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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • This journal has a double-blind reviewing policy. Please ensure that your name, affiliation details, and any other identifying information appears only in the covering letter document, which cannot be seen by reviewers.
  • I confirm that the manuscript follows the ethic guidelines of the European Journal of Family Business.
  • I do not have any potential or perceived conflicts of interest.
  • I confirm that this manuscript has been submitted solely to this journal and it is not published, in press or submitted elsewhere
  • I confirm that if this research is receiving any funding I have provided information in the cover letter and in the supporting agency section.
  • This journal only publishes work in English. If this manuscript is submitted in a non-English language, I commit to translate it to English once it is accepted.
  • If the data utilized in this study has been utilized in other research papers I have provided information in the cover letter.



The editorial process. Editors asses in first place the potential value added of the paper as a function of the problem statement, proper methodology and relevant implications. We can handle the following file formats: doc and docx


Open Access

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.


Double-blind review

This journal uses double-blind review, to facilitate this, please include the following separately:

Title page (with author details): This should include the title, authors' names and affiliations, and a complete address for the corresponding author including an e-mail address.

Blinded manuscript (no author details): The main body of the paper (including the references, figures, tables and any Acknowledgements) should not include any identifying information, such as the authors' names or affiliations.


Submission guidelines

1. Papers must be submitted in English, Spanish or Portuguese

2. Authors must send, at least, two documents. Title page with full names, titles and affiliations of authors and the Main document, without providing any authors’ information. Authors should also provide an abstract of up to 150 words, at least a JEL code and a maximum of five keywords.

3. Submissions will be acknowledged by email. In addition, European Journal of Family Business has partnered with Publons to give you official recognition for your peer review work.

4. Papers submitted should be original and not under consideration by another journal.

5. Articles should be between 8000 and 10000 words in length, including figures, tables, footnotes and references. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and use a 12-point readable font. Manuscript should be divided into numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1., 1.1.2…), 1.2, etc., but abstract and references are not included in section numbering.

6. Footnotes are incorporated into the text and numbered consecutively throughout the article.

7. Figures and tables included in the single file can be placed next to the relevant text in the manuscript, rather than at the bottom or the top of the file. Figures must be editable in Microsoft Word if not please upload them additionally as a separate file. Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables can be placed next to the relevant text in the article. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Please avoid using vertical rules and only use capital letters in the first word of the titles. 

8. References will be cited in text according to APA (6th edition) style with an author-date system. Citations will be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper. Please ensure that every reference cited has a corresponding citation in the text and viceversa. The reference list should be typed alphabetically using the following style:

Journal article:

Casillas, J. C. & Moreno-Menéndez, A. M. (2017). International business & family business: Potential dialogue between disciplines. European Journal of Family Business, 7(1–2), 25–40. 



Kellermanns, F. W. & Hoy, F. (2017). The Routledge companion to family business. Routledge. 


Chapter in book:

Pérez-Pérez, M. & Hernández-Linares, R. (2019). Commitment to learning, knowledge, and strategic renewal: do family firms manage them differently? In J. M. Saiz-Alvarez, J. Leitão, & J. M. Palma-Ruiz (Eds.), Entrepreneurship and family business vitality (p. 177-203), Springer.


Essential title page information

  • Title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
  • Author names and affiliations. Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.
  • Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.
  • Acknowledgements


Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).



Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.


Classification codes 

Please provide up to 6 standard JEL codes. The available codes may be accessed at JEL: http://www.aeaweb.org/jel/guide/jel.php.


Math formulae

Please submit math equations as editable text and not as images. Present simple formulae in line with normal text where possible and use the solidus (/) instead of a horizontal line for small fractional terms, e.g., X/Y. In principle, variables are to be presented in italics. Powers of e are often more conveniently denoted by exp. Number consecutively any equations that have to be displayed separately from the text (if referred to explicitly in the text).



If your electronic artwork is created in a Microsoft Office application (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) then please supply 'as is' in the native document format. Regardless of the application used other than Microsoft Office, when your electronic artwork is finalized, please 'Save as' or convert the images to one of the following formats (note the resolution requirements for line drawings, halftones, and line/halftone combinations given below):

EPS (or PDF): Vector drawings, embed all used fonts.

TIFF (or JPEG): Color or grayscale photographs (halftones), keep to a minimum of 300 dpi.

TIFF (or JPEG): Bitmapped (pure black & white pixels) line drawings, keep to a minimum of 1000 dpi. TIFF (or JPEG): Combinations bitmapped line/half-tone (color or grayscale), keep to a minimum of 500 dpi.

Please do not:

  • Supply files that are optimized for screen use (e.g., GIF, BMP, PICT, WPG); these typically have a low number of pixels and limited set of colors;
  • Supply files that are too low in resolution;
  • Submit graphics that are disproportionately large for the content.


Color artwork

Please make sure that artwork files are in an acceptable format (TIFF (or JPEG), EPS (or PDF), or MS Office files) and with the correct resolution.


Figure captions

Ensure that each illustration has a caption. Supply captions separately, not attached to the figure. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used.


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