Call for Papers for SBEJ 2nd Online Conference for Early Career Researchers

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Friday 15th December 2023, 1pm (London time), 2 hours duration

An opportunity to discover interesting new research, and SBEJ editors’ feedback thereupon. The goals are to engage with the community of entrepreneurship scholars; discuss emerging topics, issues and priorities; share tacit knowledge; and give feedback to young researchers in the spirit of a paper development workshop (but this is not a job market networking event).

Topics should be broadly aligned with the main research areas of ‘Small Business Economics’: Entrepreneurship and the economics of small business; new venture creation; self-employment; family firms; small and medium-sized enterprises; innovative startups; entrepreneurial finance; and so on.


  • Attendance is open to presenters and non-presenters
  • Presenters must be Early Career Researchers: PhD students, post-docs, or junior faculty
  • Presenters get ~ 12 minutes each: 10 mins to present, 2 mins Q&A/discussion (mainly Q, no A)
  • SBEJ editors give feedback via mic or chat, non-presenters give feedback via chat (& perhaps mic)
  • The Zoom chat window log file will be distributed afterwards
  • The event is expected to last for 2 hours, with a minimum 3-5 SBEJ editors attending at any time


  • Send an extended abstract (Times New Roman 11-point or similar, strict limit of maximum 3 pages PDF all included; 1 submission per person) to by Sunday 12th November
  • Decisions communicated to authors by Sunday 26th November
  • Submitted abstracts may be rejected without a detailed justification
  • We expect 9 paper presentations
  • Abstracts should ideally already include some results, and connect well to SBEJ topics
  • We are not interested in submissions already at the R&R stage at any journal (including SBEJ)
  • Presenters must give live presentations (not pre-recorded videos) and ideally attend the whole event
  • There is no guarantee that presented papers will receive a favourable response from SBEJ if submitted to SBEJ, even if the comments raised by SBEJ editors are addressed


  • Indicate your interest to before the event