Journal of Business Ethics

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Journal of Business Ethics
Journal of Business Ethics.jpg
DisciplineBusiness Ethics
Edited byMichelle Greenwood, Gazi Islam
Publication details
Springer Nature B.V.
Frequency28 issues/year
6.331 (2021)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4J. Bus. Ethics
ISSN0167-4544 (print)
1573-0697 (web)

The Journal of Business Ethics is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by Springer Nature B.V. The Journal of Business Ethics is one of the journals used by the Financial Times for in compiling the Business Schools research rank.[1]

The Journal of Business Ethics was founded by Alex C. Michalos (Institute for Social Research and Evaluation, University of Northern British Columbia) and Deborah C. Poff (Department of Philosophy, Carleton University). Professors Michalos and Poff served as the journal’s Editors in Chief from its inception in 1982 to 2016. They were succeeded by R. Edward Freeman (Darden Business School, University of Virginia) and Michelle Greenwood (Department, of Management, Monash University) in 2016. Professor Freeman retired from the Journal in 2021 and was succeeded by Gazi Islam (Grenoble Ecole de Management).  Consequently, the current Editors in Chief are Michelle Greenwood and Gazi Islam.

Aims and Scope[edit]

The Journal of Business Ethics aims to improve the human condition by providing a public forum for discussion and debate about ethical issues related to business. The journal’s emphasis is on the “ethics” of business ethics, with the goal of promoting dialogue between diverse publics, both academic and civil society.

The editors encourage a broad scope, and the JBE publishes original articles from a wide variety of methodological and disciplinary perspectives concerning ethical issues related to business that bring something new or unique to the discourse in their field.  The term `business' is understood in a wide sense to include all systems involved in the exchange of goods and services, while `ethics' concerns human action aimed at promoting a good life. Systems of production, consumption, marketing, advertising, social and economic accounting, labour relations, public relations and organisational behaviour are analysed from a moral viewpoint. Speculative philosophy as well as reports of empirical research are welcomed. The style and level of dialogue involve all who are interested in business ethics – civil society,  business actors, universities, government agencies and consumer groups.


To accommodate this wide scope, the journal has within it the following 33 sections:

  • Accounting and Business Ethics
  • Arts, Humanities, and Business Ethics
  • Behavioural Business Ethics
  • Book (and More) Reviews
  • Business Ethics Learning and Education
  • Consumer Ethics
  • Corporate Governance and Business Ethics
  • Corporate Responsibility: Theoretical/Qualitative Issues
  • Corporate Responsibility: Quantitative Issues
  • Corporate Sustainability and Business Ethics
  • Critical Studies and Business Ethics
  • Cross-cultural Management and Business Ethics
  • Economics and Business Ethics
  • Environment and Business Ethics
  • Feminisms and Business Ethics
  • Finance and Business Ethics
  • Global Issues and Business Ethics
  • Human Resource Management and Development and Business Ethics
  • Labour Relations and Business Ethics
  • Law, Public Policy, and Business Ethics
  • Leadership and Ethics: Philosophical Perspectives and Qualitative Analysis
  • Leadership and Ethics: Quantitative Analysis
  • Marketing Ethics
  • Organisational Behaviour and Business Ethics
  • Philosophy and Business Ethics
  • Philosophy and Business Ethics
  • Psychology and Business Ethics
  • Religion, Spirituality and Business Ethics
  • Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Ethics
  • Sociology and Business Ethics
  • Strategy and Business Ethics
  • Technology and Business Ethics

Descriptions and the names of the editors of each of these sections can be found on the Journal’s website.

Number of Volumes and Issues[edit]

The Journal Business Ethics publishes seven volumes per year with each volume made up of four issues, i.e., 28 issues per year. The journal also publishes four Special Issues per year. The full list of issues can be found at on the JBE's website.

Abstracted and Indexed in[edit]

ABS Academic Journal Quality Guide


Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List

BFI List





Current Contents / Social & Behavioral Sciences


EBSCO Book Review Digest Plus

EBSCO Business Abstracts with Full Text

EBSCO Business Source

EBSCO Discovery Service

EBSCO Education

EBSCO Education Source

EBSCO Health Business

EBSCO Management Collection

EBSCO Nonprofit Organization Reference Center

EBSCO OmniFile




Google Scholar


Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition


Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals and Series

OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service




ProQuest Art, Design and Architecture Collection

ProQuest Arts & Humanities Database

ProQuest Arts Premium Collection

ProQuest-ExLibris Primo

ProQuest-ExLibris Summon


Research Papers in Economics (RePEc)



Social Science Citation Index

TD Net Discovery Service

UGC-CARE List (India)


Impact Factor and Ranking[edit]

The Journal of Business Ethics has a impact factor of 6.331 and a five year impact factor of 8.086 (2021 statistics).[2]

The Journal is ranked 2nd out of 56 journals in the category of "Ethics" and 54th out of 152 journals in the category of "Business" by the Clarivates Journal Citation Reports® Ranking by Category.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ormans, Laurent (2016-09-12). "50 Journals used in FT Research Rank". Financial Times. Retrieved 2023-01-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Journal of Business Ethics website

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