This paper provides insights on the creation and development of the Journal of Information Systems (JIS) using the perspectives of its editors and analyses of the evolving content of the journal itself. Both suggest development of the journal over time from its uncertain beginnings to a publication accepted by its academic audience as a high‐quality outlet for accounting information systems research. The journal's developmental stage affected both what the editors could do and their vision of challenges and opportunities. Early editors sought resources and high‐quality submissions, while later editors had more opportunity to consider direction and reach. The editorship has both positive and negative aspects, with benefits derived from being of service and having an opportunity to influence the quality and direction of an academic journal, and difficulties arising from the need to attract sufficient resources and academic attention, and the time commitment required by the tasks.

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