ICIS 2008 Panel Report: Open Access Publishing to Nurture the Sprouts of Knowledge and the Future of Information Systems Research

17 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2014 Last revised: 16 Dec 2014

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Michel Avital

Copenhagen Business School

Bo-Christer Bjork

Hanken School of Economics

Richard J. Boland

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Information Systems

Kevin Crowston

Syracuse University - School of Information Studies

Kalle J. Lyytinen

Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management

Ann Majchrzak

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business

Date Written: December 10, 2014

Abstract

The advent of the Internet and the subsequent adoption of Open Access schemata are changing the nature of the scholarly discourse. In response, we seek to stimulate a debate about the role and desired forms of Open Access publishing in the context of the Information System (IS) discipline. We explore the potential contribution of an Open Access perspective on publishing IS-related research and also discuss the roles of traditional journals and their prospects in the contexts of our observations. In particular, we focus on the new possibilities of publishing work-in-progress and its potential benefit for knowledge dissemination including the prospects of turning today's limited scholarly exchange into mass collaboration. We illustrate our vision with a working prototype of an Open Access disciplinary repository entitled Sprouts. Our aim is to inspire new thinking about the role of Open Access publishing, the potential of its application to disciplinary repositories of emergent work, its anticipated repercussions on our work practices, and its long-term implication for the impact of IS scholarship and the well-being of our community at large. We call for participation and further action in realizing a global repository of IS research in progress. This paper builds on a panel on Open Access that was presented at the 2008 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), held in Paris, France, in December 2008.

Suggested Citation

Avital, Michel and Bjork, Bo-Christer and Boland, Richard J. and Crowston, Kevin and Lyytinen, Kalle J. and Majchrzak, Ann, ICIS 2008 Panel Report: Open Access Publishing to Nurture the Sprouts of Knowledge and the Future of Information Systems Research (December 10, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2536508 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2536508

Michel Avital

Copenhagen Business School ( email )

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Denmark

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Bo-Christer Bjork

Hanken School of Economics ( email )

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Finland

Richard J. Boland

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Information Systems ( email )

United States

Kevin Crowston

Syracuse University - School of Information Studies ( email )

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Syracuse, NY 13244
United States
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Kalle J. Lyytinen

Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management ( email )

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United States

Ann Majchrzak (Contact Author)

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business ( email )

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Los Angeles, CA California 90089
United States

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