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Journal of Free Enterprise



The mission of the Journal of Free Enterprise is to promote the understanding and applications of free enterprise principles as originally espoused in Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations by offering a peer reviewed outlet for scholars and educators. The Journal seeks to publish original research concentrating specifically on the pedagogical and best practices aspects of free enterprise education, which further this goal. Adam Smith promoted free enterprise on moral and ethical grounds and was an advocate for free man. Promoting the fundamental understanding of free enterprise principles requires not only a thorough knowledge of a market economy in all of its trappings, but also a thorough understanding of its moral underpinnings.

For purposes of JFE, ‘Free Enterprise is the political economic environment where the rule of law, a constrained government with limited power, and competitive markets overlap.’


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Process of Review

  • The editor will review the submission for proper format and consistency with the journal’s mission.

  • If the manuscript is deemed appropriate for further consideration, the editor will assign the submitted manuscript to a minimum of two reviewers for formal blind review.

  • The editor will evaluate the reviewers’ comments and recommendations and make a decision to either accept the manuscript, reject the manuscript, request the author(s) to make minor revisions and resubmit, or request the author(s) to make major revisions and resubmit.

  • This process outlined above is general, and in some cases the editor may vary the process at his or her discretion. However, there will be no exception to the process of double blind review.

  • Requested resubmissions will be returned to the same reviewers. The process will continue until a final publication decision is made or the paper is rejected.


Submission of Manuscripts

The following guidelines should be followed for submitting manuscripts:

  • Manuscripts under consideration by another journal or publisher will not be considered for publication. By making submission, the author(s) affirm that the manuscript is original, and that it does not include plagiarism or any form of malpractice.

  • Revisions should be submitted within six months from the request. Otherwise, the revised manuscript will be considered a new submission.

  • The following content should be submitted in separate Microsoft Word files:

  • Title Page, which includes the title of the paper and each author’s name, title, affiliation, and email address.

  • Manuscript, which includes an abstract (no more than 150 words) and three to six keywords. All pages should be serially numbered with the abstract as page one.

  • Abstracts should be single-spaced with a common font such as Times New Roman, font size 12. Manuscripts should be double-spaced with a common font such as Times New Roman, font size 12. Margins should be one inch at top, bottom, and both sides.

  • Spell out numbers from one to ten except in tables and lists.

  • Submissions must be arranged with the following sections, using all caps, bold, and centered

    5. RESULTS


  • Subsections should be flush left, bold, uppercase and lowercase letters

  • Tables and figures should precede the references list, should be numbered with roman numerals (I, II, III, etc.), and should be referenced within the manuscript with the approximate placement (e.g., “Table II about here”.

  • Citations within the manuscript should be formatted as follows: Author’s last name and year without a comma in parentheses, and if there are quotes they should include the page number(s). For example:

    (Hardin 2007, 13) for one author; (Hardin and Dean 2007, 13) for two authors; (Hardin et al. 2007, 13) for more than two authors.

  • References should be in a list at the end of the manuscript. For Example:

    Simonson, I. 1992. The influence of anticipating regret and responsibility on purchase decisions. Journal of Consumer Research, 19, 105-118.


    Singer, M., S. Mitchell, and J. Turner. 1998. Consideration of moral intensity in ethicality judgments: Its relationship with whistle-blowing and need-for-   cognition. Journal of   Business Ethics, 17(5), 527-542.


    Stice, E. K., and J. D. Stice. 2006. Financial Accounting Reporting and Analysis. Thomson South-Western, Mason, OH.


Policy on Reproduction

Permission is hereby granted to reproduce any of the articles in Journal of Free Enterprise for use in courses of instruction as long as the reproduction includes reference to the journal and its issue.

Except as otherwise noted in published articles, the copyright has been transferred to the Journal of Free Enterprise for all items appearing in the journal.

The Journal of Free Enterprise

The Journal of Accounting and Free Enterprise (JFE) publishes research articles that address important issues as they relate to free enterprise.

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