It is my pleasure to bring to your attention the good news that the Canadian Council of Small Business has appointed Dr. Mai Thai ( to being the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (JSBE) for a term of five years starting on May 1, 2015. To facilitate a smooth transition, I will continue to work with Dr. Mai Thai for a few weeks. Dr. Thai brings to the journal her experience as author of papers in different journals, guest-editor, and researcher with strong support from her University (the HEC Montreal) direction and research community. Please join me to welcome Mai Thai to the challenging, but exciting, editorial work. I would like to seize this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to you all for your support to me in the last years in my duties as JSBE editor-in-chief. I have promised Mai Thai nothing but am sure that you will help her (take this as an invitation in my heart of hearts to you) in any way to push our journal forward to become one of the first media of researchers in entrepreneurship and small business research.

The JSBE has been included in the Association of Business School Ranking. Although not satisfied with the place given to our journal, I think that this is a basis on which to build for a bright future. Dr. Mai Thai has made a commitment to improve the ranking of our journal in the future and I think that we should all support her efforts to achieve this. Rankings are based on journal citation metrics such as impact factors, total citations, 5 year impact factors, eigenfactor, article influence score, H-index, subjective judgment of scholars, etc. To increase the number of citations of your papers in the JSBE, the efforts of the editor-in-chief alone will not be sufficient. Your participation to the promotion of your own paper and, indirectly to that of your journal will be necessary. Taylor and Francis (T&F), our publisher, has suggested 10 tips for optimizing citations. I am attaching to this message the link to get the T&F’s suggestions. One of these consists in being on social media such as,,,,, etc. I encourage you to consider seriously T&F’s suggestions and help our journal to improve its ranking.

As well, it is important that academic CCSBE members promote the good standing of the journal in their faculties. At this time, some of you are going through the hard moments of evaluation and promotion. Make sure that your publications in the JSBE are considered at their just value. The journal is among the leading journals in our area of studies. You can just see its current position in comparison with other approximately sixty journals in entrepreneurship and small business journals in rankings such as VHB in Germany ( and ABS in UK ( I agree that we still have a large room for improvement to be among the top journals. But it is also true that the JSBE is not among the lasts on the list. Therefore, be ambassadors of the JSBE in your Faculties.    

I wish to each of you a good and productive summer.


Jean-Marie Nkongolo-Bakenda     

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