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Chaifetz School Management Professor Appointed Editor-in-Chief of Information Systems Journal


Communications of the Association for Informational Systems (CAIS), a peer-reviewed fully online scientific journal that covers research in the areas of information systems and technology, has named Professor Fred Niederman, Ph.D., its new Editor-in-Chief beginning on July 1, 2020. The acclaimed journal was initiated in 1999 by editor Paul Gray, who led the journal for its first six years. Dr. Niederman will be the journal’s sixth editor and has been appointed for a three-year term.

Fred Niederman

Dr. Fred Niederman, Shaughnessy Professor of Management at Saint Louis University’s Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business.

Niederman, Shaughnessy Professor of Management at the Chaifetz School of Business, has a long association with the journal, and has authored or co-authored 16 papers, including research papers, pedagogical expositions, panel reports and debate positions. His work has been downloaded more than six thousand times from the AIS digital library and more than twenty thousand times from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) digital library.

“This is, of course, a great honor and affirmation for me personally, but also a testament to the support of SLU for its pursuit of scholarly excellence,” Niederman said of his new position. “While an honor, this also represents a great responsibility to scour academia for new and important ideas that are well-presented contributions to the community.”

The editor’s role includes publishing accepted manuscripts, receiving and guiding papers through the review process, maintaining a board of senior advisors and associate editors, supervising selection of annual awards and facilitating annual board meetings.

The appointment follows Niederman’s recognition in December 2019 with his second “Senior Editor of the Year” award from the Journal of AIS, the association’s other prestigious publication, for his work guiding that journal’s selected “best paper” from submission to final publication.  He was also previously recognized as an author of the inaugural “Paul Gray Most Thought Provoking Paper” in Communications of AIS in 2015. 

“In addition to producing high quality individual studies, it’s important for the community of scholars to reflect upon its own direction and the value of the knowledge being created,” said Niederman.  “I am fortunate to be working with some of the finest thinkers in our field as we consider how we might make our research even more impactful."