ISBE Director September Blog


IJEBR and ISBE offering avenues for research

The International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (IJEBR) has a long-standing relationship association with the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. As Editor in Chief of the journal, I remain a seconded member of the ISBE board. ISBE continues to evolve as a learned society and remains the premier think tank for UK Entrepreneurship research.

It is good to see the active engagement of the Special Interest Groups with the ISBE membership via a regular series of events. The centrepiece for ISBE remains the annual conference. The conference provides the opportunity to present ones research to an international and diverse audience including academics, government decisions makers, individuals involved with enterprise support and members of the small business community. Having attended every conference since 2004, I can confirm the value of attending the conference. From a personal perspective, it in an opportunity to hear the latest research across the spectrum of the discipline. It also provides extensive networking opportunities. From an academic perspective, the conference welcomes a range of people from the early career researcher (ECRs) (e.g. PhD student) through to senior academics in the field.  I would urge all participants especially ECRs to attend the conference and join the ISBE community.

As a member of the ISBE Board of Trustees and Editor of IJEBR, I am often asked what research opportunities arise from the conference. I can confirm there are multiple avenues for further research. Presentation of your research in the conference should represent an opportunity to obtain useful feedback on your work plus identify future opportunities and networks. Thereafter various avenues exist for further publication.

From an IJEBR perspective, I would encourage all ISBE members to consider IJEBR as a potential avenue for their research. IJEBR continues to grow its international reputation. In 2017, we were invited to join the Clarivate Analytics Journal Citation index. In July, we received our first full impact factor of 1.86. In coming years, we will look to grow our impact factor. In 2018, we are increasing our number of issues to eight with a publication target of 60 manuscripts. This reflects the growth in interest in the journal but also our wider ambitions. The objective for the journal is to continue to grow and evolve. The number of annual submissions and downloads from the journal continues to grow as do the number of citations achieved. I would urge ISBE members to embrace the journal and consider it as an avenue for their future research. In addition, please join the IJEBR network by offering to become a reviewer. This can be achieved by creating a user account on the IJEBR website and registering your research interests. Authors should check out the journal website for current calls for papers related to special issues.  Member of the ISBE community has provided many excellent special issues in recent years including those currently under development on Migrant Entrepreneurship, Intersectionality and Entrepreneurship Education. IJEBR is always open to novel special issue proposals so please contact us if you wish to discuss further.

In addition to IJEBR, there are various regular special issues of journals which have published ISBE papers including “Education + Training”, “Industry and Higher Education”, “Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development” and the “International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation”. The conference is also attended by many Editors from leading Entrepreneurship journals such as “International Small Business Journal”, “Entrepreneurship and Regional Development” and the Journal of Small Business Management. Moreover, it should also be noted that ISBE has an association with an Emerald book series entitled “Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research”. The book series has been closely aligned with ISBE conference tracks and produced a series of edited books. The Series will shortly see three forthcoming additions to the series exploring Entrepreneurial Learning and Enterprise Sustainability. Moreover, there is a current call for chapters associated with International Entrepreneurship is currently being promoted.  The series is looking to commission future books and we would welcome any future enquiries.

Professor Paul Jones
School of Management
Swansea University





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