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Author Guidelines

General Guidelines

The peer review process SBIJ requires all submissions to be sent in electronic format using either Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX).  Material submitted to the Small Business Institute® Journal (SBIJ) should be original, empirically based and have significant practical implications to small business or entrepreneurship. SBIJ 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). SBIJ 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: SBIJ 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 SBIJ 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 (6th ed., 2009). 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.

The following points should be considered when submitting a case study.

The Case Study

§   A case should be more than just a story; cases involve theory and solutions related to small business issues.

§   The issues within the case should be solvable, but not too obvious. Make certain the case includes the data necessary to resolve the problem.

§   Always present a balanced perspective; take a neutral stand to avoid biasing the students.

§   Cases should provide useful generalizations.

§   Provide adequate character development in your write-up.

§   Utilize an appropriate conceptual framework for the case.


The Teaching Notes



§   Identify the necessary length of time to fully cover the case and its target audience: undergraduate, upper undergraduate, graduate.

§   If the case is tailored for a specific class or discipline, make that clear.

§   The case should revolve around discovering 1-3 key learning points.

§   Relevance of the case to both real-world and theory is important.

§   Provide a list of questions and activities, with instructor responses and guidelines, for further understanding of the case.

§   Provide expected student responses, including good and bad responses and typical mistakes


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point Times New Roman 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

The Small Business Institute® Journal (the “Publisher”) and the Author(s) agree as follows:
1.Author(s) hereby grant to Publisher all right, title, and interest in and to the Work, including copyright to all means of expression by any method now known or hereafter developed, including electronic format. If Publisher does not publish the Work within two (2) years of the Effective Date, copyright shall revert back to the Author. Publisher agrees to always credit Author(s) as the author(s) of the Work.
2.Publisher hereby grants Author a royalty-free, limited license for the following purposes, provided the Work is always identified as having first been published by Publisher.
    •The right to make and distribute copies of all or part of the Work for use in teaching;
    •The right to use all or part of the material contained in the Work in a book by the Author(s), or in a collection of the Author(s)’s work;
    •The right to use and distribute the Work internally at the Author(s)’s place of employment, and for promotion and any other non-commercial purposes;
    •The right to use figures and tables from the Work for any purpose;
    •The right to make presentations of material from the Work;
    •The right to use and distribute the Work on the Author(s)’s Web site and on the Author(s)’s university’s institute repository;
Such license shall be effective when the Work is first published in the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction.
3.The Author(s) represents and warrants that the Work: (a) is the Author(s)’s original work and that Author(s) has full power to enter into this agreement; (b) does not infringe the copyright or property right of another; (c) contains no materials which is obscene, libelous, defamatory or violates another’s civil right, right of privacy, or is otherwise unlawful; and (d) has not been previously published, in whole or in part. Author(s) shall indemnify and hold Publisher harmless against loss or expenses arising from breach of any such warranties.


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