Philosophy of The Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance

For more information, please see The Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in The Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to The Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at The Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance. If you have concerns about the submission terms for The Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

The Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality Microsoft Word file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and Pepperdine Digital Commons

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Pepperdine Digital Commons all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Pepperdine Digital Commons, requires credit to Pepperdine Digital Commons as copyright holder (e.g., Pepperdine Digital Commons © 2019).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Pepperdine Digital Commons provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Pepperdine Digital Commons website and/or software agree not to misuse the Pepperdine Digital Commons service or software in any way.

The failure of Pepperdine Digital Commons to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Pepperdine Digital Commons and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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Creative Commons (CC) Licensing Information

The Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance allows re-use of its content in accordance with the CC BY-NC 4.0 creative commons license. This allows for free re-use of content, with attribution, for non-commercial purposes.

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Digital Archiving Policy

The Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance uses the CLOCKSS digital archiving policy.

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Open Access Statement

The Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance adheres to the gold standard of open access publishing, which is that the digital versions of JEF articles are available, free of charge, to researchers and the general public immediately upon publication. The JEF allows readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles for non-commercial purposes.

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Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

These guidelines are based on COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. The purpose of this statement is to establish an agreed-upon standard of behavior between the parties involved in the publication of a peer-reviewed journal article (namely the author, editor, reviewer and publisher).

Duties of Authors

Authors shall only submit work that is original and unpublished elsewhere (in any language). Authors shall present an accurate account of their work and an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data shall be represented accurately. The paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit replication of their work. Knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior. Applicable copyright laws shall be followed. Copyrighted material should be reproduced only with appropriate permission and acknowledgement. Authors shall not publish papers describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. This constitutes self-plagiarism and is not acceptable. Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the research or writing. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. If an author discovers a significant error in her published work, it is her obligation to promptly notify the editor or publisher to retract or correct the paper.

Duties of Editors

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for deciding which articles are published, as guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyrights and plagiarism. The editor shall not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editors, and the publisher, as appropriate. The editor shall evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to the nature of the author’s race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, or political party. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript shall not be used in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. When genuine errors in published work are pointed out by readers, authors, or members of editorial board, a correction (or erratum) will be published as soon as possible. The online version of the paper may be corrected with a date of correction and a link to the printed erratum. If the error renders the work invalid, the paper should be retracted with an explanation of the reason for retraction. If serious concerns are raised by readers, reviewers, or others, about the conduct, validity, or reporting of academic work, editor will initially contact the authors and allow them to respond to the concerns. If that response is unsatisfactory, the editors will take the case to the institutional level. Editors will respond to allegations of research or publication misconduct raised by readers, reviewers, or other editors. Cases of possible plagiarism or duplicate/redundant publication will be assessed by the journal. The editors may request an investigation by the institution or other appropriate bodies. Retracted papers shall be retained online, and they will be prominently marked as a retraction in all online versions for the benefit of future readers.

Duties of Reviewers

The peer review process assists the editor in making editorial decisions. The peer review process also assists the author in improving the paper and preparing it for publication. If a selected referee feels unqualified to review the research or knows that a prompt review will be impossible, she should excuse herself from the review process. Manuscripts received for review shall be treated as confidential documents and shall not be shown to or discussed with others except as approved by the editor. Reviews shall be conducted as objectively as possible. Referees shall express their views clearly with supporting arguments and refrain from personal criticism of the author. Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. If the reviewer makes an editorial statement that an observation or result had been previously published, that statement should be accompanied by the relevant citation of the published work. The reviewer should recuse herself from considering manuscripts in which she has a conflict of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any party connected to the paper. The editors will pursue any allegation of breach of confidentiality, conflicts of interest (financial or non-financial), misuse of confidential material, or delay of the peer review for personal competitive advantage. Allegations of serious reviewer misconduct shall be taken to the institutional level.

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