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Springer Nature to publish SBUR, a fully OA journal created by merging journals from the two largest business research associations in Germany -

Springer Nature will be the publisher of a fully open access (OA) journal created by merging journals from the two largest business research associations in the German-speaking world. Starting from January 1, 2021, the Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft (SG) and the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB) will jointly publish the Schmalenbach Journal of Business Research (SBUR) as part of Springer Nature's portfolio. The aim of the cooperation is to create a new leading high-quality academic journal with international appeal covering all areas of Business and Management. SBUR will be published as a fully open access journal (Gold OA).

With the creation of SBUR, the English-language journals Business Research of VHB and Schmalenbach Business Review of SG will merge into one strong international outlet. The previous Editors-in-Chief, Thomas Gehrig of the University of Vienna, and Alfred Wagenhofer of the University of Graz, will jointly take over the editorial management of SBUR.

The cooperation of the two largest business research associations with a long tradition in the German-speaking world provides a broad and strong foundation to SBUR. The journal will build on ZfbF (Schmalenbachs Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung), one of the oldest and most renowned business journals in German, and will turn it into a forward-looking, international format. The first volume of SBUR will therefore start with Volume 73. Articles will be published in English language only.

Springer Nature supports SBUR with its expertise and international reputation. Moreover, the three journals merged to form SBUR were already part of Springer Nature’s strong portfolio of Business and Management publications. The fully open access journal SBUR will fit well into the framework of the recently concluded DEAL agreement for Germany.

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