Call for Papers: Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology

IEEE Transactions on


Special Issue: Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology

Guest Editors

Dr. Samir Chatterjee, Claremont Graduate School and University of Southern California,

Dr. R. P. Sundarraj, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Madras,

Dr. Kaushik Dutta, Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department, University of South Florida,


The rapid digital transformation of businesses and society creates new challenges and opportunities for Information Systems (IS) research, with the designing of system becoming a strong focus.  Technologies such as blockchain, cloud computing, and wearable devices have spawned a paradigmatic shift in the design of information systems.  Thus, design science research in IS has evolved to become a mature yet thriving area of research.   Design science seeks to extend the boundaries of human and organizational capabilities by designing new and innovative constructs, models, methods, processes, and systems. Scholars having diverse backgrounds in fields such as information systems, computer science, software engineering, energy informatics, and medical informatics are actively engaged in generating novel solutions to interesting design problems in IS.

As digitization grows from its current initial roots, so will the range and complexity of IS-based theories and problems pertaining to design.  The wide scope of design science has a natural engineering-management orientation, which covers a range of topics from creative system-building to the management of innovative resources that can benefit an organization.  At a conceptual level, these aspects are well-aligned to the different phases of design science research in IS, such as problem identification, artifact development, design evaluation, and communication.

Although papers on the design science are seen regularly in the scientific literature, a compendium of papers in a single volume will serve as an important point of reference for researchers in the area.  We therefore seek high-quality papers on design science research (DSR), particularly as they pertain to information systems and technology.  The relevant DSR theories and approaches have been expounded by different authors (see reference list below).  Topics include and not limited to the following:

  • DSR in Healthcare
  • DSR in Cyber Security
  • DSR in Service Science
  • DSR for HCI
  • DSR in Data Science and Business Analytics
  • DSR Foundations
  • DSR & Emerging ideas
  • DSR in Domain Specific Applications
  • DSR for ICT in Developing Countries

Submission Process: Please prepare the manuscript according to IEEE-TEM’s guidelines ( and submit to the journal’s Manuscript Central site ( Please clearly state in the cover letter that the submission is for this special issue.


Initial Submission:                                                          June 1 2019

First Review:                                                                     August 1 2019

Revision 1:                                                                         October 1, 2019

Second Review:                                                                December 1, 2019

Revision 2:                                                                        February 1, 2020

Third Review:                                                                   April 1, 2020

Revision 3:                                                                        June 1, 2020

Other revisions and Decision by Guest editors         July 1, 2020

Final Decision by TEM EIC                                           August 1, 2020


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  • Gregor, Shirley, and Hevner, Alan., “Positioning and presenting design science research for maximum impact.” MIS quarterly2 (2013): 337-355.
  • Gregor, Shirley, and Jones, David., “The anatomy of a design theory.” Journal of the Association for Information systems8, no. 5 (2007): 312.
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  • Peffers, Ken, Tuunanen, T., Rothenberger, M.A. and Chatterjee, Samir., 2007. A design science research methodology for information systems research. Journal of management information systems, 24(3), pp.45-77.
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Guest Editor Bios

Dr. Samir Chatterjee ( is Professor and Fletcher Jones Chair of Design, Technology & Management at Claremont Graduate University. He is also considered a leading technology designer and strategist for 21st century healthcare. He is the founding director of IDEA Labs (Innovations Design Empowerment Applications Laboratory), initially made possible by a grant from NSF.  His main research areas are healthcare informatics, persuasive behavior change, cybersecurity and human computer interaction. Since 2006 he has been an evangelist and champion of design science as a research method in the IS community. He started the successful DESRIST series of conferences, and his book Design Research in Information Systems: Theory & Practice, co-authored with Alan Hevner, is an important contribution to the field. He has published over 130 articles in refereed conferences and journals including IEEE Network, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Communications of the ACM, Computer Networks, Journal of MIS, Decision Support SystemsJournal of American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Frontiers, Computer Communication, IEEE IT Professional, ACM CCR, Communications of AIS, and Journal of Internet Technology. He has served as an Associate Editor of the MIS Quarterly and currently serves on the editorial board of International Journal of Business Data Communications and Networking, Journal of AIS and Health Systems Journal (from Palgrave Macmillan). He has previously been Program Chair for DESRIST (2006 & 2007), Persuasive Technology (2009), IEEE Healthcom (2003) conferences and has been track chair in numerous ICIS, WITS and HICSS conferences. His research has been funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Internet2, Michigan Diabetes Center, The California Endowment, Northrop-Grumman, BellSouth, Institute for HeartMath, Loma Linda Foundation and several other corporations.

In May 2015, he was awarded the distinguished lifetime achievement award for contributions to Design Science Research, presented by the IS design community.  In 2017 he was selected as Schoeller Senior Fellow 2017 by Dr. Theo and Friedl Schoeller Research Center for Business and Society in Nuremberg Germany. He is also Founder & CEO of DCL Health, a wireless healthcare startup.

Dr. R. P. Sundarraj ( is a professor of information systems at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.  Prior to that, he has held tenured faculty positions at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and at Clark University, USA, in addition to a stint at Qatar University.  Professor Sundarraj obtained his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madras, India, and his MS and Ph.D. in Management and Computer Sciences from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  His teaching and research encompass the development of methodologies for the efficient design and management of emerging information systems.  His current research interests include cloud-computing, electronic negotiation, design science models and health care.  He has been awarded grants totalling to over $800,000 from industry sources and various national agencies in US, Canada and India.  Professor Sundarraj has published in various national and international journals such as Mathematical Programming, various IEEE Transactions, various ACM Transactions and European Journal of Operational Research.  In addition, he has provided e-commerce solutions for marketing and inventory-management problems arising in Fortune 100 companies.

Professor Sundarraj serves on the editorial boards of IEEE TEM, Group Decision and Negotiation, Management Research Review and International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems, and has co-edited a special issue of ISJ (Information Systems Journal).

Dr. Kaushik Dutta ( is an associate professor in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department.  His current research interest is big data analytics. Professor Dutta’s primary expertise combines operations research and data mining techniques with computer science systems knowledge to efficiently handle big data and manage large IT infrastructure.  Prior to joining USF, Dutta was a tenured associate professor at National University of Singapore and Florida International University. Before starting his academic path, he pursued a career in engineering, most recently as the chief technology officer and vice president of engineering of Mobilewalla, a NUS-incubated and Madrona-funded company that developed big data based mobile advertisement platforms. He has a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University, a Masters in Computer Science from Indian Statistical Institute and a PhD in Management Information Systems from Georgia Institute of Technology.  Dutta’s recent work on data analytics has been published in several leading journals and conferences including the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology and the International Conference on Information Systems. He also holds patents in the area of IT infrastructure and caching.

Associate Editors

  • Monica Chiarini Tremblay, Raymond A. Mason School of Business, William & Mary
  • Arunabha Mukhopadhyay, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow
  • Jan Marco Leimeister, Universität St. Gallen
  • René Riedl, Profesor of Digital Business and Innovation, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
  • Atreyi Kankanhalli, Professor, National University of Singapore
  • Shirley Gregor, Australian National University, Australia
  • Alan Hevner, Professor and Eminent Scholar, University of South Florida
  • Paul Johannesson, Professor, Stockholm University
  • Rahul Thakurta, Xavier Institute of Management, India
  • Gondy Leroy, Eller College of Business, University of Arizona
  • Mia Plachkinova, The University of Tampa
  • Mala Kaul, Univ of Nevada, Reno
  • Yan Li, Claremont Graduate University
  • Manoj Thomas, Virginia Commonwealth University

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