On impact factor and language of publication

Salomão Alencar de Farias, Editor-in-chief, professor at UFPE/PROPAD, Recife, PE, Brazil

BAR – Brazilian Administration Review, a journal from the Brazilian Academy of Management (ANPAD), is the pioneer Journal in the area of management (business) to be published all in English in a country where the official language is Portuguese. Maybe this is the reason why it shows different impact factors and rankings depending on the source. For instance, at Spell electronic library, it is ranked as 41 out of 97 journals presented in that library, with a 0.167 impact factor in 2 years without self-citation. On the other hand, at Scimago Journal and Country rank – SJR, its cites/doc(2years) equivalent to impact factor is 0.435, and in the subject area of Business, Management and Accounting it is ranked 5th among the available Latin America Countries periodicals. On the other hand, RAC – Revista de Administração Contemporânea, another Journal from ANPAD, published in Portuguese has at Spell an impact factor of 0.556 and it is ranked as 4 out of 97 journals. Both periodicals are classified as A2 by CAPES. Currently there are nine Brazilian periodicals classified as A2 and with the Spell rank: RAE (2), RAC (4), BBR (5), RAUSP (8), O&S (10), Cadernos Ebape (12), RAP (18), RBGN (21) e BAR (41).

I think the difference in the impact factor between BAR and RAC journals comes from the publication language. I am assuming that the main audience for them is in the Brazilian management academy, including graduate students and professors. We have been writing our dissertations and thesis in Portuguese, one of the main sources for generating competitive papers for Journals. I foresee a change on this matter in a near future. The pressure to publish in English in A1 periodicals that are located outside Brazil will probably benefit BAR in terms of increasing citations, visitors and submissions.

As the current editor-in-chief of BAR, I think we will have an advantage with this trend: the pressure to internationalize, to write, teach and speak in English on the Brazilian Academy of Management. Are we ready to abandon Portuguese as the main language in our field of knowledge in Brazil and adopt English as our official language? Is it too traumatic to the point of being submissive to the mainstream that comes from the Northern Hemisphere? As it is right now, it seems to exist a direct relationship in Brazil between a periodical publication language and the impact factor on Spell electronic library.

In this edition, BAR volume 14 number 3, we bring you six interesting articles. The first one, “Identity in Family Firms: A Theoretical Analysis of Incentives and Contracts”, by Marcelo Sanches Pagliarussi and Cristiano Costa, presents a principal-agent model that coherently and parsimoniously explains previous findings from research on executive compensation in family firms. The second article “Anomalies and Investor Sentiment: Empirical Evidences in the Brazilian Market”, by Gustavo Correia Xavier and Marcio Andre Veras Machado, has examined the relationship between investor sentiment and value anomalies in Brazil. In addition, it analyzed if pricing deviations caused by investors with optimistic views are different from those caused by pessimistic investors.

The third article “Impacts of Interactive and Diagnostic Control System Use on the Innovation Process”, by Fábio Frezatti, Diógenes de Souza Bido, Ana Paula Capuano da Cruz e Maria José C. Machado, explores the innovation process in organizations based on the Management Control System (MCS) from Simons (1995). The authors have found out that despite the controversial literature, highlighting the importance of the interactive use of the Management Control Systems process, by offering an empirical perspective on innovation control.

The fourth article, “The Influence of Organizational Reconciliation Policies and Culture on Workers Stress Perceptions”, by Rosa Monteiro, Marta Pereira, Fernanda Daniel, Alexandre Gomes da Silva and Fátima Regina Ney Matos, indicates that work-family reconciliation plays a crucial role in the well-being of employees, having impacts at the individual, social and organizational level. Studies concluded that poor work-life balance as one of the ten predictors of psychosocial risks at work (BRUN; MILCZAREK, 2007). Authors concluded that more important than the existence of reconciliation services, the perception of a supportive organizational culture, namely by colleagues and supervisors has great influence in reconciliation capability and by that way on work stress feelings.

The fifth article, “Unknown Unknowns in Innovative Projects: Early Signs Sensemaking”, by Rosaria de Fatima Segger Macri Russo, Roberto Sbragia and Abraham Sih Oih Yu, sought to understand the early signs’ sensemaking relevance to identify unknown unknowns (WIDEMAN, 1992) on innovative projects. Managing these projects, the early signs of changes in the environment, combined with a sensemaking process, can help identify them previously and mitigate the unwanted effects of these uncertainties. The sixth article, “Career Profiles of Generation Y and Their Potential Influencers”, by Helena Talita Dante Cordeiro and Lindolfo Galvão de Albuquerque, identifies the predominant career profiles among the Generation Y (AMARAL, 2004) in Brazil and investigate the influence of demographic and professional characteristics in these profiles. The results show that people of Generation Y have high presence of attitudes related to the new careers and that the new careers are associated with high education and high income, mainly the Boundaryless career.


AMARAL, S. E. do. Virando gente grande: como orientar os jovens em início de carreira. São Paulo: Gente, 2004.

BRUN, E. and MILCZAREK, M. Expert forecast on emerging psychosocial risks related to occupational safetyand health. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2007. Avaliable from: https://osha.europa.eu/en/tools-and-publications/publications/reports/7807118

SIMONS, R. Levers of control: how managers use innovative control systems to drive strategic renewal. Boston: Harvard Business Press, 1995.

WIDEMAN, R. M. Project and program risk management: a guide to managing project risks and opportunities. Newton Square: Project Management Institute, 1992.

To read the articles, access

BAR, Braz. Adm. Rev. vol.14 no.3 Rio de Janeiro 2017

External links

BAR – Brazilian Administration Review – BAR: http://www.scielo.br/bar


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FARIAS, S. A. On impact factor and language of publication [online]. SciELO in Perspective: Humanities, 2018 [viewed ]. Available from: https://humanas.blog.scielo.org/en/2018/01/08/on-impact-factor-and-language-of-publication/


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