About the Journal
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.
EJFB accepts manuscripts for evaluation written in English, Spanish or Portuguese. If the manuscript is submitted in a non-English language, authors commit to translate it to English once it is accepted.
Publishing ethics issues
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). COPE provides resources for journal editors, peer reviewers, and authors on the topic of professional publishing standards at publicationethics.org.
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.
Note this journal uses iThenticate’s CrossCheck software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts.
Peer review process
All published research articles in EJFB have undergone a rigorous and transparent double anonymous peer review process, based on initial editor screening, anonymous refereeing by two independent expert reviewers, and consequent revision by article author(s) when required. In this process 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 editor 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.
EJFB has a periodicity of two (2) issues per year: June and December.
EJFB support a policy of open access to scientific knowledge (see Berlin Declaration). EJFB provides immediate and fully open access to its content, permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose. Authors retain unrestricted copyrights and publishing rights under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 License.
Authors are not asked to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs) for this journal in any case.
Copyright regulates the rights of creators of literary, scientific or artistic works. Copyright generates two different rights: moral rights and patrimonial rights that EJFB recognizes and respects. Moral rights are those relating to the recognition of the authorship. They are rights of a personal nature that are perpetual, inalienable, unseizable and imprescriptible as consequence of the indivisible union of the author and his/her work. Patrimonial rights are those that can be derived from the reproduction, distribution, adaptation or communication of the work, among others.
Authors who publish in EJFB retain the copyright of their work and grant the right of its first publication to the journal in open acces. EJFB is authorized to reproduce, distribute, disseminate or communicate the work under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This means the following:
You are free to:
- Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
- Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
Under the following terms:
- Attribution — You must give appropriate credit to its author(s). Moral rights are personal, perpetual, indisputable and inalienable, which implie the right to be reconognized and cited correctly.
- NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
- ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
All about this License is available in the following link: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0
DOI & ORCID
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
A DOI, or Digital Object Identifier, is a persistent identifier stringing of numbers, letters and symbolsused to uniquely identify an article or document, and to provide it with a permanent web address (URL). 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 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.
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 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.
EJFB 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:
All of our electronic content (website, manuscripts, etc.) is stored on several sources. Content on one server is online and accessible to the readers. The copy of the same content is kept as a backup on as the OJS software makes weekly copies through LOCKSS and CLOCKS archiving systems. DOIs of the articles also ensure the durability of access through Crossref. The content of the journal is also available in open access in different databases such as REBID and DIALNET, which guarantees the preservation of content by more than one database.
Our journal’s Abstracting/Indexing services store many essential information about the articles. Additionally, journal’s Abstracting/Indexing services archive not only the metadata about the article, but also the electronic versions of the articles. 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 accepted and published version of their articles. EJFB encourages authors electronically disseminate their works including self-archiving or deposit in open access repositories, as it favours the dissemination of the knowledge.
Accepted version. Authors should include all the information of their work, explicitly informing that the work 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. The work must be correctly referenced (name of the authors, title, journal, year of publication, volume, number, etc.) and linked using 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).
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/
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).
Spanish Association of Family Enterprise Researchers (SAFER ).
Cátedra Santander de Empresa Familiar de la Universidad de Málaga.
UMA Editorial, Universidad de Málaga (España).
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