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The University of Chicago Press to provide open access to The Journal of Business archive


August 17, 2006

The University of Chicago Press has announced its decision to make The Journal of Business electronic archive on the University of Chicago Press Web site freely accessible to all registered online visitors, beginning in 2007.

Founded in 1928, The Journal of Business was the first scholarly journal to focus on business-related research and played a pioneering role in fostering serious academic research about business. However, in appreciation of the increasing specialization in business scholarship, as reflected in the emergence of many specialized business journals, the faculty of the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business decided after careful deliberation and extensive dialogue to cease publication of the more broadly focused Journal at the end of 2006.

The Journal of Business will cease publication with the November 2006 issue (Volume 79, Number 6), after nearly eight decades of publication by the University of Chicago Press. Electronic issues of the Journal will remain temporarily restricted to subscribers until Spring 2007, at which point subscription-based access control will be discontinued and the archive will be made openly accessible to all individual readers who have a valid registration ID on the Chicago Journals Web site.

The University of Chicago Press considers the preservation of scholarly journal content to be an integral component of its publishing mission. Chicago’s commitment to preserving vital electronic back issues of The Journal of Business on its own Web site will be complemented by partnerships with trusted archiving initiatives such as JSTOR and Portico.

More about The Journal of Business: The Journal of Business originated as The University Journal of Business, a quarterly periodical published from 1922 to 1927 by students of the University of Chicago’s School of Commerce and Administration (a precursor of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business) in cooperation with students of business at several other universities. In 1928 the journal was reorganized and became officially The Journal of Business of the University of Chicago. Published by the University of Chicago Press ever since, the journal’s title underwent one more change, in 1954, when it was shortened to The Journal of Business. Indispensable to scholars, business professionals, and students, The Journal of Business has, since its inception, published research, analysis, and inquiry into issues of importance to the business community—from theoretical insights to empirical analyses of data and practical management strategies.


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