The 39th Information Systems Research

Conference in Scandinavia (IRIS39)

August 7th-10th 2016, Ljungskile, Sweden

University West welcomes you to the 39th Information Systems Research Conference in Scandinavia (IRIS39) in Ljungskile, Sweden August 7th-10th, 2016. IRIS39 offers a highly interactive environment for doctoral students in Information Systems to network, share ideas, and get high quality feedback on their research.

The IRIS seminar dates back to 1978 and is a well-established community where you can build and sustain your Scandinavian IS network. IRIS is famous for its informal and egalitarian (= Scandinavian) atmosphere where it is easy to present and discuss your research. All papers are discussed in a working group and have been read by the other group members beforehand. Instead of a long presentations followed by a short discussion as in traditional conference settings; here we dedicate most of the time to discuss the papers and 45 – 60 minutes will be allocated for feedback and discussion for each accepted paper! Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to practice reviewing other papers, since every author submitting a paper is automatically signed up as reviewer for 2-3 other papers.

While most participants are from the Nordic countries, we welcome researchers from all parts of the world to the conference, bringing along and delivering other than the Nordic perspectives on IS into the discussion.


IRIS is organized in conjunction with the 7th Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems (SCIS), in such a away that sessions from IRIS and SCIS are interwoven with each other. SCIS follows a more conventional conference procedures where authors present their work to the auditorium, followed by short discussions. The two conferences form an entity, and attendees register once for participation in both events. 


Conference theme: Living in the cloud

During the four decades of IRIS history, the digitalization of society has proceeded and entered almost all aspects of our lives. Digitalization refers to the way in which many domains of social life are reshaped around digital communication and media infrastructures, and what constitutes a worker, a student, and a citizen in a digitalized society as it has consequently evolved and changed. In parallel, new research interests concerning use and design of digital services and devices have emerged. By labelling the theme for the 39th IRIS conference, and the 7th SCIS conference “Living in the cloud” we want to bring forth the following interpretations of the theme corresponding to three areas of concern with respect to digitalization. Therefore, we want to devote the conferences towards:


The first interpretation of “Living in the cloud” refers to “the cloud” as the increasingly ubiquitous digital data storage “up there”, which makes digital information appear to be detached from physical location and thus available anytime, anywhere, connecting everything with everyone.  This has a profound effect on contemporary practices and on the way humans construct and perceive our understanding of information and information systems. We therefore particularly welcome submissions related to issues concerning consequences of the cloud as data storage and connectivity, including effects of cloud computing, digital footprints, internet of things, and an “Internet that remembers”. Likewise, we welcome research on how individuals, organizations and societies handle consequences of this phenomena, including how a distributed responsibility, management and maintenance of digital services is approached and handled, or how issues such as ownership of information, distributed cognition and sustainability are approached and understood.


The second interpretation of “Living in the cloud” refers to the sensation of being in a cloud where boundaries appear blurred and vague and it is unclear where things start and end. For example, digital services of today are often open-ended systems, resembling containers or infrastructures, which are changed by users during use as a dynamic evolution. Their use and meanings are constantly negotiated, shaped and reshaped during consumption rather than initially during design. This means that the design process becomes open and distributed, blurring the boundaries between designers and users; design phase and implementation; consumer and producer; as well as raises question of what a system is, when to evaluate it, and what constitutes the materiality in the notion of socio-materiality?


The theme’s third interpretation, having your head in the sky and your feet on the ground, is meant to illustrate the tension between contrasting aspects related to consequences of digitalization. For example, how to handle the diffusion of private versus professional roles, relations, services or information systems and how to balance benefits versus challenges of being constantly connected, available 24/7 and globally accessible.


Paper submission

Papers’ maximum length is 6000 words (including references) and maximum of 16 pages, and they must follow the Springer LNBIP formatting instructions. All papers will be shared on memory sticks to the participants, and selected papers will be published in the AIS eLibrary. The copyright of the papers will remain with the authors. Papers are submitted via EasyChair


Note: The working group chairs in IRIS will propose the best of accepted IRIS submissions for the next issue of IRIS Selected Papers of the Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (see the previous IRIS selected papers).


Formatting instructions

MS-Word 2007     MS-Word 2003LaTex



Warmly welcome to Sweden in August 2016!






 Important dates:

Submission deadline: April, 15, 2016

Reviewer assignment: April, 25, 2016

Review deadline: May, 10, 2016

Notification to authors: May, 17, 2016

Final submit & Early-bird: June, 15, 2016






The conference is organized around working groups:

  • The members of a group read each other’s papers in advance, and the time dedicated to a paper will be mostly used for feedback and discussion in the group.
  • Every author who submits a paper will be automatically assigned to review 2-3 papers.
  • IRIS is not limited to researchers from the Nordic countries: researchers around the world are welcome to attend!