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Journal of Intellectual Capital

Journal of Intellectual Capital

ISSN: 1469-1930

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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2018 Impact Factor: 3.744*

CiteScore 2020: 9.2
CiteScoreTracker 2021: 7.6 (Updated Monthly)

Meet the Editor of JIC, Merrill Warkentin!

The Journal of Intellectual Capital's 2018 impact factor is 3.744, placing it in quartile 1 of both the Business and Management subject categories. This is the second impact factor the journal has received, following its 2017 IF of 3.634. Congratulations to the JIC editorial team!

Editorial objectives

The Journal of Intellectual Capital is a peer-reviewed international publication dedicated to the exchange of the latest research and best practice information on all aspects of creating, identifying, managing, measuring, and securing intellectual capital in organizations. The journal publishes original research and case studies by academic, business and public sector contributors on intellectual capital strategies, approaches, frameworks, tools, techniques and technologies in order to increase the understanding of intellectual capital within the context of the modern knowledge economy. The focus of this journal is on the identification of innovative intellectual capital strategies and the application of theoretical concepts to real-world situations.


Intellectual capital collectively refers to all the factors that determine an organization’s value.  It is the individual and collective knowledge and skills, applied experience and expertise, enterprise processes, technologies, customer relationships, and inter-organizational relationships which confer value to a firm often not measured through traditional accounting methods. It comprises human capital (of employees), organizational (or collective) capital, and relationship capital.

Intellectual capital is often the primary driver of an organization’s success. It starts with the creativity and innovation created by individuals and workgroups who develop knowledge artifacts such as intellectual property, disruptive technologies, brands and franchises, and innovative internal processes, and successful external partnerships and alliances. Firms and not-for-profit organizations who harness and leverage these information and knowledge artifacts can increase efficiencies and effectiveness, can establish strategic sources of competitive advantage, and can ultimately create intellectual capital assets, not shown on a balance sheet, which can result in differences between a company's market value and its book value. Such firms (and others) often transform this intellectual capital into significant growth and disruption of market sectors.

These key knowledge artifacts, increasingly the source of a firm’s value, must be created and exploited. Firms seek to hire personnel to “think outside the box” and then create formal and informal environments that foster innovation. Firms must create an organizational culture that promotes the creation of such knowledge artifacts and then ensures it can blossom. 

These key information and knowledge assets must also be secured and protected, a deceptively challenging task in a hyper-connected and complex world. It is imperative and firms and other organizations pursue strategies and methods that protect its digital information assets from internal and external threats. Employee mistakes, malicious insider activities, and external hackers are among the human threat vectors of concern, as are a range of technical threats to the security of intellectual capital.

Research within the domain of intellectual capital can be conducted at the individual (micro) level, the group (meso) level, and the organizational (macro) level, and is even the focus of country-level research. Research topics range from those related to creativity and innovation to group processes to organizational structures to valuation methods and more. The Journal of Intellectual Capital will broadly welcome rigorous research from a variety of research traditions that add to our knowledge about intellectual capital and to our understanding of the creation, management, valuation and use of intellectual capital.

Finally, the Journal of Intellectual Capital is interested in research that advances the state of research methods in business research, especially issues around measuring intellectual capital and its impact, but also all business research methods and procedures. As our discipline increases the rigor with which we engage in scientific discovery, we must constantly shed light on potential weaknesses or flaws in our research methods, along with insightful investigations into the emerging methods for engaging in our science.

Key benefits

In our knowledge-based service-orientated economy, intangible assets are becoming more important than tangible ones. Intellectual capital is the primary creator of value in many business sectors – and innovative firms now disruptive more sectors each year. The rate of change is increasing. To ensure that these innovations create value, a firm must establish a well-planned and well-executed set of management initiatives. The Journal of Intellectual Capital can help plan and execute the best possible intellectual capital strategy for your organization.

Key journal audience 

Intellectual capital has a broad appeal and its readership will include:

  • Academic Researchers
  • Knowledge Managers
  • Consultants
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Senior General Managers
  • Human Resource, Personnel and Training Executives
  • Strategists
  • Accountants
  • Auditors
  • Financial Planners
  • Company Valuation Specialists
  • Board Directors
  • Libraries serving the needs of the above

Journal of Intellectual Capital is indexed and abstracted in:

Social Sciences Citation Index; British Library; Scopus; Current Abstracts (EBSCO); Academic Search (EBSCO): OCLC's Electronic Collections Online, ReadCube Discover

This Journal is Ranked in:

Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Quality Journal List, The Publication Forum (Finland), VHB-JOURQUAL 3 (Germany), BFI (Denmark)

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* 2018 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2019)