Call for Papers

Economic Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Entrepreneurship and Small Firms

Two Submission Types Welcome:
Manuscript Proposals (due by August 1st)  
Full Manuscripts (due by August 31st)


Please see instructions below for submission guidelines.

Guest editors: 

  • Zoltan Acs, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA
  • David B. Audretsch, Indiana University Bloomington, USA
  • Maksim Belitski, University of Reading, United Kingdom
  • Christina G√ľnther, WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany
  • Alexander S. Kritikos, DIW Berlin, Germany
  • Roy Thurik, Erasmus School of Economics, The Netherlands

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge, threatening millions of
people and businesses around the world, and is more likely to affect small businesses than
large ones.


This is the third exogenous shock of the 21st Century, following 9/11 and the Global
Financial Crisis. Responses to the previous recessions have made inequality and resilience
themes of great interest to the scientific community. Will the response to COVID-19 be
different from the previous two recessions?

The objective of this special issue is to identify new themes of interest for the scientific community as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to help promote research and economic implications relevant to understanding the consequences of recessions and events like the COVID-19 pandemic more broadly, but within the remit of Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal.

Read the full call for papers here. 

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions should be prepared using the SBEJ Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

Manuscript Proposals
Please send manuscript proposals (as an attachment) directly to the Special Issue guest
editors email: sbejspecialissue@gmail.com by August 1, 2020.

Conditional decisions on the manuscript plan will be made by August 1, 2020, with the full
paper submissions due January 15, 2021. Notification of acceptance: by March 15, 2021.

Full Paper Submissions 

Full-paper submission for the special issue is available during June 15- August 31, 2020
submission window, with the reviewing process starting when the paper is submitted. The
Review process will be within 50 days barring unexpected circumstances.