Call for articles Special issue of Intangible Capital: Business, Economics and E-learning

Submission deadline: January 31st 2015

Intangible Capital launches a call for articles for the next Special Issue on Business, Economics and E-learning.

Thematic areas

The special issue adopts an interdisciplinary approach, which tries to foster cross-fertilization between the disciplines of business and economics, on the one hand, and e-learning pedagogy and technology, on the other hand. Specifically, the special issue's subject areas are as follows:

The use of e-learning methods to teaching business and economics disciplines at any level of education:
  • Developing interpersonal skills and other generic competences
  • Learning quantitative subjects
  • Working with synchronous communication
  • Experience-based learning: work placements and projects in businesses; recognizing professional experience
  • Simulator use
  • Social network use
  • Personalized e-feedback
  • Teachers: profile, training and motivation
  • Virtual teaching teams
  • Quality assurance
  • Tutor activity

E-learning in the world of business and organizations:
  • E-learning for workplace-based employee training
  • Embracing e-learning: barriers and facilitating factors
  • Detecting needs and designing activities involving e-learning
  • Managing e-learning in organizations
  • The status of e-learning in specific sectors

The economics of e-learning:
  • E-learning as a sector of activity
  • The efficacy and efficiency of e-learning
  • E-learning's acceptance in the labour market
  • E-learning's contribution to development
  • Managing virtual universities.

The above list is by no means exhaustive. Papers on other topics within the general framework established are welcome.

Submission deadline

Articles should be submitted by January 31st 2015 to

Author guidelines

The contributions must be written in English, Spanish or Catalan, and they must be original (not published in another journal or any other media). Along the reviewing process, it is forbidden that the contribution follows a parallel reviewing process in another journal. The articles may be sent in Word 97-2004 (doc), Word 2007 (docx) or Open Office (odt) formats. The special issue’s editorial team will acknowledge the receipt of originals. In order to follow the formatting instructions, it is strongly recommended to use the journal's templates for contributors, available on doc, docx and odt formats. There is no limit to the length of the contributions. In addition to respecting the template formatting, contribution must comply the following norms:

Title (and optionally, subtitle): The title must adequately describe the contribution's content.

Authors: Authors must include their names and contact information. After the paper has been screened by the special issue editors, any information about the authors will be removed in order to send the paper to two blind reviewers.

Abstract: To produce a structured abstract for the journal, please complete the following fields about your paper. There are four fields which are obligatory (Purpose, Design/methodology/approach, Findings and Originality/value); the other three (Research limitations/implications, Practical implications, and Social implications) may be omitted if they are not applicable to your paper. Abstracts should contain no more than 300 words. Write concisely and clearly. The abstract should reflect only what appears in the original paper.

  1. Purpose: What are the reason(s) for writing the paper or the aims of the research?
  2. Design/methodology/approach: How are the objectives achieved? Include the main method(s) used for the research. What is the approach to the topic and what is the theoretical or subject scope of the paper?
  3. Findings: What was found in the course of the work? This will refer to analysis, discussion, or results.
  4. Research limitations/implications (if applicable): If research is reported on in the paper this section must be completed and should include suggestions for future research and any identified limitations in the research process.
  5. Practical implications (if applicable): What outcomes and implications for practice, applications and consequences are identified? How will the research impact upon the business or enterprise? What changes to practice should be made as a result of this research? What is the commercial or economic impact? Not all papers will have practical implications.
  6. Social implications (if applicable): What will be the impact on society of this research? How will it influence public attitudes? How will it influence (corporate) social responsibility or environmental issues? How could it inform public or industry policy? How might it affect quality of life? Not all papers will have social implications.
  7. Originality/value: What is new in the paper? State the value of the paper and to who

Notes: Footnotes or endnotes will NOT be accepted.

References: Whenever the authors make reference to another author's ideas or results, they must indicate its origin using the adequate citation. The citations must be written in text using ISI WEB style (see template).

Acknowledgements: Before the references section, authors can thank to people or institutions that have helped or financed the research presented in the article.

Tables and figures: Tables and figures must be correlatively numbered, following their order of appearance in the text. They must include captions that adequately describe the table's or figure's contents, and they should include the source of information used to build the table or figure.

Appendices: If needed, authors can add appendices to the document that include complementary material useful to other researchers (e.g., questionnaires used in surveys or econometric models). Appendices will be placed after the bibliographical references section, and they must be labeled using capital letters (Appendix A, B, ...), and should have a title descriptive of its contents.


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