EJFB was born in 2011 with the name of Revista de Empresa Familiar as an initiative of the Santander Chair in Family Firms at the University of Malaga (Spain). In 2016, the journal changes its name to European Journal of Family Business, publishing its content in English since then.

EJFB is an open access journal devoted to the publication of internationally relevant research practice-oriented articles pertaining to entrepreneurial family, family business, and allied fields. EJFB aims to build bridges among scholars and practitioners by publishing original research with practical interest for family firms.

EJFB has a periodicity of two issues per year (June and December) and although the official language of the journal is English, some of its content (title, abstract and keywords) can also be found in Spanish.

Publishing ethics issues

The EJFB is committed to high ethical standards of both critical scholarly review and professional publishing judgment. EJFB works to manage editorial work ethically and transparently, while adhering to established editorial principles and practices. The Direction of EJFB (the editor-in-chief together whith three associate directors/deputy editors) are who make the decisions about the published content; they ensure the accuracy, completeness, and originality of every published article. 

EJFB Ethics statement is  based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) provides resources for journal editors, peer reviewers, and authors on the topic of professional publishing standards at publicationethics.org.

Peer-review process

EJFB adheres to a rigorous «double-blind peer-review» system, in which the identity of both the reviewers and author(s) are always concealed from both parties. The content of each peer review is confidential, for use only by EJFB and authors. The article review process is done with the Open Journal System (OJS) software that guarantees automated and auditable electronic registration of all interactions. It is a transparent process, which enables the improvement of texts when their publication is viable.

The Direction of EJFB (editor-in-chief and associate directors/deputy directors) screen all manuscripts initially. Only those papers that meet the scientific and editorial standards, and fit within the aims and scope of EJFB, will be sent for full blind peer review. Manuscripts that do not comply with the formal requirements established in the authors guidelines will be returned to their authors, and those who do not follow the editorial line will be rejected for publication in EJFB. Manuscripts that present a correct adaptation to the authors guidelines and follow the editorial lines of EJFB will be submit to external evaluation. This will be undertaken with the experience of an independent associate editor and two independent reviewers selected for their recognized expertise. Assigned associate editor will have no conflict of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors or institutions connected to the papers.

The report issued by external reviewers will be used as a basis for the editorial decision. The review criteria are as follows: originality, novelty, relevance, interest, quality and methodological rigor and practical contribution. Based on the mentioned reports from external reviewers, the paper may be rejected, accepted with modifications or accepted without modification. When an manuscript receives a negative review and a positive one, the paper will turned to a third reviewer, whose decision will be determinant. The average review time of the first round will be between 10 and 14 weeks.

- In case of requesting minor changes, the manuscript will be accepted as soon as it includes the modifications requested, without the need for further revisions from external reviewers.

- In case of major revision, the revised manuscript will be submitted again to be evaluated by the reviewers with the aim of giving greater coherence and fluidity to the process. This new revision lasts, on average, 6 weeks.

- Accepted papers will be published in the first available issue. Authors will know this information.

The average acceptance rate is in the range of 35-37%.

Every articles accepted for publishing will be checked by copyeditors, who will make the appropriate comments on them. PDF proof in editable form will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author. The correction of proofs will be carried out by the authors themselves within the time set by the Direction of EJFB. In case authors do not reply before the deadline, the Direction of EJFB will assume such task but always taking the originals as their reference.

Authors requiring a certificate of article acceptance will receive a provisional document signed by editors-in-chief via email, valid until their articles are definitely published.

The Direction of EJFB is in charge of solving conflicts, complaints or nonconformities expressed by the authors’ vis-à-vis the results of the evaluation process.

Publication frecuency

EJFB has a periodicity of two (2) issues per year: June and December.

Open Access policy

Open Access  refers to online research outputs that are free of all restrictions on access (e.g. access tolls) and free of many restrictions on use (e.g. certain copyright and license restrictions).

EJFB provides fully open access: all articles will be immediately and permanently free of charge for both readers and authors. Authors are not asked to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs) for this journal in any case. 

EJFB support a policy of open access to scientific knowledge (see Berlin Declaration). Moreover, EJFB open access policy ensures that authors are in compliance with current Spanish legislation regarding the requirement to provide open access to research results obtained with funding from public research organizations (Ley 14/2011, de la Ciencia, la Tecnología y la Innovación, art. 37).

EJFB permits and encourages the authors to electronically disseminate the accepted and published version of their works, as it favors their circulation and dissemination and thus a possible increase in their citation and reach among the academic community.

Accepted version. Authors retain copyright (under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence) to make the accepted version available on Author's homepage or institutional and academic websites as well as SAFER website, provided that they acknowledge that the article has been accepted for publication as follows: This article has been accepted for publication in European Journal of Family Business, published by UMA Editorial (Spain).

Published version. Authors retain the right to make this version available anywhere (under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence). This includes posting on: EJFB website, Author's homepage, academic social networks (e.g. ResearchGate, IDEAS,  etc.), funder designated repository (when it is required by the funding agency), institutional repositories or websites associated with the institution of the author(s), other repositories or websites, Social Media (Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, etc.). In all cases, articles must be quoted correctly (author names, title, journal,  year, etc.) and linked to the EJFB's website using its assigned DOI link.


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

A DOI is a persistent identifier that can be assigned to any type of content. Crossref is the organization responsible for assigning DOIs to scholarly items (articles, datasets, etc.). EJFB is a member of Crossref, and every time we publish a new issue we will deposit new DOIs at Crossref's databases.

Open Researcher & Contributor ID (ORCID)

ORCID serves a purpose for researchers similar to that of DOI for articles. ORCID is an unique identifier for researchers/authors. Researchers can apply for an ORCID free of charge using a simple registration form on the orcid.org website. An ORCID enables disambiguation between two researchers with the same name, ensuring that academic credit for a publication is given to the correct author.

It would be desirable that all authors have an ORCID account and, in any case, the corresponding author. We encourage all authors to create them. As a member of Crossref we are linking each unique article (DOI) with its corresponding authors through their ORCID numbers.

Copyrigt Notice 

Articles published in EJFB may be used under the terms of use and distribution Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Publising under the Creative Commons license BY-NC-SA implies that EJFB allows others an non-exclusive license to share the published articles (commercial uses are not permitted) with an acknowledgement of the authorship and initial publication in EJFB. This license includes the following elements:

BY – Credit must be given to the author(s). Moral rights are personal, indisputable and inalienable. Authors have the right  to be properly acknowledged and cited.

NC – Only noncommercial uses of the work are permitted.

SA – Adaptations must be shared under the same terms. ShareAlike means that if you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

More information is available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/legalcode

Note: Until 2018, EJFB published their articles under a CC BY-NC-ND License. After the Declaration of Mexico in favor of the Latin American Ecosystem of Non-Commercial Open Access signed by Latindex, Redalyc, Clacso and Ibict, EJFB decided to publish through a CC BY-NC-SA License. As a result of this, since 2019 all articles are published under this new license. More information at http://amelica.org/index.php/2020/06/12/acceso-abierto-no-comercial-y-la-declaracion-de-mexico/

Privacy Stament

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


EJFB is in its infancy at the moment and is naturally not indexed in any of the major scholarly article indexing services. It is however the intention of the Direction of EJFB is to apply for the relevant indexes (e.g. DOAJ, Emerging Sources Citation Index, Scopus, etc.) to qualify for indexing.

We are taking all possible measures in accordance with the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing to ensure that we are easily accepted for prominent indexes.

IDR (Dialnet), EBSCO, ERIH PLUS, ECONLIT, Google Scholar, InDICEs CSIC, Latindex (38/38), MIAR, Rebiun, ROAD, The Keepers

Anti-Plagiarism checker

EJFB maintains a policy of an anti-plagiarism that ensures that all work is previously unpublished, through the use of the professional services of Crossref Similarity Check by Ithenticate software to compare the text of submitted papers for similarity. We use this service on all documents that have surpassed the editorial classification process and so are susceptible to revision from some blind reviewers. 

The Journal reserves the right to reject articles with an unacceptable proportion of similarities. 

Digital Preservation policy

Digital preservation can be seen as the set of processes and activities that ensure information which now exists in digital formats is backed up and distributed to guarantee continued access for the long term. The digital content of the journal is extremely valuable, and measures are in place to ensure both its current accessibility and long-term preservation. The preservation policy includes the following measures:

Website Archiving

All of our electronic content (website, manuscripts, etc.) is stored on three different sources. Content on one server is online and accessible to the readers. The copy of the same content is kept as a backup on two other sources: The OJS software makes weekly copies both on the server of the University of Malaga and on the Technical Support server that manages it.

Abstracting/Indexing Services

Our journal’s Abstracting/Indexing services store many essential information about the articles. Additionally, two of our journal’s Abstracting/Indexing services archive not only the metadata about the article, but the electronic versions of the articles, as well. Therefore, copies of the articles are available to the scientific community through their systems as an alternative to the journals own.


Authors may archive the final published version of their articles in personal or institutional repositories and websites, Social Media (Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, etc.), etc. In order to identify the article throughout its lifespan, we encourage authors use its DOI.

Metadata and Full-Text XML Harvesting

The OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) is a low-barrier mechanism for repository interoperability used to harvest (or collect) the metadata descriptions and in our case also the full-text articles. Metadata for all published articles is available in the Dublin Core format (oai-dc).

Website: https://revistas.uma.es/index.php/ejfb/oai


EJFB is included in the Public Knowledge Project Private LOCKSS Network (PKP PLN), a distributed archiving system that creates permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration, as Open Journal Systems supports the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) system to ensure a secure and permanent archive for journal content.


The CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe) Archive is a not-for-profit, dark archive, that preserves digital scholarly materials for the very long term, through a global and geopolitically distributed network of archive nodes. Founded by the world's leading libraries and publishers, the CLOCKSS Archive has achieved a unique consensus among publishers, who agree to make their content available for free in the case that they can no longer supply it. When content is not available from a publisher, CLOCKSS makes it freely available to everyone on the web, under a Creative Commons license.

Frequency of the Keepers Registry updates: Quarterly

More information is available at https://keepers.issn.org/


Access to articles through LOCKSS/CLOCKSS

EJFB is indexed in different databases to ensure preservation and access to the content of the journal in case it is not published anymore (e.g., Dialnet, RePEC repositories). Besides, the journal is stored in the University of Malaga Institutional Repository  (RIUMA).


The Santander Chair in Family Firms at the University of Malaga (Spain).


The Spanish Association of Family Enterprise Researchers (SAFER). 


UMA Editorial, University of Malaga (Spain).

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