Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The primary purpose of the Small Business Institute Journal is to publish scholarly research articles and cases in the fields of small business management, entrepreneurship, and field based learning. As one of the official journals of the Small Business Institute® (SBI), SBIJ is recognized as the applied and pedagogical instrument for projecting and supporting the goals and objectives of SBI®. The journal is published twice a year electronically to be available to its members, small business owners, entrepreneurs, government officials, and community/economic development officers, policy makers, researchers. This journal is dedicated to practical research that will further small business, entrepreneurship and field based learning.


Section Policies

From the Small Business Institute President

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From the Editors

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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 SBIJ is published twice annually.


Open Access Policy

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.



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Policy on Scholarly Misconduct

SBIJ adheres to the highest standards of scholarship.  The works published herein represent the best scholarship practices.  However, at times we may become aware of deviations from good scholarly conduct.  At such times, the following processes occur.

Concerns raised before publication

If a reviewer, or a concerned co-author, raises a question regarding a manuscript under review or pre-publication, we will notifiy the contact author and request a response to the concerns.  Such concerns include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, duplicate publication, integrity of data, and conflicts of interest.  In most instances, such concerns are easily addressed without interruption of the review or pre-publication process.

If the authors do not adequately respond to the issues, or if the actions rise to such an egregious level, the editor may respond by:

  1. Rejecting the manuscript
  2. Prohibiting future submissions of the manuscript for a specified period of time
  3. Reporting concerns to the author's institution
  4. Reporting concerns to the funding agency (if any)

Concerns raised after publication

For questions of integrity which arise after publication, the editor shall notify the authors and request a response to concerns.  Should a satisfactory outcome prove impossible, the article may be retracted with notificactions to appropriate parties (as designated above) accompanying the retraction.