IRIS/SCIS Conference

9-12 August 2020

Sundsvall, Sweden


3 Aug 2020

All registered participants have been sent an email about information about the conference. If you not have received any information, contact  


Dear Scandinavian IS Researchers. Due to the Corona-virus we need to cancel the physical IRIS/SCIS 2020 in Sundsvall. We will organize a virtual/online conference in a true IRIS spirit. The conference will be free of charge, but will require a registration to get access to the invitation for zoom-links for each session.


The preliminary schedule is as follows.

10 Aug SCIS-Day, where each accepted SCIS paper will be presented.

11-12 Aug IRIS working group day, each day 3 hours of working group sessions will be organized and hosted by both organizers and senior IRIS scholars so that each IRIS paper can and will get the same kind of constructive feedback as during a traditional IRIS.


We will add some minor content as IRIS Business meeting and Information from SJIS Editors.


IRIS/SCIS will be free of charge, but require registration. The registration is found here:

Even this year, there will be a possibility of a fast track to the Scandinavian Journal of information systems. The SJIS editors will be participating in the SCIS -day.

The publication as “Selected papers of IRIS” (no 1 at the Norwegian list, and published in AIS e-library) will as it has traditionally been, be selected from the most promising papers presented in and during the IRIS working groups. 


We will get back to you with more detailed information on the registration and the practical issue of the conference. Even if the CORONA virus is forcing us to stay apart, this year might attract more IRIS/SCIS participants due to the online setup and being cost free.


Kindly remember that IRIS is the Scandinavian AIS chapter and participating in IRIS/SCIS requires an AIS membership.


Important Dates

Conference Dates

9-12 August 2020

SCIS 11 

19 February, Submission deadline *NEW DATE*

30 Mars, Review due

18 May, Final paper submission


22 April, Submission deadline 

SUBMISSION-SYSTEM (and you select IRIS as track when submitting the paper)

17 May, Review due

7 June, Final paper submission

Some pictures from 2019
About IRIS and SCIS

The IRIS (Information systems research seminar in Scandinavia) began in 1978 and is the oldest consecutive IS conference in the world. After its first few meetings in Finland, the seminar now alternates between the Scandinavian countries. The conference is organised as an annual working seminar for Scandinavian researchers and PhD students. Each paper accepted at IRIS is given an hour for discussion in a working group - providing a unique foundation for an in-depth discussion of your work. Each year the best papers are chosen for publication in the proceedings of IRIS selected papers. 

In 2010, the IRIS research community launched its own – full-fledged – conference - the Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems (SCIS). The conference has a format which is known from other conferences such as the IFIP working conference series. The submitted papers will be selected through a rigorous and double blind review process performed by a programme committee consisting of senior Scandinavian and international researchers in our field. The selected manuscripts are presented in formal paper sessions.

The IRIS association focus on increasing the internationality of the conference and over the years, we have been happy to see an increasing number of participants from outside Scandinavia. Note the opportunity for scholarships for researchers outside of Scandinavia, this year.

Three reasons why, you should participate in the IRIS seminar

It is a fantastic networking event
The IRIS seminar connects junior and senior researchers. Several people attending IRIS come back year after year due to this exceptional networking environment.

It offers unique paper development sessions
The IRIS sessions provide small informal groups in which each paper is assigned a full hour, in which research ideas of both junior and senior researchers can evolve.

The best papers are selected for publication in the AIS library
It involves a full process of reviews and revision of papers before the conference. The best papers is chosen for publication in the proceedings of the IRIS selected papers, published in the AIS library.


Three reasons why, you should publish at the Scandinavian Conference of IS 

Papers are published through AIS (Association for the Information Systems), a highly acknowledged publisher
SCIS is a regular double blind peer-reviewed conference. The accepted papers are presented in formal paper sessions and is published in the conference proceedings, by
AIS (Association for the Information Systems).


Fast track to Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems is possible
The editors of the Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems use SCIS to shout for great papers which can make a solid contribution. The top papers are therefore offered a fast track for publication in the SJIS.


Scholarships offered for authors outside of Scandinavia
The IRIS association are offering scholarships for authors of countries outside the traditional IRIS countries (i.e. Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland).

Conference Theme 

Digitalization in times of transition


For long digitalization has been coupled with hopes and expectations on potential societal development with positive connotations. Stories of digitalization were stories of bridging and sometimes even dissolving geographical distances, or stories of enhanced efficiency creating opportunities for other and more liberating activities, or stories of how digitalization could replace lack of manpower in times of demographic challenges. At the same time we are today witnessing how societies are facing mechanisms of fragmentation, segregation and disruption. Digital promises are challenged and questioned and our research community is to some degree held accountable and is expected to deliver answers. 


digitalization in times of transition,:

the tension between the rural and the urban, inclusion and exclusion of individuals and the risks with increased dependency of bandwidth and electricity. 


Sub theme one: Center and periphery

Digitalization is often describes as something that can bridge distances and thereby contribute to equalize injustices. However, in everyday life in Scandinavia we see debate and discussions where there is a tension between the rural and the urban, between center and periphery. There are examples where digitalization enables rural ways of living, but there are also examples where public welfare is withdrawn with digitalization as (sufficient?) replacement. There are also examples where, digitalization strengthens and reinforces urban living such as smart cities but there are at the same time examples where digitalization increases existing challenges such as segregation. If we are to stay true to the expressed ambitions and contribute to bridging geographical prerequisites, does that mean that we can and should apply the same methods and techniques for design and development of digitalization? Or do we need to adopt our way to digitalize dependent upon the context? 


Sub theme two: Inclusion and exclusion

Another ambition is the that of how digitalization is usable and reachable for all on an individual level. ‘Digitalization of all’ is one of them and digitalization is expected to be developed in such a way as to bridge individual differences. But at the same time standardization and universality is key concepts for the premise of efficiency.  In the ambition to speed up the digitalization do we risk to reproduce and maybe even design exclusionary practices?  How can ow can we ensure that everyone will benefit from digitalization and how can such IS be designed? Who are invited to become part of development processes or policy development? An ongoing process in many countries is the introduction of programming in K-12 education. How might programming be integrated in existing subjects, and how should the teacher professional development be designed and carried out?


Sub theme tree: Risks and robustness

Finally, the third subtheme concerns risks with digitalization where solid Internet connection and electric power is required. In a less secure world, what are the risks we are facing when we might rely upon bandwidth and electricity at too large extent? In an unsecure world, robust technology is maybe the technology that works even with unsecure power access or Internet connection with low bandwidth. Are we for example today storing too much sensitive information in the cloud, and do we need analogue backup for our most critical e-services?   How can digitalization for all be reached even in an unsecure world?


Important to know is that traditional IS contributions are always welcome and we encourage contributions where a strong Scandinavian IS research tradition is present in the papers.

Venue and accommodation

IRIS43/SCIS11 will take place fully online due to Corona. The SCIS Paper, The IRIS working group meetings, IRIS business meeting, and information from the SJIS editors will be held using ZOOM. 

No later than the week before IRIS43/SCIS11 information will be sent out to the registered participants about the addresses for each event during the conference.

Each working group will be announced earlier and the working group leader will be contacting each member in the working group with instructions. 

SCIS 11 Call for Papers

Paper Submission SCIS11 is open for full research papers related to the conference theme as well as other areas of IS research. We welcome empirical as well as theoretical and methodological papers.

SCIS proceedings will be published by the AIS (Association for the Information Systems) and its digital library. Papers must follow the formatting instructions of SCIS11.

Important Dates for SCIS 11:

19 February, Submission deadline *NEW DATE*

30 Mars, Review due

18 May, Final paper submission

IRIS 43 Call for Papers

Important information about the conference format

  • The conference is organised around working groups.

  • Group members are expected to read each other's papers in advance. The time at the conference is reserved for feedback and group discussions.

  • Every submitting author is automatically assigned 2-3 papers to review.

  • The best papers will be selected and published in the IRIS best papers series, published by the AIS. However, the authors are not obligated to include them in that proceedings.

  • IRIS is not limited to researchers from the Nordic countries: researchers around the world are welcome to attend!

SUBMISSION (and you select IRIS as track when submitting the paper)
You log in to EASYchair. Select Sign in as "author" and then you will be given the option to select "Track IRIS43" or "Track SCIS" The SCIS -track is closed. 

Important dates IRIS 43

22 April, Submission deadline

17 May, Review due

7 June, Final paper submission

SCIS11 Paper Submission Guidelines

SCIS11 invites full research papers within the conference theme as well as other areas of IS research. Both empirical and theoretical as well as methodological papers are welcome. Papers are subject to double-blind reviews.

SCIS proceedings will be published by the AIS (Association for the Information Systems) and its digital library.


English (including American, British, Canadian, etc.) is the language of all submissions.


Submissions to SCIS11 must be original; submissions cannot have been published or accepted in a journal or conference proceedings, nor presented at another conference. Further, submissions must not be concurrently under consideration for publication or presentation elsewhere.


Papers must not exceed 12 pages. These page limits include all text, figures, tables, and appendices. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count.

Formatting instructions

File Format: Manuscripts submitted for review should be in the pdf format. Make sure that your manuscript is formatted as required by SCIS2020, by using the provided template.

Manuscript Template​



Papers must not exceed 12 pages. These page limits include all text, figures, tables, and appendices. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count.

Submission System

All manuscripts should be submitted electronically using the conference’s online submission system, accessible at EasyChair. 

Submit your papers here:

Copyright Note

Authors of accepted SCIS/IRIS2020 papers will retain copyright. However, by submitting a paper, authors do agree that AIS can publish and reproduce any accepted papers in the SCIS2020 Proceedings in the format of AIS’ choosing (CDs, e-Library and printed proceedings) under an established ISBN number for SCIS2020.

Review Criteria for Completed Research Papers

  • Topic is relevant to the conference theme.

  • Objectives are clear and well-described.

  • Paper is written clearly.

  • Paper is well organized.

  • Literature review is appropriate.

  • Methodology is appropriate (if relevant).

  • Analyses are appropriate (if relevant).

  • Evidence supports authors’ arguments (if relevant).

  • Paper makes a useful contribution.

Conference Programme

NOTE!! All times are in CET, and there might be small changes. 

Monday 10/8 SCIS11       Detailed programme for DAY 1 (SCIS 11) is found here


08.30-10.00        Keynote/Opening

10.00-10.30        Coffee on your own

10.30-12.00        Paper 1-3 presentation 20min pres 10min question

12.00-13.00        Lunch on your own

13.00-14.30        Paper 4-6 presentation 20min pres 10min question

14.30-15.00        Coffee on your own

15.00-16.00        Paper 7-8 presentation 20min pres 10min question

16.00-16.15        Closing SCIS11 


Tuesday 11/8 IRIS43-DAY1           


09.30-10.00        Working group kickoff

10.00-10.30        Coffee on your own

10.30-11.30        Working group paper 1

11.30-12.30        Lunch on your own

12.30-13.45        SJIS Editor presentation

14.00-15.00        Working group paper 2


Wednesday 12/8 IRIS43 Day2      


09.30-12.00        Working group Paper 3-4 Coffee when group decide

12.00-13.00        Lunch on your own

13.00-14.00        IRIS BUSINESS MEETING

14.00-14.30        Coffee on your own

14.30-15.30        Working group Paper 5

15.30-16.00        Closing session and presentation IRIS44/SCIS12

Conference Registraion

The IRIS43/SCIS11 registration is open and found here:

The conference is free of charge, but participation requires registration. 

Organisers IRIS43/SCIS11

CONFERENCE CHAIR - Erik Borglund (






IRIS GAMES CO-CHAIR - Martina Granholm (

IRIS GAMES CO-CHAIR - Annika Hasselblad (




IRIS43 Paper Submission Guidelines

Papers must not exceed 12 pages. These page limits include all text, figures, tables, and appendices. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count.

Reviews are double-blind so do not include author names on the first submission – only on a camera-ready version

Papers must comply with the SCIS11 formatting instructions. Please use the template provided.

Selected papers will be published in the AIS eLibrary.  


During 2020 no workshops will be held