Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The  Piccola Impresa / Small Business Journal aims to contribute to the study of and the spread of information on small-sized entrepreneurial firms, by offering an approachable space where those who do research in this field can freely share the results of their empirical studies and  compare their theoretical reasoning and procedures.
It is an academic journal with an international vocation, dedicated specifically to the investigation of and theoretical reflection on the administration and management of small businesses, their role in the economy, as well as the policies and regulations they face. 

The Journal takes a multidiciplinary approach to interpreting topics specific to small businesses, which play a key role in the productive structure of both the Italian as well as the rest of the world’s economies.  It is furthermore a response to the need for interpretive and normative models that are not simple extrapolations of the managerial theories developed in the context of large corporations.  With this purpose in mind Piccola Impresa/Small Business promotes original contributions aimed at understanding the real evolution of the sector.

It publishes articles by experienced scholars as well as young researchers in Italian, English and French.  Works are accepted from Italian authors as well as those from other countries, to favour the spread of best practices and the comparison between exponents of diverse schools and different disciplinary approches.

At the same time the Journal wishes to offer common ground on which the academic and the entreprenurial worlds can meet, to improve the reciprocal dialogue between the work sector and that of the professions.  To that end,  in addition to publishing studies and research that also interest the so-called ‘non academic world’, the Journal promotes seminars at which entreprenuers, managers and other professionals are invited, analyzes important case studies, offers informational inserts on topics of common interest and recommends books and articles of scientific importance.


Section Policies


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Other Essays

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Review

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Osservatorio sulla Piccola Impresa

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Double blind peer review


Delayed Open Access

The contents of this journal will be available in an open access format 12 month(s) after an issue is published.


Ethical Code of the Journal

The Journal’s Code of Ethics aims to define the principles which apply to the various organs, the authors and referees, and to ensure the scientific qualifications of the articles published, the transparency of the  evaluation and acceptance processes , and insure compliance with laws and ethical standards. The aforesaid is essential to ensure that the correct  practices for the publication of scientific work are fully observed..
  The Code of Ethics of the Piccola Impresa /Small Business Journal  features the following sections:  Directoral and Editorial Responsibilities , Authors’ Responsibilities, Reviewers’   Responsibilities.

 Directoral and Editorial Responsibility
The decision to publish the articles submitted to the Journal is taken by the  Director,  following the editorial policies of the journal and in compliance with the relevant laws concerning defamation, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

The Director may decide to reject articles not consistent with the editorial line of the magazine or that do not meet the minimum requirements for publication.   The Director can also submit items to undergo a  double-blind peer review process, with the support of two  Reviewers chosen from among the referees of the magazine by a specific committee appointed by the Editorial Board.

The evaluation process of the manuscripts should be based solely on their scientific content, regardless of the race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, and citizenship of the author or authors, including their scientific, academic or political beliefs.  


The Director and the members of the Editorial Committee are not allowed to disclose information on the manuscripts submitted to the Journal to anyone  other than the authors and the reviewers.  

The material contained in unpublished manuscripts submitted to the Journal cannot be used by members of the Journal for their own research without the written consent of the author.
The Managing Director will inform Authors of  the  Reviewers’ judgments, of the decisions reached concerning the  publication of their work in the magazine, and may additionally share any additional personal comments he or she may have about Authors’ work.

Responsibilities of the Authors
Authors must ensure the originality of the manuscripts they submit, and avoid sending in contributions already published – as a whole or in part - in other journals, or published in different locations (e.g. a book chapter), including in a different language.

Contributions submitted should  not be presented simultaneously for publication in other journals. It is possible to propose articles already presented at conferences and published in conference proceedings, provided the item contains significant additions compared to the version presented at the conference.

Articles that present previously published studies, may only be accepted if they contain theoretical perspectives and/or data and/or results not examined in the original text. It is still necessary to cite the previously published work in the literature.

The author(s) of an article published in the Piccola Impresa /Small Business Journal are required to ask the Journal’s permission to publish their article (or a selection of their article, or a translation thereof) in another journal or other editorial classification (e.g. a book chapter).
Authors must ensure that contributions submitted for publication do not contain illegal assertions or any form of plagiarism or falsification. Authors are required to explicitly indicate the references of all the works cited, in text or indirectly, in their own article.
Authors must indicate in the manuscript any conflict of interest - financial, commercial, political, academic or otherwise - that might influence the results or interpretation of the manuscript. All sources of financial support received by the Author for the realization of the research referenced in the manuscript must be indicated.
The authors are responsible for all materials included in the manuscript submitted to the Piccola Impresa/ Small Business Journal. The manuscript should contain an accurate and detailed account of the research process followed and a clear description of the results obtained. Fraudulent misrepresentation or willfully inaccurate statements or data constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
All those who have made a significant contribution to the carrying out of the work described in the manuscript should be listed as co-authors and share responsibility for the results obtained. The names of other individuals who have assisted the authors in any way in the conduction of the research project should be cited in an endnote of the manuscript or in a section reserved for thanks.

At the moment a manuscript is submitted, the corresponding author must have already received his or her co-authors’ approval concerning its presentation , as well as the order in which  the authors’ names are listed and the possible attribution of paragraphs.

The corresponding author must also ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved of the version of the article to be published.

The authors have a responsibility to preserve and protect the privacy, dignity, well-being and freedom of all research subjects who participated in their study. The publication of any data or information enabling subjects to be identified must be authorized by the persons concerned, and any wish for anonimity must be respected.
Authors should ensure that their articles do not contain any breach of copyright (e.g. for quotations, tables, figures, photographs, etc. taken from other publications) and that they have obtained any and all permission required before submission.

Responsibilities of  Reviewers
The  Piccola Impresa / Small Business Journal subjects all proposed contributions for publication that have passed a first screening by the Director, to a  double-blind peer review process which guarantees the anonymity of the authors against the reviewers and vice versa.

Reviewers are asked to evaluate the articles with objectivity, equity and professionalism, without being influenced by personal biases in their comments and judgments. In expressing their views on the articles, the  Reviewers must provide clear, documented and comprehensive arguments, that are also accompanied by adequate scientific references.
In particular,  Reviewers are required to make their own judgments based on the following criteria:
- Relevance and interest of the contribution
- Originality of the contribution
- Soundness of the conceptual foundations
- Clarity of objectives
- Methodological soundness and relevance of any empirical analysis
- Clarity
- Consistency with the editorial line of the magazine.

Reviewers’ comments  must also highlight items of interest in the article and its weaknesses and make a judgment on the article’s potential to be published.  If the reviewers  determine the need for the text to be revised, the author should provide guidance to improve the article and make it suitable for publication.
If the reviewer in charge does not feel adequately trained and does not therefore possess the skills necessary to evaluate the article with due professionality, he/she should notify the Director  and ask to be relieved of this assignment. It is also appropriate for a reviewer auditor to cease reviewing a manuscript if he/she is able to recognize the identity of the author or one of the co-authors. Reviewers should furthermore avoid taking any action to permit identification of an Author.
The  reviewers must carry out their tasks with confidentiality, not discussing the content of the manuscript submitted to them with anyone other than the Director. If reviewers suspect any wrongdoing on the part of an author of a manuscript, they  must inform the Director.
Reviewers are asked to repect the set deadlines when make revisions assigned to them and to inform the Director of any situation that could result in a lengthening of that time