After five years of cooperation with the University of St. Gallen, the editorial team of the University of Liechtenstein can boast an extremely respectable success for the "Zeitschrift für KMU & Entrepreneurship" (ZfKE): the rise from previously "D" to "C" in the "Jourqual 3" rating, the leading German-language ranking for business management journals.
Over 1,100 members of the Association of University Teachers of Business Administration (VHB) have rated a total of 64,113 journals for the ranking in recent months. Of the 934 journals up for evaluation, 651 journals exceeded the threshold of 25 evaluations and received a rating. With the targeted and finally achieved rating of "C", which has been consistently worked towards over the past five years, ZfKE has now finally arrived in the category of "recognized scientific business journals". Only one German-language journal, the "Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung" (Journal of Business Research), was able to achieve the next highest rating level "B".
From left to right: Urs Baldegger (University of Liechtenstein), Urs Fueglistaller (University of St. Gallen) and Dr. Ruth Jochum-Gasser and Dr. Sascha Kraus (University of Liechtenstein).
High relevance for science and practice
ZfKE is the only German-language journal on the research fields of small and medium-sized enterprises, entrepreneurship and family businesses. Published by the renowned traditional publishing house "Duncker & Humblot" in Berlin, ZfKE publishes articles with high scientific standards that are also relevant for the business practice of SMEs. Since its first publication in 1952, ZfKE has consistently developed and today operates with a "double-blind" review system and an internationally renowned review panel. In the last five years, Dr. Ruth Jochum-Gasser and Dr. Sascha Kraus from the University of Liechtenstein have been responsible for the editorial management.
Position in the academic community
As planned, the five-year term of office of the publishing and editorial management team will end with the publication of this month’s issue. With this outstanding ranking result, the scientists from the Universities of Liechtenstein and St. Gallen achieve the well-deserved reward for their years of successful joint work. "This success will shape and consolidate the journal’s standing in the academic community for years to come," says Urs Fueglistaller of the Swiss Institute for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises at the University of St. Gallen, who together with Urs Baldegger, holder of the Van Riemsdijk Chair of Entrepreneurship at the University of Liechtenstein, edited ZfKE until the current issue.