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The Bottom Line is a multidisciplinary international top leading journal publishing cutting-edge research that explores theoretical and practical aspects of information, knowledge, innovation, sustainability and value; and examines the relationships between these areas by different actors from business, economics and society.

ISSN: 0888-045X
eISSN: 0888-045X

Aims and scope

The Bottom Line is the first journal aiming to provide an exciting mix of work from academics and practitioners, focused on the latest developments in information, knowledge, innovation, sustainability and value by analysing managerial, economic, legal, informational, technological, strategic, organisational and social aspects of these topics. The Bottom Line, however, is not just a peer-reviewed top-tier journal, which aims to bring its readers the best analyses and discussions related to these areas, but also a unique journal that seeks to attract and publish high-quality articles that have significant implications for the theory and practice of information, management, economics, law, and business. The journal is particularly interested in research articles (of all types and approaches) that are original, innovative, relevant and impactful, well-grounded in rigorous previous research, promoting advanced conceptual, theoretical, and/or empirical knowledge, assisting in the development and improvement of theory and subject's applicability. This includes investigations into one (or at the interface) of the following three categories: 1. Information, Knowledge, and Innovation in Organisations, examining how these aspects can and should be used by managers and decision-makers in the public and private spheres to create value, foster more sustainable processes, or promote strategic, economic, financial, organisational, human, intellectual, technological, social, and/or environmental development. 2. Management, Accounting, and Business expanding understanding of how the different functional areas of Administration (accounting and finance, strategy, marketing, human resources, research and development, project management, operations, logistics and distribution, information systems and technologies, among others); or business activities, systems, processes, technologies, and structures can and should be used by managers and decision-makers in organisations to create value or sustainability, considering the perspectives (theories, taxonomies, approaches, models, processes, systems, technologies, tools, among others) of information, knowledge, intellectual capital, or innovation. Research on quintuple helix, strategy and competitiveness, performance, efficiency and efficacy, or focusing on the triple bottom line, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and environmental, social, and corporate governance issues, among others, also integrate this category. 3. Multidisciplinary studies in Management, Information, Law, Economics, and Business that help to understand, expand and consolidate the relationship between these five areas, focusing on the interface between two or three of them, in research aimed at (i) creating value or sustainability in organisations or (ii) analysing the topic under the organisational, informational, technological, cognitive, innovative or normative perspectives. Research on law, economics, or management focusing on information, engineering and systems, or science and [new] technologies, including digital economy, digital transformation, knowledge-based economy, digital business, artificial intelligence, intellectual property, and governance of information and technology, among others, can also be considered.

Benefits for authors

Aiming to minimise response delay, we are committed to a quick but rigorous double-blind peer-review process and rapid publication. Real Impact Articles will receive priority allocation of editors and reviewers, faster double-blind developmental review, and will be published as soon as possible.

We advise academic and practitioner authors on how to increase the socioeconomic, theoretical, practical, and managerial impact of their work, helping them to become innovative references for scholars, entrepreneurs, managers, and other stakeholders.

Benefits for readers

We aim to provide a mix of readable practitioner-focused articles and "classic" academic articles, so that readers can in one journal see how academic and practitioner thinking is evolving.

This journal is aligned with our responsible management goal

We aim to champion researchers, practitioners, policymakers and organisations who share our goals of contributing to a more ethical, responsible and sustainable way of working.

SDG 8 Decent work & economic growth
SDG 9 Industry, innovation & infrastructure
SDG 10 Reduced inequalities
SDG 11 Sustainable cities & communities
SDG 12 Responsible consumption & production
SDG 13 Climate action
Find out about our responsible management goal