Call for Papers

Pacific Asia Journal of the Association for Information Systems 

PAJAIS has been indexed by EBSCO, ProQuest and DBLP databases and selected to the Web of Sciences Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) issued by Thomson Reuters Corporation; it is also recorded by the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List (Ranked B), and the UK-based Association of Business Schools Journal Quality List.

Theme: “Artificial Intelligence-based digital transformation for sustainable societies: the prevailing effect of COVID-19 crises” 

At the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and with the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, digital transformation (DT) is considered one of the main drivers of socioeconomic development that might generate important improvements in both the social and economic conditions related to individuals, businesses or the whole economy. Technological evolutions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution became part of everyone’s lifestyle, from the use of the cloud computing, artificial intelligence, mobility, and the Internet of Things. These technologies are already showing promise in digital transformation to help contain and cope with the challenges magnified by the pandemic.

In this special issue, we invite researchers to contribute to artificial intelligence-based digital transformation research that leads to better information systems for the future”. This special issue aims at finding answers to questions like: How can you make societies ‘better’ rather than just ‘more efficient’ or ‘more productive’? How DT will impact employment? With millions of jobs on the cusp of the 5th industrial revolution, how income will be impacted? How DT will impact the socioeconomic development? How DT will foster the development of new organizational concepts? What are the social obstacles of DT and what are the solutions? The objective of this special issue is to collect, process, examine and circulate diverse issues related to the above questions affected by artificial intelligence-based digital transformation.

Accepted manuscripts will go through a rigorous two cycles review process. The initial screening will assess the correctness, originality, significance, quality of presentation, and relevance of the submitted manuscripts. Manuscripts requiring major revisions will be re-assessed strictly according to the publication deadlines. Authors are kindly instructed to follow the Guide for Authors and submission guidelines for the journal at the journal’s website and submissions must be going through the online submission system:

Further inquiries about the special issue can be directed to Dr. Abbas Tarhini (Guest Editor) email: or Dr. Antoine Harfouche (Guest Editor) email:

Guest editors

Assistant Professor Abbas Tarhini, Lebanese American University, Lebanon, 

Associate Professor Antoine Harfouche, University Paris Nanterre, France, 

Professor Marco De Marco, Università Internazionale Telematica, Rome, 

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission of papers to the Special Issue: From Oct 20, 2020, to Feb 28, 2021
  • Authors advised regarding paper acceptance for review: May15, 2021
  • The first round of reviews completed and authors advised regarding review outcomes: Jul 30, 2021
  • Deadline for revised papers: Aug 30, 2021
  • The second round of reviews completed and authors advised regarding review outcomes: Sep 30, 2021
  • Deadline for revised papers: Oct 30, 2021
  • Final editorial decision on papers accepted for the Special Issue: Nov10, 2021
  • Special Issue papers submitted to PAJAIS for publications: Dec 28, 2021