INFORMS CIST 2020 will take place in our nation’s capital, Washington DC, and we call for meaningful ideas related to the theme “Impacting Society through Technology, Analytics, and Policies”. We invite original research in all areas of Information Systems and related fields that seek to address issues related to the conference theme. We are especially interested in papers with clear and significant policy implications for businesses and government organizations. We strive to develop a conference program that honors the diverse set of ideas and researchers in our field.

All papers will be accepted electronically, and we plan to open the online submission system on June 8th. We will send out another announcement in the near future with the submission link and details. Please see submission instructions, submission restrictions, and important dates below.


Notice regarding COVID-19: Since CIST is part of INFORMS 2020 Annual Meeting, CIST depends on decisions made by INFORMS regarding the 2020 meeting. As of the time of writing (May 12, 2020), we are following the instructions from INFORMS to continue the planning process assuming that INFORMS 2020 will take place as an in-person meeting. If this changes, we will provide notification as soon as we can. Given the current uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, we will coordinate with INFORMS Annual Meeting in terms of contingency plans. If the conference cannot take place in-person, we will consider alternative formats, and registration fees will be revised accordingly. During your submission process, we will ask you regarding your conference preference (whether you would only like to present if the conference is an in-person event, or if you are also open to the idea of an online virtual conference).

Areas of interest for submitted papers include (but not limited to):

  • Artificial and Augmented Intelligence Impacts on the Economy

  • Augmented and Virtual Reality Applications in Business

  • Bias and Ethical issues in Data Science Practices

  • Blockchain Technologies, Cryptocurrencies and FinTech

  • Crowd Markets

  • COVID-19 and IT processes

  • COVID-19 and online communication/learning

  • Digital Advertising

  • Digital Collaboration

  • Digital Entrepreneurship & New Business Models

  • Digital Transformation and IT Innovation

  • E-Commerce

  • Economics of Digital Goods and IT

  • E-Government

  • Explainable AI and Predictive Modeling

  • Healthcare IT

  • IT and Productivity

  • IT and Labor Market

  • IT and societal problems

  • Information and Cyber Security

  • Internet of Things

  • Machine Learning Algorithms and Applications in Business

  • Mobile and Digital Environments

  • Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision for Business

  • Personalization Technologies and Recommendation Systems

  • Predictive Analytics and Data Science

  • Privacy and Ethics of IS

  • Sharing Economy

  • Social Networks and Social Media

  • Software Engineering, Open Source Software, and Open Standards

Submission Instructions


Submissions will be accepted online at:

Only papers that follow the specific guidelines below will be considered for acceptance:

  • Submissions must be blind, i.e., author names, contact, and affiliation information should NOT appear anywhere in the paper (NOTE: This is a change from prior years).

  • Papers are limited to a maximum of 15 pages of body text with at most 5 additional pages for abstract, references, tables and figures. Papers that exceed the page limit will be desk rejected.

      • Papers must be printable on 8.5 x 11-inch paper.

      • Papers must use 12-point, Times New Roman font with one-inch margins on all four sides.

      • Papers must be double-spaced.

  • Student papers must indicate on the first page whether the bulk of the work was done by a student to be considered for the Best Student Paper Award.

  • Papers submitted to EasyChair must be in PDF format and no larger than 50 mb.

Please note that CIST and INFORMS do not take ownership of paper copyrights. However, accepted papers will be made available on the conference website prior to and during the conference. After the conference, if the authors wish, the papers can be removed from the website upon request.

Submission Restrictions

  • To promote diversity, we strongly recommend that no individual should appear as an author on more than three papers submitted to CIST 2020.

  • We recommend that no author present more than two papers on CIST 2020.

  • If your paper has already been accepted for publication, or conditionally accepted, please refrain from submitting it to the conference.

  • In the spirit of promoting original work, we ask that authors not submit work that has recently been presented at major IS conferences and workshops. We also discourage the submission of accepted CIST 2020 papers to future conferences and workshops, and plan to share a list of accepted papers with the conference organizers of WITS 2020 and WISE 2020.

Submissions that violate these restrictions will be given lower priority in acceptance decisions.


  • CIST 2020 Conference Dates: November 7-8, 2020 (Virtual Event)

  • Online submissions open: June 8, 2020

  • Submission Deadline: DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL 11:59 PM PDT JULY 8th

  • Notification of Acceptance: September 14, 2020

  • INFORMS Early Registration Deadline: There is no early registration deadline this year.

  • CIST Speaker Registration Deadline: TBD

Organizing Committee

You can reach the program committee members by sending your inquiry to: The program committee members are:

  • Jesse Bockstedt, Emory University

  • Wenjing (Wendy) Duan, George Washington University

  • Rajiv Garg, University of Texas at Austin

  • Peng Huang, University of Maryland

  • Mingfeng Lin, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Lauren Rhue, University of Maryland