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 decision support, data analytics, and business intelligence, with a special focus on understanding the applications and issues associated with creating innovative applications, products and services to achieve organizational and societal benefits. In concert with the ICIS theme and celebration of the 50th anniversary of the birth of the internet, we encourage exploration of the ways that decision support has evolved to support innovation ecosystems.

The explosive growth in big data and advancements in data analytics techniques have presented new opportunities and challenges to decision makers. Data analytics not only facilitates and expedites organizational decision-making processes but also enables innovations in business applications, products, and services to generate value in the form of increased productivity and customer satisfaction. Research is needed to examine the roles and applications of big data and analytics in harnessing new business opportunities through innovating business processes, products, and services within and across organizational boundaries. There is need to develop and examine robust new business models and technical architectures that may transform organizations and societies by leveraging big data and analytics techniques.

This research track aims to promote empirical, computational, and theoretical (mathematical or social sciences driven) studies in the areas of decision support, 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:

  • Supporting innovation and decision making with analytics and big data
  • Analytics and data science techniques for creating innovative applications and offering innovative products and services
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for organizations: models, methods, cases and examples
  • Essential skills, knowledge, and abilities required of analytics professionals
  • Organizational recruiting, retention and training of analytics professionals
  • Data analytics applications and use for customer relationship management
  • Data analytics applications and use for supply chain management
  • Data analytics in various business sectors, e.g., financial services, manufacturing, retail, pharmaceutical, healthcare, government, agribusiness, hospitality and entertainment, etc.
  • Machine learning, deep learning, reinforcement learning, and active learning methodologies and applications for organizational decision support
  • Social media and marketing analytics
  • Analytics using IoT devices such as wearables, RFID, etc.
  • Data mining with blockchains and cryptocurrencies
  • Data analytics and business intelligence theory and applications
  • Data analytics in behavioral research
  • Natural language processing applications
  • Data analytics technologies and applications
  • 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
  • Privacy and ethical considerations in the use of data and analytics, dark side of analytics, etc.
  • 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, full research papers will get 20 min for presentation plus 5 min for discussion, RIP research papers will get 10 for presentation and  5 min for discussion, prototype papers will get 30 min for presentation and 15 min for discussion, teaching track papers will get 30 min for presentation and 15 min for discussion.

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 the 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

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 2019 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:

  • Gloria Phillips-Wren,, Loyola University Maryland, Maryland, USA
  • Nancy Deng,, California State University Dominguez Hills, California, USA

We recommend including ‘Pre-ICIS SIGDSA 2019 Research Track Question’ as your email subject line.