This month marks the one-year anniversary of the Journal of International Business Policy (JIBP), and there is a lot to celebrate. To date, JIBP has published 23 articles that have received more than 270 Google Scholar citations and over 33,000 paper downloads. Our articles are starting to influence policy discussions, with VoxEU, Forbes, and the World Economic Forum discussing on their websites insights that were first published in JIBP.

Despite these initial successes, there is no time for us to rest on our laurels. We are more committed than ever to providing the AIB community with a journal that is both high quality and policy-relevant. This is reflected in our editorials, which provide international business scholars with ideas and tools to make their research policy relevant. It is also exemplified by our careful choice of special issue topics where we believe international business scholars can be particularly impactful.

A key driver of the success of JIBP will be the number of submissions by AIB members, and we would therefore like to draw your attention to the different ways you can contribute to JIBP. There are currently three Special Issue calls where you can still submit papers with deadlines as follows:

  • 25 years since TRIPs: Patent policy and international business
    Paper proposal deadline has passed, but full papers can be submitted until July 15, 2019
  • The Sustainable Development Goals: What role for multinational enterprises?
    Paper proposals due by May 30, 2019; full papers by July 15, 2019
  • Global value chain-oriented policies
    Paper proposals due by Sept 1, 2019; full papers by March 1, 2020

Of course, you can download the full call for papers for each of these Special Issues from the JIBP website:

There, you’ll also find guidelines for proposing future special issues, the deadline for which is June 1, 2019.

The highlights at the upcoming AIB 2019 conference in Copenhagen will definitely include the JIBP Showcase panel entitled ‘The Contribution of International Business to Public Policy’ which will feature all of the editors of this year’s Special Issues. While it is now too late to sign up for the JIBP PDW in Copenhagen, the editors will naturally be participating in the Meet the Editors session that follows the workshop, and is open to all. Additionally, various JIBP editors will be present in numerous sessions throughout the conference. Do come and talk to us!

Finally, with four successful issues now behind us, we would like to encourage all AIB members to take a look at the published issues, read the editorials where different editors offer their views of IB policy, and submit your manuscripts!


Sarianna Lundan, Editor-in-Chief
Ari Van Assche, Deputy Editor