The Journal of Business research (ISSN: 0855 – 806X) is an International journal published by the Institute of Professional Studies in collaboration with several professional institutions. Specialists and Experts in the fields of Business Management referee the Journal papers for publication.
Aims and Scope of the JBR
The Journal of Business Research seeks to promote and disseminate knowledge of the various of Management, Accounting, Marketing and other related disciplines which address issues of concern for business and commerce in a developing economies.
Research Philosophy of the Journal for Business Research
The main aim of the Institutes research activities is to create, contribute, promote and disseminate knowledge in the fields of Management and Accountancy, which are suited to the needs of all key stakeholders, industry and commerce.
IPS editorial and research policy are linked to its emphasis on professionalism in its core educational fields. As a result the Institute does not only focus on acquisition, promotion and dissemination of research output but also the applications of research to solve problems of business and industry.
"Strategic Research" is therefore a concept that characterizes research at IPS. Strategic research encompasses both what is traditionally termed basic research as well as the areas of applied research that is explicitly aimed at creating a basis for analyzing and providing an answer to vital business and social problems. The latter often takes place in collaboration with industry and academic collaborators as well as other interested parties outside the Institute. The editorial philosophy of the JBR is therefore established on the basis of fact based research. Here research work can be conceptual or theoretical work leading to discovery which results in a totally new idea or explanations that emerges from empirical research; or an invention of a theoretical model for problem solving purposes, or a reflective study which explains a group of theories, or events, techniques or re-examines a group of ideas.
Standards and Ethics for Research
The values of accountability, originality and honesty must greatly be upheld, Plagiarism is considered the highest order of academic misconduct. The standards and reputation of the JBR are the shared responsibility of its authors to uphold academic integrity. Ethics and morality are norms of principles of good behaviour, with the main ingredient of honesty. Unethical behaviour in publishing entails:
- Lack of acknowledgement of right of other participants in the research, which constitutes a breach of consent, rights, privacy and privileges.
- Falsification and fabrication of data,
- Copyright violation
Authors are expected to observe the standards of scholarly integrity as expected of academics and professionals. Research to a very large extent relies on handling second hand ideas and material originally conceived or made accessible by others. However, the JBR emphasizes the difference between the use of an acknowledged restatement of secondary source ideas and materials and the literal reproduction in the guise of new and original work.
The latter amounts to cheating; and cheating, whether it takes the specific form of verbatim and unacknowledged copying from the writing of others, or whether it appears in other forms, such as:
- The fraudulent manipulation of data and other research processes in order to achieve desired results,
- The use of commercially prepared essays in place of an author’s own work or reference to unauthorized materials, vitiates the purposes of a tertiary education. Permission should be sought from authors when citing text the so requires.
Such misguided research malpractices constitute in all cases an offence against intellectual honesty papers which appears to be suspicious shall not be published by the JBR. “Research misconduct” shall mean, for the purpose of this policy, fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the scientific and academic community for abstracting, conducting or reporting research. It does not include honest error or honest differences in interpretations or judgment of data.
Editorial Review Process
All research submissions shall be subjected to double blind peer review process after a satisfactory blind preliminary review as part of the quality assurance. The author is required to critically evaluate the comments and be convinced of the merits of the comments without compromising the acceptance. As much as possible, the author is expected to rebut and offer counter explanations or justifications. As an academic exercise, different opinions must be acknowledged, but the concepts must be correct since wrong concepts are not acceptable. It is recommended that authors should accommodate the corrections, additions or remarks made by the reviewer as much as possible, since the final manuscript is a personal creation.
Well-intended papers may be rejected on the grounds of false assumptions, inadequate background knowledge of significant works already published and lack of evidence of contribution to knowledge. Unreliable data and facts, unfamiliarity with current trends, generalized statements, limited scope of content and scholarship would also make the paper unacceptable. Authors must therefore show evidence of balance between relevance, focus and scope, while avoiding outdated references and presenting over-flogged topics depicting merely already known facts.
Management of the JBR
The JBR is managed by a team of eminent business scholars, professionals and practitioners. The structure of the management team consists of:
- Goski Alabi, - IPS
- Samuel B Ofei - IPS
- Bryan Akrong - IPS
- Celestine Nudanu - IPS
- Professor Kwame A. Domfeh- UGBS
- Dr. Kojo E. Sakyi - UGBS
- Professor Ato Ghartey - (ICAG)
- Professor Akwesi Ayensu - (CSIR)
List of Peer Reviewers
Prof. S K. Buatsi: - Dean of Business School, KNUST
Robert Hinson - University of Ghana, Legon
Bedman Nartey - University of Ghana, Legon
Prof. Kuada - University of Aalborg, Denmark
Prof. Sorenson - University of Aalborg, Denmark
Dr. A. A. Q Aboagye - University of Ghana, Legon
Mr. K A Osei - University of Ghana, Legon
Dr. Joshua Abor - University of Ghana, Legon
Mr. Marfo - Dean of Business School, University of Cape Coast
Ransome Kuipo - University of Ghana Business School
Nigerian Female Professor
Prof. E K Boon - Free University of Brussels
Dr. Dan Ofori - University of Ghana, Legon
Dr. Kofi Akuoku - KNUST
Dr. Antwi Barimah - University of Cape Coast
Prof. Bayo Okunde - University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Dr. Amos Chimhowu - - University of Manchester, UK
Dr. Adeolu Ayanwale - Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Prof Mawutor Avoke - - University of Education, Winneba
Prof. Adigun Agbaje - University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Dr. Roger Oppong-Koranteng GIMPA
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Contributing Articles & Papers
- Research Reports
- Book Review
Abstracting & Indexing
Affiliation with African Journal On-line (AJOL) and other Social Sciences abstracts/indexes.
Editorial Board Journal of Business Research