Research Paper Requirements
In addition to adhering to the general format given in the Paper Components Page, your (Final) research paper MUST adhere to the following requirements:
The last requirement is the only one which is not self-explanatory. Magazines are NOT generally refereed (I love reading Time, Mad Magazine and The Wall Street Journal, but they don't meet the requirement stated above). If you are going to develop a research paper, you must do it by building on research published in refereed journals (as indicated in the Refereeing Page, that is why we have a refereeing process).
I have provided you with a (fair) list of refereed journals in the IS Journals Page. There are many others (a good tip-off that the journal is refereed is that it contains the word "Journal" in it (although, trust me, The Ladies Home Journal is not refereed)). Obviously, the Library (NOT necessarily the Internet) is a good source of refereed Journals.
By the way, I DO NOT mean to imply that you should not cite any non-refereed journals in your paper (these are often extremely good sources to help you support your ideas). I am merely saying that you must form your ideas around ideas which have followed the traditional process of producing research, and that means finding a MINIMUM of 12 refereed journal articles.
This page was last updated on 04/08/04.