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Author Guidelines

Before your submission, please email the Managing Editor with an introduction to yourself and your proposed article topic. Include your theme, its significance and implication, and why PasI is an appropriate venue for publication.

Manuscripts submitted to Problem as Inspiration may not be under consideration elsewhere, nor may they have been published or accepted for publication. All manuscripts are to be submitted in English through the York Digital Journals online portal.

All manuscripts should be double-spaced, 12-pt Times New Roman, with a length ranging from 3000 to 6000 words. Entrepreneurship & Social Ventures follows the Chicago Manual of Style. Please use full citation only in the bibliography, and insert short-form references in endnotes. Avoid endnotes and in-text parentheses. PasI supports fair and accurate use of language, and the editors encourage authors to adopt a writing style sensitive to gender and other issues. Please also consider the following: 

  • Be as clear as possible
  • Avoid passive voice (“Mistakes were made”)
  • Ensure your paper has a “througline” – an narrative of evidence and argument that carries the reader from the beginning to the end

Problem as Inspiration is a venue for top-quality research that contributes not only to academia but also to the practical field of business and those who are willing to take risks within it. Remember that your writing should not only be accessible to a scholarly audience but should also be useful to entrepreneurs at all levels. Strive for clarity and intelligent engagement. Don’t use long words where short ones would suffice.

For authors whose first language is not English, please consider submitting your paper beforehand to our partner editors at Lexica Communications. You can submit your paper for editing at as preparation for publication in this and other English-language publications.



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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. Included is a cover page with all authors and affiliations listed; an abstract (not to exceed 500 words) in Microsoft Word; and a bibliography of cited sources.
  8. Included are author biographies that do not exceed four lines per author; include any Acknowledgements in this document.

Copyright Notice

The author grants to York Digital Journals exclusive first publication rights for the submitted work, and further grants a non-exclusive licence for other uses of the work for the duration of its copyright in all languages, throughout the world, in all media. The Publisher shall include a notice in the work saying "© [Author's Name]. Readers of this article may copy it without the copyright owner's permission, if the author and publisher are acknowledged in the copy and copy is used for educational, not-for-profit purposes. As part of the licence agreement, authors may use their own material in other publications, provided that the journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication and York Digital Journals is acknowledged as the publisher. Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at York Digital Journals, authors will be invited to complete an online copyright license to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication, you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that York Digital Journals (“YDJ”) may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify YDJ immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication, YDJ will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that YDJ does not retain copies of rejected articles.

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 License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
    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 (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
    3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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