About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business (JESB) publishes empirical and conceptual research, and literature reviews, around change and transformation in business from a dynamic and /or evolutionary perspective. The journal will publish papers which analyze and explain past and contemporary changes in strategy, entrepreneurship, management, organization, business and political relationships, gender in business, and typologies of business in the world in past and present times.  JESB is an open access publication with two issues per year, with an external and international academic peer review process of evaluation, with the sponsorship of RCUB (Revistes Científiques de la Universitat de Barcelona) gratefully acknowledged.

Business is in constant change, and Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business has the commitment to analyze change and transformation in businesses of past and present times. The journal strongly beliefs that time, and context, must be taken into account to understand that lessons of success or failure are not universal, and change taking into account time and space. Context shapes oppportunities and obstacles for business, and at the same time businesses can shape context in different ways considering changes in the environment, and in the temporal context in which they evolve. Research that takes into account change and context in business are the focus of this journal, and welcome to submit.

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.

The Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business publishes original research, literature reviews and essays about International Business, Creative Industries, Management Challenges, Urban Ecosystems of Innovation, Smart Cities, Business History, Strategy, Gender, Politics and Business, and Entrepreneurship. Special attention is paid to contributions that highlight the interdisciplinary, long-term analysis of businesses and organizations. The journal is committed to showcase original research, and outstanding literature reviews, that highlight the dynamic nature of business models in their experiences of adaptation (successful, or not) to internal and external factors of change. Adaptation, and path dependence, to a diversity of contexts and environments, are crucial concepts in the articles of this journal, all necessary to allow a correct understanding about the opportunities, and the obstacles, businesses face in the diverse parts of the world.

Peer Review Process

The editorial process uses the Open Journal Systems (OJS). Within this system the external anonymous peer review process follows international academic standards of quality, as indicated below:

1. Authors register and submit a  manuscript following submission guidelines, and accepting ethical policies of the journal.

2. Editors in chief check that the manuscript a) deals with topics that fall within the thematic focus described above, and b) follows style guidelines of the journal. With this first filter editors in chief send the decision to: 1) reject to the authors, or b) assign the submission to an associate editor to supervise the peer review process of the text .

3. The assigned associate editor, following the ethical policies of the journal to prevent conflicts of interest, plagiarism, and others, will then invite 2 external expert reviewers for a first round of review of the manuscript, and if necessary a second or third round of reviews in communication with expert external reviewers that will revise the original manuscript, and later revisions made by the authors considering previous comments received from the journal that include the external reviews. Authors are expected to revise their manuscripts after a round of reviews, carefully, and encouraged to write a file with responses or replies to comments received by the reviewers and the editors, sent through the journal platform.

4. The Assigned editor supervises the review process, and that the journal platform receives two reviews per round of review. Assigned editor sends the reviews and an editorial decision to the contact author. Editorial decision can be: Accepted, Rejected, or Major or Minor Revisions Requested.

5. Authors undertake the revision of the manuscript following indications from the assigned editor when the editorial decision is Major or Minor Revisions.

*Authors who receive a Reject editorial decision can after four months of the rejection mail resubmit to the journal a completely substantially different version of their manuscript that significantly improves the weaknesses indicated by the assigned editor in the rejection mail.

*Frequent reasons for Rejection are: topic not aligned with the thematic focus of the journal; absence or bad quality of essential sections or parts of the submission which do not follow submission instructions and style guidelines of this journal (typically weak justification of the interest of the paper, weak theoretical section, insufficient or not  updated review literature, weak conclusions, weak sources, lack of a clear scientific methodology)

6. Assigned editors send for a second round of reviews the revised manuscript, if the Author accepts to modify the manuscript following comments from the first round of reviews and the first editorial decision.

7. Once the manuscript is finally accepted, authors fully adapt to profficient English style, and citation and style guidelines of the journal and send a polished final file for copyediting. The adaptation is never done by the journal, and failure of authors to adapt may delay considerably final publication. Once authors complete the style adaptation to the journal guidelines, the final file is copyedited by the journal copyeditor in communication with the contact author.

8. Authors have to carefully revise their English style, and can have orientation in the University of Barcelona style guide: https://www.ub.edu/cub/criteri.php?id=2176

* Reviewers of JESB include expert academic scholars from management, economics, economic and business history, from Europe, Asia, and America.

* Authors and reviewers are required to follow, and accept in a written statement at the time of the submission the journal ethical guidelines, developed below.

* Only original submissions not published or submitted elsewhere can be submitted to this journal.

Publication Frequency

JESB publishes two issues per year, one in the first days of January, and the second one in the first days of July.

 

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

2022 Podcasts with interviews to authors, reviewers, editors of this journal, by New Books Network of the U.S

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

Sylvia Rohlfer, CUNEF, Spain. Associate editor 2016-2022

Elena Golovko, Tilburg University, Netherlands, Associate editor, 2016-2022