Design science research in top information systems journals

Paulo B. Goes

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Paulo B. Goes, Editor-in-Chief, MIS Quarterly, discusses some of the articles related to design science research in top information systems journals. In 2004, the paper 'Design Science in Information Systems Research,' coauthored by Al Hevner, Sal March, Sudha Ram was published in MIS Quarterly. One of the main points of the Hevner and co-researchers'paper is to contrast the design science paradigm with the behavioral sciences paradigm. Following the 2004 design science article, there was a Special Issue on Design Science in MISQ, which published five articles in 2008. A design science artifact is created against the background of the descriptive knowledge about the problem domain (artificial, natural, human) and its laws, regularities, principles, and theories. The artifact itself encompasses and produces knowledge as constructs, models, methods, and instantiations that may or may not lead to the level of abstraction that constitutes a design theory. While design science research is widely recognized as one of the main paradigms of IS research, it has not experienced much publication success in a journal like MISQ. The main reason is that design science researchers are not submitting their work to the top tier journals in the IS discipline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)iii-viii
JournalMIS Quarterly: Management Information Systems
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems and Management


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