About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Small Business Strategy is an applied research journal. Manuscripts should be written with the small business/entrepreneurship educator, small business consultant in mind. Both conceptual and empirically-based papers are encouraged, but they must have an applied focus. All papers must have a significant literature review, be properly documented, with citations from research-based works rather than popular press or web sites. Since JSBS is an applied research journal, each article should include a substantial "Discussion and Implications" section that details how the research findings are relevant for the journal's readers. Authors are discouraged from submitting manuscripts with extremely complex statistical analyses and/or a purely theoretical orientation. Case studies are acceptable if they contribute substantially to the understanding of small business strategy and include a significant literature review that underscores the issues in the case. We do not accept teaching or pedagogical cases.

Articles that have a significant strategy orientation are of particular interest. However, we do also publish articles that may address functional or operational issues. Articles related to exporting or other international issues are acceptable. We have less interest in articles focusing on how small businesses compete in specific countries unless authors show that their results can be generalized to all small businesses. 

Peer Review Process

Due to the large numbers of submissions and the related demands on reviewers, we must initially screen manuscripts and reject some without submitting them for further review. The editors will review all manuscripts for content and suitability to the journal. Authors whose manuscripts do not pass the initial screening will be notified immediately so they can submit elsewhere. All manuscripts must be original submissions that have not been published elsewhere and are not under consideration at any other print or online journal or magazine.

Each manuscript undergoes a double blind review. A manuscript will be fully accepted only after all the revisions required by the editor and the reviewers have been made.

Publication Frequency

The JSBS is published three times annually. JSBS is indexed with OAI-PMH harvesters, search engines, and databases such as WorldCat, Google Scholar, DOAJ, and Scopus.

Open Access Policy, Archiving, and Reuse

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 are no article submission or processing charges. Each journal volume is preserved via the Walker Library's three level preservation methods including local and cloud storage.

The contents of this journal fall under the Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDervis (CC BY-NC-ND). For more information go to https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0.

Statement of Ethics

     General ethics statements

  • The Journal of Small Business Strategy (JSBS) works to ensure ethical practices and procedures in the review and publication of its manuscripts. Ethical misconduct is not tolerated. The Journal of Small Business Strategy (JSBS) protects the quality of its publication and deems plagiarism and any copyright infringement unacceptable. Authors, reviewers and editors are expected to understand and abide by the policies and guidelines set forth by JSBS.
  • JSBS adheres to the publication ethics guidelines set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics.
  • JSBS conducts submissions, assigns reviewers, receives reviews and announces manuscript decisions online.

     Authors are to:

  • avoid copyright infringement.
  • reveal any financial support of the study and conflicts of interest.
  • be listed as such only if valuable contributions are made to the manuscript.
  • ensure the work submitted is original and not concurrently under review at any other publication outlet.
  • report any inadvertent errors to reviewer(s) and editor(s).
  • guarantee accuracy of the work.
  • must properly acknowledge and reference sources as outlined in the author and submission guidelines of JSBS.

     Reviewers must:

  • treat manuscripts as confidential documents.
  • guarantee full objectivity in their reviews.
  • report incidents that will impact anonymity immediately.
  • ensure objectivity regardless of the subject matter of the manuscript.
  • remain anonymous in order to maintain confidentiality.
  • work to improve the quality of manuscripts by providing thorough reviews, comments and feedback to authors and editors.
  • reveal any potential conflicts of interest.
  • abstain from personal attacks against authors.
  • not be held responsible for the accuracy of data and results in the manuscript.

     Editors will:

  • make publication decisions based solely on the academic merit of the material.
  • not make publication decisions or attempt to influence manuscripts for commercial or political reasons.
  • investigate if made aware of any research misconduct.
  • make reviewers aware of any publication corrections.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.