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). Moreov