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.

  • Statement of originality and lack of prior publication
    • This manuscript is original and unpublished, and has not been nor will be submitted to another journal for consideration unless it is rejected.
    • None of the data presented in this manuscript have been plagiarized, fabricated, manipulated or falsified. All original data are distinguished clearly from previously published data.
    • All original sources upon which information in the manuscript is based, and all theories and data from previously published sources, have been properly identified and cited.
    • The sources of all previously published figures, tables, data, photographs, etc. in the manuscript have been cited, and all necessary permissions to reproduce them in any medium have been provided.
    • Permission has been obtained from all persons who provided unpublished data verbally or in writing, and all verbal and written communications are clearly identified as such and attributed to their author(s).
  • Authorship
    • All persons named as authors in this manuscript have participated in the planning, design and performance of the research, and in the interpretation of the results. In addition, all persons named as authors critically reviewed the manuscript, approved the final version and consent to its publication.
    • No person responsible for the manuscript and who meets the criteria for scientific authorship has been omitted from the list of authors.
  • Copyright transfer of non-exclusive distribution
    • Publication of this manuscript implies the transfer to Small Business International Review, to non-exclusively distribute the article on the Internet under the terms of use and distribution Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) (The full text of the licence can be consulted here attribution, non commercial reuse and share alike). Distribution of the article in this manner ensures that authors are in compliance with current Spanish legislation (Ley 14/2011, de 1 de junio, de la Ciencia, la Tecnología y la Innovación, artículo 37.3) regarding the requirement to provide open access to research results obtained with funding from public research organizations.
  • The requirements of style and patterns contents in the Author Guideline have been followed.
  • There have been the references as requested in the Author Guideline. Remember the mandatory inclusion of the DOI provided when it exits, or link to electronic publishing.
  • The text is double-spaced, font size is 12 points, italic is used rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). All illustrations, figures and tables have been placed in the correct position and not at the end of the text.
  • The work submitted has been prepared for blind peer review, the references and names of authors have been removed from all parts of the article and have been replaced by the word "Author" (document properties included).

Author Guidelines

Submissions procedure

The articles can be sent using the platform of the journal or can be sent by attaching the document to the address indicating in the subject: '[SBIR] Article sent'. Recently we changed the version of the OJS platform, so maybe you are not familiar with this new interfaz. Please do not hesitate to contact us in case you have any question or any problem when submitting your article. Remember that we will be very pleased to support you and, in any case, we can make all the procedures related to the submission of your manuscript on your behalf.

If you choose to send the article through the platform, you have to register at least with the author role. Once registered, to start the process of sending: 'Submissions -> 'New Submission'. This process consists of 4 steps:

  1. Step 1. Starting the Submission. In this step you can select the primary language for your presentation. Below is the "Submission Checklist" that should be marked all options to continue the process (We strongly recommend you read all of them, We consider accepted once have been marked). At the bottom there is box to make any comments to the editors.
  2. Step 2. Uploading the Submission.
    • Select 'Article text' in Article Component
    • The document can be sent in the following formats: microsoft word (.docx .doc), pdf (.pdf) or LibreOffice format (.odt).
    • To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other (see instructions Ensuring a Blind Review).
  3. Step 3. Entering the Submission's Metadata. Space for information related to authors, title, abstract, key-words, JEL codes, Funding Information and references for works cited in the submission. This metadata can be entered in the available languages (Spanish and / or English).
  4. Step 4. Confirming the Submission.

Research Articles

All articles must follow the APA Style ( Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition complete manual). Throughout your paper, you need to apply the following APA format guidelines:

  • Set page margins to 1 inch on all sides.
  • Double-space all text, including headings.
  • Indent the first line of every paragraph 0.5 inches.
  • Use an accessible font (e.g., Times New Roman 12pt., Arial 11pt., or Georgia 11pt.).
  • Include a page number on every page.

Submitted articles must contain the following information:

  • Title page (no more than 15 words).
  • Abstract (150-200 words). This must include a summary of the state of the art in relation to the topic of the article, as well as new contributions that the article makes to the field and implications for practice or future lines of research.
  • Keywords (4-6 words).
  • JEL classification (up to 4. The JEL classification can be found at
  • Title, abstract and keywords in English if the article is written in Spanish.
  • Body of the article, divided into sections and subsections in accordance with the following structure:
    • Introduction. This must include a review of the literature on the topic, as well as a presentation of the aim and basis of the research.
    • Method. This must include a description of the research method and of the materials and procedure.
    • Sample description. For case studies, best practices or experiences, this must include sample data and the reason for selecting the samples.
    • Results. These must include a description and an analysis of the main research results and their impact.
    • Discussion. The results must be discussed in relation to those from other studies. This includes highlighting any new findings and mentioning the main limitations and future lines of research.
    • References. These must only refer to those cited in the text, and be presented in alphabetical order in accordance with the APA Style (see References section below).

All images, tables, charts and figures must be included in the article manuscript, in the correct place and numbered consecutively. The format admitted for all of them is .jpg except tables than must be editable text. They must be properly referenced and, if any are copyrighted, it is the author's responsibility to obtain the necessary permissions and authorisations to use them.

Footnotes may be displayed at the foot of the relevant page and numbered consecutively.

Acknowledgments: Authors are permitted to include a free-form version of funding and award information within this  section. They may also acknowledge those who have supported the authors in the preparation of this manuscript..

The following must be submitted in Step 3. Entering the Submission's Metadata:

  • Author information (name and surname, position, academic affiliation (name and nacionality), full professional postal address, e-mail, ORCID (mandatory), corresponding author, main author or co-author).
  • Short bio (100-200 words).
  • Also References (though these can be included in the main document).

Use of inclusive language: Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities. Content should make no assumptions about the beliefs or commitments of any reader; contain nothing which might imply that one individual is superior to another on the grounds of age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability or health condition; and use inclusive language throughout. Authors should ensure that writing is free from bias, stereotypes, slang, reference to dominant culture and/or cultural assumptions. We advise to seek gender neutrality by using plural nouns ("clinicians, patients/clients") as default/wherever possible to avoid using "he, she," or "he/she." We recommend avoiding the use of descriptors that refer to personal attributes such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability or health condition unless they are relevant and valid. These guidelines are meant as a point of reference to help identify appropriate language but are by no means exhaustive or definitive.

This journal also requires reporting on whether the source data of the research is gender-sensitive, in order to allow for the identification of possible differences.


All manuscripts must list references in accordance with the APA Style ( Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition).

The in-text citation format must be taken into account (e.g., author, year). The page number(s) must also be given for direct quotes. References must be listed in alphabetical order, by author surname. They must not be numbered. If several works by the same author are cited, they must appear in chronological order, from newest to oldest. References must include the names of all the authors. Manuscript authors must ensure that all the information contained in the References section is correct and that all the in-text citations are included in it. It is mandatory the inclusion of the DOI provided when it exits, or the link to the electronic publication.

Samples references:


Mash, E. J., & Barkley, R. A. (2006 ). Treatment of childhood disorders. New York: Guilford Press

Chapter in a edited book

Haybron, D. M. (2008). Philosophy and the science of subjective well - being. In M. Eid & R. J. Larsen (Eds.), The science of subjective well - being (p p. 17 - 43). New York, NY: Guilford Press

Journal articles

Herbst - Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24 , 225 - 229.

Roth, D. L., & Bruce, C. (1985). Memory span and long -term memory deficits in brain -imp aired patients. Journal of Clinical Psychology , 41 (4), 521 -527. Retrieved from

Smyth, A. M., Parker , A. L., & Pease, D. L. (2002). A study of enjoyment of peas. Journal of Abnormal Eating , 8 (3), 120 -125

Editorial process [Around 18-20 weeks]

The whole process can take 18-20 weeks, depending on the complexity of the manuscript and the author's revisions.

Each manuscript goes through the following 5 steps after submission until final publication, in various departments of the editorial office:

1. Internal Editorial Review [Around 2 to 3 weeks]

All articles will undergo a preliminary editorial evaluation by the Writing Board. This Board reserves the right to determine whether articles match Small Business International Review's editorial line and fulfill all necessary requirements of an academic material, as well as each and every editorial guideline hereby established. As part of this internal evaluation, all articles are scanned through Turnitin Software and, in case the editors detect plagiarism issues, a receipt from Turnitin will be provided to the authors with the review reports.

2. External Peer Review [Around 8-11 weeks]

Documents that comply with the rules will be sent to two external reviewers selected by the Scientific Editorial Board for their recognized expertise. Peer reviewers will measure the item considering the following criteria:

  1. Relevance of the article in the research topics of FAEDPYME.
  2. Academic quality (research methodology and results).
  3. Style and article writing.
  4. Impact of the results for the development of the field of research and to SMEs.

Decisions regarding publication may be:

  1. Approved with no changes ('Accept Submission')
  2. Publication pending compulsory modifications and subject to re-submission ('Revisions Required')
  3. Rejected ('Decline Submission')

If an article gets two positive decisions, it may be published if contents are compatible with the timing, editorial and topical guidelines of the Journal at the time. The acceptance of an accepted submission does not imply its immediate publication. Small Business International Review reserves the final decision for the publication, as well as the volume in which the accepted originals will be published.

If decisions deem it necessary for the article to be modified and re-sent, the authors must timely address observations, additions, corrections, expansions or clarifications suggested by reviewers. The authors have a maximum of thirty natural days as a limit to present the new version. Once the article is reworked following the recommendations, it will be re-submitted to reviewers, who will then decide if article is publishable.

Two negative decisions will cancel the possibility of publication of proposed material, considering it rejected.

When an article receives a negative review and a positive one, the article will turned to a third reviewer, whose decision will be determinant and not subject to appeal.

The resulting decision will be communicated to the authors in a maximum lapse of five working days after receiving the last review. Communication includes the commentaries, suggestions and observations of reviewers. In the event that the editor's decision, in the light of the reviewers' suggestions, is to reject the submission, then the authors will be so notified and the reasons for rejection will be explained.

3. Revision advise to the author(s)

The manuscript that has passed step 2 will receive: (i) Language correction advise (ii) Peer-reviewed manuscript file and (iii) Editorial advice. The author should submit the revised version as per advice.

4. Final acceptance [Around 2 to 4 weeks]

Upon receipt of the revised manuscript, the section editor will evaluate the revised version, make the final decision, in consultation with the editor-in-chief, and communicate with the author. If necessary, authors may be asked to make a further revision to conform to the journal's quality standards.

5. Publication stage [Around 1 to 2 weeks]

The author will again receive a blueprint of the final galley for proofreading. After this manuscript is published and authors are informed by e-mail. In this email, authors will also be informed of the convenience of following the guidelines set out in the journal's self-archiving policy.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) that allows others an non-exclusive licence to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal, commercial uses are not permitted and, if you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work, duly noting the Small Business International Review as original source of material, including the authorship, the year of publication, number of issue, and the pages or elocation-id on which the information appears, as well as the link to the Journal’s web page using its assigned DOI link.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (on their institutional repositories or their website) for the submitted and accepted versions , provided acknowledgement of submission or acceptance, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.
  4. Explanatory note about the change of the Creative Commons License: Small Business International Review published its first two issues under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). But the editors after the knowledge of the DECLARATION OF MEXICO in favor of the Latin American Non-Commercial Open Access Ecosystem have decided to publish from that moment through a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) as a result of it the Vol. 2, Num. 2 (2018) is under this new version of licence as well as all new issues from now.