Strategic Change

Cover image for Vol. 25 Issue 6

Edited By: Carlo Milana and Helen Lawton Smith

Online ISSN: 1099-1697

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Aims and Scope

SC: Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance is an international journal designed to support entrepreneurs, new businesses and those who provide services to them. The journal editorial policy is interdisciplinary, bridging economics, business strategy and finance to support better decision-making and business performance.  BIEF targets valuable findings published in scholarly research journals to create accessible ‘briefing articles’ that practitioners find appealing.  BIEF is unique in applying vigorous research analysis to inform entrepreneurial decision making and support start up companies with their business direction.  BIEF is a highly accessible professional journal, combining academic depth with practicality, publishing clear, straightforward articles that are distinctly geared toward the business world.


Topics and Features

SC: Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance publishes feature articles from practitioners and researchers in an accessible style suited to a professional readership. Regular feature articles are published alongside commentaries from columnists and invited contributors, in addition to occasional interviews with leading industry figures and reviews of important contributions in the field of applied research.


The journal seeks contributions from anyone with a professional or academic interest in entrepreneurial finance. In particular, the journal welcomes submissions of analytical papers, case studies, directly applied – and applicable – theory articles and reviews. Suitable topics include:

Business planning

Capital budgeting Issues

Investing in global markets

Valuing entrepreneurial ventures

Credit Analysis for Small Businesses

Business training for entrepreneurs and small businesses

Best practices in investing and managing revenues

Tax planning, accounting and financial management for SME’s

Financing entrepreneurial ventures

Governance and ownership structures

Information Technology (IT & Entrepreneurship)

Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)

Managing Beyond the Startup Phase

Team management and HR

Creating valuable partnerships and business collaborations

Managing Rapid Growth

Starting and developing a new business

Politics, regulations and law for entrepreneurs

Implementing feasibility studies


Using and assessing Venture Capital


Two-Stage Submission Process

(1) Initial article submission

Please submit an electronic copy via email (including separate files for any tables and illustrations, preferably in TIFF or EPS format) to the relevant Journal Editor (if invited) or the Editor in Chief, Carlo Milana.


Submitted manuscripts should not have been previously published and should not be submitted for publication elsewhere while they are under consideration by the journal. Submitted material will not be returned to the author unless specifically requested.


After submitting your manuscript your article will be reviewed. If the Commissioning Editor or Editorial Board member raises questions about meaning, scope or rationale the relevant Editor will contact you for clarification or to request changes.


(2) Final article submission (post-acceptance)

A copy of the final, revised article must be sent to the Editor in Chief, Carlo Milana. We are able to use most word processing packages, but prefer Word or LaTeX (or one of its derivatives). A .pdf file must be provided with LaTeX source files.


At this stage, Authors must also supply:

A Copyright Transfer Agreement (see link above) with original signature(s) from all co-authors – without this we are unable to accept the submission; and

Permission grants – if the manuscript contains extracts, including illustrations, from other copyright works (including material from online or intranet sources) it is the authors responsibility to obtain written permission from the owner of the publishing rights to reproduce such extracts using the Wiley Permission Request Form (also included below)


Article Style

Journal articles are intended for a professional research audience of practitioners and researchers. We ask that you make your writing as clear, accessible, and descriptive as possible, paying particular attention to the following:

Avoid Jargon. Use common descriptive language instead of terms associated with one academic field. Explain technical terms in non-technical language.

Use the active voice. “He reports” or “The findings reveal” instead of “It has been reported” or “It is indicated by the findings.”

Illustrate abstract theoretical ideas with specific examples.

Minimize technical information. Do not include graphs or statistical tables unless necessary. Emphasize the interpretation rather than the reporting of data.

Latin abbreviations. Spell out abbreviations in the main text, such as e.g., i.e., et al., etc., to their English equivalents – in other words, use for example, that is, and others, and so on.

Colloquialisms and contractions. Avoid slang and contractions unless they are contained in quotations or examples containing dialogue.


Manuscript preparation

The language of the journal is English.

All submissions must have a title, be printed on one side of the paper, be double line spaced and have a margin of 3 cm (1 inch) all around.

Illustrations and tables must be submitted on separate sheets (not incorporated inside the text).

The title page must list the full title, short title and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs.

Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).

Supply a one-sentence summary of the main message of the paper, following the title. The Editors could revise this summary for editorial purposes.

Include up to five Key Points , which are very short descriptions of the main concepts presented in the paper, to be included in the opening page.

Include J.E.L. and E.F.M. classification codes referring to the subjects discussed in the paper. This information could be useful for readers to locate the paper in the context of the economic literature.

Use headings to outline the structure of your article. Use first level headings (in bold) for major themes. For subsections, use second level headings (italicized) as needed. The journal style encourages frequent but reasonable use of headings to continually draw the eye of the reader to key aspects. Avoid stacking headings next to each other.

Supply a short, single-paragraph biography of each author.

The journal will publish articles in excess of 2500 words, with an optimum of 4000 to 6000 words.

Reference style

References should be quoted in the text as name and year within brackets and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. Where reference is made to more than one work by the same author published in the same year, identify each citation in the text as follows: (Collins, 1998a), (Collins, 1998b). Where three or more authors are listed in the reference list, please cite in the text as (Collins et al., 1998).

All references must be complete and accurate.

Where possible the DOI for the reference should be included at the end of the reference.

• Online citations should include date of access. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list.

• References should be listed at the end of the article in the following style:


Ansoff HI, Declerck P, Hayes L. 1976. From Strategic Planning to Management. Wiley: Chichester.


Morris PE. 1979. Strategies for learning and recall. In Applied Problems in Memory, Gruneberg

MM and Morris PE (eds.). Academic Press: London; pp. 25–57.


Stace D, Holtham C, Courtney N. 2004. Mapping opportunity space: options for a sustainable e-strategy. Strategic Change 2004; 13: 237–251. DOI: 10.1002/jsc.691.