Calls for Papers

The following special issues have been announced by the JIBS Editorial Team. We welcome your submissions and encourage authors interested in submitting to a special issue to discuss their submissions with the special issue editors in advance.

Submissions for all special issues will be managed through the journal’s centralized submission system – please do not email your submission to the editors.

Current Calls

Making Dynamic Capabilities Actionable for International Business

JIBS has issued a call for papers for a new special issue on "Making Dynamic Capabilities Actionable", with a submission deadline of December 23rd, 2017. 

Full Call available here (pdf, 167.83 kB)

Special Issue on Informal Institutions

JIBS has issued a new call for papers for a special issue on “Informal Institutions and International Business,” with a submission deadline of August 31, 2018. 

Full Call available here

Past Calls

Applying and Advancing Internalization Theory: Explaining the Existence of the Multinational Enterprise in the 21st Century

Editors: Christian Geisler Asmussen, Tailan Chi, Sumit Kundu, Rajneesh Narula

Full Call available here (pdf, 170 kB)

Making Connections: Social Networks in International Business

Editors: Ilya Cuypers, Gokhan Ertug, Martin Kilduff, Akbar (Aks) Zaheer, John Cantwel

Full Call available here (pdf, 41.22 kB)


The Role of Financial and Legal Institutions in International Corporate Governance

Editors: Douglas Cumming, Igor Filatotchev, April Knill, Lemma Senbet, David Reeb

Full Call available here (pdf, 35 kB)

Zoom In, Zoom Out, and Beyond: Locational Boundaries in International Business

Editors: Ron Boschma, Shige Makino, Gongming Qian, Xufei Ma, Lee Li, Ram Mudambi

Full Call available here (pdf, 45 kB)

The Creation and Capture of Entrepreneurial Opportunities Across National Borders

Editors: Gary Knight, Peter Liesch, Lianxi Zhou, Rebecca Reuber

Full Call available here (pdf, 47 kB)

Call for Proposals: Special Issues and Review Articles for the Journal of International Business Studies

JIBS Special Issues address under-researched or controversial topics, and new emerging themes in international business. Special Issues should encourage new streams of insightful and influential research, in line with the JIBS Statement of Editorial Policy. The JIBS Editors welcome in particular Special Issue proposals that connect mainstream research performed within the AIB community and streams of research on international business issues developed in related disciplines, and where these strands of research have so far been developed largely independently of one another. The team of Guest Editors for a Special Issue will typically include at least one JIBS Editor, but there is no requirement to include a JIBS Editor in any initial Special Issue proposal. There are typically two JIBS Special Issues published each year.

Starting in 2018-2019, the JIBS Editors will also publish one issue per year with ‘Review Articles’.  A Review Article should include a compelling summary of the state-of-the-art in a well-researched subject area within the international business field. In addition, it should explore the links, both explicit and implicit ones, between this subject area and complementary research streams in related disciplines: here, it should demonstrate the value of cross-fertilization of ideas from international business and from these complementary research streams, and it should establish an agenda for future research. The team of authors of a Review Paper should ideally include a recognized scholar from another discipline than international business. A JIBS Editor will be actively involved in providing feedback to the authors at an early stage, after proposal acceptance. First drafts of Review Articles will be subjected to a double blind review process, but the reviewers will be informed that the submitted manuscript results from a Review Article proposal that has been accepted by the Editors. The expectation is that manuscripts should go through only one round of revisions.

All proposals for Special Issues and Review Articles should be submitted by June 1st, 2018,

to the
JIBS Managing Editor
Ms. Anne Hoekman

A proposal should be approximately 3 pages long, excluding references and bios or CVs, which can be added in an appendix to the proposal.