How to search the IS Senior Scholars’ Basket of Journals?

My supervisor asked me the other day to make sure I was aware of all articles in my field which have been published in reputable journals. He mentioned the IS Senior Scholars’ Basket of Journals when referring to reputable journals. The following journals belong to that list:

  • European Journal of Information Systems
  • Information Systems Journal
  • Information Systems Research
  • Journal of AIS
  • Journal of Information Technology
  • Journal of MIS
  • Journal of Strategic Information Systems
  • MIS Quarterly

While I am pretty sure I have collected articles from a wide range of disciplines and sources, some of which were from the list above, I hadn’t checked for consistency with the IS Senior Scholars’ Basket of Journals, so I started my search. As usual, I went right into the Ebsco database only to find out that about half of the journals weren’t covered by the subscription. I then tried searching for hints on where I could search all eight journals at once. An article by Chapman and Brothers states that ABI/INFORM Global and Business Source Premier are the databases providing the best coverage in the MIS field. Eventually, I came across the website by Dr. Venkastesh. It provides an advanced search interface for different combinations of the basket journals. This was pretty much what I was looking for. Dr. Venkatesh’s efforts are somewhat similar to what Anne-Wil Harzing does with her Journal Quality list with the notable difference that the latter addresses a different set of journals, namely in the fields of economics, finance, accounting, management, and marketing.


Chapman, K., & Brothers, P. (2006). Database Coverage for Research in Management Information Systems. College & Research Libraries, 67(1), 50–62.

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David Wagner

Senior Strategy Consultant at diva-e Digital Value Excellence GmbH (diva-e); Visiting Faculty at German Graduate School of Management and Law (GGS); Head of Research at Association for Community Management (BVCM)

3 thoughts on “How to search the IS Senior Scholars’ Basket of Journals?”

      1. Maybe I should add on this occasion that the search interface by Prof. Venkatesh is no longer available for free. The site has moved and requires a subscription (currently $249 annually):

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