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Twenty-five years of the Information Systems Journal: A bibliometric and ontological overview

La Paz, Ariel; Merigó, José M.; Powell, Philip; Ramaprasad, Arkalgud; Syn, Thant


Ariel La Paz

José M. Merigó

Philip Powell

Arkalgud Ramaprasad

Thant Syn


The Information Systems Journal (ISJ) published its first issue in 1991, and in 2015, the journal celebrated its 25th anniversary. This study presents an overview of the leading research trends in the papers that the journal has published during its first quarter of a century via a bibliometric and ontological analysis. From a bibliometric perspective, the analysis considers the publication and citation structure of the journal. The study then develops a graphical analysis of the bibliographic material by using visualization of similarities software that employs bibliographic coupling and cocitation analysis. The work produces an ontological framework of impact and analyses the journal papers to assess qualitatively ISJ's impact. The results indicate that the journal has grown significantly over time and is now recognized as one of the leading journals in information systems. Yet challenges remain if the journal is to meet its aims in impacting and setting the agenda for the development of the Information Systems field.


La Paz, A., Merigó, J. M., Powell, P., Ramaprasad, A., & Syn, T. (2020). Twenty-five years of the Information Systems Journal: A bibliometric and ontological overview. Information Systems Journal, 30(3), 431-457.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 25, 2019
Online Publication Date Aug 7, 2019
Publication Date 2020-05
Deposit Date Jan 29, 2021
Journal Information Systems Journal
Print ISSN 1350-1917
Electronic ISSN 1365-2575
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 3
Pages 431-457
Keywords Bibliometrics; Ontological analysis; VOS viewer; Web of Science
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