JABES – The First Vietnamese Social Science & Humanities, Business and Mangement Journal officially indexed in SCOPUS

11 March, 2022

On March 6th, 2022, after persistent effort along with a rigorous registration, appraisal, evaluation, and application process, the Journal of Asian Business and Economic Studies (JABES) of the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH) has now been officially indexed in SCOPUS. Concomitantly, JABES has become the first Vietnamese journal in the field of Social Sciences & Humannities, Business and Management to be recognized in this prestigious academic index. This is an outstanding step contributing to UEH’s roadmap towards becoming a university with a high academic reputation and sustainable action in the region in particular and contributing to enhancing Vietnam’s identity in international academic forums in general.

JABES – The First Vietnamese Social Science & Humannities, Business and Management  Journal Officially Indexed in SCOPUS

With more than 31 years of persistent, efforts of the JABES and their community as well as internal support from UEH, and the Ministry of Education and Training, JABES has reviewed the standards, making continuous improvement with the goal of being indexed in SCOPUS List. The process of applying for indexing in SCOPUS officially starts on November 5, 2021, after completing the required documents. After more than 4 months, on March 6, 2022, JABES has received the Official Notification Letter regarding being indexed in the SCOPUS List.

The 4-month strictly process for JABES to be officially indexed in SCOPUS List

Link: https://suggestor.step.scopus.com/progressTracker/index.cfm?trackingID=8ED7EE6632FA0068

SCOPUS, launched in November 2004, is owned by the prestigious international publishing house Elsevier (Netherlands). To be covered in the SCOPUS list, all journals must pass a rigorous evaluation and selection process from Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board. The evaluation process relates to important contents as International diversity, Editorial Board and authors, article quality, number of citations, Journal publicity policies, etc. The evaluation process of SCOPUS journals is also dependent upon the Impact factor. Besides, the content on the website of SCOPUS (http://www.scopus.com) is very useful for various purposes from searching documents to assessing the scientific research status of individuals and institutions training, research, and so on.

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A step forward contributing to UEH’s path towards becoming a university with an academic reputation in the region and in the world

JABES has now covered in the SCOPUS index and this has been a part of UEH’s goal of internationalizing and strengthening the academic reputation; thereby, increasing the scientific reputation, affirming the publishing quality, and enhancing the recognition in the domestic and international academic community of JABES in particular and UEH in general globally; concurrently, it helps to expand the scientific network with scientists and spread knowledge.

This achievement has been a process of persistent efforts full of internationalization aspirations from generations of UEH leaders and those of Journal leaders over the past 31 years. Both UEH leaders, lecturers, researchers, a network of national and international scholars to the authors, reviewers, and the community of JABES editors and collaborators has always strived to achieve to internationalize goal of JABES; and together marked an important turning point as JABES has become the first prestigious international journal in Vietnam within the Social Sciences&, Business and Management field to join SCOPUS. This result has been effectively steered and supported by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET). Highly appreciated to JABES Upgrading Projects from 2012 until now with two funding phases by MOET in associated with powerful and efficient resource investment from UEH have contributed efficiently to the JABES success.

JABES – Over 31 years of development and integration, towards being recognized on international academic networks

Journal of Asian Business and Economic Studies under University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City was formerly known as Journal of Economic Development with the first Vietnamese language version published in 1990; The first English-language version was published in 1994 named Economic Development Review; after that, the title was changed to the Journal of Economic Development in 2012. Since January 2018, this Journal has officially changed its name as Journal of Asian Business and Economic Studies (JABES).

JABES is a scientific journal in the field of economics and business and has two versions: English version (JABES-E) published 4 issues/year on the system of Emerald Group Publishing and Vietnamese version (JABES-V) published 12 issues/year by UEH. Research articles submitted to JABES must pass a rigorous peer-reviewed process to ensure standards and improved academic quality of scientific articles. Since its official presence on the Emerald Group Publishing System’s database (May 2018), JABES-E has published 12 issues with 72 research articles from 162 authors from more than 30 countries around the world, in which, foreign authors account for more than 75%. JABES has an annual acceptance rate of approximately 12% – a relatively highly selective indicator of scientific quality in each review stage. The entire review and approval process for an article takes around 190 days.

Up to the fourth quarter of 2021, JABES-E has an approximately Citescore index of 4.46 (the number of citations/the number of articles published in 2018– 021 period), in which, the 4 sub-categories (Finance, Economics and Econometrics, Business and International Management) are in the highest percentile (Q1). Currently, JABES has strived to maintain a steady level of influence and citation in the scientific community.

JABES has had more than 31 years of establishment and development with diverse achievements.

Along with the greatly impressive efforts of the Editorial Board, Advisory Board and the Associate Editors over many periods, JABES has had great and significant milestones for the standardization process in accordance with international standards as follows:

  • In 2012, the Ministry of Education and Training approved the Project to upgrade the English version of the Journal of Economic Development to the international standard as SCOPUS over the 2013 – 2017 period.
  • In September 2015, JABES officially joined the ASEAN Citation Index (ACI). This result is considered an initial success in the effort to improve the quality of the journal to international standards, first in the Southeast Asia region.
  • On January 1, 2018, our Journal was officially changed its name to Journal of Asian Business and Economic Studies in accordance with Decision No. 619/GP-BTTTT issued on December 11th, 2017 by the Minister of Information and Communications.
  • In June 2018, the first issue of the new JABES version was officially available on the system of Emerald Group Publishing. Since then, JABES has officially become an international and global scientific journal.
  • In January 2020, the Ministry of Education and Training continued to approve the Project of Upgrading the Journal of Asian Business and Economic Studies (JABES) to join the SCOPUS system for the 2020–2023 period.
  • In 2021, JABES-E was honored to receive two great news when consecutively being indexed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) on June 9, 2021 and officially covered in the EconLit (Economic Literature) database of the American Economic Association on September 2, 2021.

Therefore, by the end of 2021, JABES-E has been indexed in ESCI, EconLit, EBSCO, Cabell’s Directories, Discovery Service, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), ASEAN Citation Index (ACI), Google Scholar, WorldCat, Proquest… (more information at the link: https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/journal/jabes#indexing-and-rankings).

These important steps in the JABES assisting process ensure eligibility to be ranked in the SCOPUS journal system in March 2022.

Current activities and chalaneges ahead for JABES after SCPOUS

Over the period of 2021–2022, JABES has accelerated and implemented a series of activities to enhance internationalization and identity on academic forums listed as: Successfully organizing The 3rd Asia Conference on Business and Economic Studies  (ACBES 2021) with a fully online platform to cope with the context of the COVID-19 pandemic; periodically organize a series of scientific seminars called JABES Seminar Talk (JST) with the participation of high reputed Professors as known as Editor-in-Chief of A and A* Ranked International Journals (or influential researchers in the international scientific community) to introduce promising research trends.

In addition, the JABES has invited scholars as Editor-in-Chief of leading journals in the world to join the Editorial Board of JABES as: Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Economic Theory (Prof. Tilman Börgers), Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Labor Economics (Prof. Kevin Lang), Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Business Research (Prof. Anders Gustafsson), Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Population Economics (Prof. Klaus F. Zimmermann), Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of World Business (Prof. Ajai S. Gaur) and more. These renowned scientists have had great influences and accompanied the development of the JABES during this period.

Joining SCOPUS is one giant step, contributing to UEH’s roadmap towards becoming a university with an academic reputation and sustainable action in the region in particular and contributing to enhancing Vietnam’s identity on academic international forums in general. Nevertheless, maintaining and developing the quality of JABES at higher rankings in the near future will be the upcoming challenge for the whole JABES team on this journey. Therefore, continuing to maintain professional rigor, ensuring compliance with publishing ethics, covering in ABDC, ABS, ERIM list in order to enter other important indexes and so on are the upcoming targets of JABES. In addition, JABES will focus on key research areas listed as sustainability and economic development to further contribute to national, regional, and global science.

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