical point of view. Your research will not only need to be methodologically sound, but also be meaningful for the readers and the community.
  • EM supports multi-perspective research. Researchers are encouraged to seek for a critical reflection of their research and results. For example, findings should not only be analyzed from a single perspective (e.g. economics, technology), but from multiple perspectives (on researcher perspectives see also this paper).
  • EM applies a double-blind peer review process. After passing the desk reject stage, submissions will be reviewed in a double-blind peer review process by at least two independent reviewers. Besides clarity of writing, grammar and style, criteria are relevance, strength of theoretical foundations and methodology, value of the paper for business, economy, or society, contribution of new knowledge and quality of the conclusions.
  • EM offers online resources for articles. Articles published in EM should be presented in a style that features a clear writing. Although mathematical reasoning is necessary for some reearch methodologies, we encourage authors to limit these in the article and make use of the publisher's online resources, which ensure a persistent accessibility.
  • Submitting to EM is free of charges. EM charges no submission or acceptance fees. For authors of many countries, accepted papers will even be published open access (see below).

Please take the time to carefully read  the three steps before making a submission as well as the following guidelines:

  • The preferred article length for research papers in EM is around 8,000 words (excl. reference list) and the preferred language is American English.
  • Please use the APA Style for in-text citations and references.
  • Please read the copyright information carefully before submitting an article. All submissions to EM are subject to a plagiarism check (iThenticate) to avoid unethical use of content.
  • All submissions that have successfully passed the review process will be published online first immediately and are fully citable with a DOI there after.

Thank your for considering these suggestions. In case any questions occur, please contact the Editorial Office.

Open Access Publishing

Since 2020, EM's publisher Springer offers authors from listed institutions the Open Access option free of charge. Among the countries with such an agreement are Austria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherland and the UK.

To benefit from these agreements, the corresponding author of an article needs to be affiliated with an eligible institution. Authors from these institutions and countries will usually be identified and contacted by Springer. To increase the chances of being recognized, corresponding authors are advised to use their email address from the respective institution instead of their private email address.

Additionally, the corresponding author must explicitly state his/her primary affiliation in the published manuscript, which is the institution at which the bulk of the research for the article was conducted. Also, the author must identify him-/herself during the author identification process (once the article has been accepted for publication). The institution selected during this process should be the primary affiliation, as this institution will be asked to verify eligibility and will be billed if the article is approved.