Big Changes are Coming: The DBS Applied Research and Theory Journal

Over the last six years of publishing, the DBS Business Review has been a journal dedicated to open access principles, multidisciplinary coverage, and the preservation of authors’ rights.

With the publication of Volume 5 earlier this year,  the editorial team has also had the opportunity to evaluate the journal and consider the purpose that it serves to the DBS community and beyond. As a result, it has been decided that the journal will be renamed and its scope and aims adjusted to accommodate these findings.

A key goal of the journal is to facilitate applied research. Applied research can be defined as work that is directed towards a practical objective such as the application of new technology or the evaluation of policies or programs. 

Therefore the results of applied research can generally be seen as actionable with immediate changes “to increase effectiveness and efficiency in selected areas”(Lewis-Breck, Bryman, and Futing Liao, 2004).

Applied research is applicable to a range of different contexts accordingly we will welcome submissions from across a range of disciplines.

Although the scope of the journal will be changing, we will continue to embody the defining characteristics of DBS Business Review, such as: 

  • Diamond Open access.  No charges for authors or readers.
  • Published annually.
  • Double blind peer review.
  • Listed on DOAJ.
  • Authors own their rights to material.
  • Cross institutional, international endeavour 
  • Cross disciplinary
  • Publishes a wide range of material including  journal articles, opinion pieces, book reviews, etc.
  • Features a variety of contributors including faculty, students and practitioners from DBS and external institutions.  
  • Funded by DBS. 
  • Published online. 
  • Original submissions accepted.
  • Journal Policies (Guided by COPE, plagiarism checker software used)

With our scope and aim clear, we can announce that the DBS Business Review has been renamed the DBS Applied Research and Theory Journal

In accordance with the above, DBS Business Review (DBR) is no longer open for submissions, and this website will serve as an archive for past issues. For more information about the DBS Applied Research and Theory Journal, please visit the following website:


Lewis-Beck, M. S., Bryman, A. and Futing Liao, T. eds., 2004. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. Vol. 0. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. Available at: < > [Accessed 28 Mar 2023].