Call for papers

AMCIS 2020


Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

AUGUST, 12-16

We invite the submission of full completed research papers, Emergent Research Forum (ERF) papers, Professional Development Symposia (PDS), panels, workshops and Technology Research, Education, and Opinion (TREO) talk sessions to the 25th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2020), which will be held August 12-16, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. AMCIS 2020 brings together academics and industry professionals around the world to exchange knowledge related to the AMCIS 2020 theme, A Vision for the Future.

AMCIS 2020 will provide exciting opportunities for participation, collaboration, and dialogue related to the conference theme, A Vision for the Future. A vision describes where we want to be or what we hope to achieve.  We look forward to joining with you in Salt Lake City to exchange ideas about digital technologies, their interaction with people and processes, and how and when they can lead to organizational innovation and transformation.  More broadly, how do we envision our role as academics and practitioners in documenting versus driving this innovation and transformation?
We are looking for submissions that will create, identify, and frame a vision for the future of information technology in industry and academia.  With you, we will present an exciting program that draws upon the best of SIG-driven AMCIS traditions and continues successful initiatives such as the Emergent Research Forums and Technology Research, Education, and Opinion Talks.  As Program Chairs, we are committed to offering you a program that allows us all to experience what fun it can be to work in this incredible discipline of ours, as we appreciate and enjoy the natural splendor of Salt Lake City and the many natural wonders that Utah has to offer!

Important Dates

October 29, 2019: Minitrack decisions are complete

November 4, 2019:  Minitrack revisions are due

January 6, 2020: Manuscript submissions for AMCIS 2020 begin

February 28, 2020: AMCIS manuscript submissions (completed research and Emergent Research Forum (ERF)) closes for authors at 5:00pm MST.

March 5, 2020: All papers have assigned reviewers

April 13, 2020: Track Chair recommendations due

April 22, 2020: Camera-ready papers are due at 5:00pm MST

April 22, 2020: Technology Research, Education, and Opinion (TREO) talk sessions, and Professional Development Symposia (PDS) are due at 5:00pm MST

May 6, 2020: Technology Research, Education, and Opinion (TREO) talk sessions, and Professional Development Symposia (PDS) recommendations due

May 8, 2020: Track session plans are due

June 1, 2020: Workshop Submissions Due

June 15, 2020: Notification of Workshop acceptance

Submission Types

Full papers must describe completed research.  Completed research papers will be submitted to a conference mini track where they will be peer-reviewed using a double blind system and presented in a session format. Each session will consist of three or four competitive papers accepted through the review process. Sessions employ a standard format of presentation by an author and general audience discussion. Each session (meeting room) is set up with presentation equipment (i.e., overhead projectors and screens). Full papers must not exceed 10 pages (approx. 5,000 words) and must conform to the AMCIS 2020 submission template. Full papers that are accepted will be published in their entirety in the conference proceedings.

Emergent Research Forum (ERF) papers are a research in progress option. Like completed research, ERF papers will be submitted to a mini track for double blind review. Upon acceptance, ERF papers will be presented by authors while interested participants gather to share ideas and discuss topics of mutual interest. All ERF papers will be judged on the merit of the research idea.  Each ERF presentation session will consist of about six papers during the program. Sessions employ standard format of presentation by an author and general audience discussion.  Each ERF presentation is limited to 10 minutes. ERF papers must not exceed 5 pages (approx. 2,500 words) and must conform to the AMCIS 2020 submission template. These papers will appear in the proceedings.

Professional Development Symposia (PDS) offer the opportunity for creative, multi-way conversations, and have the potential to offer a positive impact on the professional development of participants from different regions, SIGs, chapters, career stages, or demographic backgrounds. The PDS chairs encourage anyone interested in organizing a PDS to submit a proposal to the closest relevant track. Proposals involving cross-SIG dialog or collaboration may be submitted to the “General Topics” mini-track within the Advances in Information Systems Research Track. Please be aware, each track is limited to only one PDS. Proposals can be quite brief, but should provide an outline sufficient for the track reviewer to be able to make a recommendation on its applicability, likelihood of drawing an audience, and suitability. Some indication of likely authors and presenters is needed.

Panels provide an opportunity for a group of researchers to explore a topic or focus of interest in a panel format, typically involving a panel moderator (who poses several questions related to the topic) and three to four expert contributors with alternative views or perspectives on the topic. Depending upon the topic, the experts can be drawn from academia and/or from industry.  Of particular interest are panel submissions that are related to the conference theme, although panel proposals on other relevant topics are also welcome. The panel co-chairs are willing to work with panel submitters to help them develop provocative ideas into strong proposals.

Technology Research, Education, and Opinion (TREO) Talks sessions will provide attendees a platform to present their research ideas, IT/IS education ideas, or opinion papers covering any area of the Information Systems (IS) or Information Technology (IT) fields. Each TREO Talk author will present their Talk, followed by a Q&A discussion session with the audience. TREO submissions are in the form of a one-page abstract (approx. 500 words) that will be editorially-reviewed to ensure that they are IT/IS related, appropriate in nature, and of sufficient quality.

Workshops provide professional development opportunities for IS academics, researchers, and practitioners.  Both one-day and partial-day sessions will be accommodated. Proposals can be directed toward any topic that may be of interest to conference attendees or IS practitioners. Workshops can be offered in the time blocks from 8-10 am and 3-5 pm, August 10-14th. They will also be recorded and archived. Given the unique circumstances, after you submit a proposal, additional details that may need to be worked out will be handled by discussion with the workshop committee. Workshops are considered Pre-Conference activities and can be proposed as a full-day session on Wednesday August 12th (8 hours). Partial-day sessions of 2, 4 or 6 hours can be proposed for Wednesday August 12th or Thursday August 13th. Click here for more information on submitting a workshop proposal.

All submissions must be made via the AMCIS 2020 PCS submission system. After creating an account and logging on to the PCS site, the author(s) should go to the “Author Center” to submit their Fully-Completed Research papers, Emergent Research Forum papers, Professional Development Symposia, TREO talks, or Panel Proposals.  Specifically:

All AMCIS submissions must comply with the policies posted on the AMCIS 2020 website. Scholarly integrity is a core value in our discipline. Scholars submitting papers to this conference thereby attest that they have read the AIS Code of Research Conduct; and the work submitted is in accordance with the Code in all appropriate respects. Editors of AMCIS conference proceedings who receive allegations of plagiarism or other scholarly misconduct may inform the AIS President who may refer the matter, at his/her discretion, to the AIS Research Conduct Committee.

Thank you,

The AMCIS 2020 Program Team

Sue Brown, Kathy Chudoba, Kelly Fadel – Program Co-Chairs

Tanya Beaulieu, Mike Dinger, Alex Durcikova, Mark Grimes,

Basil Hamdan, Daniel Rush – Review Coordinators

Journal Publication

The AIS Policy on Conference and Journal Publication encourages conference papers to be published in journals. This policy applies to AIS conferences (there are no copyright issues to prevent your AIS conference paper from being published in any journal (AIS or not)), and to AIS journals (there are no restrictions preventing you from submitting your conference paper to an AIS journal). Many non-AIS journals have similar policies, so you can submit your AIS conference paper to them. The policy and list of non-AIS journals with similar policies, is available at the Policy page.