Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for The Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance
This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to The Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance.
Download the following docx file and use it as a template.
- Do not change the page numbers, headers, or footers. On acceptance, authors will be told how to adjust the headers and footers of the paper.
- Place acknowledgments, if any, in the top of the footnote area on the title page. Use 9 pt Adobe Garamond Pro or the closest comparable font available.
- Write your article in English.
- Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single Microsoft Word (.docx) file.
- All margins should be 1.0 inch.
- Use a single column layout with both left and right margins justified.
- Main Body—12 pt. Adobe Garamond Pro or the closest comparable font available
- Footnotes—9 pt. Adobe Garamond Pro or the closest comparable font available
- Tables & Figures—9 pt. Adobe Garamond Pro or the closest comparable font available
- If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as encapsulated PostScript (eps).
- Copyedit your manuscript.
- When possible, there should be no pages where more than a quarter of the page is empty space.
Indenting, Line Spacing, and Justification
Indent all paragraphs except those following a section heading. An indent should be at least 2 em-spaces, with ½ inch indents preferred.
Do not insert extra space between paragraphs of text with the exception of long quotations, theorems, propositions, special remarks, etc. These should be set off from the surrounding text by additional space above and below.
Don't "widow" or "orphan" text (i.e., ending a page with the first line of a paragraph or beginning a page with the last line of a paragraph). If you are using Microsoft Word, widow/orphan control is enabled by default.
All text should be left-justified (i.e., flush with the left margin—except where indented). Where possible, it should also be right-justified (i.e., flush with the right margin). "Where possible" refers to the quality of the justification. For example, LaTeX and TeX do an excellent job of justifying text. Word does a reasonable job. But some word processors do a lousy job (e.g., they achieve right justification by inserting too much white space within and between words). We prefer flush right margins. However, it is better to have jagged right margins than to have flush right margins with awkward intra- and inter-word spacing. Make your decision on whichever looks best.
Language & Grammar
All submissions must be in English. Except for common foreign words and phrases, the use of foreign words and phrases should be avoided.
Authors should use proper, standard English grammar. The Elements of Style Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White (now in its fourth edition) is the "standard" guide, but other excellent guides (e.g., The Chicago Manual of Style, University of Chicago Press) exist as well.
Because this journal publishes electronically, page limits are not as relevant as they are in the world of print publications. We are happy, therefore, to let authors take advantage of this greater "bandwidth" to include material that they might otherwise have to cut to get into a print journal. This said, authors should exercise some discretion with respect to length.
Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. We encourage authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, etc., however, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your readers problems when they print the document on a black & white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.
Please ensure that there are no colored mark-ups or comments in the final version, unless they are meant to be part of the final text. (You may need to "accept all changes" in track changes or set your document to "normal" in final markup.)
Whenever possible use italics to indicate text you wish to emphasize rather than underlining it. The use of color to emphasize text is discouraged.
Except, possibly, where special symbols are needed, use Adobe Garamond Pro or the closest comparable font available.
The main body of text should be set in 12pt. Footnotes, tables, and figures should use 9pt font. Avoid the use of fonts smaller than 8pt.
Whenever possible, foreign terms should be set in italics rather than underlined.
Headings (e.g., start of sections) see Word template above.
The font for the main body of text must be black and, if at all possible, in Adobe Garamond Pro or closest comparable font available.
Whenever possible, titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.
Footnotes sshould appear at the bottom of the page on which they are referenced rather than at the end of the paper. Footnotes should be in 9 pt. Adobe Garamond Pro or closest comparable font available, they should be single spaced, and there should be a footnote separator rule (line) of about 1.5 inches beginning at the left margin. Footnote numbers or symbols in the text must follow, rather than precede, punctuation. Excessively long footnotes are probably better handled in an appendix. All footnotes should be left and right-justified (i.e., flush with the right margin), unless this creates awkward spacing.
Tables and Figures
To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves. If the authors prefer, all tables may instead be placed at the end of the document; the paper will be published with the tables in the location that they were placed upon submission. Avoid the use of overly small type (less than 8pt) in tables. In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within 1" margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view.
Greek letters used in mathematical expressions as variables should be italicized. Greek letters used as part of multi-letter function names should not be italicized. Whenever possible, subscripts and superscripts should be a smaller font size than the main text.
Short mathematical expressions should be typed inline. Longer expressions should appear as display math. Also expressions using many different levels (e.g., such as the fractions) should be set as display math. Important definitions or concepts can also be set off as display math.
Equations should be numbered sequentially. All equations used in empirical models should be numbered, but equations used purely for theoretical development purposes may be left without a number. Whether equation numbers are on the right or left is the choice of the author(s). However, you are expected to be consistent in this.
Symbols and notation in unusual fonts should be avoided. This will not only enhance the clarity of the manuscript, but it will also help insure that it displays correctly on the reader's screen and prints correctly on her printer. When proofing your document under PDF pay particular attention to the rendering of the mathematics, especially symbols and notation drawn from other than standard fonts.
It is the author's obligation to provide complete references with the necessary information. After the last sentence of your submission, please insert a page break and begin your references on the next page. References should have margins that are both left and right- justified. You may choose not to right-justify the margin of one or more references if the spacing looks too awkward. The journal uses standard APA reference formatting.