Launched in 2004, BAR has an international scope in terms of topics of interest, target audience, and editorial boards. It is an A2-journal according to the Brazilian classification Qualis/Capes, which is thus a strong signal about the quality of published works and about the transparency of the editorial process. BAR follows the editorial principles available in document Best Practices of Scientific Publication, an initiative championed by the Brazilian Academy of Management (ANPAD) that seeks to assist journals to achieve high scholarly standards and enhance their impact as sources for theoretical and applied research. Furthermore, since 2013, BAR is a member of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics), what is another signal of efforts made towards adhering to the most rigorous ethical principles in academic publication.
According to SPELL (Scientific Periodicals Electronic Library, spell.org.br), 93 Brazilian journals currently publish articles in the fields covered by BAR, while SPELL covers approximately 90% of those journals in Brazil. BAR stands out in this scenario due to observing editorial deadlines and applying theoretical and methodological rigor in article review, but also due to the scholarly reputation of the editorial boards and the strict use of English language through the entire review and publication process – that is, all parties communicate in only one language. Such facts correlate with improving the visibility of intellectual production, world reach and foreign contributions both to article submission and review.
BAR’s editorial process is highly structured, with systematic procedures intended to assist the editor-in-chief, associate editors and reviewers through the editorial process. In 2010, the journal updated the editorial board and put in place the role of associate editors and action editors. This was needed due to the volume and diversity of submissions. Besides the editorial board, the journal also has an experienced editorial staff supporting all processes in order to assure publication quality and timeliness. The editorial staff checks submissions for originality, formatting standards, APA norms and English usage, communicates with authors, reviewers and editors on operational routines, and compiles statistics from the various indexing platforms where BAR is present, as well as updates those platforms when new issues are published.
As part of this constantly improving process, in 2012 BAR adopted the practice of publishing articles ahead of print, that is, online publishing of accepted articles in final form before the complete issue is published as a whole. As of 2014, BAR started to encode articles in XML, a due action for all journals in SciELO. By mid-2015, BAR adopted a CC-BY Creative Commons license, also following SciELO standards. That license is used by different publishers and publications to make it easier to access information and disseminate knowledge. As of 2016, BAR adopted a continuous publication process, thus becoming a pioneer in its field in Brazil. That is, BAR publishes articles as soon as they survive the review process and are formatted for publication. In the modern era of digital technologies, BAR thus quickly reaches readers and disseminates knowledge from highly relevant scholarly studies to an audience keen on innovation and advancements in the frontiers of science and practice. Important to note, however, the quality of our published documents is still the most important feature and priority of BAR.
BAR is included in many of the most prestigious indexing platforms, such as SciELO, DOAJ, EBSCO, Scopus, Gale/Cengage Learning, Cabell’s, IBSS, Latindex, Ullrichs, Spell, Sumários.org, ProQuest, and Redalyc, while we continue to work on expanding this list.
According to CNPq’s classification (the Brazilian Research Council), topic coverage for BAR is as follows:
6.02.01.00-2 Business Administration
6.02.01.01-0 Production Management
6.02.01.02-9 Financial Management
6.02.01.04-5 International Business
6.02.01.05-3 Human Resource Management
6.02.02.00-9 Public Administration
6.02.02.01-7 Public Accounting and Finance
6.02.02.02-5 Public Organizations
6.02.02.03-3 Governmental Policy and Planning
6.02.02.04-1 Personnel Management
6.02.03.00-5 Management of Specific Sectors
6.02.04.00-1 Accounting Sciences