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Author Guidelines

General Guidelines

The peer review process JSBS requires all submissions to be sent in electronic format using either Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX).  Material submitted to the Journal of Small Business Strategy (JSBS) should be original, empirically based and have significant practical implications to small business or entrepreneurship. JSBS will not consider manuscripts that have already been published or are being considered by another journal.

Only manuscripts written in British or American English will be accepted; language must be consistent throughout. Additionally, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and the mechanical elements of manuscripts should be reviewed prior to submission. If funding or grant money is used in any aspect of submitted work, this support should be acknowledged in manuscript content.

Style and Format 

File formats: All submissions must be sent in electronic format using Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX). JSBS asks that you refrain from submitting compressed files.

Font: Times New Roman 12 point font is required. Manuscripts should be double spaced throughout. Avoid using word processing options/tools (i.e., strike through, hidden text, comments, merges). Authors must ensure that "track changes" commentary has been removed BEFORE submission.

Length: JSBS welcomes submissions that are approximately 20-25 pages in length. Accompanying the manuscripts should be an informative abstract of 150-250 words. In addition, meaningful headings and subheadings should organize manuscript content.

Title Page: Title page should not be included in manuscript submissions. Manuscripts submitted to JSBS are blind reviewed, therefore authors must be certain that all identifying information has been removed (i.e., university name, professor's name).

Documentation: Manuscripts must conform to APA standards as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed., 2019). Regarding citations, follow the APA author-date method of citation within text. Whenever applicable, provide page numbers for direct quotes. References must be listed in alphabetical order by the author's last name. In the case that more than one article by the same author(s) is used, the most recent article is listed first. All names of contributing authors should be included in the references. Please refer to the following examples of the basic reference list format:

Blind review: Authors are asked NOT to remove their names in the reference section or throughout the references in the paper. In other words, do not use (Author, 2007). Articles are double blind reviewed, and since reviewers do not know authors' identities, they cannot be identified within manuscripts.

Tables, Figures, & Graphics All tables, figures, and graphics should be embedded in the correct locations.

Citing an article in a periodical:

Surname, A. A. (year). Article title. Title of Periodical, Volume (issue), inclusive page numbers. doi:##.##/code


Smith, M., & Jones, D. (2010). Building better small businesses. Small Business Institute Journal, 6(1), 17-30.

Citing a book:

Surname, A. A. (year). Title of book. Publisher location: Publisher name.


Doe, J., & Doe, J.J. (2005). Introducing the Business Concept. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.

Citing on-line sources:

For online sources, please cite the sources following this example:


Jack, S. C., Cali, M. L., Addy, D., & Megan, V. M. (2003). The evolution of a process portfolio as an assessment system in a teacher education program. Current Issues in Business, 6(1). Retrieved from Academic Search Premier Database.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • The submission reflects an awareness of other recent articles on the same subject from the Journal of Small Business Strategy.
  • I acknowledge that it is the responsibility of the authors to make sure that trademarks, service marks, copyrights, etc. are correctly identified in text if applicable.

SI: Innovation, Management, and Governance for Sustainable Growth

This special issue is intended for papers chosen for the issue through the 2021 ACIEK conference.

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