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Exploring the Feasibility of A Digital Government Journal


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This project administered an online survey exploring the opinions and preferences of the digital government (DG) research community with respect to the need for, feasibility, and sustainability of a dedicated digital government journal.


A. Summary of Survey Results

Survey results indicated that DG researchers do experience problems publishing their work in traditional disciplinary journals. More than half of the respondents reported that they often experienced difficulty identifying suitable journals in which to publish their work, encountered reviewers who do not sufficiently understand DG issues, and were forced to disaggregate multidisciplinary research into disciplinary elements in order to be published. As a result, respondents gave roughly equal endorsement to two publishing strategies that they felt would further their own publishing agendas as well as promote the visibility, legitimacy, and influence of DG as a field of research. These strategies included organizing DG special issues in existing disciplinary journals and creating a new journal dedicated to digital government research. The vast majority of respondents said they would submit articles to these sources, would serve as reviewers and editorial board members for a new journal, and would also organize special issues in existing journals.

B. Journals Pertaining to DG Research

1) Newly Launched Digital Government Journals
During this project various groups launched new journals with an emphasis on digital government research.

Electronic Journal of eGovernment (EJEG)
The journal contributes to the development of both theory and practice in the field of e-Government and accepts academic papers, topical articles, and case studies.

International Journal of Electronic Government Research
The journal serves as a forum for scholars and practitioners to present theoretical and philosophical discussions on current issues relating to the practice of electronic government. An official publication of the Information Resources Management Association.

Journal of E-government
The inaugural issue of the journal will be published in Spring 2004 and will focus on a range of issues from local government projects to entire national and international government initiatives. It will analyze the use of information technology as a means of enhancing democracy and democratic institutions. It is associated with the Center for E-Government at the University of Southern California.

The Information Polity
The journal brings awareness that ICTs, including the Internet, are important for polities as new forms of government and democratic practice are sought throughout the world.

2) Existing Interdisciplinary Journals
The following interdisciplinary journals were already publishing digital government research. The number and scope of articles varies by journal.

Communications of the ACM
Brings its readers the latest in technology trends as written by the creators and innovators of those technologies.

Government Information Quarterly
A cross-disciplinary journal that covers information technology, management, and e-government practices, as well as policies and issues relevant to all levels of government within the United States and abroad.

Information Technology & People
Contains research articles that discern not only the interrelationship of IT and the organization, but new methods and theories for perceiving and understanding this relationship.

Journal of Government Information
Provides a forum for scholarship on government policy, current practice, new developments, and history of the distribution, processing, and use of information at all levels of government.

Social Science Computer Review
Covers social science research and instructional applications in computing and telecommunications, and also covers societal impacts of information technology.

The Information Society
Examines how information technology impacts social life including home, workplaces, schools, communities, and diverse organizations, as well as new social forms in cyberspace.