Dear Colleagues,

Please see the call for JWB special issue proposals below. For any questions, please contact the JWB editorial office  -  [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Ajai Gaur
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of World Business<>

Journal of World Business

Call for Special Issue Proposals

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2022

JWB has a long tradition of publishing high-impact special issues on emerging or provocative topics within the editorial purview of the journal. The objective of these special issues is to assemble a coherent set of papers that move the understanding of a topic forward empirically and theoretically. Therefore, as a rule, JWB will not publish special issues based solely on papers presented at conferences or workshops. Rather, special issues must be motivated by a clear and compelling focus on a topic that is timely, significant, and likely to generate interest among JWB's readership.

The due date for submission of the proposals and supporting documents is July 31, 2022. Please submit your documents by email to the JWB Managing Editor at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.


Prospective guest editor(s) should submit written proposals that incorporate the rationale for the special issue topic, positions it in the literature, and include some illustrative topics that papers could focus upon. The proposal should also include a draft of the actual call for papers and outline the credentials of the guest editor(s). Please submit the following documents:

  1.  The proposal, including the draft call for papers. In the proposal, please spend a page describing the new perspective that the guest editors have on the proposed topic.
  2.  CVs of the guest editors.
  3.  Any additional information such as plans for special issue workshops.

After the closing date, the JWB editorial team will review the proposals submitted and select one to three for further assessment. This step may include communication with prospective guest editors, suggestions as to how to strengthen the proposal and/or recommendations for the addition of other guest editors. The Editor-in-Chief will generally assign a JWB Senior Editor to serve on the SI editorial team as the Supervising Editor. The Supervising Editor will be responsible for acting as a liaison between the JWB editorial team and the guest editor(s) and ensuring that JWB editorial standards are maintained through the special issue process. She/he will be actively involved in the entire editorial process, including helping to select which papers are sent for review, identifying and assigning reviewers, and in preliminary decisions throughout the review process. However, the ultimate decision to accept or reject papers rests with the Editor-in-Chief.


We expect the guest editors to have significant experience of editing/reviwing for top journals and a publication record in JWB and/or other leading IB/Strategy journals. The guest editor(s) will be responsible for publicizing the call for papers and for generating submissions for the special issue. If appropriate, they may host a workshop for papers being considered for the special issue, but attendance at the workshop cannot be a prerequisite for the acceptance of papers. They will also be actively involved in all stages of the review process in terms of inviting reviewers and making preliminary decisions on submissions. The review process will be managed online through the system. It is expected that the guest editors organize the review process consistent with the journal's high standards in terms of quality and process efficiency (e.g., turnaround times). Guest editors will have the opportunity to write either a perspective article or an introductory editorial on the topic of the special issue. This paper will be subject to the regular review process of the journal. To prevent any perception of conflicts of interest, it is JWB policy that Guest Editors cannot submit to the special issue as authors of papers beyond the introductory/perspective article.

This process is highly competitive, with 1-2 proposals typically accepted per round.

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