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


  • Claudio Vitari Grenoble Ecole de Management
  • Marc Humbert Grenoble Ecole de Management
  • Jean-Philippe Rennard Grenoble Ecole de Management


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


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.


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Vitari, C., Humbert, M., & Rennard, J.-P. (2012). The specificities of the Information System French-speaking scholar community in terms of journal prestige and publications. Systèmes d’Information Et Management (French Journal of Management Information Systems), 17(4), 69–95. Retrieved from