While I’m not aware of any journals that shun SocEnt research, there are certainly some that publish SocEnt papers more than others.  If you are looking for a “best bet”, the following may help.


First, there are a few journals that focus wholly on SocEnt research.  These outlets represent a fairly recent and very exciting development in our field.  Their establishment signals the growing importance of SocEnt, along with a measure of the topic’s durability.  The following are the names of the journals, links to their websites, and trimmed versions of their missions:


1) Journal of Social Entrepreneurship - This exciting new Journal will focus on social entrepreneurship and social innovation across a range of sectors and cultural settings. There will be three key criteria behind the Journal.  Firstly, sociality: by which is meant strategic primacy being given to a clearly defined social purpose or public benefit that can be identified by organisational type (eg charity, co-operative), output (a normatively defined public benefit), or sector (eg health, education).  Secondly, innovation: by which is meant conventional notions of entrepreneurial bricolage or Schumpeterian disruptive, systematic change supplied to social or economic systems. Thirdly, market-orientation: by which is meant, not only conventional economic market strategies (as in the case of social enterprises), but a wider sense of placing social entrepreneurship in a broader competitive landscape of funding, outputs, accountability and legitimacy, all focused on a relentless effort to improve performance and increase social impact.          

2) Social Enterprise Journal - The editorial team has consciously chosen not to restrict the subject areas for this journal, but to open the door wide to all scholars publishing in social enterprise. The SEJ will accept both rigorous research papers and shorter case study submissions that address key aspects. Issues of importance, which can be addressed at a global, national and/or individual social enterprise level, include but are not limited to: 1) Theorisation of the nature of social enterprise, 2) Strategic management tools and their application within social enterprises, 3) Entrepreneurship in social enterprises, 4) Social enterprise delivering public services, 4) The sustainability of social enterprise 5) Governance systems for social enterprise… etc.

3) International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation - IJSEI provides valuable insights into successful business techniques and strategies in the emerging field of social entrepreneurship, including theoretical perspectives, cutting-edge research, and actionable solutions to identified problems of particular interest to policy makers in government and international agencies, academics and researchers.

4) Stanford Social Innovation Review [More practitioner-oriented, but scholarly-based] - Our mission is to share substantive insights and practical experiences that will help those who do the important work of improving society do it even better.


Beyond outlets that focus wholly on SocEnt lie those that have demonstrated a clear interest in the topic by way of publishing special issues on SocEnt.  The following journals have, or will have, at least one special issue on SocEnt:


1) International Small Business Journal - ISBJ publishes the highest quality original research papers on small business and entrepreneurship. The ISBJ attracts submissions from international academics focusing upon theoretical, empirical, policy and practitioner issues within the fields of small business and entrepreneurship. Articles published in the ISBJ are of importance to academics, policy makers, practitioners and analysts in government and organizations, seeking to understand small businesses, entrepreneurial processes and outcomes.  [**ISBJ has a call for papers out right now for an upcoming special issue – papers are due by March 30, 2012… so get to work!]    

2) Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice – ET&P’s mission is to publish original papers which contribute to the advancement of the field of entrepreneurship. ET&P publishes conceptual and empirical articles of interest to scholars, consultants, and public policy makers. Most issues also feature a teaching case.

3) Journal of World Business - JWB publishes manuscripts that are broad in scope, but demonstrate keen insights into problems facing the professional practitioner as well as the academician. 

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