Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The International Journal of Family Business Practices (IJFBP) is open access and biannual double-blind peer-reviewed journal. Numerous family enterprises are based around the legend of an entrepreneurial founder who has stood firm in the face of difficulties. The IJFBP widens the scope to look beyond this interrelationship by exploring the creation of family business, which includes the entrepreneurial tenets, mindset, and processes of the family business and its transgenerational sustainability. The scope of the journal covers various sectors, including (but not limited to) retail, tourism, wealth planning, and digital business, among others.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

The Manuscripts submitted to IJFBP shall be selected and assessed by the Board of
Editors in order to make sure that they comply with the writing guidance, focus and
scope and are of excellent academic quality. Manuscripts will be reviewed using a
double-blind peer review method in which situation neither authors nor reviewers know
the identities of each other.

Desk Review. At the desk review stage, manuscripts will be reviewed to ensure that
they comply with the writing guidance, focus and scope with excellent academic
quality. If the conditions are not met, the author will be given an opportunity to revise
his/her manuscript according to the criteria. There is also a possibility that the
manuscript will be rejected directly.

Peer-review. Once the manuscript has passed the stage of the desk review, it will be
delivered to two reviewers who are experts on the subject of the submitted manuscript.
The review process will take place within three weeks. In case of difference in reviews,
the editorial board sends the paper to the third reviewer, and the two best reviews are
accepted as final. Manuscripts that have not passed the desk review process successfully
will not proceed to this stage.

Reviewer's decision. The reviewers will provide the following recommendations:

  1. Accepted; means that the article is acceptable for publication
  2. Accepted with minor revisions; means that the manuscript is acceptable for publication once it has been revised in response to the concerns of the reviewers.
  3. Accepted major revisions; means that substantial inadequacies in the manuscript, for instance, data analysis, the main theory used and the rewriting of paragraphs, need to be revised.
  4. Rejected; means that the manuscript is not acceptable for publication or that the reviews concerned relate to very basic issues.

The decision of the reviewer will be considered by the Board of Editors to determine the
subsequent process of the manuscript.

Revision Stage. Once the manuscript has been received with minor or major revisions,
it will be returned to the author with a summary review form. For manuscripts accepted
with major revisions, authors are given three weeks to revise. Whereas for manuscripts
accepted with minor revisions, one week is allocated for revision. When returning the
revised manuscript, the author must fill in and attach the summary form of the review.  

Final decision. At this point, the manuscript will be re-evaluated by the Board of
Editors to ensure that it has been revised in response to the concerns of the reviewers. In
that final decision, the manuscript may still be rejected if the author has not carried out
the necessary revisions seriously.

Proofread. Once the manuscript has been considered acceptable by the Board of
Editors, it will undergo a process of proofreading in order to maintain linguistic quality.
Publication confirmation. At this stage, the final layout of the manuscript will be sent
back to the author to ensure that the content is consistent with the author's writing. At
this stage, the author may correct any typographical error found in the final manuscript.
After receiving the confirmation from the author, the Editorial Secretary will process
the online publication of the manuscript on the website. For the print publication, the
author may contact the Editorial Secretary for further information.



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.



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Reviewer's Guidelines

Manuscripts submitted to the International Journal of Family Business Practices (IJFBP) will be subject to a blind review process. The reviewers are responsible for carrying out reviews that include analyses and assessments of the acceptability of manuscripts to be published in the International Journal of Family Business Practices (IJFBP). Before conducting their review, the reviewers should consider the following points:

1. Does the manuscript that you are asked to review match your expertise?

If the article does not sufficiently cover your area of expertise, please notify the Editorial Secretary.

2. Do you have time to check the manuscript?

The review process should be completed within two weeks of the submission of a manuscript. If you disagree with this condition and need more time for review, please contact the Editorial Secretary.

3. Are there any conflicts of interest with the manuscript?

If you have any conflicts of interest with the manuscript, please contact the Editorial Secretary.

4. Is there any indication of plagiarism in the manuscript?

If you suspect any indication of plagiarism in the manuscript, please contact the Editorial Secretary immediately.


  1. Title: Does it clearly describe the manuscript?
  2. Abstract: Does it reflect the content of the manuscript?
  3. Originality: Does the paper contain new and significant information adequate to justify publication?
  4. Introduction: Does the introduction should contain general background and research questions or hypotheses? Does the literature review include in the introduction?
  5. Relationship to Literature:  Does the paper demonstrate an adequate understanding of the relevant literature in the field and cite an appropriate range of literature sources?  Is any significant work ignored?
  6. Methodology:  Is the paper's argument built on an appropriate base of theory, concepts, or other ideas? Has the research or equivalent intellectual work on which the paper is based been well designed?  Are the methods employed appropriate?
  7. Results:  Are results presented clearly and analysed appropriately?  Do the conclusions adequately tie together the other elements of the paper?
  8. Implications for research, practice and/or society:  Does the paper clearly identify any implications for research, practice and/or society?  Does the paper bridge the gap between theory and practice?
  9. Quality of Communication:   Does the paper clearly express its case, measured against the technical language of the field and the expected knowledge of the journal's readership?  Has attention been paid to the clarity of expression and readability, such as sentence structure, jargon use, acronyms, etc.?
  10. Writing guideline: Has the manuscript met the required journal writing guideline?
  11. Table and Figures: Do the tables and figures presented correlate with the article’s content and they should have clear sources of reference (such as books, journals, website, or other references)?
  12. Reference: Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is written in the reference list using the American Psychological Association (APA) style. The references used should be published within the last ten years, consisting of 80% from journal articles and 20% from books, theses, or other relevant publications.

Review Process:

  1. Assessment of the manuscript review should be written in the Review Form sent by the Editorial Secretary.
  2. Reviewers are required to fill in the table marked with asterisks.
  3. At the end of the review, reviewers are required to give one of the following recommendations:
    1. Accepted; means that the manuscript is acceptable for publication
    2. Accepted with minor revisions; means that the manuscript is acceptable for publication once it is revised in response to the reviewers’ concerns
    3. Accepted with major revisions; means that substantive inadequacies in the manuscript, such as data analysis, the main theory used, and rewriting of paragraphs, need to be revised
    4. Rejected; means that the manuscript is not acceptable for publication or the given reviews relate to basic issues

Upon completion of the review form, please fill in the reviewer’s identity in the corresponding columns.


Submission Guidelines

Submission File: 

The submission files should be provided in MS Word format (2013 or later versions). The tables should be in MS Word or Excel Formats. The figures should be in JPG format. If a PDF file is submitted, the authors should also submit all the source files.

Submission Size: 

Submitted papers should be 7000  - 10,000 words, including all text, tables and figures, and references. Please count 200 words for each figure or table.

Submission Type:      

IJFBP accepts unpublished submission in the form of any of the following:

  • Quantitative or Qualitative Research Paper;
  • Research or Teaching Case (a separate Teaching Note has to be submitted in case of a Teaching Case);
  • Conceptual Paper; or
  • Book Reviews with supporting literature or evidence (the book should be published maximum 2-3 years before this publication) at least 2000 or more words.

Submission Method: 

The authors should first register themselves as Authors on the login page. Register as a new user and then select the type as an author. The authors are also advised to register as Reviewers also simultaneously. Authors may get papers for review. The reviewers may be rewarded depending on the editorial policy from time to time. Only the registered authors will be able to upload their files for submission. After uploading the files, it may take some time to get the papers reviewed. Therefore, authors are requested to be patient. If there is no response, then authors can follow up with the Chief Editor using email ID ijfbp@president.ac.id or call +62 (21) 8910 9762.

Writing System:

  • Title:   
    The title of the submitted paper should reflect the core theme of the paper and should be ideally less than 15 words. It is advisable that the criterion or criterion variable should be included in the title. It should use Title font in Times New Roman, font size 20, centred.
  • Author details: All contributing authors' names should be added to the submission, and their names arranged in the correct order for publication.
    • Correct email addresses should be supplied for each author in their separate author accounts. The full name of each author must be given in the order of First name, Middle Name, Surname.
    • The affiliation of each contributing author should be provided along with the name. The affiliation listed should be where they were based at the time that the research for the paper was conducted
    • The email should be provided against each author name.
    • The corresponding author should be indicated by superscript * against the name of the author.
  • Abstract: The abstract is mandatory and should be less than or equal to 200 words and should, essentially, contain:
    • Research problem in case of research and case issues in case of a case study after defining the concepts/ variables involved
    • Methodology in case of research or approach in case of a conceptual paper
    • Findings in case of research or case questions in case of a case study
    • Contribution to the theoretical body of knowledge or practical applications to the business, society or economy
    • The abstract should be in Times New Roman, font size 10, justified.
  • Keywords: Authors should provide appropriate five keywords. The keywords should reflect the main characteristics of the submission. The keywords should be in Times New Roman, font size 10, justified.
  • Text in Main Body: The text should be using Times New Roman size 12 font single spacing. The paragraphs should not be more than 15 lines. There should be a single line space between the paragraphs.
  • Headings in Body: Headings must be specific with not more than five words for Heading 1 (font size 16 bold Times New Roman, left aligned), not more than eight words for Heading 2 (font size 14 bold Times New Roman), and not more than 13 words for Heading 3 (font size 12 bold Times New Roman). Authors are discouraged from using Heading 4 onwards. Authors must use bold letters or underline to highlight something if required.
  • Writing Arrangement:
    • Title
    • Name of the Author
    • Affiliation and Email Adress
    • Abstract and Keywords
    • Introduction
    • Literature Review
    • Methods
    • Results and Discussion
    • Managerial Implications
    • Conclusion
    • Reference
  • Notes/ Endnotes: Notes or Endnotes should not be used. All explanations, only if absolutely necessary, must be provided in Appendices at the end of the paper.
  • Figures and Tables:  All Figures (charts, diagrams, line drawings, web pages/screenshots, and photographic images) should be submitted in electronic form in files separate from the main body of the submission. The position of the figure should be clearly labelled in the main body. Figures created in MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel should be supplied in their native formats. Electronic figures created in all other applications should be copied from the origination software and saved in JPG format only. Similarly, Tables should be included in a separate file from the main body. The position of each table should be clearly labelled in the body text of the article with corresponding labels being clearly shown in the separate file. Ensure that any superscripts or asterisks are shown next to the relevant items and have corresponding explanations displayed as footnotes to the table or figure. All tables and figures should also have source information apart from the titles in APA 6.
  • References and Citations: References and citations to other publications must be in APA 6 style and carefully checked for completeness, accuracy and consistency. Check each referred article for accuracy and make sure every quoted work in the article is written in References. Works that are not cited but mentioned in References will be omitted by the editor.
    • Books
      Anderson, B. (1983). Imagined Communities. London: Verso.
    • Book chapter

Smith, F. M., & Jones, W. (2004). The college student. In C. Wood & M. Meyer (Eds.), Cross-cultural education (pp. 75-105). London, Canada: MacMillan.

  • Journal Article

Elali, W., & Al-Yacoub, B. (2016). "Factors affecting entrepreneurial intentions among Kuwaitis. World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 12(1), 18-34.

  • Journal article with DOI

Nugraha, R., Kusumawardani, K. A., & Octavianie, V. (2018). The Influence of Celebrity Endorsement in Instagram towards Customer Behavior and Purchase Intention in Healthy Food Diet Business. Firm Journal of Management Studies, 3(2), 1–24. doi:10.33021/firm.v3i2.476

  • Journal article on a website

Austin, D. (2009). Fatty acids, breastfeeding and autism spectrum disorder. E-journal of Applied Psychology, 5(1), 49-52. Retrieved from http://ojs/lib.swin.edu.au/

  • Newspapers article

Fung, M. (2006, December 12). Asthma rates increasing. Winnipeg Free Press, pp. C4.

  • Newspaper article on the website

Harris, M. (2011, August 16). Grades improve if classes start later, studies find. The Calgary Herald.  Herald. Retrieved from http://www.calgaryherald.com/

  • Website

Buzan, T. (2007). Mind maps. Retrieved September 3, 2009, from http://www.buzanworld.com/Mind_Maps.ht

  • Website document

TransCanada. (2006). Annual report. Retrieved from http://www.transcanada.com/investor/annual_reports/2006/media/pdf/TransCanada_2006_Annual_Report.pdf

  • Book translation

Mancusa, S., & Viola, A. (2015). Brilliant green: The surprising history and science of plant intelligence (J. Benham, Trans.). Washington, DC: Island Press.

  • All manuscripts are anonymously studied by reviewers appointed by the editor according to their expertise. The author is given a chance to revise the manuscript based on the reviewer's or the editor's recommendation/advice. The decision of publication or rejection will be informed through the author's email address.
  • The editor has the right to modify and correct the spelling, writing, and grammar of the published manuscript.
  • Everything related to citing permission or computer software usage in writing the manuscript or any other things related to copyright done by the author, along with all its legal consequences, becomes the author's full responsibility.
  • An author whose manuscript is published will get a copy of publishing proof and five copies of printing proof. Unpublished manuscripts will not be returned.


Author Fees

This journal DOES NOT CHARGE THE AUTHOR to pay to cover online publications costs.

For the printed publications, the author should contact the editorial team for further information.


Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The primary objective of IJFBP is to bridge the gap between business management theory and practice. Each article contains empiric results, research methods, managerial implications and recent references from primary sources. The journal is very relevant to all professionals, directors, managers, entrepreneurs, professors, academic researchers and graduate students in the field of business management.


Duties of Editors

  • Confidentiality:

The editor and any editorial staff shall not disclose any information on the submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers and publishers, as appropriate.

  • Fair Play:

At any time, the editor evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to the race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, nationality or political philosophy of the authors.

  • Publication Decisions:

The journal's board of directors is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. Such decisions must always be guided by the validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers. The editors may be guided by the policies of the editorial board of the journal and shall be bound by the legal requirements in force in respect of libel, infringement of copyright and plagiarism. Editors may consult with other editors or reviewers to make this decision.

  • Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest:

Unpublished manuscripts disclosed in the submitted manuscript shall not be used in the research of the editor without the express written consent of the author.

  • Review of Manuscripts:

The editor must ensure that the originality of each manuscript is initially evaluated by the editor. The editor should organize and apply peer review fairly and wisely. Editors should explain their peer review processes in the authors' information and also indicate which parts of the journal are peer reviewed. The editor should use appropriate peer reviewers for papers considered for publication by selecting people with sufficient expertise and avoiding those with conflict of interest.

Duties of Reviewers

  • Standards of Objectivity:

Reviews should be carried out objectively. Personal criticism of the author is not appropriate. Referees should make their views clearly with supporting arguments.

  • Promptness:

Any selected reviewer who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process

  • Confidentiality:

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

  • Contribution to Editorial Decisions:

Peer review helps the editor to make editorial decisions, and can also assist the author in improving the paper through the editorial communication with the author.

  • Disclosure and Conflict of Interest:

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal benefit. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have a conflict of interest as a result of a competitive, collaborative or other relationship or relationship with any of the authors, companies or institutions linked to the papers.

  • Acknowledgement of Sources:

Reviewers should identify the relevant published works that have not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation or argument has already been made should be accompanied by the relevant quotation. Any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge should also be brought to the attention of the editor.

Duties of Authors

  • Reporting Standards:

Authors of the original research should present an accurate account of the work carried out as well as an objective discussion of its relevance. The underlying data should be accurately represented in the paper. The paper should contain sufficient detail and references to allow others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly incorrect statements constitute unethical behaviour and are not acceptable.

  • Data Access and Retention:

Authors may be requested to provide raw data in connection with the editorial review paper. They should be prepared to provide such data within a reasonable period of time.

  • Originality and Plagiarism:

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the works and/or the words of others, that they have been duly cited or referenced.

  • Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication:

In general, the author should not publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal at the same time constitutes an unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

  • Acknowledgement of Sources:

Proper recognition of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have had an influence on the nature of the work reported

  • Authorship of the Paper:

Authorship should be restricted to those who have contributed significantly to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the study reported. All those who have contributed significantly should be identified as co-authors. Where others have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be recognized or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the paper and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to submit it for publication.

  • Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest:

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other material conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

  • Fundamental errors in published works:

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his / her published work, it is the obligation of the author to notify the editor or publisher of the journal promptly and to cooperate with the editor to withdraw or correct the paper.


Screening Plagiarism

Plagiarism screening will be conducted by the International Journal of Family Business Practices Editorial Board using Turnitin.