Scope of the Journal

The MSME Frontier accepts topics that cover, but are not limited to, the following:

» Enterprise development
SME Policy development
Entrepreneurship education
»Social Entrepreneurship
»MSME strategic/functional management

Submission of a paper implies that it contains original and unpublished content. All papers will undergo a double-blind peer review process.

Submission Guide

    • The front page of the manuscript should have the following:
      • title of the paper
      • name(s) of author(s), with (their respective) affiliations and contact details
      • bio note (100 to 150 words)
      • abstract (150-250 words)
      • keywords (4 to 6 words)
    • Citation and Formatting
      • The paper should be in a Microsoft Word file, with 1.5 line spacing, font size 11, preferably (Times New Roman or Calibri).
      • Footnotes should be numbered consecutively in the text.
      • Headings should be numbered in Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.). Sub-headings should follow the double numeration system (1.1, 1.2, etc.) while sub-sub-headings should follow the triple numeration system (1.1.1, 1.1.2, etc.). All headings are to be bold and left-aligned. All other text must have no special formatting/style, except for emphasis.
      • Presentation of data in tables is preferred. Tables should be in MS Excel format.
      • Illustrations, figures, and tables should be numbered in Arabic numerals, accompanied by titles and sources, and supplied on separate sheets at the end of the manuscript.
      • References must follow the APA Citation Style.
  • The editors, authors, and reviewers are expected to understand their duties and responsibilities based on guidelines stated on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)’s “Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Read the MSME Frontier’s Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Content Guidelines

      • Full-length Research Articles
        • The entire manuscript should be at least 4,000 but not more than 10,000 words (including notes and references).
        • Themes should conform with the scope provided by the Journal
      • Special Section (Commentaries, Proceedings, Interviews, Research Notes, Book Reviews, Discussion Papers etc.)

– This section is for other types of essays/data/materials/documents that merit publication. This does not require all the ‘normal’ components of a full research article.

            • Should be at least 1,000 but not more than 5,000 words (including notes and references) 
            • Examine and analyze specific issues (important topics, under-researched areas) that are all related to innovation and entrepreneurship
            • Books for review should be new publications in the field, not more than 3 years from the publication date, or should be of importance to contemporary trends and issues.

Review Policy

              1. All full-length research articles undergo the double-blind peer review process.
              2. The submission for the special section is not subject to the review process but will be assessed by the editorial staff on the basis of quality, originality, and significance.
              3. The full-length research articles should pass the preliminary assessment of the editorial staff. Only those papers that pass the first evaluation are subject to the review process of at least 2 experts. The referees are asked to evaluate whether the papers meet the criteria for publication. They are given two weeks to one month to submit the results.
              4. The comments and recommendations of the referees are sent to the authors. Revised manuscripts could be returned to the initial referees but this depends on the initial results of the evaluation.
              5. The final decisions from the referees to accept (with or without editorial revisions) or reject (outright/encourage revision) the manuscript are the basis for publication.

Copyright Policy

See attached publication agreement. Download here.