Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Economics and Business Letters is an open access journal that publishes both theoretical and empirical quality original papers in all economics and business fields. In addition, relevant discussions on current policy issues will be considered for the Policy Watch section. As general strategy of EBL, the journal will launch calls for papers for special issues on topics of interest, generally with invited guest editors. The maximum length of the letters is limited to 2,500 words.

Abbreviated journal title: Econ Bus Lett


Section Policies



Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Editorial Note

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Special Section

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Policy Watch

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Peer Review Process

Quality originals will be pre-screened by the Editorial Board and then articles will be peer-reviewed in a double-blind revision process by, at least, two experts in the field of the paper. An editorial decision (accept, minor changes, reject) will be made within 12 weeks from reception. No major revision will be considered.


Reviewer Guidelines

Evaluation criteria: the evaluation will be motivated by the originality, quality and contribution of the paper. Is the research question an important one? Accepted papers must have a clear contribution to the state of the art on the topic. They must be well written and must contain insightful conclusions. In sum, the paper must add to existing knowledge in the field in significant ways. The topic must be of interest to the academic community. Empirical contributions must be methodologically sound and the results must be relevant. It is also important to make sure that the paper conforms to the requirements of EBL. As a general rule, manuscripts should not exceed 2500 words. However, this limit may be slightly exceeded if that improves the quality and readability of the paper. Of course, the references should also be adjusted to this length. As a rule of thumb, they should not exceed 15 and should be kept to a minimum.

Review: Once you have completed your evaluation of the manuscript, the next step is to write your report and submit it through the online platform. In your report, please summarize the major findings of the paper and give your overall impression. Indicate also the main shortcomings of the manuscript and briefly motivate your recommendation. In case of rejection, it is best if you provide some insights to the author in order to improve the paper for future submissions. Please note that your recommendation can be “accept”, “accept with minor changes” or “reject/decline”. No major revision will be considered. In the “comments for the Editor” you can further motivate your recommendation. It is helpful if you also evaluate the writing style and recommend English proofreading when needed.


Indexing and abstracting

Economics and Business Letters is indexed/abstracted in:

Under review at Social Science Citation Index (JCR) and Scopus (SJR).


Publication frequency

Economics and Business Letters is a quarterly journal (2012-).


List of Referees

The Editors of Economics and Business Letters would like to acknowledge and thank the reviewers for their time and guidance:


Amaia AltuzarraMatthew T. Johnson
Francisco Alvarez-CuadradoDegui Li
Davide AntonioliCarlos Llano
Juan Carlos Barcena-RuizDonald MacLaren
Jonathan Andrew BattenDiego Martinez Lopez
Luna BellaniDavid Martinez-Miera
Giulia BettinAlistair Milne
Job BoermaAlexandru Minea
Karol J. BorowieckiTimo Mitze
Matthew BrigidaJesus Mur
Ana CarcabaPaolo Naticchioni
Hector Calvo Theodore Panagiotidis
I-Hsuan Ethan ChiangEva Paus 
Darlene C. ChisholmFei Peng 
Yongwan ChunAndres Picazo-Tadeo
Miguel Clar-LopezAgustin Redonda
Marie CoiffardDavid Roibas
Colleen CollinsJeroen Rombouts
Arusha CoorayYuji Sakurai
Begoña CuetoRafael Salas
Marc DuboisAntonello Scorcu
Carlos FernandezMichael D. Stroup
Bernard FingletonJavier Suarez-Pandiello 
Svenja FlechtnerBedri Kamil Onur Tas
Christian GlockerUmberto Triacca
Eduardo GonzalezAnnie Tubadji
Francisco GonzalezAndrea Vaona
Luisa Fernanda Gutierrez-NavratilHenrik Vetter
Christopher HerringtonAdrian Villaseñor-Lopez
Miriam Hortas-Rico 



Oscar AfonsoJulie le Gallo
Francesco AielloTina M. Lowrey
Christophe AndreMiguel Angel Malo
Jacint BalaguerRui Cunha Marques
Stefano BarbieriNoriaki Matsushima
Sascha O. BeckerMatias Mayor
Ferran BrunetAsier Minondo
Antonio CalvoDavid Molina
Roberta CapelloMaria Montero
Javier CasaresMuhammad Ali Nasir
Jose CorderoFernanda Nechio
Jesus Crespo CuaresmaNick Netzer
Miguel Cuerdo MirKwaku Ohene
Sandy Dall´erbaIgnacio Ortun-Ortiño
Henri de GrootRafael Pampillon
Julio del CorralTheologos Pantelidis
Ikerne del ValleMarco Percoco
Klaus DesmetRaul Ramos
Don EpleyGuilherme Mendes Resende
Jesus FerreiroEmilio Ruzo
Nikolaos GeorgantisMarc-Alexandre S.
Orlando GomesDaniel Santin
Eduardo GonzalezNorbert Schanne
Manuel Gonzalez-DiazYeung-Nan Shieh
Brad HumphreysMark Skidmore
Belen JerezPatrizio Tirelli
Marina KatsaitiOlaf van Vliet
Kyu KimJose Villaverde-Castro
Scott Duke KominersRichard M. Vogel



Herman AguinisDiego Martinez-Lopez
Joaquin Aldas-ManzanoAndrea Martinez-Noya
Luis Ignacio AlvarezMatias Mayor
Susana Alvarez OteroAsier Minondo
Fernando AragonRosella Nicolini
Ruben Arrondo-GarcíaJorge Onrubia
Jose F. BañosKim Oosterlinck
Juan Carlos Barcena-RuizLevi Perez
Ana CarcabaJose Perez-Rivero
Emilio CerdaJuan Prieto-Rodriguez
Emilio CongregadoEmmanuel Raynaud
Juan Jose DiazFrancisco Requena
Taskin DirsehanLuis Rodriguez
Takeshi EbinaAlvaro Rodriguez-Rodriguez
Florian EppinkDavid Roibas
Erich FeinIgnacio Rosal
Saul FineLaura Sale
Antonio Leon Garcia-IzquierdoJavier Salinas-Jimenez
Thomas GiebeCharbel Salloum
Ricard GilDaniel Santin
Jorge GomesMaria Jose Sanzo
Eduardo GonzalezJavier Suarez-Pandiello
Begoña Gonzalez BustoJordi Trullen
Elli KraizbergDaniel Vazquez
Santiago Lago-PeñasBernard van den Berg
Carlota Lorenzo-RomeroCristi Vasiliu
Irene Martin-RubioAlan Wall


Journal Statistics


Received: 55

  • Accepted: 23
  • Rejected: 30
  • Under review: 2
  • Acceptance rate: 41.81%



Received: 65

  • Accepted: 20
  • Rejected: 45
  • Acceptance rate: 30.77%



Received: 50

  • Accepted: 30
  • Rejected: 20
  • Acceptance rate: 60.00%



Received: 45

  • Accepted: 21 
  • Rejected: 24
  • Acceptance rate: 46.67%



Received: 81

  • Accepted: 25
  • Rejected: 56
  • Acceptance rate: 30.86%


Citations and impact

As of May 2015 (only citations in journal articles)


    2015 (Very preliminar)

  • Cites in 2015 to articles published in 2014: 7
  • Number of articles published in 2014: 29
  • Cites/articles 2015 (1year): 0.241

    2014 (Provisional)

  • Cites in 2014 to articles published in 2013: 13
  • Number of articles published in 2013: 21
  • Cites/articles 2014 (1year): 0.619


  • Cites in 2013 to articles published in 2012: 3
  • Number of articles published in 2012: 22
  • Cites/articles 2013 (1year): 0.136



    2015 (Very preliminar)

  • Cites in 2015 to articles published in 2013-2014: 16
  • Number of articles published in 2013-2014: 50
  • Cites/articles 2015 (2years): 0.320

    2014 (Provisional)

  • Cites in 2014 to articles published in 2012-2013: 19
  • Number of articles published in 2012-2013: 43
  • Cites/articles 2014 (2years): 0.442



    2015 (Very preliminar)

  • Cites in 2015 to articles published in 2012-2014: 23
  • Number of articles published in 2012-2014: 72
  • Cites/articles 2015 (3years): 0.319


Citation summary

  • Total citations: 53
  • Citations in Scopus: 24
  • Citations in WoS: 15


201321 613928
201429  279
Total cites 19212253


Cites in

2013Citing JournalImpact factorSJRAll years20132012  
 3C TIC  202  
 Economics and Business Letters  110  
 Journal of Asian Development Studies   110  
 Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development  110  
 Modern Economy  110  
 Theoretical Economics Letters  110  
 The Pakistan Development Review  110  
 Universia Business Review 0.184101  
 Total  963  
2014Citing JournalImpact factorSJRAll years201420132012 
 Asian Journal of Management Research  1001 
 Economics and Business Letters  2110 
 Economics Bulletin 0.2012020 
 Ekonomiaz  1010 
 European Journal of Government and Economics  1010 
 Industrial and Organizational Psychology0.5860.6283003 
 International Journal of Economics and Finance  1010 
 International Journal of Emerging Technology and Advanced Engineering  1010 
 International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy 0.5671010 
 Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management 0.2741010 
 Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance  1001 
 Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports 0.2571001 
 Nova Economia 0.1011001 
 Quantitative Methods in Economics  1100 
 RICYDE. Revista Internacional de Ciencias del Deporte 0.1661010 
 Total  202117 
2015Citing JournalImpact factorSJRAll years2015201420132012
 Agricultural Systems2.4531.41710100
 Applied Economics Letters0.2650.28610100
 Cognition, Technology & Work1.0000.57110001
 Contemporary Economic Policy0.4820.31210010
 Economics and Business Letters  10010
 Environmental and Resource Economics1.7031.63210100
 European Journal of Operational Research 1.8432.59510100
 International Journal of African and Asian Studies  10010
 Journal of European Real Estate Research 0.32710001
 Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering Science and Technology  10001
 Monte Carlo Methods and Applications 0.29810001
 Urban Studies1.3301.36610010
 World Development1.7331.47210010
 Total  140554



Google scholar citations



Past Editorial Board Members

  • Ruben Arrondo-Garcia (Associate Editor), 2012-2014
  • Bernardino Benito (Associate Editor), 2012-2014
  • Ana Carcaba (Associate Editor), 2012-2014
  • Manuel Gonzalez-Diaz (Associate Editor), 2012-2014
  • Noel Houthoofd (Associate Editor), 2012-2014
  • Juan Pablo Jimenez (Associate Editor), 2012-2014
  • Mercedes Martos-Partal (Associate Editor), 2012-2014


Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

Economics and Business Letters (EBL) is committed to ensuring ethics in publication and quality of articles.
Conformance to standards of ethical behavior is expected of all parties involved: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher:

Authors: Authors should present an objective discussion of the significance of research work as well as sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the applications. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. The authors should ensure that their work is entirely original work, and if the work and/or words of others have been used, this has been appropriately acknowledged. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Authors should not submit articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.

Editors: Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit. An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.

Reviewers: Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper. Any selected referee 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. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.