About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Business is in constant change. The twenty-first century is witnessing the expansion of ICTs in traditional and new industries and services, the increasing participation of transnationals from emerging economies in global FDI, changes in the institutions that rule public and private businesses, and new targets for entrepreneurs and corporations to achieve an environmentally sustainable and more equal growth.

The pathways and strategies that lead changes in businesses are path-dependent, evolutionary, and often involve Schumpeterian destruction and innovation. For this reason, a correct understanding of the evolution in business requires a dynamic perspective, and longitudinal analysis.

The Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business encourages submissions that contribute to a better analysis and understanding of the diversity of processes that lead to change in entrepreneurship, business organization, and strategy, in past and present times.

In the age of massive information, and pressures for academic productivity, the academic community has today a problem to organize, select, and define key ideas, key names, and key problems. For this reason, this journal has as a main target to offer excellent review essays of relevant secondary literature on key topics of interest to scholars interested in business today. Among the most outstanding topics for which high quality papers our team of associate editors aim to attract there are: International Business, Creative Industries, Management Challenges, Urban Ecosystems of Innovation and Smart Cities, Business History, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship. Special attention will be paid to highlight excellent links of relevance in the interdisciplinary, long-term analysis about the evolution of businesses and organizations.


Peer Review Process

JESB is a peer-reviewed journal, with external expert reviewers from top academic institutions of the world, that follows COPE Code of conduct and best papers practices as in http://publicationethics.org/resources/code-conduct

Authors and reviewers are required to follow strict ethical conduct and practices (see below Declaration of publishing ethics and best practices for scientific journals published by the University of Barcelona). Only original submissions not published or submitted elsewhere can be submitted to this journal.

Each submission is assigned to expert associate editors in the field of our editorial board. Each associate editor will invite at least two external expert reviewers to provide anonymous reports about the quality of the research questions, theoretical framework, methodology, sources, objectives, and contributions of the submission. JESB has an interdisciplinary team, with three editors in chief from Organization Studies and Business History, and 12 associate editors experts in the diverse disciplines involved in the dynamic study of change in business organizations and business environments. This large composition of the editorial team, that includes scholars from eight different countries and 12 different academic institutions, offers a variety and diversity of recruited reviewers to our authors.

Publication Frequency

JESB publishes two issues per year

Declaration of publishing ethics and best practices

Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business subscribe the Declaration of publishing ethics and best practices for scientific journals published by the University of Barcelona.

The University of Barcelona promotes the open access publication of digital journals and endeavours to guarantee quality and conscientiousness in the transfer of scientific knowledge. The University, and this journal, are committed to ensuring that the articles it publishes and the publishing process itself observe the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). It is therefore essential that all of the stakeholders in this process—journal editors, reviewers, technical editors and authors—know and act according to the Code, as detailed below:

  • Journal editors should :

- ensure that the decision to publish is not dependent on the author’s race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, country of origin, citizenship or political persuasion;

- publish regular updates on the responsibilities of authors, submission requirements, the arbitration system used to select the articles and the evaluation criteria to be applied by reviewers;

-publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed and not make use of any article received for UB-specific research assignments without the author’s consent;

- guarantee confidentiality during the review process, meaning (a) the anonymity of reviewers and authors and the confidentiality of the content of the articles, the reports submitted by reviewers and any other type of correspondence with or between the editorial, consultant and scientific committees; and (b) confidentiality in the correspondence between the author and the journal committees or reviewers when the author wishes to clarify, change or complain about some aspect of the article;

- make certain that the integrity of articles already published is respected;

- act swiftly to eliminate from the journal or refuse to publish any article that has been found to plagiarise information from other sources.

  • Authors should

- understand that they are responsible for all submitted content;

- notify the journal editors of any errors in their published articles so that the appropriate corrections can be made;.

- guarantee that the article and associated materials are original and do not infringe on the rights of third-party authors and, when there are co-authors, guarantee that the consent of all the authors is obtained before the article goes to press.

-indicate, if accepted in the review process, the sources of funding received (if any) in an explicit way in the article.

  • Reviewers and technical editors should

- apply revisions that are objective, informed, critical, constructive and unbiased, where acceptance or rejection is based only on the work’s relevance, originality, interest to the public in question and compliance with the style and content regulations in the evaluation criteria;

- meet deadlines when this is possible and promptly inform the journal editor when it is not;

- avoid sharing, spreading or reproducing any information from articles still under review without permission from the corresponding journal editors or authors.


The journal benefits from support of:

-Revistes Científiques de la Universitat de Barcelona/RCUB

-Center of Studies in Economics and Economic History Antoni de Capmany at Universitat de Barcelona

*Authors must indicate the source of research funds, if they have them, in their article.


Journal History

2015 Design and composition of the team and the journal

2016 First issue

2020 Accepted in Scopus Source List

2021 Among the top 400 journals in Business and International Management Scopus Source List

Past members of the editorial board

Jaume Valls-Pasola, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain. Cofounder and coeditor in chief 2016-2021

Adoración Alvaro, CUNEF, Spain. Associate editor 2016-2021

Eloi Serrano, Tecnocampus/UPF, Spain. Associate editor 2016-2021

Santiago López, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. Associate editor 2016-2021

Esther Hormiga, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain. Associate editor 2016-2021