European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Engaged entrepreneurship research in Europe

Publishing Opportunities

ECSB aims to strengthen the cooperation with internationally recognized journals and to offer members information on publishing opportunities. This page lists ongoing special issues and call for papers. Members are invited to send information on open calls related to entrepreneurship to our secretariat

Call for Chapter Proposals “Research Handbook on Women and Family Firms” - DL for proposals 31 July 2020


Helle Neergaard, Rosa Nelly Trevinyo-Rodríguez & Naomi Birdthistle

As members of the Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Policy Research Project (Global WEP), Helle, Naomi and myself (Rosa-Nelly) would like to invite you to submit a chapter proposal for the Research Handbook on Women and Family Firms to be published by Edward Elgar.

The principal objective of this Handbook is to provide an influential and scholarly overview of 21st century thinking in this multidisciplinary field, drawing attention to how gender diversity and inclusion—not only in the family realm but also in the decision-making processes within the family firm (wealth management)—boost the survival chances and transcendence possibilities of the family business.

The Handbook will offer prospective readers guidance on the theory and practice of family business research, highlighting not only specific topics of interest—such as succession challenges, governance and ownership mechanisms, wealth management structures, conflict resolution procedures and crisis management— but also providing a female perspective on them and underlining the role women play in both the family and the firm.

The Handbook will provide an invaluable reference tool for students, researchers, academics, practitioners and business owners within the family business area. The book will also act as an important educational resource for women participating in any role within a family business.

We invite conceptual and empirical chapters that not only stress the role women play in family firms but also consider 21st century trends and developments within the family business field. The impact of entrepreneurship policy on women’s role in family firms will also be discussed.

We welcome book chapter contributions centered (but not exclusively) on the following themes:

  1. Owners’ Roles and Responsibilities
  2. Emotions and Conflict Resolution
  3. Performance and Crisis Management
  4. Governance Challenges
  5. Stewardship and Wealth Management
  6. Next Generation and Succession Issues 

Submission Information:

Interested authors should e-mail the Editors (; by 31 July 2020:

  • the title of the chapter proposal.
  • an electronic copy of the chapter proposal (1,500 words)
  • a short bio of the author(s).

Chapter proposals received by 31 July 2020 will be reviewed, and authors will be notified on or before 30 September 2020.

Invited authors will submit a full chapter (expected length: 6,500-8,000 words) by 15 March 2021, which will be subject to double-blind peer review, with the final draft due by 30 July 2021. 

The submission deadline for final, revised chapters is 15 October 2021.

The anticipated publication date of the handbook is towards the end of 2022.

We hope that you join us in this intellectually stimulating journey. Family enterprises are significant contributors to the global economy, and every effort we make to help them understand their dynamics and the challenges they face adds value not only to the well-being and future development of our own society, but also to the growth of generations to come, thus, paving the way to transcendence.

Book Chapter Proposals Received 31 July 2020
Notification of Accepted Chapter Proposals 30 September 2020
Receipt of Full Book Chapters 15 March 2021
Authors Receive Reviews with Feedback 30 July 2021
Final Revisions Due 15 October 2021


“Students creating Ventures in Higher Education: Nascent Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship Students” Special Issue in International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research - DL 30 September 2020

The submission portal for this special issue will open June 30, 2020.

Guest Editors:
Lise Aaboen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Roger Sørheim, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Kari Djupdal, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

 Submission guidelines HERE.

"The entrepreneurship educator’s classroom: exploring and uncovering what lies beneath " Special Issue in IIndustry and Higher Education - DL 1 October 2020

Editors: David Higgins, Laura Galloway, Catherine Brentnall and Pauric McGowan

Keywords: Entrepreneurship education, pedagogy, learning space, reflexivity, teaching, everyday practice

Submission guidelines HERE.

“Catalyzing Change and Innovation in Women’s Entrepreneurship” Special Issue in Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal - DL 15 November 2020

Guest Editors:
Candida G. Brush, Babson College
Kimberly Eddleston, Northeastern University
Linda F. Edelman, Bentley University
Tatiana S. Manolova, Bentley University
Maura McAdam, Dublin City University
Cristina Rossi-Lamastra, Politecnico di Milano School of Management

Submissions can be made via the SEJ online submission site from October 15, 2020 to November 15, 2020.

Read full call for papers here

“New technologies and entrepreneurship: exploring entrepreneurial behavior in the digital transformation era” Special Issue in International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research - DL 31 December 2020

Guest Editors:

  • Ciro Troise, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” (Leading G.E.)
  • Cyrine Ben-Hafaïedh, IÉSEG School of Management
  • Sergey A. Yablonsky, Graduate School of Management Saint-Petersburg State University
  • Mario Tani, University of Neaples “Federico II”

Aims and Scope
Digital transformation offers both intriguing challenges and new opportunities for these days entrepreneurs (Cohen et al, 2017; Li et al., 2018). New technologies are spreading all over the world, and new industries are rapidly changing and developing (Aydalot & Keeble, 2018). These new technologies include a wide range of new players that entered into the global arena. Among these enabling technologies there are the artificial intelligence and machine learning, the IoT and the big data, the digital platforms, the mobile applications (i.e. apps), cloud computing, blockchain, and more (as the Fintech ones, such as ICOs and crowdfunding). Their adoption and use are expected to be more and more pervasive in the next years.

The digital transformation has had consequences on several contexts, and it cannot be ignored by individuals (Andriole, 2017). New technological developments favor the creation and the diffusion of several new types of entrepreneurship (Oukil, 2011). For example, the recent advances in digital technologies have played a key role in growing a new, digital-based, entrepreneurship and for the development of related business models (Kraus et al., 2019; Nambisan, 2017). New technologies are having a disruptive impact on entrepreneurship, they change the traditional patterns, and they help to disclose new frontiers for entrepreneurs to explore in order to understand how they want to become self-employed (Broomé & Ohlsson, 2018).

A growing number of entrepreneurs leverage online social networking in order to create relations and to exchange knowledge (Scarmozzino et al., 2017). Some other studies investigated the impact of social media technologies on company performance (Ahmad et al., 2019) or the importance of the entrepreneurial teams (Ben-Hafaïedh et al., 2018; Santos et al., 2019).

Digital Platforms are among the new technologies entrepreneurs can exploit (Srinivasan & Venkatraman, 2018; Troise, 2019; Yablonsky, 2018). These new technologies have helped developing new business idea as new entrepreneurs, in fact, have focused their business models on exploiting these platforms’ characteristics.

Despite various new studies on the new technologies in several fields, as consumer behavior and innovation (Dominici, et al., 2016), there is still only a few studies specifically exploring the detail of how they are used by entrepreneurs in developing new business. In entrepreneurship studies, there are still various significant gaps on how these technologies will impact the future of entrepreneurship. There is an ongoing call for more research contributing to shed some light on various issues such as understanding the entrepreneurs “new behaviors”, with a particular focus on their motivations, the cognitive and emotional aspects, the new decision-making processes, and so on.

In this special issue we aim to explore the new entrepreneurial behaviors developed in the digital transformation era. These technologies influence entrepreneurial behaviors and have a significant impact on entrepreneurial decision-making processes. The special issue focused on the identification and analysis of the main behaviors of entrepreneurs in different fields.

Possible Topics
The Guest Editors encourage submissions of theoretical and empirical contributions investigating the impact of new technologies on entrepreneurial behaviors.

We will welcome contributions rooted in different fields, as long as the focus is on entrepreneurial behaviors and new technologies. We expect authors to provide new evidence and reveal new insights in the digital transformation era, thus contributing to the current entrepreneurship literature.

We welcome both theoretical and empirical studies, using a wide variety of methods, that advances the extant knowledge. We will welcome contributions from several disciplines as well as papers based on either quantitative or qualitative approaches.

The submission system will open 1 October 2020, Submission deadline 31 December 2020

Read more about the topics and submission guidelines HERE.