Research Track

Call for Papers

The Association for Information Systems’ Special Interest Group on Decision Support and Analytics (SIGDSA) is seeking forward-thinking research in the areas of data analytics and business intelligence, with a special focus on understanding the applications and issues associated with supporting greater connectivity between people and “things” on the basis of meaningful data analytics.

As businesses continue to derive value from data analytics, the explosive growth in big data, fueled in part, by the digital ubiquity of the Internet of Things (IoT), social media, and technology-facilitated human networks, presents new opportunities and challenges. Research is needed to examine the role of data and analytics in enabling meaningful networking, harnessing new business and societal opportunities through massive data sharing, leading to deeper understanding of the implication of unlimited connectivity across organizational boundaries and disparate datasets. The research is also due for societal, organizational and individual issues flowing from the creation of “anytime/anywhere” connectedness and the abundance of data. Additionally, applying a fundamental understanding of human decision making theories and established principals of decision support systems and approaches – we recognize the need to lift the current body of knowledge in this area in order to come up with robust new business models and technical architectures that may transform organizations and societies leveraging connected data and analytics.

This research track aims to promote computational, theoretical (mathematical or social sciences driven) as well as empirical studies in the areas of data analytics, big data and their various applications in different domains. We seek comprehensive Completed Research or early stage Research-in-Progress papers on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Data analytics in various business sectors, e.g., financial services, manufacturing, retail, pharmaceutical, healthcare, government, agribusiness, hospitality and entertainment, supply chain, etc.
  • Big data and business organizational transformation
  • Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, reinforcement learning, and active learning methodologies and applications for decision support
  • Social media and marketing analytics
  • Network and collaborative analytics for decision support
  • Analytics connecting data and processes, e.g., process mining
  • Analytics using IoT devices such as wearables, RFID, etc.
  • Data mining with blockchains and cryptocurrencies
  • Data analytics and business intelligence theory and applications
  • Innovative data-driven decision support tools and techniques
  • Data analytics in behavioral research
  • Predictive, descriptive and prescriptive approaches to analytics
  • Natural language processing applications
  • Data analytics technologies and applications
  • Risks and benefits of interconnected decision-making e.g. privacy and ethical considerations in the use of data and analytics, dark side of analytics, etc.
  • Data and analytics for diverse societal applications, e.g., smart cities, smart and connected communities, smart health, smart energy management
  • Data and analytics in shaping public policy
  • Methodological issues of developing systems based on connected, big data

Submission Categories in Research Track

Completed Research Papers

Completed research papers are full-length papers documenting the results of finished research projects. They should be similar to journal submissions, but shorter. They should include analyses and results. Completed research papers must not exceed fourteen (14) single-spaced pages. All text, figures, tables, and appendices must be included within the page limit. The abstract, keywords and references are excluded from this page count.

Research-in-Progress Papers

Research-in-progress papers typically describe work that is promising, but ongoing and incomplete. Research-in-progress papers must not exceed seven (7) single-spaced pages. All text, figures, tables, and appendices must be included within the page limit. The abstract, keywords and references are excluded from this page count.

If accepted, research-in-progress papers will be presented as part of a slam presentation session and an e-poster session, as described below.

Slam Session: Each paper will be allocated a maximum of 4 minutes and 3 slides (including title slide) for a presentation. Click to download the PreICIS-SIGDSA-2018-Slam-Session-Template.

E-Poster Session: In addition to the slam session, research-in-progress presenters will be participating in the E-Poster session. An E-Poster in this symposium is an electronic poster displayed digitally on a personal laptop or a large tablet instead of being printed on paper as a traditional poster. Research-in-Progress category participants should create a 1-page PDF or PowerPoint slide for the digital poster based on their study.  There is no set format for the e-poster as long as it is a single viewable page. Please use large fonts and effective visualizations as appropriate. Tables will be provided to set up the laptops for the e-poster session. Note that power cords are not available during the session and we strongly encourage the presenters to have a pre-charged laptop available for the session. Presenters should also bring any devices or supplementary accessories as needed.

This year, following ICIS 2018, we are encouraging e-poster presenters to maximize engagement by embedding audio, video, and/or interactive components into their posters using 2-D Augmented Reality. A new technology from Zappar provides a relatively easy-to-use, drag & drop, cloud-based tool for doing this. Dr. Timothy Hill has put together a demo and 3-page guide, specifically for ICIS poster authors, on how to use it. We encourage presenters to take advantage of this new opportunity to enhance the e-poster session experience.

Submission and Publication Guidelines

All original submissions and camera-ready versions must conform to the submission template. Download the submission template here. Original submissions must not contain any author information. Upon acceptance, the camera-ready version of the manuscript must contain author information, as mentioned in the submission template.

Papers will be submitted through Conferency submission system (submitting author needs to create an account to submit the paper):

Submit Your Paper

All submitted manuscripts will go through a double-blind review process.

Authors of accepted papers will have the option of publishing: (a) the complete manuscript OR (b) an extended abstract (single-spaced 2-3 pages) as part of the symposium proceedings on AIS eLibrary. If authors choose to publish only the extended abstract, authors will retain copyright of the manuscript submitted for review and feedback.

When submitting camera-ready version of the manuscript, we suggest that authors share any pertinent data with the symposium attendees as feasible (optional, but encouraged). This guideline is meant to encourage data sharing with the broader research community and replicability of research results.

In preparing your submission, we suggest that authors review the following helpful tips. Ensure that —

  • The topic is relevant to the symposium theme and will draw an audience
  • Objectives are clear and well-described
  • Paper is clearly written
  • Paper is well organized and flows logically
  • The literature review is relevant, comprehensive and up-to-date
  • Analyses (conducted or proposed) are appropriate
  • Evidence supports authors’ arguments
  • Paper makes useful contributions (or, has the potential to make contributions) to the field
  • The reference list is complete

Important Dates

The submission deadline is: September 30, 2018 (Pacific Standard Time). Visit the Important Dates section for up-to-date information on other key dates.

Journal Publication Opportunity

Selected papers from the symposium will be eligible for fast-track review for publication consideration in the Journal of Business Analytics. It should be noted that the papers will go through a rigorous review process with no guarantee of acceptance. The papers will need to be extended and then submitted to the journal to be considered for publication.

Best Paper Award

One paper from the research track will be selected for the “Best Paper” award recognition at the symposium.

Best Reviewer Award

One reviewer from the research track will be selected for the “Best Reviewer” award recognition at the symposium.

Doctoral Research Award

The objective of this award is to encourage doctoral students to participate in AIS SIGDSA events and to financially support the presentation of their research at the Pre-ICIS SIGDSA Symposium. One or two awards will be given on a competitive basis.

The award entails:

  • Recognition as a recipient of the SIGDSA Doctoral Research Award at the Pre-ICIS SIGDSA Symposium
  • Waived registration for the symposium
  • Financial Award of 500 USD towards conference travel expenses

Eligibility: To be considered for the doctoral research award, a student must be:

  • A doctoral student in IS or related field in good standing at his/her institution
  • Sole or primary author of a paper accepted for presentation at the research track in the Pre-ICIS SIGDSA Symposium
  • Able to attend and present in person in a research session at the Pre-ICIS SIGDSA symposium


  • A student must submit a manuscript by the deadline stated in the call for papers for the pre-ICIS symposium research track call for papers.
  • To be considered for the award, a student must email Program Co-Chairs and Research Track Co-Chairs with the following details: (a) Email Subject line: Pre-ICIS SIGDSA 2018 Research Track Submission: Submission for Doctoral Research Award (b) The email should contain the paper title, abstract, and author name(s). (c) The email should specify the doctoral student’s name, institution, and doctoral student’s primary advisor name (optional). (d) The email should specify the role of the doctoral student as the sole or primary author of the paper.
  • All papers will be subject to the general review process for the symposium research track.
  • All papers submitted for award consideration will be reviewed by a special SIGDSA committee as designated by the symposium program chairs.

Research Track Co-Chairs

For questions regarding the submissions to the research track, please contact:

We recommend including ‘Pre-ICIS SIGDS 2018 Research Track Question’ as your email subject line.