About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The vision of the Journal of Business Models is to constitute a rigorous international journal devoted to establishing the discipline of business models as a separately recognised core discipline in academia - as is already the case in practice.

Our business mission is to create an open source journal that is free of the ties that come along with a publisher. In turn we wish to develop a new type of profitable business model for an academic journal.

The field of business models is one the fields of research within business that has gained the greatest momentum in recent years. Furthermore, it looks set to retain this momentum in the coming years and yet until now, there has not been a dedicated academic journal to support it. Despite numerous special issues on business models in highly ranked journals such as Long Range Planning, Harvard Business Review and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, a dedicated journal needs a dedicated platform of researchers and a research environment with critical mass to lift such a duty.

Peer Review Process

Each paper is reviewed by one of the editors and, if it is judged suitable for this publication, it is then sent to two independent referees for double blind peer review. Based on their recommendation, as well as consultation between relevant members of the Editorial Advisory Board the Editors then decide whether the paper should be accepted as is, requires a minor revision, requires a major revision or is to be rejected.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Articles published in Journal of Business Models follow the license Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License: Attribution - NonCommercial - NoDerivs (by-nc-nd). Further information about Creative Commons


The array of perspectives presented above lead to the identification of 10 key theme areas for which the Journal of Business Models intends to have a special focus:

1. Business Model Design: designing, rejuvenating, innovating and facilitating

2. Implementing business models: the execution process

3. Commercialization and exploitation of ideas through business models: challenging entrepreneurial processes

4. Seeking the true benefits of a globalised world: how internationalization of activities affects business models

5. Business model archetypes and key components: integrating building blocks and typologies

6. The strategic partnerships of business models: Roles and relationships within and among business models

7. Business models and high-tech ventures

8. The performance of business models: Dilemmas and paradoxes of performance measurement consequences

9. Defining what business models are about: The epistemological and conceptual roots of business models and their differences with strategy, strategic management, organisation and business planning

10. Tools and techniques

Key audience

The key audience of this journal is academics and dedicated consultants. As this journal aims at pushing the knowledge of the field to a higher level, and to becoming a core discipline in due course, the rigorousness of the review process and the quality of the published papers naturally lend themselves to an expert audience.


However, policy-makers, politicians, entrepreneurs and students with high academic aspirations will also benefit substantially from the mix of articles in this journal. For audiences with lower academic aspirations in academic terms but wanting to get a feel for the newest insights, models and application techniques, we refer to the bookboon.com textbook Business Models: Networking, Innovating and Globalizing.

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