Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

BioProducts Business is dedicated to advance theoretical and practical understanding of wide ranging business topics related to wood products, bio/renewable products, and non-wood products and services. The journal publishes timely, rigorous, technically sound, and scientific manuscripts. It strives to disseminate new knowledge bridging the scientific and professional communities.

The journal targets business, economics, and policy researchers in the broad realm of lignocellulosic resources.  In addition, the journal will be of interest to business managers and entrepreneurs. The journal welcomes empirical and theoretical contributions covering both the micro (firm level issues) and macro environments (issues spanning social, technical, economic, and policy domains) surrounding a wide range of businesseses and enterprises.

All accepted papers enhance knowledge covering domains such as marketing, management, international business, entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy, human resource management, sustainability, ownership, social and environmental justice, economic development, and policy.



Section Policies

Empirical Manuscripts

These manuscripts are essentially based on data. Manuscripts rooted in both quantitative and qualitative traditions are welcome.

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Synthesis Manuscripts

These are designed to consolidate knowledge in a particular research area. A thorough literature search and selection process should be carefully documented and justified. These manuscripts lead to a new understanding of existing knowledge and may include development of proposed frameworks or models to guide further research.

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Research Notes

The journal also publishes communications in the form of research notes or comments from readers on published papers or current issues. Research notes may also present methodological commentaries and work-in-process for constructive feedback from peers. 

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These contributions, often invited, come from scholars, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and policy actors.

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Peer Review Process

All articles submitted for publication will undergo initial review by the Editor to determine potential suitability for the journal.  If appropriate, the Editor will initiate a double blind review process that includes one member of the Editorial Board and two reviewers deemed technically capable of such review.  Reviewers' recommendations comprise the basis for the Editor's decision to accept or reject a manuscript, however, the final decision for acceptance lies solely with the Editor.

The review process will be conducted in a spirit of collegiality and fairness with an aim towards improving manuscripts, balanced with maintenance of high standards for acceptance.


Publication Frequency

Accepted articles are published online upon layout completion.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Manuscripts published in the journal are open access and copyrighted according to the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) which requires attribution to the author, but can be readily shared and adapted. BioProducts Business allows the author(s) to retain publishing rights without restrictions.

Costs of publishing are defrayed through a one-time article processing fee of $600. However, authors residing in countries defined by SWST as “emerging” (see http://www.swst.org/membership/emerging/countrylist.html) will be charged $200.



All BioBus articles are archived through the Public Knowledge Project platform (http://biobus.swst.org/index.php/bpbj/issue/archive).   All of their servers are located in Canada (Vancouver and Toronto). Their main data center is located in Vancouver, BC and their offsite disaster recovery servers are located in Toronto, ON.  They provide onsite, versioned backups for all hosted clients with 4-hour, daily, weekly, and monthly data restore points. The servers are also mirrored offsite in Toronto, ON for emergency disaster recovery.

If due to unforeseen circumstances we are forced to stop publishing BioProducts Business, existing manuscripts will be perpetually kept online and accessible to the readers.

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...