Focus and Scope

European Journal of Family Business is an open access, peer-reviewed journal published half-yearly. The journal publishes research papers in the field of family-controlled enterprise. Authors are encouraged to submit complete unpublished and original works, which are not under review in any other journals. The scopes of the journal include, but are not limited to, the following topic areas: Succession, Governance, Organization Theory, Culture, SMEs, Marketing, Internationalization and Globalization, Gender and ethnicity, Corporate social responsability and ethics, Productions Management, Human resources.

EJFB aims to improve the collaboration with managers and practitioners, who will be involved in the review process together with the academics. EJFB has the purpose to advance in the understanding of European family entreprises and all family business around the world.

Our aim is to make a step forward to bridge the gap between research and practice on family business, acknowledging the different perspectives and approaches adopted by academics and practitioners. Both academic rigour and practical relevance will be considered as important factors for the papers published in EJFB.

We encourage submission of empirical, conceptual, and literature review that can provide a unique perspective using diverse methodologies.



PUBLICATION ETHICS AND PUBLICATION MALPRACTICE STATEMENT

Our Ethic statements are based on COPE's (Committee On Publication Ethics) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/New_Code.pdf)

1. Publication and authorship: 

It is prohibited to publish the same research in more than one journal. Authors must not submit a paper to more than one journal simultaneously. The Authors should state that they have written a completely original work, without plagiarism and fraudulent data. Any sources of financial support must be mentioned or acknowledged in the paper. 

If the Authors have used the work and/or words of others, this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Third party information and results cannot be used without explicit and authorized mention of the source. The list of references must contain all cited publications. 

2. Author's responsibilities:

Authors must not submit a manuscript being under reviewed in another place for publication, nor submit the manuscript elsewhere while being under reviewed in European Journal of Family Business. The manuscript  must be original, not previously published or accepted for publication in another place, either a portion of a paragraph or exhibits, or a manuscript in another language. If the manuscript contains information which overlap with the previously published works, in press, or under deliberation for publication, the author must cite this work.

All Authors of the article must have significantly contributed to the research. All co-authors of the research paper should have made significant contributions to the work.

Authors need to guarantee that all data in the submitted article are real and accurate.

The manuscript must be free from any kind of plagiarism, falsification, or fabrications. Also, Self-plagiarism is not acceptable in any case. Authors should minimize recycling their previous writings. Authors must clearly cite their own works. Such self-referencing should be phrased carefully to avoid compromising the double-blind review process.

If authors received any financial support to conduct the research that is reported in the submitted paper, they should provide the information.  

Authors should avoid any kind of conflicts of interest or the presence of conflicts of interest throughout the research process. 

Authors are obliged to participate in peer review process. Authors should respect the confidentiality of the review process. 

The corresponding author who submits a manuscript should keep all the co-authors of the submission process and the results of the reviewing. All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.

3. Peer review / responsibility for the reviewers: 

Reviewers should have no conflict of interest in relation to the research, the authors and/or the research funders. Referees should not review articles authored or co-authored by a person with whom the referee has a close personal relationship or professional connection.

Reviewers must aware the editor if a manuscript contains plagiarized material, falsified or manipulated information. They must inform the editor of any similarity between the submitted manuscript and another either published or under consideration by another journal.

When peer-review process is complete, reviewers must destroy the manuscript and before starting the process they must inform the editor should they be unqualified to review the manuscript, or lack the time to review the manuscript, without undue delay. 

4. Editorial responsibilities:

The responsibility for acceptance or rejection of a manuscript rests with the editor.

The editor and members of the editor's staff will have no conflict of interest with respect to articles. Editorial decisions are must be established on the relevance of a paper to the journal and on the manuscript’s originality and contribution. 

When a manuscript is so closely associated to the current or past research of an editor as to create a conflict of interest, the editor should assign it to another associate editor. 

If any mistake is noticed in a paper after publication, corrections will be published in the next issue or as soon as the publisher and author, mutually agree to the modifications. The authors should collaborate accordingly in retracting or correcting the paper. 

Note: From 2020, European Journal of Family Business have adopted the following policy on the publication of articles by its editors:

  • The Editors-in-Chief will not publish any article during their term as editors, with the exceptions of editorials, annual reviews, and introductions to special issues co-edited by them.
  • All other members of the editorial team may submit their articles for publication consideration in the European Journal of Family Business during their term as associate directors, associate editors or managing directors. The submitted papers will be subject to the usual double-blind peer review process.

5. Publishing ethics issues:

The editorial board guarantees to monitor/safeguard publishing ethics as stated in the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guideline resources at http://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines . In case of any signs of misconduct or malpractice, the editorial team will discuss and will be in contact with the author/s as soon as possible.

Journal editors should consider retracting a publication if they have clear evidence that the findings are untrustworthy or reports unethical research, or the article have previously been published elsewhere, or in case of plagiarism.

Researchers should not state agreements that permit the research sponsor to control the publication of the findings.

Editors should always be disposed to publish corrections, retractions and apologies when needed. 

6. The European Journal of Family Business 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 to scan all proposals. 

We use this service on all documents that have surpassed the editorial classification process and so are susceptible to revision from a blind reviewer. 

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

Additionally, specific plagiarism detection tools, such as Unicheck (a free access platform), are used in order to supervise the originality of the work and any plagiarism. 

Peer Review Process

Reviewers should have no conflict of interest in relation to the research, the authors and/or the research funders. Referees should not review articles authored or co-authored by a person with whom the referee has a close personal relationship or professional connection.

Reviewers must aware the editor if a manuscript contains plagiarized material, falsified or manipulated information. They must inform the editor of any similarity between the submitted manuscript and another either published or under consideration by another journal.

When peer-review process is complete, reviewers must destroy the manuscript and before starting the process they must inform the editor should they be unqualified to review the manuscript, or lack the time to review the manuscript, without undue delay. 

Open Access Policy

This is an open access journal: all articles will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download. EJFB is free of charge for both readers and authors. The print version is freely distributed to libraries, institutions or professionals related to the objectives of the journal.

Indexing

ERIH PLUS, PROQUEST, ECONLIT, EBSCO, ISOC, Base de datos CSIC, Latindex, DICE, RESH, Miar, Copernicus, PKP, E-journals list, Electronic Journals Index, Google Scholar, DOAJ, Cabells, Dialnet. Rebiun, Kun Shan Univ., New School libraries, CYUT Library, Ohsu Library.

Anti-Plagiarism Checker

The European Journal of Family Business 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 to scan all proposals. 

We use this service on all documents that have surpassed the editorial classification process and so are susceptible to revision from a blind reviewer. 

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

Additionally, specific plagiarism detection tools, such as Unicheck (a free access platform), are used in order to supervise the originality of the work and any plagiarism. 

 

Repository

Access to main articles through LOCKSS/CLOCKSS

 

Sponsors

Catedra Santander de Empresa Familiar de la Universidad de Málaga