CFP: 2016 AMCIS Mini-Track – Open Scholarship and Learning

Part of the IS and Open Research and Practice (SIGOPEN) track of the 2016 Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) in San Diego, CA – August 11-13, 2016.

Mini-Track Chairs:

  • J.P. Allen, University of San Francisco, USA,
  • Lorraine Morgan, NUI Maynooth, IRELAND,

Mini-Track Description:

Research papers, research-in-progress papers, and panel proposals are invited for the mini-track on “Open Scholarship and Learning”.

Openness has the potential to disrupt and transform academic work. Open approaches to scholarship have taken many new forms, including open data sets, open academic publishing, and open peer review. But have new forms of open scholarship lived up to their potential? In what ways have open approaches to scholarship transformed academic work (or not)? What are the most important research questions for open scholarship going forward? How can academic research be made more effective, innovative, and have a greater impact on the world through open approaches and technologies?

Where are the opportunities to improve education in Information Systems, Management, and other fields through increased openness? Early experiments with new approaches such as open educational resources, open courseware, and MOOCs may have hit an impasse. What kinds of new approaches to openness will be necessary to enable educational transformation that will make a positive difference in the world?

As we look at our own field of Information Systems, what is the current state of open education? What kinds of open examples, approaches, or initiatives have the potential to transform IS education? How can openness contribute to better educational outcomes in developing and developed economies?

This mini-track invites research papers, research-in-progress, and panel proposals on all topics related to open scholarship and open education. We are interested in the production, use, and impacts of open scholarship and education. Quantitative, qualitative, theoretical, literature review, case study, and other research approaches are welcome.

The potential list of topics for the mini-track includes, but is not limited to:

  • Open data sets
  • Open access publishing
  • Open peer review
  • Open educational resources
  • Open teaching and learning
  • Open courseware
  • MOOCs
  • Improving Information Systems education and/or scholarship through open approaches
  • The development, use, and/or impacts of open education
  • The development, use, and/or impacts of open scholarship

Important Dates:

  • January 4, 2016: Manuscript submissions for AMCIS 2016 open.
  • March 2, 2016: Deadline for paper submissions.

Instructions for Authors:

  • Completed research papers (< 5000 words, excluding references, tables, and figures)
  • Research-in-progress papers (< 3500 words, excluding references, tables, and figures)
  • All conference submissions will be double-blind, peer reviewed, and must be submitted using the online submission system at For complete instructions for authors and information about the conference, visit the AMCIS 2016 website at