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 substantial to the understanding of small business strategy and include a significantly 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 business compete in specific countries unless authors show that their results can be generalized to all small businesses. Articles that have a public policy focus are generally not appropriate for the Journal of Small Business Strategy.

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.

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