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Article citation: Ashok Gupta, Joshua Doane, (2011) "A new beginning", American Journal of Business, Vol. 26 Iss: 1, pp. -
After 25 years of successfully publishing articles that apply research to the practice and building a solid brand name, the American Journal of Business embarks on a new chapter. Beginning with this issue, the Journal will be published by the Emerald Group Publishing, a highly acclaimed publishing company founded in 1967, with headquarters in the UK and offices in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Australia, India, China, Malaysia, Japan, the UAE, South Africa and Poland.
Ball State University had published the Journal since its inception 25 years ago. The managing office, under the superb guidance of Judy Lane, worked tirelessly to increase the impact of the journal. To the design staff and the dozens of graduate assistants over the years, your hard work has been greatly appreciated. However, in this technologically changing world, as Managing Editor, Judy Lane had the foresight to see the potential for the AJB if it were published outside Ball State University with an international publisher. She should be thanked for taking the initiative to begin our new relationship with Emerald Publishing. Without Judy and the warm reception provided by Jim DeWolf, VP Publishing, Americas, this new relationship would not have been possible.
Why Emerald? Well, a few reasons come to mind, none the least of which was the ability to keep the AJB’s core principle: “Applying Research to Practice.” We were comforted to know this focus would be continued and supported under the guidance of Emerald’s philosophy: “Emerald publications have sought to bridge the gap between the scholarly and practitioner world. Emerald has always aimed to publish research which makes a significant contribution to practice.” Their strikingly similar focus combines with their superb staff, excellent journal repertoire, and effective content distribution channels. These elements give a foundation that will afford many future benefits to both authors and readers. Examples include:
As we move forward with our new publishing partner, there will be much learning and unlearning that will take place, for both the administration and the authors. One thing, however, will remain unchanged. We will continue to use a double-blind review system with an emphasis on developmental reviews. Also, we will continue to strive for timely reviews lengths. For authors, your manuscripts will become even more internationally exposed as readership grows exponentially. We look forward to your continued support and quality submissions. In the future, our journal will begin to employ the industry standard ScholarOne interface for submitting manuscripts. Please read more about the process in this issue of the journal and please bear with us as we make the transition to the new system. Finally, we will continue to feature articles from sponsor school deans and industry executives, as well as book reviews, all to help apply research to practice.
The Editorial Board and the entire AJB staff welcome this new partnership with Emerald and we greatly appreciate the collaboration that is already occurring. We also appreciate the continued efforts made by the Ball State University managing office in completing a transition of publishers and especially Zoe Sanders, the new Emerald publishing contact for the AJB.
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Ashok Gupta, Joshua Doane