The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC)

Note. The original journal website ( is no longer available. As an interim measure, the current site ( is being used to host EJISDC. We expect to make a full transition to a new publishing platform later this year. For all issues concerning the journal, please contact the editor at

Current Issue and Archive

Volumes 1-10

Volumes 11-20

Volumes 21-30

Volumes 31-40

Volumes 41-50

Volumes 51-60

Volumes 61-70

Volumes 71-80

Volumes 81-90


Focus and Scope

The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC) strives to become the foremost international forum for practitioners, teachers, researchers and policy makers to share their knowledge and experience in the design, development, implementation, management and evaluation of information systems in developing countries.

EJISDC focuses on the digital divide. Our aim is to situate contemporary trends in ICTs within a fully global context. Outside of North America, Western Europe, Australasia and Japan, diverse societies are making sense of technological advances in ways unique to their cultures and histories. ICT investments can and do contribute to improved quality of life, even where priorities for investments in information systems compete with the provision of the basic necessities of life such as decent housing, clean water and primary healthcare. ICT investments are able to leverage the values of assets in developing countries in much the same way as they do in developed countries, sometimes to a far greater extent because of the lower starting point and lower costs.

In the last 17 years, we have published hundreds of articles from countries as far dispersed as China, Tanzania, the Solomon Islands, Namibia and Nepal. Many of the authors work in these, and other developing, countries, as too do many of the readers. EJISDC is recognised by organisations such as the UN and its publications are often cited.

We support and encourage the submission of research papers that focus on novel IS-related innovations, imagined, created and co-created within and for the developing context by the people on the ground. This requires a shift away from the techno-centric approach to innovation and a closer examination of the work undertaken by local communities to improve their daily lives.

We do not publish purely technical papers or papers that have no developing country context. The fact that the authors are based in a developing country is insufficient. All papers must explicitly reference one or more contexts that pertain to developing countries.

Further, we discourage authors from submitting papers that merely test well-worn theories developed in the Western context. We note that many authors take a well-established theory (such as TAM, UTAUT, ISSM, TPB) and unreflexively collect data from a developing country in order to test if the theory/model also applies in that context. These authors typically do not try to situate the theory/model in the new context at all - few or no local contextual details are provided and we learn very little about the local context at all. All research articles should be contextually detailed and specific. Where possible, we hope that authors will identify local contextual or cultural factors that influence the adoption/use of technology. We are not interested in intentions to use technology - we are interested in actual behaviour, ideally over some period of time, and with a commensurate level of contextual detail.

We appreciate that the use of IS for education is an important activity in developing countries. However, there are many existing journals in the computer-supported education space. Submissions in this domain must be clearly situated in a developing country context and must explicitly make a contribution to knowledge beyond what we know already. This requires careful research motivation and identification of a research question that challenges current practices. Unreflexive studies of how one specific technology is used in the classroom will not be entertained.

Publication Policy, Frequency and Open Access

EJISDC intends to reach its audience in a manner which is consistent with its mission. It will be published electronically, as the title suggests. There are no subscription fees. Research contributions will be sought, and they will be reviewed and refereed by renowned scholars, but EJISDC is not a journal for academics merely to showcase their research skills to each other. The editors will seek contributions from practitioners, managers, policy makers and writers with a story to tell. We are convinced that there is an abundance of useful knowledge regarding the use of ICTs in developing countries which has not been tapped and which can be usefully and easily shared electronically among interested individuals in the developing world. Existing forums are not doing the job. The Journal will focus on information technologies and practices relevant in the context concerned rather than on any accepted norms that might be prevalent in developed countries. In acknowledging that the digital divide is not defined by national borders alone, EJISDC is also interested in issues surrounding information systems among less privileged indigenous communities within otherwise developed countries. Examples are Native Americans, the aboriginal populations of Australia and the Maoris of New Zealand.

We aim to publish 4-6 times a year, depending on the availability of completed articles and special issues. Papers are normally assigned to the next available issue. The number of articles per issue ranges from 6-8.

This journal provides open access to all of its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work.

Author Guidelines

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit their manuscripts to the editors for publication in EJISDC.

Authors are reminded of our guidelines which state that "authors are cautioned that they should not submit their manuscripts to multiple (more than one) publication outlets in parallel (including conferences, journals, etc.)." In this respect, EJISDC operates in the same way as most other reputable journals. It means that authors should send their manuscript to only one journal and not to another one until they have received a response from the first. Moreover, once your manuscript has been accepted for publication by a journal, you should not submit it to another one without formally withdrawing it from the first before it is actually published. With most journals now having an online presence, it is very easy to detect instances where authors have previously published their work and when they try to do this their academic reputation will suffer.

All research papers are subjected to a regular peer-review process that is handled by a senior editor. The Journal will focus on information technologies, systems and practices relevant in the context concerned rather than on any accepted norms that might be prevalent in developed countries. In acknowledging that the digital divide is not defined by national borders alone, EJISDC is also interested in issues surrounding information systems among less privileged indigenous communities within otherwise developed countries. Examples are Native Americans, the aboriginal populations of Australia and the Maoris of New Zealand. Authors should ensure that their work is presented clearly, cogently and completely. Manuscripts that are poorly presented may be rejected without review. Authors are encouraged to obtain comments from their colleagues before they submit an article to the journal, particularly with regard to readability of the subject matter. Furtherore, authors should be careful to position their work in such a way that it is interesting for the broad community of people interested in the application of information technologies in developing countries. Papers that present results from a very narrow domain of information, especially exclusively technical topics, and that provide few or no implications for the broader community are unlikely to be accepted. Normal paper length is around 8000-10,000 words. Very short papers are unlikely to be complete and will be rejected. Excessively long papers will subject to careful scrutiny - and authors can expect to be asked to reduce the length. If necessary, you may choose to split a paper into two - but each paper must stand alone as a complete paper. Authors should explain in a covering letter why they believe their submission is appropriate for the journal, and how it will be valuable reading for the journal's readers. They should also indicate if they wish a paper to be given a regular review or a light review. The default option is a light review.

For a complete guide to formatting of the paper please see the following link:

Authors are cautioned that they should ensure that they conform to conventional standards of style and authorship, specifically with respect to the citing of material in other sources. All such citations must be indicated by the use of quotation marks and reference information - author, year, and page numbers where appropriate, with a corresponding item in a list of references. Manuscripts that fail to attribute material correctly, or are otherwise deemed guilty of plagiarism, will be rejected.

Note: all submissions are pre-reviewed by a senior editor to determine if the manuscript is of interest to and relevant for the journal.

Topics of interest are as wide and diverse as the audience that we address. However, certain issues relating to ICTs in developing countries sit at the forefront of system planning and development activities and contributions relating to these are especially sought as it believed that they will have an immediate interest among a wide audience. Such topics are:

Internet Usage * Diffusing access * ISP Management Issues * Maximising the use of limited resources * Adapting technologies to local conditions * Internet policies and regulations * National and regional level Internet policies IT in Development Practice * Technology transfer * Sustainability * Measuring the social value of IT * Telecentre impacts * IT spending-benefit relationships * Societal impacts of IT implementation * Coping with resistance to change * IT Policy Making * Policy making processes for IT in the developing world * IT to support policy decision making * National policy analyses and comparisons * Role of the government * Government - private sector cooperation and competition * IT implementation success/failure factors * Rural Applications of IT * Telecommunications in rural & remote communities * Supporting rural economies * Developing and managing telecentres * Health care delivery * IT support for rural commerce * eGovernance for rural communities * Organisational capacity building * Cross-cultural analyses of IT applications * Cultural adaptation to IT * Cultural barriers to IT diffusion * Research Practice in IT in Development * Theory building for IT in development * Bibliographic analyses of IT issues in development * Research relevance and impact *

Manuscripts are invited covering research, case studies or commentaries on the above topics, or an any other topic considered relevant to the Journal's theme.

Submissions & Copyright:

As an interim measure, submissions to EJISDC may be made via However, a cover letter must be supplied and in the cover letter, the author(s) must indicate what kind of paper they are submitting: Research, Practitioner, Discussion, Commentary, Book Review

Authors must also confirm in their cover letter that the following statements are true:

·       The submission has not been previously published nor is it before another journal for consideration; or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor.

·       The submission file is in Microsoft Word doc (or docx) format. Please do not submit pdf, rtf, txt or LaTeX files.

·       The paper is formatted according to the guidelines specified at:

·       Indicate your preference on whether you want this paper to be subjected to review by editors only or by a panel of reviewers. The default is review by editors only.

·       The authors confirm that all previously published material that is included in this paper is appropriately cited - with the use of quotation marks where appropriate, and complete reference details. Plagiarism (unattributed copying of material from other sources, whether books, journals, conference papers, other monographs or any web pages) is explicitly forbidden. Authors who include plagiarised content are liable to have their submission rejected without further consideration. In case of doubt, please contact the editor at

·       The authors ensure that the manuscript has been proofread and where necessary copyedited so as to ensure that the English standard is as good as possible. A manuscript that has many grammatical and spelling mistakes, or is otherwise impossible to read, will be rejected without review.

Authors must also agree to the terms of our copyright notice, viz.: An author submitting a paper agrees to license EJISDC to publish the paper if and when the manuscript is accepted. Papers published in EJISDC are protected by copyright, which is retained by the authors. Authors control translation and reproduction rights to their works published in EJISDC. Permission of the author must be secured if a paper originally published in EJISDC is being considered for reprinting or translation. Authors are expected to ensure that any reprinting or translation contains a reference or pointer to the original paper published in EJISDC. Authors submitting papers to EJISDC do so with the understanding that with Internet publishing authors and publishers do not always have the means to prevent unauthorized copying or editing of copyrighted works. Downloads of papers in EJISDC are permitted for personal and educational use only. Commercial use requires explicit permission from the Editor in Chief. EJISDC has made arrangements with Proquest and Scopus to have published articles available for indexing.


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Call for Papers: Critical Realism and ICT4D. This is a call for papers for a forthcoming special section on “Critical Realism and ICT4D” in the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries.

Scopus Journal citation impact score: The EJISDC is ranked 155 out of 225 journals in Scopus in the field of Information Systems.

Google Scholar Profile for EJISDC:  (Thanks to Prof Filistéa Naudé from the University of South Africa)

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The Editors in Chief are: Robert Davison ( and Roger W Harris (

Senior Editors are:

Arlene Bailey

Julian Bass

Wallace Chigona

Bo Goransson

G Harindranath

Ahmed Imran

Luiz Joia

Sim Lau

Petter Nielsen

Johan Saebo

Oystein Saebo

Gamila Shoib

Maureen Tanner

Fathul Wahid

Graham Winley


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Last Updated July 6th, 2017