How can you write a paper in 24 hours?
The purpose of the Paperathon is to launch new collaborations, not to create a fully developed research paper. Some project teams continue collaborating after ICIS. Other participants gain valuable experience, but do not further develop the project they initiated at the Paperathon.
What are the roles for the Paperathon?
Participants, mentors, sponsoring journal editors, and organizers (track co-chairs).
What is the commitment for a participant?
To contribute to the project in an open, collaborative manner and to be professional, courteous, and respectful of fellow project team members and other workshop participants.
What is the commitment for a mentor?
Mentors commit to participating in the project initiation meeting with a project team on the first day of the Paperathon. Mentors are highly encouraged to provide continued guidance in the 24-hours after that meeting, including (if feasible) a presentation review session with their project team prior to the “pitch” presentations.
Project teams and mentors may, with mutual consent, continue to collaborate after ICIS but the mentors are under no obligation to co-author a paper with their project team.
I am already working with co-authors on a project, can we develop our paper in the Paperathon?
No. The purpose of the Paperathon is to launch new collaborations, not to continue developing existing ones.
I have a paper idea I’ve started working on and want to find collaborators. Can the Paperathon help?
Perhaps. We encourage participants to arrive with ideas about potential projects, but there is no guarantee that your group will be interested in the ideas you provide. Before you commit to participating in the Paperathon you should be sure you are open-minded about contributing to new projects with new collaborators.
If I am selected as a participant, can I get a certification of conference participation?
Yes. Ask and we will be happy to provide this.
What process does the Paperathon follow?
The starting point for the Paperathon is each participant completes a short survey about their expertise and interests. For selected participants, the process at ICIS is:
- You will be grouped into teams by the track chairs based on your expertise and intended contribution
- You will discuss as a team what each member brings and what some possible projects could be
- A mentor will choose to work with your team based on these ideas (that you will pitch to the mentors)
- Your team mentor will help the team decide on a ‘most publishable’ plan (which may or may not align with what you came up with as a team originally)
- You will work with your mentor to hash out a plan of action, probably including a paper outline and a set of next steps over the next 18 hours
- You will decide, as an individual, whether you are committed to the plan or if you would prefer to pass on this project (terminating your participation)
- Those who remain will work as a team in true ‘hack-a-thon’ fashion to pull together a functional paper outline (with placeholders for what you cannot come up with overnight), and a presentation for day 2
- You will present your work to a panel of judges who will then deliberate to decide which projects (up to three) have sufficient merit to move forward during the conference and to be accepted as proceedings at the conference for presentation during the main conference
- Teams not selected may still continue their collaboration
What if my paper is selected by the panel?
Each project team will have up to 5 minutes to present their work in front of editors and other senior scholars. The top three finalists receive an automatic “acceptance” in the conference proceedings. After further development of the paper during the conference, these project teams will present on the last day of ICIS and may also be considered for fast-track review for the Journal of AIS.
What if I cannot participate in the full program?
If you sign up for the paperathon, you commit to attending in full — including the last day presentation if the paper is selected by the panel editors.
Can I change group halfway?
No, it is not possible to change to another group once groups are formed and have been appointed a mentor.
What if I get hungry?
To facilitate a focused effort on the project, the workshop room will remain open overnight. There will be refreshments and supplies in the room.