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Journal of New Business Ventures

Journal of New Business Ventures

Published in Association with Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay

eISSN: 26329638 | ISSN: 2632962X Frequency: Bi-annually
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Journal of New Business Ventures
is a biannual refereed journal launched by the prestigious Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay in collaboration with SAGE in the year 2020. The Institute is one of the top-ranked management schools in both India and the world. The aim of Journal of New Business Ventures is to provide a rigorous and credible scientific platform for disseminating knowledge for theoretical advancement of the field of entrepreneurship. It follows a double-blind peer review policy and submissions can include articles, case studies, short notes/comments, book reviews and interviews. The primary audience of the journal consists of social & management scientists, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, corporate leaders, owners of family businesses, management Institutes as well as research scholars of inter-disciplinary fields such as entrepreneurship, management, policy studies and core disciplines like psychology, economics and other social sciences.

The aim of Journal of New Business Ventures is to provide a rigorous and credible scientific platform for disseminating knowledge for theoretical advancement of the field of entrepreneurship. This Journal can be seen as a source of innovative information to manage business by new entrepreneurs, starting with support of either venture funding or the family in this digital world of knowledge economy.

The purpose is to create a space for social & management scientists, entrepreneurs of both start-ups and SMEs, family business owners, corporate leaders & executives, and the research scholars of inter-disciplinary fields such as entrepreneurship, management, policy studies and core disciplines like psychology, economics and other social sciences to see this Journal as their source of choice for getting objective information on entrepreneurship and its relationship with today’s society. The Journal can, thus, emerge as a distinct source to enrich literature in the field of entrepreneurship and its allied fields.

This Journal is primarily oriented towards including scientific work of qualitative or quantitative nature, based on empirical, theoretical, policy-oriented and programme evaluation framework and also focuses on conceptual or systematic literature review and experiential learning.

It follows a double-blind peer review policy and submissions can include articles, case studies, short notes/comments, book reviews and interviews.

Shivganesh Bhargava Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Editorial Board
Ali Dastmalchian Professor & Dean, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University
Anand Patwardhan Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
Arvind Agrawal President Corporate Development & H R, RPG Enterprises
Audhesh K Paswan Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Business, University of North Texas
Dave Valliere Director, Entrepreneurship Research Institute, Ted Rogers School of Business Management, Ryerson University
Derrick D'Souza Professor, College of Business, University of North Texas
Kamal Sharma Former Vice Chairman, Lupin Laboratories Pvt. Limited
Kurt Dirks Vice Chancellor, International Affairs & Bank of America Professor of Leadership , Washington University in St. Louis
Kristin Wallevik Professor and Dean, School of Business and Law, University of Agder
M Rammohan Rao Professor &Former Director IIM Bangalore and Former Dean-Indian School of Business, Hyderabad
Mahendra Gupta Professor & Former Dean, Olin Business School, Washington University at Saint Louis
Omer Sayeed Professor & Former Acting Director, National Institute of Training & Industrial Engineering (NITIE)
Pawan Budhwar Professor & Former Dean, Aston Business School
Rama Charan Tripathi Former Director, Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Social Studies & Former Head, Centre for Advanced Study in Psychology, University of Allahabad
Rameshwar Dubey Associate Professor, Montpellier Business School
Rajendra M Sonar Professor, Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay
R N Anantharaman Professor, School of Management, Multimedia University, Persiaran Multimedia University
Raghu Santanam McCord Chair Professor in Business & Department Chair, Department of Information Systems, Arizona State University (ASU)
Rupashree Baral Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras, India
Sandeep Krishnamurthy Professor & Dean, School of Business, Washington University at Bothell
Sanjay Dhande Professor and Former Director, IIT Kanpur
Sanjaya S Gaur Professor, Sunway University Business School
Santrupt B Misra CEO, Carbon Black Business; Director, Chemicals; & Director, Group H.R., Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd.
Shailesh J Mehta President, Granite Hill Capital Ventures LLC, USA
Upasna A Agarwal Associate Professor, National Institute of Training & Industrial Engineering (NITIE)
Vishal Gupta Associate Professor, IIM Ahmedabad
Vinish Kathuria Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
Viswanath Baba Professor, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University
Yogesh K Dwivedi Professor, Swansea University

Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of New Business Ventures

Manuscripts and all editorial correspondence should be submitted at

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of New Business Ventures will be reviewed.

There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

As part of the submission will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

1. What do we publish?

     1.1 Aims & Scope
     1.2 Article types
     1.3 Writing your paper

2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

3. Publishing polices

    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving

4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Formatting 
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 Book Reviews
    4.6 English language editing services

5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 Information required for completing your submission
    5.2 Permissions

6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article

7. Further information

1. What do we publish?

1.1 Aims & Scope
Before submitting your manuscript to of New Business Ventures, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope

1.2 Article types
There could be following types of manuscripts in the journal:

  • Research Articles
  • Reports
  • Analyses
  • Field Notes
  • Book Reviews

Manuscripts should normally not exceed 6,000 words and should be submitted in duplicate with the cover page bearing only the title of the article, author/s’ names, designations, official addresses, phone/fax numbers, and email addresses. Also, the Book Review and Notes from the Field should not be longer than 3,000 words.  In case there are two or more authors, then the corresponding author’s name and address details should be clearly specified on the first page of the article.

1.3 Writing your paper
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

1.3.1 Make your article
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online 

2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer review policy
Journal of New Business Ventures adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

2.2 Authorship
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

2.3 Acknowledgements
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support. 

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

2.3.1 Writing assistance
Individuals who provided assistance, e.g. communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

2.4 Funding 
Journal of New Business Ventures requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
Journal of New Business Ventures encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

3. Publishing Policies

3.1 Publication ethics
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway 

3.1.1 Plagiarism
Journal of New Business Ventures and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement    
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned the author to the society. For the SAGE Author Gateway

3.3 Open access and author archiving 
Journal of New Business Ventures offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice For the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

4. Preparing your manuscript for submission
4.1 Formatting 
The preferred format for your manuscript is are also accepted. Word and (LaTex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

The manuscript should be structured as follows:

  • The cover page should carry the title of the article, the author(s)’ name(s), institutional affiliation(s), address(es) (postal, email and web), and phone and fax numbers. In case there are two or more authors, then and address details must be clearly specified on the first page itself; all correspondence, including those of the proof of the article would be sent to her/him.
  • All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 150–200 words and 4–6 keywords.
  • The main body of the text may be divided into sections with appropriate headings and subheadings. Please note that the headings and subheadings should be typed on a separate line. Do not number, indent or use bold or italic typeface for headings and subheadings.
  • The author identifying information should not appear on any other page of the manuscript, except for the first (cover) page.
  • Headings: Limit the levels of heading within an article to two, or at most three. Avoid lengthy headings and do not number them. The printed style will distinguish their weighting adequately without recourse to an explicit structure such as 1.1.1. 
  • Notes should be numbered serially and presented at the end of the article. Notes must contain more than a mere reference.
  • The language and spellings used should be British (UK), with ‘z’ variant, e.g., instead of globalization, instead of labor.
  • Single quotes should be used throughout. Double quote marks are to be used within single quotes. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text.
  • Use of italics and should be consistent. For non-English and uncommon words and phrases, use italics throughout the text. Meaning of non-English words should be given in parenthesis just after the word when it is used for the first time.
  • Ibid should not be used.
  • Please pay attention to consistency in the hyphenation of words. Do not alternate, for example, between ‘psycho-social’ and ‘psychosocial’, ‘decision making’ and ‘decision-making’. A distinction is, however, often made between noun and attributive adjective: for example: ‘the middle class’ but ‘middle-class ethics’.) 
  • Use capitals sparingly and double-check the logical application of any distinctions you wish to make between specific and general use.
  • Abbreviations are spelled out at first occurrence. Very common ones (US, GDP, BBC) need not be spelled out.
  • Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurements use only figures (3 km; 9 per cent). Use thousands and millions, not lakhs and crores.
  • Use ‘per cent’ instead of ‘%’ in the text. In tables, graphs, etc., % can be used.
  • Give specific dates in the form 22 November 1980. Decades should be referred to as ‘20th century’, ‘the 1990s’.
  • Tables and figures to be indicated by numbers separately (see Table 1), not by (see Table below). Present each table and figure on a separate sheet of paper, gathering them together at the end of the article.

4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines 

  • All photographs and scanned images should have a resolution of minimum 300 dpi/1500 pixels and their format should be TIFF or JPEG. 
  • Due permissions should be taken for copyright protected photographs/images. Even for photographs/images available in the public domain, it should be clearly ascertained whether or not their reproduction requires permission for purposes of publishing (which is a profit-making.
  • All photographs/scanned images should be provided separately in a folder along with the main article.

Please Note: All figures and tables should be cited in the text and should have the source (a specific URL, a reference or, if it is ‘The Author’) mentioned irrespective of whether or not they require permissions.

Figures supplied in will appear in online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in in the printed version. For specifically , you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

4.3 Supplementary material
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. , podcasts, videos, images alongside the full-text of the article. For more refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

4.4 Reference style
At the end of the article, a consolidated alphabetical list of all books, articles, essays and dissertations referred to (including any cited in the tables, figures, graphs and maps) should be provided. Journal of New Business Ventures adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

  • References: A consolidated listing of all books, articles, essays, theses and documents referred to (including any referred to in the tables, graphs and maps) should be provided at the end of the article.
  • Arrangement of references: Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work. In each reference, authors’ names are inverted (last name first) for all authors (first, second or subsequent ones); give the last name and initials for all authors of a particular work unless the work has more than six authors. If the work has more than six authors, list the first six authors and then use et al. author’s name.
  • Chronological listing: If more than one work by the same author(s) is cited, they should be listed in order by the year of publication, starting with the earliest.
  • Sentence case: In references, sentence case (only the first word and any proper noun are capitalized—., ‘The software industry in India’) is to be followed the titles of papers, books, articles, etc.
  • Title case: In references, Journal titles are put in title case (first letter of all words except articles and conjunctions are capitalized—., Journal of Business Ethics).
  • Italicize: Book and Journal titles are to be italicized.

In-text citations:

  • One work by one author: (Kessler, 2003, p. 50) or ‘Kessler (2003) found that among the epidemiological samples..’.
  • One work by two authors: (Joreskog & Sorborn, 2007, pp. 50–66) or Joreskog and Sorborn (2007) found that..
  • One work by three or more authors: (Basu, Banerji, & Chatterjee, 2007) [first instance]; Basu et al. 2007) [Second instance onwards].
  • Groups or organizations or universities: (University of Pittsburgh, 2007) or University of Pittsburgh (2007).
  • Authors with and different or similar year of publication: Include the initials in all the in-text citations even if the year of publication differs, e.g., (I. Light, 2006; M. A. Light, 2008).
  • Works with no identified author or anonymous author: Cite the first few words of the reference entry (title) and then the year, e.g., (‘Study finds’, 2007); (Anonymous, 1998).

If abbreviations are provided, then the style to be followed is: (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], 2003) in the first citation and (NIMH, 2003) in subsequent citations.

  • Two or more works by same author: (Gogel, 1990, 2006, in press)
  • Two or more works different authors: (Gogel, 1996; Miller, 1999)
  • Secondary sources: Allport's diary (as cited in Nicholson, 2003).
  • Films: (Name of the Director, Year of release)
  • Mere URLs can be provided as notes before the references.

Reference Examples:

  • Books:
    Patnaik, U. (2007). The republic of hunger. New Delhi: Three Essays Collective.
  • Edited Books:
    , K. S., & Moyo, S. Eds.). (2008). Land and sustainable development in Africa. London/New York, NY: Zed Books.
  • Translated books:
    Amin, S. (1976). Unequal development (. B. Pearce). London and New York, NY: Monthly Review Press.
  • Book chapters:
    , S. (2011). The national question in India. In S. Moyo & P. Eds.), Reclaiming the nation (pp. 67–78). London: Pluto Press.
  • Journal articles:
    Foster, J. B. (2010). The of accumulation. Monthly Review, 625), 1−17.
  • Newsletter article, no author:
    Six sites meet for comprehensive anti-gang conference. 2006, November/December). OOJDP News @ a Glance. Retrieved from

    [Please do not place a period at the end of an online reference.]

  • Newspaper article:
    Schwartz, J. 1993, September 30). Obesity affects economic, social status. The Washington Post, pp. A1, A4.

    [Please provide a URL if the page numbers of the article are not available.]

  • In-press article:
    Briscoe, R. ). Egocentric spatial representation in action and perception. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. Retrieved from
  • Non-English reference book, title translated into English: 
    Real Academia Espanola. (2001). Diccionario de la lengua [Dictionary of the Spanish Language] (22nd). Madrid, Spain: Author.
  • Special issue or section in a journal: 
    Haney, C., & Wiener, R. L. Eds.) (2004). Capital punishment in the United States [Special Issue]. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 104), 1−17.
  • Online article:
    Robert, R. (2018). Egocentric spatial representation in action and perception. Retrieved from

Please Note: For each in-text citation there must be a corresponding reference in the reference list and for each reference there must be a corresponding in-text citation.

4.5 Book Reviews
The title of these must contain the name of the author and the book being reviewed, the place of publication and the publisher details (name and location), year of publication, number of pages, price and binding (hardbound/paperback) set as follows:

Mark David Chong and Abraham P. Francis (Eds.), Demystifying Criminal Justice Social Work in India. New Delhi: SAGE Publications, 2017, + 297 pp., ₹ 950 (hardback). ISBN: 978-93-860-6247-5.

provided at the end of the book review along with the e-mail address and the affiliation.

4.6 English language editing services
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information. 

5. Submitting your manuscript

The paper, in MS Word, should be submitted electronically to: or  

Authors will be provided with a copyright form once the contribution is accepted for publication. The submission will be considered as final only after the filled-in and signed copyright form is received. In case there are two or more authors, the corresponding author needs to sign the copyright form.

5.1 Information required for completing your submission
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

5.2 Permissions
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

6. On acceptance and publication            

6.1 SAGE Production
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form the change.

6.2 Online First publication 
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

6.3 Access to your published article 
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

6.4 Promoting your article
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.  

7. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Journal of New Business Ventures editorial office as follows: 


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