BAR is a scholarly journal on business and public administration published quarterly since 2004 by ANPAD (Brazilian Academy of Management). It is a fully open-access online journal that abides by the principles of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) and DORA (San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment). It does not charge authors, readers or institutions in any way and does not organize special issues as per the request of individuals, institutions or conferences. BAR is available in most reputed indexing services, including SCOPUS.
BAR’s mission is to advance scholarly knowledge on management and organizational theories and their implications for business and public administration by means of the global dissemination of conceptual and empirical studies developed in Brazil and other countries.
BAR publishes documents within the interests of business and public administration, management science, and organization studies. Diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives are welcome as long as they contribute to advancing the frontiers of a specific theoretical tradition and are also insightful to practice. Prospective authors should note that studies with blurred boundaries between what is inherent to organization studies and what may be framed within the interests of, for instance, anthropology and sociology will be rejected. Symptomatically, a large body of research has been misguiding organization scholars. The same policy applies to studies that are not fully characterized within another scholarly field but whose main interests concern isolated issues, such as culture, gender, race, performance, impact, and the like. BAR’s editorial scope for research articles does not include teaching cases, theoretical essays, opinion papers, purely applied practitioner-oriented technical material, and replication studies. As for the latter, replication is here conceived in broad terms, including the testing of theories (confirmation/refutation of previous findings), contextualization studies (application of scales to a different context) and perspective studies (collection of data from a different demographic group). Systematic literature reviews will be considered only if they address issues of contemporary interest both for theory development and application in organizations. Before submitting your systematic literature review, BAR recommends authors to read two papers on how to develop compelling literature reviews: 1 and 2.
4. Target audience
BAR’s target audience is the Brazilian and the global scholarly communities in all interests of business and public administration.
Documents of interest for a BAR issue include editorial prefaces (section "Editorial"), interviews with renowned scholars (section "Interview"), original studies (section "Research articles") and outstanding opinion articles that challenge current paradigms or describe unique experiences on the application of theories (section "Thinking Outside the Box"). All submitted documents must be original and not be under consideration for publication in any other venue. Previous publication as a preprint or in conference proceedings would not violate the originality requirements, but each case should be discussed with the editorial office and informed in the cover letter upon submission. Submissions must be in English and are subject to a preliminary screening by the editorial office and the editor-in-chief, and, if appropriate, submissions are forwarded to associate editors who may also decide to forward them to a full double-blind peer review.
6. Open Science practices
In line with Open Science practices, in 2020 BAR started to encourage reviewers to join the Open Peer Review, according to which the journal publishes, on the title page of each article, information about the editors and reviewers who contributed to the peer-review process of that article. BAR also encourages and invites reviewers and authors to allow disclosure of the peer-review reports containing the reviewers’ comments and authors’ responses, which are shared alongside the published article.
Regarding Open Data, as of October, 2020, BAR requires that submitted manuscripts cite and reference all data, program codes and other materials that were used in and resulted from the studies. The editors might invite authors to share their original database, if unpublished, by depositing the database and additional files in open repositories such as Mendeley Data and Zenodo. If the authors accept the invitation, they will receive specific instructions for the deposit.
Upon submission, authors must fill and send the Open Science Compliance Form alongside the cover letter, stating their positioning regarding preprints, research data and other materials, as well as their stance on open peer review. More instructions can be found in BAR’s submission manual available in the guide do authors.
7. Editorial boards
BAR’s editorial boards are as follows:
- Editorial policy committee (EPC)
- Editor-in-chief (EIC)
- Senior editors (SE)
- Associate editors (AE)
- Editorial assistant (EA)
- Editorial review board (ERB)
7.1 Editorial policy committee (EPC)
The EPC, also known as the advisory board, consists of:
- ANPAD’s Director for Communication and Publications, who presides over the committee
- ANPAD’s President
- BAR’s EIC
- Scholars recognized for their achievements in the fields of business and public administration
The EPC is responsible for:
- Coordinating the nomination process for the EIC position.
- Assuring that editors fulfill their duties, otherwise they may be replaced.
- Developing BAR’s editorial policies, such as the mission, scope, target audience, visual identity, and periodicity.
- Submitting proposals for changes in BAR’s regulations to EPC’s president.
7.2 Editor-in-chief (EIC)
Overall, the EIC coordinates the editorial process and assumes the ultimate responsibility for the journal’s quality, as the EIC has the final word on the accepted and rejected documents and the organization of each issue. The EIC also leads a series of other actions, such as the organization of special issues, the design of features for the journal’s website, and campaigns geared towards promoting the journal. The nomination for the person to occupy the EIC position should consider many factors, including: leadership and recognition in the scholarly community as an author, reviewer and member of editorial boards, commitment to editorial deadlines, ability to promote the work of other researchers and to guide them through the editorial process, development of work plans for BAR, effectiveness in meeting multiple requests from institutions to which BAR is connected, participation in outstanding academic networks, and evidence of professional and interpersonal ethics.
The EIC is particularly responsible for:
- Nomination of individuals to serve as EPC members, SE, AE, EM, and members of the ERB board (reviewers). The EPC has the right to veto any nomination.
- Coordination of BAR’s staff.
- Desk review of documents submitted to BAR.
- Assignment and supervision of reviewers, in close coordination with an SE or AE.
- Final decision on submitted documents.
- Continuous improvement of BAR and its editorial processes.
- Assurance of editorial timeliness.
- Assurance that documents meet academic rigor and relevance for practice.
- Author and reviewer advising as to what is expected from them.
- Mediation of the relationship between SEs, AEs, reviewers and authors.
- Designation of invited editors (external to BAR’s boards) to review documents authored and submitted to BAR by members of ANPAD’s boards or BAR’s boards.
7.3 The senior editors (SE)
The SEs are nominated by the EIC, subject to EPC’s right to veto. The SE board represents all key areas of expertise within BAR’s interest on business and public administration. Those areas of expertise are closely related to ANPAD’s academic divisions. SEs can be affiliated to any institution in the world, but they are typically chosen among the most reputed scholars affiliated to ANPAD. Their role is to manage the review process of documents submitted to their areas of expertise, subject to the documents having passed the EIC desk review and their own SE desk review. They are responsible for working with AEs and reviewers in the editorial process and writing a review report to the EIC. They also advise the EIC on BAR interests, particularly within their areas of expertise, such as when planning for special issues and new nominations for the AE board.
7.4 The associate editors (AE)
The AEs are nominated by the EIC or by an SE, subject to EPC’s right to veto. The primary incumbency of an AE is to analyze submitted documents based on his or her expertise on the dominant topic of the document. If the document has merits to undergo a full review process, the AE will assign two or three reviewers to work on it. The AE will also manage the deadlines and write a review report to the SE or directly to the EIC. AEs may serve in a permanent or ad-hoc fashion. Permanent AEs are expected to manage more review processes than ad-hoc AEs. Ad-hoc AEs may be promoted to the permanent AE board depending on the quality of their work for BAR. As AEs gain seniority in BAR, they become eligible for the SE board.
7.5 The editorial assistant (EA)
The EA is responsible for managing the journal’s staff and the workflow of the editorial process, including:
- Maintaining the database of editorial members.
- Maintaining the database of performance evaluations of the editorial boards, especially regarding the quality of reviews and the commitment to deadlines.
- Assisting the EIC in identifying quality reviewers to work on submitted documents.
- Managing the proofreading process and assuring the compliance to publication standards.
- Managing the deadlines.
- Managing the operational and administrative processes related to publishing the journal’s issues.
- Interacting with other institutions.
- Looking for opportunities for the journal.
The EA is nominated by the EIC, subject to approval by the EPC’s president.
7.6 The editorial review board (ERB)
BAR’s ERB consists of renowned scholars from the academic community spanning the broadest scope possible of scholarly knowledge in business and public administration. They also represent a diversity of institutions and regions in the world. ERB members are invited in an ad-hoc fashion by the EIC, an SE or an AE to review documents submitted to BAR within their areas of expertise.