College of Business and Leadership publishes 2nd refereed business journal

Results are in and published, and the second year's edition of the Journal of Business and Leadership: Research, Practice, and Teaching is twice as successful as the first.

The journal, in two volumes for 2007, is work presented at the annual Business and Leadership Symposium, sponsored by Fort Hays State University and its College of Business and Leadership. All work in the journal is blind-refereed.

"Because of the reputation of the journal and the symposium," said Dr. Mohamed Zainuba, editor, "we were able to secure more articles this year than last year. We have attracted great authors from renowned universities."

"This is a second-tier journal with an acceptance rate of 25 percent," said Zainuba, an associate professor of management and marketing at FHSU and also director of the Management Development Center of the College of Business and Leadership.

"In the language of journals, this is an extraordinary thing for a journal such as this to be housed at Fort Hays State University. Second-tier journals are usually housed only at much larger institutions."

First-tier journals, such as the Harvard Business Review and the Sloan Business Review, have an acceptance rate of 5 to 10 percent and are housed at elite institutions. Fort Hays State, he said, is not seeking first-tier status for the journal because that would prevent professors from "peer colleges and universities from participating at our annual symposium."

He said that FHSU is able to host the symposium and the publication because of the commitment of the university. From the president to the provost to the dean, said Zainuba, "they are all committed absolutely, long term, to the journal and the symposium."

The symposium is conducted in the fall of each year. Even with this year's journal published, work is beginning on the 2007 symposium. A call for manuscripts has been issued, with a deadline for submission of May 15, 2007.

For more information on the symposium or the journal, contact Zainuba at or by phone at (785) 628-5503.

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