SHU’s NE Journal of Entrepreneurship Ranks Amongst Prime 10 in Area


FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s New England Journal of Entrepreneurship (NEJE) earned a spot in the top 10 entrepreneurship journals according to a study recently published in the Journal of Business Research (JBR).

Published by Sacred Heart’s Jack Welch College of Business & Technology (WCBT), NEJE is an expert-reviewed magazine designed to promote dialogue and innovation in studies of entrepreneurship and small and family business management. It appears twice a year, with one issue being designated as a special issue. It was the 2020 special edition on entrepreneurship that earned NEJE a spot on the Journal of Business Research list.

“We are very pleased to have recognized the New England Journal of Entrepreneurship as a leading publication by the JBR. NEJE is a reputable, peer-reviewed magazine that signals WCBT’s commitment to thought leadership in entrepreneurship and innovation. This year we are introducing a special edition of NEJE dedicated to social entrepreneurship. So take care, ”said Martha Crawford, Dean of the WCBT.

For Grace Guo, deputy dean of WCBT and former editor-in-chief of NEJE, this ranking is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that has formed around the magazine. She said the achievement also symbolized the magazine’s growth from an in-house publication founded in 1989 under the name Vanguard to a digital magazine that gained international respect. “It’s very fulfilling,” she said.

In 2004, then-NEJE editor Joshua Shuart, Professor of Management at WCBT, recognized the need to establish the magazine as a true academic magazine with a wider audience. He acquired a Library of Congress number for NEJE, set up a review board and initiated a digital submission process for the growing content.

Before Guo became editor-in-chief of NEJE in 2014, she had submitted her own work to other trade journals and knew that centralized submission and review systems were available. It was time to update NEJE again. Today authors submit articles through Emerald Group Publishing, the same company that hosts the digital edition of the magazine.

Vishal Gupta of the University of Alabama is a leading scientist in the field of entrepreneurship. He worked with fellow editorial staff to set high standards for publication. Gupta and other members of the editorial board were also instrumental in building strategic partnerships with the Eastern Academy of Management, the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division, and the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Sponsorship opportunities with these leading professional associations have helped NEJE gain recognition and respect in the industry.

Andres Felipe Cortes, Assistant Professor of Management at WCBT, is the magazine’s current editor-in-chief. The more recognition the NEJE receives, the more frequent and stronger contributions are submitted by colleges and universities in 19 countries, including Great Britain, India, Indonesia, China and Kenya.

Cortes said NEJE’s notoriety has also grown through its advisory board, which includes representatives from institutions such as Temple University, Babson College, Iowa State University, the University of Texas and Florida Atlantic University, and Loughborough University in the UK. This group of prominent scholars shares NEJE’s articles and achievements within members’ own networks, building the journal’s reputation, readership and recognition.

The next step for NEJE is to become part of the Emerging Sources Citation Index. In addition to increasing the quality of submissions, increasing the number of issues per year is key to achieving this goal, according to Cortes. “We need another issue every year, which publishes an average of four articles, to be indexed. We also need to keep other success measures such as increasing the number of citations. “

To read the latest edition of NEJE, visit its website.


About Sacred Heart University

As the second largest independent Catholic university in New England and one of the fastest growing in the United States, Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, graduate, and graduate programs and certification programs on its Fairfield, Connecticut campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programming. More than 9,000 students attend the university’s nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & Art; Social work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business and Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, RN, and the Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions because it was founded and run by lay people. Contemporary Catholic University is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, while developing students into thought leaders who create change – in their own lives, in their professions, and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in the Best 386 Colleges – 2021 Edition, Best in the Northeast, and Best Business Schools – 2021 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning NPR-affiliated radio station WSHU, a Division I track and field program, and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance, and theater.