About the Journal

Virtual Economics (VE) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal dedicated to enhancing cross-disciplinarity investigations on the capabilities of digitalization and sustainability for management development at regional, national, and global scales. The journal seeks to publish research that investigates the potential of information communication technologies to support sustainable development goals, as well as the challenges and trade-offs associated with their use. In addition, the journal aims to promote the development of best practices and innovative solutions that leverage information communication technologies to address sustainability challenges across a range of domains, including energy, transportation, agriculture, and urban planning. By bringing together cutting-edge research from diverse disciplines, the journal aims to contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the opportunities and limitations of virtual economics in advancing sustainable development and to inform policy and practice in this critical area.

Cite Score 2024, calculated on 5 June 2024 (measures average citations received per document published in the serial): 15.3.

Scimago Journal Rank 2023: Q1 (Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous), Business and International Management, Management Information Systems), and Q2 (Management of Technology and Innovation).

Review Time (the period during which submitted manuscripts or articles undergo a thorough evaluation by experts in the field): 16 weeks.

Time to First Decision (the duration it takes for the editorial team to provide an initial outcome or decision on a submitted manuscript after it has undergone the peer-review process): 3.5 weeks.

Publication Time (the mean duration, in weeks, for an article to transition from the point of manuscript acceptance to its initial online presence, marked by the appearance of the article along with a digital object identifier (DOI)): 3 weeks.

Expect on average 22.5 weeks from submission to publication.

The rejection rate of submitted papers is approximately 77%.

Subject categories and areas:

Economics, Econometrics and Finance

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance: Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

Business, Management and Accounting:

  • Business and International Management;
  • Management Information Systems;
  • Management of Technology and Innovation.

Areas of research include but are not limited to the following:

  • Digital Economy and Technological Advancements (Impact of Digitalisation on Economic Growth at Micro-, Meso-, Macro-, Global-, and Meta-Levels; Information Technologies for Socio-Economic Innovations; Cloud Computing and its Role in Modern Economic Systems; etc.)
  • Virtual Economy and Emerging Market Dynamics (Virtual Economy Development in Gaming and Game Worlds; Applying Economics to the Study of Virtual Markets; Role of Virtual Economies in E-Commerce and E-Business, etc.)
  • Digital Economy and Sustainable Development within the Global Challenges (Utilising Digital Economy for Sustainable Development; Addressing Climate Change, Energy Poverty, and Gender; Inequality through Information Technology; Recycling, Water Management, and Environment Preservation in the Digital Era, Smart Cities, Electromobility, Sharing Economy, etc.)
  • Innovation, Industrialisation, and Automation (Innovation Information Technologies in the Context of Post-Industrialization; Automation and Modernisation in the Information Economy; Implications of Industry 4.0 on Economic Processes, Information Technologies to Improve Supply Chain Management, etc.)
  • Financial Markets and Digital Economy (Virtual Economy and Financial Market Development; Algorithmic Economy and its Effects on Financial Systems; Economic Security, Insurance, and Risk Management in Digital Markets, etc.)
  • Cooperation, Integration, and Networking in the Digital Age (Collaborative Processes in the Information Economy; Integration of Digital Economies on a Global Scale; Network Economy and Its Implications for Economic Cooperation, etc.)
  • Strategic Management and Economic Optimisation (Cognitive Technologies and Optimisation of Economic Processes; Strategic Management Practices in the Digital Economy; Reflexive Management Development in the Age of Digital Transformation, etc.)
  • Econometrics and Data Analysis for the Information Economy (Econometrics for Information Economy Development; Big Data and Mathematical Economics in Digital Economic Analysis; Empirical Studies and Data-Driven Insights in the Digital Economy, etc.)
  • Emerging Technological and Economic Landscape within Metaverse Development (Web Economy; Gig Economy; the Internet of Things; Space Economy; Metaverse, etc.)

Virtual Economics publishes original research articles, reviews, perspectives, case studies, and opinion pieces that contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the realm of virtual economics.

Virtual Economics caters to a diverse readership including academics, researchers, policymakers, industry professionals, and students interested in the intersection of economics, technology, and digital transformation. By offering a platform for rigorous and thought-provoking research, virtual economics aims to foster a global community dedicated to unravelling the complexities and opportunities within virtual economies.

Authors are invited to submit their manuscripts adhering to the guidelines provided on the Journal's website. All submissions undergo a thorough peer-review process to ensure the highest standard of quality and relevance. The journal operates with a commitment to openness, transparency, and academic rigor, maintaining the integrity of the research published. Each paper is assigned a DOI identifier.

Each paper submitted to the VE is evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief according to the following criteria: 1) the paper’s sufficient contribution to knowledge; 2) all papers are checked by StrikePlagiarism and iThenticate for similarity; and 3) its high potential to attract the interest of an international audience. Each preselected paper was evaluated by at least two independent reviewers. The double-blind review process is applied. This means that neither the author(s) nor the reviewers know each other’s identities.

Submitting the same work multiple times, publishing identical content in multiple places, manipulating citations to artificially enhance visibility, and fabricating data are all considered unacceptable practices.