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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

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 Problem as Inspiration 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. Problem 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. As Problem as Inspiration supports the 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 “throughline” – a 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. Do not use long words where short ones would suffice.