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Core Publications in Entrepreneurship and Related Fields
A Guide To Getting Published
January 22, 2012
Jerome A. Katz, Saint Louis University
- If You're Thinking of Publishing Read This
- Annual Research Reviews
- Annual Proceedings
- Refereed Scholarly Journals
- Periodicals Aimed At Entrepreneurs
It has taken seven years to get around to revising the list and a lot has changed in that time. In 2003 there were four entrepreneurship journals listed in SSCI. Today there are ten (JBV, ETP, JSBM, ERD, SBE, FBR, ISBJ, Technovation, Journal of Technology Transfer, and most recently Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal) if we include technology transfer, as well as the ten mainstream management journals (ASQ, AMR, AMJ, AMLE, AMP, JME, JMS, MSci, Simulation & Gaming, SMJ) which publish entrepreneurship articles along with those from other disciplines. The list still has the same basic model - it is a list of English-language periodicals related to entrepreneurship (including small business, SMEs, microenterprise, new firms, family business, and related fields).
The list continues to be a combination of fact and opinion - facts regarding specific periodicals out there, but opinion as to which journals are truly central to entrepreneurship. Note that opinion shows where I have included journals as "core" to entrepreneurship in a few cases where they are not exclusively entrepreneurial in focus. Examples include Simulation & Gaming and the Journal of Technology Transfer. Please feel free to reframe the list based on your own opinions about centrality and boundary, and also feel free to let me know of omissions or errors at email@example.com.
What I do leave out are rankings, and I refer those interested to the outstanding work done by Anne-Wil Harzing in creating her Journal Quality Lists which include entrepreneurship as a disciplinary area. Another wonderful option she offers is the free program Publish or Perish which will let anyone generate a wealth of impact statistics on any journal (or author) of their choice. You might ask why I didn't include those statistics here. The answer is simple - they'd be immediately out of date so if you quoted them in your tenure packet, and a committee member downloaded PorP and ran the stats for themselves, you would be proven wrong (well, out of date, but the same thing in this situation). When you need the stats, run them yourself and carefully document the date and base numbers (typically the number of articles published) so you cover yourself.
The fact that SSCI and the other major indexing services include significant numbers of journals shows the growth in acceptance of entrepreneurship as a field of study. The fact that entrepreneurship journals get into "top tier" lists such as those of Financial Times (although strangely enough not Bloomberg's BusinessWeek) further supports the idea.Included are hotlinks to the home page of the journal, or to web-accessible descriptions with electronic mail links to the editors, or to web-based descriptions of the journal by its sponsoring organization or commercial publisher. The goal here is to make easier the process of finding and contacting editors.
There are a lot of entrepreneurship journals. With over 100 academic ones more or less totally dedicated to the field, with another dozen where entrepreneurship related papers or special issues regularly show-up. It may be possible that every article written in entrepreneurship could get published. Why? Because while the number of academic journals has doubled in seven years, the number of faculty teaching has not kept pace.
The vast majority of journals are now published by commercial operations is growing, with InderScience Publishers alone publishing twenty-two journals (vs. 22 published commercial in total in 2003). This has resulted in a burgeoning of outlets, and encouragement to create new ones from publishers eager to cash-in on what seems to be a fast-growing field. If you want to start a journal it is easier than ever. With the growing popularity and grudging acceptance of strictly online journals, and the availability of solid open source journal management software such as Open Journal Systems available for free, it is easier to start a journal now than ever before. And note (as one entrepreneur to another) that having an established journal makes it a more valuable property when negotiating with publishers who want to add your journal to their stable.
Finally, the real growth is occurring overseas, where new journals and especially commercial publisher interest in entrepreneurship journals, is growing at an unprecedented rate. The challenge for these non-USA English-language journals is to break into the American market, with the vast majority of academic entrepreneurship centers, degree programs and faculty in entrepreneurship.
I used to worry about the cost issue around the growing number of journals, but publishers have been making package deals with the online service providers making most of these journals available as part of larger journal subscription packages, which has benefited us all in terms of access (and indexing) of a larger number of journals.
In 2003 I predicted that we had reached the limit of journals in our field. I was wrong. On the other hand, an earlier prediction about the need for a greater differentiation among journals as they try and lock-in some segment of the entrepreneurship market does seem to have occurred. With the growth of number of journals, there remains a strong likelihood that some of the also-rans in the current crop will undertake an aggressive move to make themselves world-class, or at least better. The prediction about the pressure on index services increasing as more entrepreneurship journals seek legitimization through inclusion in BPI, ABI/Inform or particularly, Social Science Citation Index did indeed happen, and there remains for those journals with some level of indexing, increased pressure on indexes at the next higher level of exclusivity to ratchet themselves up another level to continue their reputations for distinctiveness.
In 2003 the last prediction was "Getting published should be easier than ever. " That is truer than ever. Today estimates put the number of entrepreneurship academics in the world at around 8000. Virtually all of them speak or use English, and figure about one-third of entrepreneurship academics worldwide actually do research, based on observation. With around 116 journals, there are only 22 researchers per journal (down from 35 in May 2003, 48 in April 2000, 53 in January 1999 and 67 in November 1997) . That seems like a lot, but recall that most journals publish 20-40 papers a year, and a lot of researchers work in teams. Suddenly you can see why papers are in short supply, especially good ones. Even saying all academics publish, 8000/116=69 academics per journal, and with a 50-person editorial board, you quickly realize that there are more publishing slots than papers.
With the involvement of the commercial publishers, who put pressure on editors to keep on schedule, you'd think the standards would drop - but commercial publishers always fear having a journal under their management being called low-quality, so there is a lot of pressure on editors to put in the effort to rework the marginal paper to make it acceptable. The standard for a revise and resubmit might be dropping, but the standard for published papers is not. That means a lot of editorial board members are spending a lot of time writing "developmental" reviews - reviews telling neophyte research authors how-to to the work they should have done the first time. Its tough on reviewers, but good for the field.
So armed with this information, take a look at the lists below. If you have recommended additions or corrections please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katz, J.A. Editor. Advances in the study of entrepreneurship firm emergence and growth . Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.
Liebcap, G. (Editor). Advances in the study of entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth . Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.
McGee, J. and Thomas, H. The technology, innovation, entrepreneurship and competitive strategy series.Annual Proceedings
Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research. Babson College: Babson Park, MA.
International Council For Small Business World Conference Proceedings and the US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Proceedings are organized by year by the Small Business Advancement Electronic Resource.
Research at the Marketing/Entrepreneurship Interface, sponsored by the AMA-MEIG. For more information, contact Gerald Hills.
I want to thank Lauren Katz for her research assistance in updating the list.
Asian Venture Capital Journal
Australian Venture Capital Journal
Black Enterprise (ABI)
European Venture Capital Journal
Inc. Magazine (ABI)
National Small Business Journal
The Network Journal's Website: A Magazine for Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs
Minority Business Entrepreneur (MBE) Magazine
Minority Business Today
Small Business Economic Trends (ABI)
The Small Business Journal
Small Business Reports (ABI)
Small Business Forum (ABI)
UK Venture Capital Journal
Venture Capital Journal