The specificities of the Information System French-speaking scholar community in terms of journal prestige and publications.

Claudio Vitari, Marc Humbert, Jean-Philippe Rennard

Abstract


To respond to the identity crisis of the Information Systems (IS) disciple and agreeing with Hirsheim and Klein (2003), we believe that a "reflective analysis" can contribute to a favorable evolution of the discipline. Within the French-speaking community, such reflective analysis is needed to evaluate the journals in the IS field and their rankings in order to understand the production of the French-speaking researchers. The publishing process (how and where?) are fundamental components of the identity of the French-speaking community, as it reflects the community’s value systems, paradigms, cultural practices, systems of valuation, organizational structure and aspirations.This article analyzes the results of a scientometric study conducted on the Information Systems journals, targeting the French-speaking academic community. Unsurprisingly, Management Information Systems Quarterly (MISQ), which is considered the most prestigious journal in the IS world community, is also the most prestigious journal in the French-speaking community. In addition, this study allows us to rank the most prestigious journals from the point of view of French-speaking community. It shows a strong polarization of Frenchresearchers, unlike their colleagues in Quebec, toward publishing largely in journals whose the main editor-in-chief is or was European, English indeed.

Keywords


Information Systems, journal ranking, french-speaking community, scientometrics.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9876/sim.v17i4.458

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