This article presents an analysis of manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Information Systems (JIS) that were rejected during our three years of co‐editorship (Spring 1999 to Fall 2001 issues). The final rejection letters to the author(s) were examined and for each paper up to three reasons for rejection were identified and rated in terms of severity. Lack of theory, weaknesses in design, and poor motivation were the leading causes of rejection. The two most frequently employed research methods were laboratory experiments and surveys, and these were rejected most often due to theory and design problems. The findings presented in this article suggest that AIS researchers should obtain feedback from colleagues at a very early stage in the research about the appropriateness of the theory and the research design, especially for laboratory experiments and survey research.

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