The list of IE articles is now available for ie-scholars members! The spreadsheet is in excel format, allowing you to search by keyword, date, author or journal. It can be found here: IE-Spreadsheet-2018 v2 It is also permanently posted on the Research tab of the website.

The list includes papers published in 2018 found in:

  • IE-friendly journals (n = 29); and
  • the Journal of International Entrepreneurship (the only journal devoted to IE).

The set of journals was expanded from 2017 to include 29 IE-friendly journals with an Impact Factor > 1.0 (we used 5-year Impact Factor where available).

Editorials/introductions to special issues were excluded and core exclusion criteria were as follows:

  1. Studies focused on SME internationalization rather than IE per se, i.e. where entrepreneurship issues and theories are not integrated or addressed in the study;
  2. Studies in which the primary focus is not international entrepreneurship. E.g. studies of biotech firms in global industries or in which the focus is on technological innovation rather than business or entrepreneurial processes;
  3. Studies focused on domestic entrepreneurship in one country;
  4. Cross-cultural assessments of (e.g.) EO measures that focus on scale and measure development or validation;
  5. Studies on transnational and/or immigrant entrepreneurship.


  • In 2018, 56 articles were identified which is a decrease from 2017 (88 articles) and a slight increase from 2016 (55 articles).
  • Of these 56, ten (18%) were from the elite group of our IE-friendly journals (FT List): JIBS (5), JBV (2), ETP (2) and JOM (1). No papers were found in SMJ or SEJ). Another 10 (18%) were in highly regarded journals with and Impact Factor > 3 (IMR, ISBJ and JWB).
  • Besides JIE, the only journal devoted to IE, IBR continues to publish the most IE articles (7).
  • IEMJ and SBE have also published significant numbers of IE articles – 5 and 4, respectively.
  • Thanks to a Special Issue devoted to cross-border entrepreneurial opportunities, the number of articles published in JIBS is also relatively high (5).

What does this mean?

Although the number of IE-friendly journals has grown, the IE research seems to have slowed down a bit. However, it is good to see that top journals continue to see the IE field as an interesting topic.

NOTE – Many thanks to IE Ambassadors Sascha Fuerst, Sreevas Sahasranamam, Stine Oyna, Andreu Blesa, Marleen McCormick Pritchard, Eldrede Kahiya, Ross Curran, Nicole Coviello, Sinead Monaghan, and Lasse Torkkeli, for their contribution in compiling the list. Please email Martina Musteen at to report any errors or omissions.