Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Field of knowledge of the journal: The IJI concentrates on the field of Applied Social Sciences, predominantly innovation, with a focus on emerging markets.

Predominant field: Innovation with a focus on emerging markets

Mission: To serve as a vehicle of periodical publication of scientific and technological works in the field of innovation with a focus on emerging markets and which study individuals, organizations, ecosystems and policies.

Objectives: To publish original and previously unpublished works with a view to promoting scientific production and the dissemination of science and technology in the field of innovation with a focus on emerging markets.

Target audience: Researchers, scholars, academics, professionals and students who are interested in the diverse themes related to innovation with a focus on emerging markets, and their concepts related to thinking, planning and management.


  • Theoretical articles and empirical research that make advances in the understanding and variety of innovation with a focus on emerging markets, both in terms of improving their efficiency and in terms of critical approaches. In this sense, the development of new challenging theories is prioritized, along with clear explanations of existing theories and the identification of new theoretical issues.
  • Empirical investigations or applied tests that, based on theories or reference frames, present the state of the art and practical application in the field of innovation with a focus on emerging markets; unpublished technological contributions and the importance to research in the field are prioritized.
  • Perspectives that demonstrate an advance in established and emerging methodologies that are used in the field of innovation with a focus on emerging markets, such as Experimental and Technometric methods, Text Mining, Data Mining, Modeling, Bibliometrics, Netnography, Neuroscientific Methods, Design Science Research, and Grounded Theory.

Topics of Interest

  • Innovative Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and Learning
  • Innovation and Sustainability
  • Internationalization of Innovation
  • Innovation Systems
  • Emerging Themes of Innovation
  • Digital Transformation


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


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Technological Articles

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Peer Review Process

The Evaluation Process by Double Blind Review Process

The evaluation process of papers submitted to the International Journal of Innovation (IJI Journal) is characterized by a dual rating system and involves two sequential steps: the desk review and the assessment by reviewers.

In the desk review, the editors gather and analyze, without author identification, submitted articles to assess their relevance to the journal's scope and their potential to make a significant contribution to the construction of knowledge in the field of study of innovation. When necessary, the editors involve members of the scientific committee in the process.

This evaluation occurs monthly. When an article does not comply with the policy of the journal, the authors are notified of this decision within sixty days of the date of submission. Articles approved in the desk review stage are forwarded to two of the journal’s expert reviewers for evaluation in a Double Blind Review system or to external researchers selected for their knowledge of the field of study of the article. The reviewers are professors and researchers associated to stricto sensu graduate programs of domestic or foreign educational institutions.

Articles are evaluated in a previously defined form, considering the relevance of the theme in question to innovation, the quality of the writing, the logical thread of the theoretical review, the use of appropriate bibliographical references, the suitability of the methodological procedures, the depth and consistency of the analysis, the outline of the conclusions and the relevance of the contributions. This stage of the evaluation process can last up to three months. When it is completed, the authors are notified of the editorial decision. When reviewers request adjustments to the article, the authors, at the discretion of the editor, may be allowed a period of thirty to sixty days for the incorporation of the suggested changes.

After the completion of the requested adjustments, articles are submitted to a spelling check, grammar review, reassessment of their compliance with the norms of the journal and final editing.

The conclusion of this process does not imply the immediate publication of the article. This decision is made by the editors, who determine the editorial policies, guidelines and the appropriate time for publication.

Peer review

The Academic Editor decides whether reviews from additional experts are needed to evaluate the manuscript. After agreeing to review a manuscript, external reviewers are typically granted 10 days to complete the assignment. We will follow up with late reviewers and keep authors informed if there are any delays.

Will authors know who is reviewing their manuscript?

Reviewers’ identities are anonymous unless a reviewer indicates otherwise.

How many reviewers will a manuscript have?

The majority of IJI JOURNAL submissions are evaluated by 2 external reviewers, but it is up to the Academic Editor to determine the number of reviews required.

When reviews have been received, authors may see the status “Required Reviews Complete.” Please note that additional reviews may still be pending after this status is activated.

Editorial decisions

The final decision on a manuscript is made by the Academic Editor. The time to receive a decision depends on how long it takes for the editor to assess the reviews.

While the Academic Editor is entering the decision, authors may see the status “Decision in Process.” When the decision is final, authors will receive the notification by email and see the decision term in the submission system.

What are the possible decision outcomes?

After evaluation, the Academic Editor chooses between the following decisions:

  • Accept
  • Minor Revision
  • Major Revision
  • Reject
See Review Form


Authors who receive a decision of Minor Revision or Major Revision have 45 days to resubmit the revised manuscript.

In most cases, the revised manuscript will be re-assigned to the original Academic Editor. The Academic Editor will determine if additional input is needed from reviewers.


Publication Frequency

Three issues of the IJI are published per year (January-April; May-August; September-December), and articles can be submitted in Portuguese, English and Spanish. However, only the English version of an article will be published. Authors whose works are accepted for publication are responsible for the translation and proofreading of the final version of their manuscripts in the English language (the official language of the IJI).


Open Access Policy

This journal allows open access to all of its content, and articles can be read, downloaded, copied, distributed, printed and/or researched.



This journal uses the LOCKSS system to create an archive system distributed among participating libraries, allowing these libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for preservation and restoration. Learn more ...


Editorial policy

The decisions and actions of the Editorial Board are guided by the ethical principles that support scientific journals, and the editors must keep up with the most recent scientific editorial advances at the international level. In operational terms, based on the steps followed by the Open Journal Systems (OJS), submitted articles are evaluated by the Editorial Board with regard to their scientific merit and their compliance with the requirements of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the other editorial principles. The submitted texts are then forwarded to at least two reviewers in a blind review system. Based on the evaluations of these reviewers, the Editorial Board will decide whether or not to publish the articles and may also suggest changes to be made to make the text acceptable. All the submitted texts should be accompanied by a letter of authorization for publication (whether in electronic or print form). This letter should also state that the text is unpublished and has been submitted exclusively to the journal for consideration. None of the editorial bodies, teaching and research organizations or individuals involved in the journal’s boards, committees or publishing and management process are responsible for the content of the articles, whether in the form of ideals, opinions or concepts. The authors of the respective texts are solely responsible for their content.


Boards and Committees

  • Editorial Board: The Editorial Board comprises academic representatives for different learning and research institutions. Its members work preferentially, but not exclusively, in the field of innovation research. The work of the Editorial Board is not necessarily done collectively. There is no provision for regular meetings to address issues. The members of the Editorial Board are not formally involved with the entity legally responsible for the publication of the journal. Each member participates in the work of the journal in a more individual manner, with guidance from the Scientific Committee or the Editor. Indeed, each member acts as an adviser to the Scientific Committee and the Editor, interpreting and suggesting improvements in the Editorial Policy, publicizing the magazine, positioning themselves as arbiters regarding strategic issues of the IJI’s involvement in the academic and professional environment. The Editorial Board does not supervise or interfere in the editorial process and does not take part in the article arbitration process. It is involved in important matters such as the consistency of editorial policy and publications and their quality, in addition to ethical issues with regard to editorial management. Each member also acts as an “ombudsman” of the scientific community and is active in the field, ensuring the academic credibility and the posture expected from a scientific journal.

  • Scientific Committee: This is an interinstitutional collegiate, composed of representatives of the research groups that most directly support the journal’s development. It works in a collegial manner, with collective and democratic decisions. The main mission of the group is to strive to ensure the credibility of the editorial procedures and assume scientific responsibility for the journal. The Scientific Committee appoints the Scientific Editor who becomes its natural member. In addition, its duties are of a scientific nature in order to ensure that the Journal’s mission is fulfilled. This committee must be permanently active in complying with the general definitions of the journal’s editorial policy and also with the expected editorial procedures, particularly with regard to ensuring the consistency and quality of publications. Special editions and other scientific contributions are discussed and defined by the committee. One of its tasks is to discuss and develop its own regulations for various subjects, such as: rules and formatting of articles; criteria for evaluation and acceptance of texts for publication; acceptance of new research groups to participate in the committee; budget approval; accreditation of reviewers; and definition of circulation policy and subscriptions. The Scientific Committee is not involved in the editorial operations of the IJI, which is the responsibility of the Editor and his operational team.

  • Scientific Editor: The scientific editor is responsible for setting the Editorial Policy, editorial management and supervision of the Editorial Secretariat, which operates the entire workflow, with the aid of the Open Journal System (OJS). The Editor works specifically with the prior selection of articles forwarded to the journal and the distribution of articles to the reviewers who will evaluate them. If the articles meet the journal’s requirements for quality, they will be published. Furthermore, the editor should play an active role in the work of the Scientific Committee and the articulation of actions of the Editorial Board. A flowchart of the activities involved in the scientific publication process is available on the OJS platform, in the menu under de menu “About/About the e-journal publishing system”.

Article search engine: users of the IJI can use the search engine for articles available on the SEER (Sistema Eletrônico de Editoração de Revistas – Electronic Journal Publishing System) platform, which allows searches through diverse research arguments.

Availability of online indexers: The IJI is an open access journal that allows all of its content to be consulted or downloaded through the databases in which it is indexed and also through direct access to its website.

Indication of statistical control of access to the site/articles: The platform that hosts the IJI has control over access to the site and articles. Furthermore, it is synchronized with the download control of the SPELL – ANPAD website.

ORCID registration: As a form of standardization of authorship, the Committee of the RDBCI made the inclusion of the ORCID iD compulsory when submitting articles. After the first analysis, before they are forwarded for evaluation, authors of manuscripts that are not registered in the ORCID system will be asked to include this iD, and, when registering, should provide info on their academic qualification and affiliation (job, if they have one). The ORCID iD can be obtained free of charge at: https://orcid.org/register. You must accept the standards for the presentation of the ORCID iD, include the complete URL, including the expression “http://”, in your registration, followed by your e-mail (e.g.,: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1825-0097). You can see a tutorial for registration here. Registering with ORCID is compulsory for all authors.

Institution: The journal is maintained by Universidade Nove de Julho (UNINOVE/SP).


Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Submission FREE: 0.00 (USD)

Fast-Track Review FREE: 0.00 (USD)

Article Publication: 0.00 (USD)