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Call for Position Papers

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Electronic Markets - The International Journal on Networked Business invites scholars with relevant expertise in the topic areas of electronic markets and networked business to submit a position paper on a salient issue of their choice.

Position papers should offer novel and fresh perspectives, opening new areas of discourse, or addressing unsettled research questions and issues important to electronic markets and networked business. They should be well argued and articulated to address emergent, controversial, even paradoxical issues. Position papers should develop rigorous, evidence-based arguments and apply scholarly reasoning and logic.
Before submitting a proposal for a position paper, authors are asked to check that the following criteria apply:

  • The author is an established researcher who is familiar with the academic discourse of the subject matter for many years.
  • The paper provides a scholarly overview of an emergent or current research topic and gives new insights and access to the academic discussion (e.g. in the form of a history of ideas, synthesis of different research stances or a new classification of the topic area).
  • The author should express an opinion or a recommendation (this could be controversial or provocative) and may lead to rejoinders and lively discussion.
  • Position papers are not research-in-progress papers. Please do not simply submit work that you feel is premature as a position paper.

How to submit a position paper:

Position papers pass a two-step procedure:
(1) In the first step the author submits an abstract (1 to 2 pages in length) outlining their ideas. The abstract should address the above list of criteria. The author will then receive feedback from the editorial board including an invitation to submit a full version of the paper in those cases where the final paper is expected to be of high interest to the readers of Electronic Markets.
(2) Position papers may be shorter in length compared to regular Electronic Markets research papers but should be between 6500 and 8000 words. The full version of the paper will be reviewed by at least two Associate Editors of EM and, if necessary, well-established peers with expertise on the paper’s topic. A final acceptance decision will be made by the Editor-in-Chief.

Please send your abstracts to editors(at) The proposal can either be copied into the e-mail or attached in a pdf file.

Examples for position papers are:

Clarke, Roger; Pucihar, Andreja (2013): Electronic interaction research 1988 – 2012 through the lens of the Bled eConference, in: Electronic Markets, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp 271-283.

Alt, Rainer; Puschmann, Thomas (2012): The rise of customer-oriented banking - electronic markets are paving the way for change in the financial industry, in: Electronic Markets, Vol. 22, No. 4 , pp 203-215.

Aggarwal, Nitin; Dai, Qizhi; Walden, Eric A. (2012): Are open standards good business?, in: Electronic Markets, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp 63-68.

Otto, Boris; Lee, Yang W.; Caballero, Ismael (2011): Information and data quality in business networking: a key concept for enterprises in its early stages of development, in: Electronic Markets, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp 83-97.

George, Joey F.; Valacich, Joseph S.; Valor, Josep (2005): Does Information Systems Still Matter? Lessons for a Maturing Discipline, in: Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 219-232.

Carr, Nicholas G. (2003): IT Doesn’t Matter, in: Harvard Business Review, Vol. 81, No. 5, pp. 41-49.

Sutton, R.I.; Staw, B.M. (1995): What Theory is Not, in: Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 371-384