Workshop Series: David Thomas

7 September, 2012 - 10:30 to 12:00
Room 105 Colin Clark Building #39


The Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) is the top-ranked journal in the field of international business. The goal of JIBS is to publish insightful, innovative and impactful research on international business. JIBS is multidisciplinary in scope, and interdisciplinary in content and methodology. JIBS seeks to publish manuscripts with cutting-edge research that breaks new ground, rather than merely making an incremental contribution to international business studies. Manuscripts should address real-world phenomena, problems or puzzles; recognize that their contributions stand on the shoulders of prior researchers to highlight what is interesting and different; and include a clear statement of what it is they contribute to international business research. JIBS is particularly interested in publishing innovative papers that start up or redirect a line of inquiry, integrate across disciplines rather than being single disciplinary, and are multi-level (micro, meso and/or macro) rather than single-level studies.

JIBS 2011 Impact Factor, based on Journal Citation Reports was 3.557 and its 5 year impact factor was 5.245. JIBS received 760 manuscripts in 2011 and has an acceptance rate of around 6%. The process of peer review is managed by an Editor-In-Chief, Reviewing Editor, Deputy Editor and nine Area Editors.

In this presentation, I offer a behind the scenes look at the reviewing and editorial process at JIBS, and then make suggestions on how to best navigate the process and improve your chances of a successful submission.

Professor David Thomas, Professor of International Business, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

David C Thomas is Professor of International Management and Director of the Centre for Global Workforce Strategy in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Thomas is the author of eight books including Cultural Intelligence: Living and Working Globally (2009, Berrett-Koehler Publishers). His book Cross-Cultural Management Essential Concept (2008, Sage Publications) was the winner of the R. Wayne Pace Human Resource Development book of the year award for 2008. In addition, he has recently edited (with Peter B. Smith and Mark Peterson) The Handbook of Cross-Cultural Management Research from Sage Publications. Research interests centre on the behaviour of culturally different individuals in organizational settings. Current topics include: cross-cultural leader-member interactions, multi-cultural teams, and cultural differences in the relationship of employees with their employer. Dr. Thomas' research has appeared in such journals as the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Research, Advances in International Comparative Management, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Leadership Quarterly, and Organizational Dynamics. He is currently the Associate Editor of International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of World Business, Journal of Organizational Behavior, European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management.