Dear AIB members,
I am pleased to share this special issue call from the Entrepreneurship Research Journal (ERJ) on university based accelerators and incubators. The journal will also host a companion 2018 USASBE Paper Development Workshop which will serve as a voluntary, precursory event.


The goal of this ERJ Special Issue is to encourage theoretical and empirical understanding of university based venture development organizations (VDOs), both accelerators and university based incubators. We are particularly interested in furthering the understanding and contributions of these VDOs to entrepreneurship education, technology commercialization, and venture creation on campus. Unlike private sector accelerator programs where financial returns are often the typical metric for success, university based VDOs have yet to define clearly where and how they fit into the venture creation ecosystem and what added value they provide to these new ventures. Measures for commercial success, focus of entrepreneur education and simultaneous commercialization of early stage ventures further complicate university VDO operations. To this effect, we invite interdisciplinary work and seek contributions from various individual disciplines, using multiple theoretical frameworks and methodologies to explore and clarify these topics. We are particularly interested in frameworks and processes as they relate to the operations of these newer forms of VDOs.


Editor and Guest Editor respectively: Thomas Lyons, Michigan State University and Romi Kher, Baruch College, The City University of New York.

Papers submitted to ERJ online by authors worldwide will go through a review process and, if successful, will be published in the ERJ Special Issue. Inquiries may be directed to Thomas Lyons at [log in to unmask] and/or Romi Kher at [log in to unmask]


USASBE Paper Development Workshop

The goal of the companion 2018 USASBE Paper Development Workshop is to provide feedback on potential ideas and papers that may be a good fit for the special issue. At this 2018 USASBE Workshop, we will host a roundtable-style discussion panel, in which the author(s) share an idea that is in the early to middle stages of development but is not yet paper-ready. The feedback from potential reviewers and editors can help make the paper journal-ready. Abstracts should be submitted by email directly to Thomas Lyons and Romi Kher by January 5, 2018

NOTE: It is NOT mandatory to participate in this Paper Development Workshop to be considered for inclusion in the Special Issue. 


About the ERJ:

Since its Inaugural Issue in January 2011, and wwithin five years of its origin or 2015, the Entrepreneurship Research Journal (ERJ) with De Gruyter received its first Impact Factor (IF) of 0.515 in June 2016. This is a major achievement for the current Editors who are Rania Labaki (EDHEC Business School, France), Thomas Lyons (Michigan State University, USA), Ramona Zachary (Baruch College, USA), and Chandra S. Mishra (Florida Atlantic University, USA). Recently, the ERJ has an IF 2016 equal to 0.630 and a 5-year IF of 0.821. The ERJ also has a CiteScore 2016 of 0.35; SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2016 of 0.113 and a Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2016 of 0.341; go to for further details.

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