Submissions Open: June 17, 2024
Submissions Deadline: September 16, 2024
Notification of Acceptance: October 1, 2024


The Paper-a-Thon is a “paper hackathon” aimed to facilitate new research collaborations, help scholars develop their research ideas while making new professional connections, and—for the most promising projects—to accelerate a publication review process.

The Paper-a-Thon begins with an intense two-day working session where researchers are organized into interest-related project teams to collaborate under the mentorship of prominent IS scholars. This initial two-day workshop phase concludes with each group pitching their research projects to a panel of senior scholars, who will select up to three papers to be presented during ICIS. After ICIS concludes, one or more of the presented papers can undergo a supportive process toward submission to the Information Systems Journal (ISJ; see below).

Application Process

If the event is appealing to you and you can commit to attending in full, you are highly encouraged to apply—there are no restrictions on who can apply to the Paper-a-Thon. The application process includes participation in a survey (see below) in order to identify what interests, abilities, and resources you can contribute to a project team (e.g., data, methods, perspectives, and domain expertise). We encourage participants to arrive with ideas about potential projects, yet we also ask that you remain open-minded to project ideas that emerge through collaboration with your project team and the mentor. “All topics, methods, and approaches are welcome. A cross-section of mentors will be chosen to represent the diversity of the field as much as possible.”

The application deadline is September 16, 2024, 23:59 PM local time in Bangkok, Thailand (GMT +7).

You should only apply to participate in the Paper-a-Thon if you can commit to attending the initial two-day workshop and the ICIS presentation if your paper is selected.

Please note: All accepted participants are required to register for the ICIS 2024 conference to participate in the Paper-a-Thon.

December 14 & 15

Submissions Deadline
September 16

Notification of Acceptance
October 1


Day 1: Saturday, December 14, 2024

13:00 Kick-off and introductions
13:15-14:00 “Brainstorming” — Initial group meeting to brainstorm new paper ideas. Bring your data, theory, phenomenon, good writing skills, and/or eagerness. Meet others who can complement what you have. We ask groups to self-organize and form based upon shared interests. However, we would suggest the maximum group size to be five excluding potential mentors (see below).
14:00-14:15 Matching of mentors and groups
14:15-16:00 In-depth working session of project team and project mentor to brainstorm, filter, and refine paper ideas and identify an “overnight” work plan.
●          Mentor and project team should reach mutual understanding about the potential for future mentor involvement in project (e.g., if any continued involvement and/or interest in co-authorship collaboration)
“Overnight” Project team members work together to craft an extended abstract and prepare the “pitch” presentation.
●          Work hard. Have fun. There is less than 24 hours to develop an extended abstract. If applicable, analyze data to prepare preliminary results. Articulate contributions to literature and possible implications for practice. Prepare the “pitch” presentation.

●          To facilitate a focused effort on the project, the workshop room (with refreshments and supplies) will remain open overnight.

Day 2: Sunday, December 15, 2024

Morning Continue working as project teams to prepare an extended abstract and the “pitch” presentation.
●          It is highly recommended to discuss the project ideas with the mentor to refine the presentation.
14:00-17:00 “Pitch” presentations to the Editor Panel.
●          Each project team will have up to 5 minutes to present their work in front of editors and other senior scholars.

●          Up to three finalists may receive an “acceptance” in the conference proceedings (as a research-in-progress paper). After further development of the paper during the conference, these project teams will present on the last day of ICIS and may also be considered for fast-track review for a top journal.

Wednesday, December 18

Session details will follow Invited teams present at ICIS paper session


Andrew Burton-Jones
University of Queensland

Elena Karahanna
University of Georgia

Lauri Wessel
European New School of Digital Studies


Coming soon.

Supportive process towards submission to Information Systems Journal (ISJ)

ISJ has agreed to be open to submissions from the paper-a-thon. Support towards submission to ISJ will be provided to the paper-a-thon winning papers through a two-stage process:

  • Stage 1 – developmental friendly review: Authors of completed, submission-quality drafts of manuscripts resulting from papers that have won the Paper-a-thon have the option to receive a friendly review by a panel of senior scholars. Such reviews can help the authors refine their work and ultimately submit better papers. Teams opting to have their papers undergo friendly review should submit the papers as Word file via email to by June 30th
  • Stage 2 – Submission to ISJ: Winning papers opting to submit to ISJ are encouraged to do so by September 30th Please note that these will be considered as regular submissions to the journal and will go through the regular review process.