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Focus and Scope

IBAPA is a peer reviewed academic journal that publishes articles in the fields of Indigenous business and public administration. Our mission is to promote scholarship which advances our understanding of the creation and management of Indigenous (Native American, First Nation, Maori, Aboriginal) organizations with the intent of enhancing economic development in these communities.

Although our primary audience is the academic community, IBAPA encourages scholarly contributions which have the potential to directly impact practitioners, students, and leaders in the Indigenous private and public sectors, as well. We encourage contributions from multiple academic fields including, but not limited to: business, entrepreneurship, economics, public policy, and the social sciences. Empirical, qualitative, and theory-building studies are all encouraged.

In addition to original research articles, IBAPA also encourages contributions that highlight best practices from Indigenous organizations as well as pedagogical contributions that focus on best teaching practices for students studying Indigenous business and public administration.

We also seek to decolonize the academic space. It is important for Indigenous scholars to communicate in a manner that is culturally acceptable and effective for their own people. As such, IBAPA encourages a conversational tone with authors who are comfortable writing in such a manner.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published biannually (2 times per year).

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject-specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.

Archiving Policy

 The journal’s publisher focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

This journal is indexed by the following services: Google, Google Scholar, and CrossRef. In addition, content is available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal utilizes the CLOCKSS archiving system to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration. Content is also LOCKSS enabled.


The editorial team thanks Gonzaga University, home of the MBA in American Indian Entrepreneurship, for their support.

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