Call For Papers

Addressing Societal Challenges through Analytics

We are living in a world in which technology and data are rapidly transforming organizations, industries and societies. Information systems and data analytics are providing unprecedented opportunities to not only transform business processes and increase productivity but also tackle various social and economic problems. In this conference we particularly encourage submissions that address the world’s most urgent and challenging problems through analytics and other IT-based solutions. A few examples include technology-driven solutions to design smart markets in energy, using big data to design better urban transportation systems, social media analytics for health, technology driven agility and responsiveness for businesses, technology platforms for smart cities, and open-data initiatives as mechanisms to address important problems in policy.

All submissions must be sent in electronic form using the WITS 2016 submission system.

In addition to papers directly related to the theme, we also welcome research papers from a broad range of topics including the following:

Agent-based Systems

Agile System Development

Cloud Computing

Computational Ontology

Collaboration & Negotiation Support Systems

Conceptual Modeling

Data, Text and Web Mining

Data Warehousing & OLAP

E-Business and E-Commerce

Enterprise Systems and Resource Planning

Green IT

Grid Computing

Healthcare IT

Human-Computer Interface

Information Personalization Technology

Information Quality, Privacy, and Security

Intelligent Systems and Technologies

Knowledge Management Technologies

Machine Learning

Mobile Commerce and Wireless Technologies

Peer-to-peer Economy

Peer-to-peer Technologies

Process Management and Mining

Recommender Systems

Resource and Organizational Modeling

Search Engines

Security Techniques for Information Systems

Service-Oriented Architecture

Smart Markets

Social Networks

Supply Chains and IT

Systems Analysis and Design

Submission Types

Regular Paper

WITS invites research focused on addressing complex business problems or societal issues using current and emerging information technologies. As WITS is a workshop, it encourages submission of papers that report on early stage of research and that will lead to interesting discussion at the workshop. We solicit papers that utilize any problem-solving paradigm, such as empirical, analytical, behavioral, experimental, or computational.

Dissertation Proposal

We encourage doctoral students, whose dissertation research conforms to the general philosophy of WITS, as specified above, to submit extended abstracts of their dissertation proposals. A committee of senior scholars will evaluate the submissions and select several best dissertation proposals for presentation at the workshop or to be exhibited as posters. The best dissertation proposal and runner up will receive awards at the workshop. The registration fee will be waived for all participants whose proposals are accepted.


Demos, prototypes and posters showcase implementations of innovative IT artifacts (i.e., constructs, models, methods). They provide opportunities to demonstrate and discuss emerging IT artifacts with researchers and practitioners.

Journal Publication Opportunity

Authors of selected workshop papers and research prototypes will be invited to submit complete versions of their research for review and possible publication in a special issue of one or two Information Systems journals. The details related this will be announced later when the final arrangements have been made.

Information For Panel Organization

Panel discussions are forums that allow researchers to discuss complementary or conflicting perspectives. Typical panel proposals will have the following elements: Introduction, Specific issue and (conflicting) positions from panelists, panel structure (timing, format, etc), commitment to attend from the workshop from panel members, biographical information on the panelists and moderator reflecting their expertise on the subject, and references. Please submit your panel proposals directly to the program co-chairs.


Submission Instructions

Regular Paper Submissions

Submitted regular research papers are limited to 15 double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font, 8.5″ by 11″ pages (including tables, figures, and references and 1″ margins on all sides). All submissions will be subject to double blind review. Selection for presentation at the workshop and publication in the proceedings will be based on originality, contribution to the field, and workshop interest. As WITS is a workshop, WITS particularly encourages early stage research papers. The submission template is available for download HERE

Dissertation Proposal Submissions

The applicant must not have completed the dissertation, but must have successfully proposed it, by July 1, 2016. Dissertation proposals should follow the same formatting requirements as regular papers, and should not exceed 10 pages.

Demo/Prototype/Poster Submissions

Demos, prototypes submissions should should follow the same formatting requirements as regular papers, and should not exceed 10 pages. Further, they should include, wherever feasible, links to the associated software or demo (along with screenshots to provide the audience an indication of the functionality). Accepted demo/prototypes will be presented as posters during the workshop.

Submission Process

All submissions must be sent in electronic form using the WITS 2016 submission system.

Please select your submission category from one of the following three in the process of submission:

  1. Completed Research Paper (maximum 15 pages)
  2. Dissertation Proposal (maximum 10 pages)
  3. Demo/Prototype (maximum 10 pages)

Papers submitted to WITS 2016 will be eligible for fast track review or special issues at ACM TMIS and Journal of the AIS. More information forthcoming shortly



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