About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Intelligence Studies in Business (JISIB) is a double blinded peer reviewed open access journal published by Halmstad University, Sweden. Its mission is to help facilitate and publish original research, conference proceedings and book reviews.

The journal includes articles within areas such as Competitive Intelligence, Business Intelligence, Market Intelligence, Scientific and Technical Intelligence, Collective Intelligence and Geo-economics. This means that the journal has a managerial as well as an applied technical side (Information Systems), as these are now well integrated in real life Business Intelligence solutions. By focusing on business applications the journal do not compete directly with journals of Library Sciences or State or Military Intelligence Studies. Topics within the selected study areas should show clear practical implications.


Peer Review Process

Peer reviwers are expected to report Conflict Of Interest and to respect the Confidentiality And Non Disclosure Rules for the journal. JISIB uses double blind peer review system. Referees are selected from leading athorities in the field and anually adjusted. Authors are sometimes invited to name natural candidates who should be disqualified, in which case they may be asked to provide justification (typically expressed in terms of conflict of interest).

There are no processing charges (APCs).

There are no submission charges.

JISIB has a digital arhiving policy using LOCKSS.

JISIB does screen for plagarism.

The journal follows the Budapest Open Access Initiative's definition of Open Access.

Once content is given to JISIB authors cannot demand to have it redrawn/taken back. However, authors are free to publish content without restrictions. JISIB itself does not remix or reuse content submitted by authors. 


Publication Frequency

Fall issues: September/October 

Winter issue: November/December 

Spring issue: April/May 


1st issue: December 1, 2011

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.

The Conferences

The aim of JISIB is to be the leading journal for scientific articles on Intelligence Studies in Business. The journal is to be relevant for academics and practitioners alike.

The journal caters to a number of conferences:

  1. SIIE
  2. VSST
  3. ECIS
  4. SCIP
  6. EBRF
  7. ICI Konferenz


Why publish in an Open Access Journal?

From Wikipedia:

  • Authors: of such articles, who will see their papers more read, more cited, and better integrated into the structure of science.
  • Academic readers: in general at institutions that cannot afford the journal, or where the journal is out of scope
  • Researchers: at smaller institutions, where their library cannot afford the journal
  • Readers: in general, who may be interested in the subject matter
  • The general public: who will have the opportunity to see what scientific research is about
  • Taxpayers: who will see the results of the research they pay for

Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

The publication of an article in a peer reviewed journal is an essential model for our journal "Journal of Intelligence Studies in Business". It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher. Our ethic statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Publication decisions

The editor is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published.

The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair play

An editor at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.


The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in 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.


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.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. 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.

Duties of Authors

Reporting standards

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data Access and Retention

Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.

The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects

If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict 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 own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.


Editor-in-chief, JISIB



JISIB welcomes sponsors. Our Sponsorship Program includes:

Platinum Sponsors (€ 10.000+ per annum):

Your name will appear in large on journal stands at each Conference, in Journal, on Web site. You will receive 20 printed issues of each issue. Best paper awards during Conference will be in your name. You will receive 1 free trip to a conference (travel + accomodations + conference fee) arranged by journal.

Gold Sponsors (€ 1.000+ per annum):

Your name will appear in small on journal stands at each Conference, in Journal, on Web site. You will receive 5 printed issues of each issue.

Silver Sponsors (€ 100+ per annum):

Your name will appear on Web site. You will receive 1 printed issue of each issue.

Rookie Sponsors (€ 10+ per annum):

Your name will appear on Web site

Find the "DONATIONS" button in the right hand colon. Donations in Paypal are automatically placed to the email of the Editor-in-Chief on behalf of the publisher. For questions, contact Journal.

Sources of Support

JISIB has an independent Managerial Board consisting of leading practitioners, "Friends of JISIB". Members are:

Way Chen (China) President of China Institute of Competitive Intelligence

Raíner Michaeli (Germany) Deputy Head of Management Board, Institute for Competitive Intelligence GmbH

Hans Hedin (Sweden), Global Intelligence Alliance

Alexander Comai (Spain), World-Class-CI

Philippe Clerc (France), Director of the CI, innovation & IT department at Assembly of the french chambers of commerce and industry

Pascal Frion (France), Director Acrie Competitive Intelligence Network

Mourad Oubrich (Morocco), INPT, CIEMS Research

The role and goals of the Management Board are to:

  1. With outside actors and together with JISIB Editorial Board, agree upon a CI/IS/BI certificate/diploma requirement for the industry
  2. Gather topics/problems for students and researchers to work on
  3. Organize conferences
  4. Set up the association “Friends of JISIB”, draw help from members

Journal History

The foundation of the Open Access Journal JISIB was announced during the ECIS (European Competitive Intelligence Symposium) Conference 2011 in Bad Nauheim, Germany. The first initiative towards the creation of the journal was taken at the ECIS 2009 Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Founding editors for the journal are Prof. Henri Dou and Prof. Per Jenster.

Between 2009 and 2011, an initial group worked to gather and invite research-reknown academics at conferences related to intelligence studies in business to sit as representatives on the Editorial Board.

At ECIS 2009 it was decided that Editorial Board members are to be selected based on the following criteria: 1. Academic Position, 2. Publication record, 3. Contributions at existing academic conferences, and 4. Geographical location. Managerial Board positions are selected based on influence and seniority within the industry/field. All positions are reevaluated annually.

JISIB is published by Halmstad University and owned by Adhou Communications AB. 

The name of the journal was the result of discussions at ECIS 2011 Conference in Bad Nauheim. Sheila Wright may have been the person that initially proposed the name.

Profile Design: The journal title and logo are designed with the Gertrud typeface, which was created by designer Bo Berndal and named after his wife:

"Gertrud is a calligraphic letter design from the 16th century. I used it when I engrossed diplomas with a flat-nibbed pen in the 1980’s. When I got my Mac I generated the typeface in Fontographer."

The journal colors are "Almoge" blue on an egg-white background.