History and mission statement
Since 1988, the Revue internationale PME has been promoting the dissemination of French-language research on SMEs and entrepreneurship. It welcomes contributions of a high scientific level, both theoretical and empirical, from the fields of management science and economics, but also from neighboring fields that are interested in issues relating to SMEs and entrepreneurship (geography, sociology, psychology, engineering, computer science, etc.). Interdisciplinary work is encouraged, bringing together complementary viewpoints for a better appreciation of the research object. It is aimed at researchers, students, professionals, and public authorities wishing to keep abreast of the latest developments that may help them in their thinking; and has subscribers in over thirty French-speaking and Francophile countries on five continents.
The Revue internationale PME publishes "classic" and "frontier" articles that take a more critical approach to current knowledge, with an aim of provoking new conversations.
"Classical articles", of an empirical, conceptual, or methodological nature, contribute to the advancement of knowledge in these fields. To meet the Journal's requirements, an empirical article must contribute to the validation, extension, or development of theory in the fields of SMEs and entrepreneurship. All empirical methods, including quantitative, qualitative, field, experimental, meta-analytic, and multi-method studies, are acceptable. In addition to research contributions, the article should also include benefits for practice or public policy, even if only indirectly. A conceptual paper should advance theory in the fields of SMEs and entrepreneurship. This can be done by developing a new theory, confronting or clarifying existing theories, synthesizing recent advances and new ideas to renew theory, and initiating theoretical research by identifying and delimiting a new managerial or entrepreneurial problem. A methodological article should also include a theoretical or empirical contribution, developing, for example, a new method or measure relevant to SME and entrepreneurship research and practice. Furthermore, the Journal is not bound to any particular disciplinary field, level of analysis, or national context.
"Frontier articles" focus on the renewal of publishing practices through the study of forms, ideas, methods, and practices at the margin of the usual codes of publication in the fields of SMEs and entrepreneurship. Texts will target one of three orientations: essays that run counter to conventional wisdom, pedagogical explorations, and new methods and forms of writing.
The Journal publishes original articles only. It is understood that texts submitted for publication in the Revue internationale PME are original and are not awaiting publication in another journal or under review in another peer-reviewed journal.
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INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE SUR LES PME
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Trois-Rivières (Québec) Canada G9A 5H7
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Editorial policy and ethics
The Revue internationale PME welcomes original contributions of a high scientific level, both theoretical and empirical, from the fields of management science and economics, as well as from related fields that are also interested in issues relating to SMEs and entrepreneurship (geography, sociology, psychology, engineering, computer science, etc.). No school of thought is dominant, and no methodological approach is excluded.
It is understood that texts submitted for publication in Revue internationale PME are original and are not awaiting publication in another journal, nor are they under review in another peer-reviewed journal. Before submitting a manuscript, authors are invited to consult the journal's website for instructions, including editorial requirements for the presentation of texts. Texts must be submitted electronically to https://revueinternationalepme.com.
Revue internationale PME (RIPME) welcomes proposals for special issues. A special issue seeking to highlight a particular theme to stimulate debate and help accelerate the advancement of knowledge may be accepted under certain conditions. Calls for contributions to such issues are distributed to the entire scientific community (and not restricted to a particular network) and are managed in collaboration between the researchers who initiated the process and the RIPME editor-in-chief. This procedure is designed to ensure compliance with RIPME's standards and values, as well as its publication schedule.
Peer review process
RIPME adopts a double-blind review process for its articles and protects the anonymity of authors and reviewers.
As stated in the code of ethics and deontology, authors who submit a text to RIPME acknowledge the originality of their work, which they have written independently and without technological assistance. Similarity detection software is used to check for plagiarism and originality of texts submitted to RIPME. If no plagiarism problems are detected, the texts are submitted to the evaluation process.
All papers submitted in the Article category will first be evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief or an Associate Editor and then sent to three experts in the field(s) covered by author(s). Papers submitted in the Article - Frontier category will be evaluated by the editor in charge of the section and then submitted to two experts in the field(s) covered by the author(s).
All submissions will be evaluated based on the extent to which the text:
- Is unpublished and original;
- Contributes to the advancement of knowledge in its field;
- Contributes to the validation, extension, or development of theory in the field of SMEs and entrepreneurship;
- Uses acceptable empirical methods, including but not limited to quantitative, qualitative, field, experimental, meta-analytic, and multi-method studies;
- Includes fallouts for research, practice, or public policy, even if only indirectly;
- Adheres to the highest ethical standards (see code of ethics and deontology).
Reviewers are invited to complete an evaluation grid and then comment on the text in order to provide specific recommendations to the authors. Courtesy and constructive comments are required.
The editor responsible for the submission will make a decision following reception of reports from the three reviewers, which will then be communicated to the authors.
For the sake of transparency and to encourage a stimulating and enriching conversation between participants in the review process, the editorial decision - including the reviewers' reports - is communicated to the authors and reviewers anonymously.
Authors who are invited to submit a revised version are given 6 to 12 weeks to do so. They must submit the revised text to the platform, with a document detailing how they have taken into account all the reviewers' comments and remarks.
Depending on the extent of the corrections requested, the new documents may be returned to the evaluation process and resubmitted to the same reviewers anonymously.
Authors can follow their text’s progress through the platform process.
Upon acceptance of their text for publication, authors assign in writing and free of charge to Revue internationale PME all their rights, titles, and interests as well as the ownership of the accepted text, including the right to assign said copyrights as well as the right to contract any renewal, republication, re-edition as well as the extension of each of these rights in any country where the protection of said rights is recognized and applicable.
This assignment is valid for the entire duration of legal protection, from the date of signature of the official copyright assignment form.
The authors certify that the text referred to is the result of their work and has never been published.
Portico is responsible for the permanent archiving of Revue internationale PME.
Code of ethics and deontology
Anyone submitting a text to RIPME is presumed to have read the Code of Ethics and Deontology of the International Association for Research in Entrepreneurship and SMEs (AIREPME), and to have strictly followed the principles and rules it contains. This code can be consulted on the journal’s website (Code of ethics and deontology) or on the AIREPME website.
As stated in the code of ethics and deontology, authors who submit a text for publication in RIPME acknowledge the originality of their work, which they have written independently and without technological assistance. A similarity detection platform is used to verify the absence of plagiarism or the originality of texts submitted to RIPME. Without being strictly limited to a percentage, the editor responsible for the submission will pay particular attention to texts with at least 3% similarities with other texts (excluding the list of references), to ensure in particular that relevant passages are not included in the text. He will then determine whether plagiarism or self-plagiarism is involved (plagiarism being considered more serious) and whether the original documents refer to published texts (e.g., articles published in a journal) or unpublished texts (e.g., communications, working papers, theses), the latter being of no concern if they are by the author himself. Finally, both the quantitative dimension (are the litigious passages numerous?) and the qualitative dimension (do the litigious passages concern important or secondary elements?) are taken into consideration.
Depending on the seriousness of the offense, the editor-in-chief may immediately reject the text submitted to RIPME, request explanations from the author, demand modifications to the text, or, in the worst case, refer the matter to the AIREPME Deontology Committee, which, after a thorough examination, may impose sanctions, including a ban on submitting a text to RIPME for a more or less extended period. If plagiarism or self-plagiarism is detected only during the peer review process, the same sanctions may be applied, and the vigilant reviewer will be informed of the decisions taken by the Deontology Committee, without mentioning the name of the person against whom the allegation of misconduct has been made, according to the procedure described in the AIREPME Code of Ethics and Deontology. If the misconduct is discovered only after the article has been published, the matter will be referred to the Deontology Committee and sanctions will be applied, in addition to a formal retraction as described in the "Withdrawal of articles" section of the Code of Ethics and Deontology.
Information for contributors
Guidelines for authors
Texts must be submitted electronically to https://revueinternationalepme.com.
Authors must ensure that they respect the anonymity of their text within a double-blind evaluation framework (Assurer une évaluation à l’aveugle).
The Revue internationale PME (RIPME) is a scholarly journal that respects norms and standards in the dissemination of scientific texts in the fields of SMEs and entrepreneurship. To fulfill its mission and obligations, authors are subject to certain requirements, which will be recalled when submitting their text:
The submission has not already been published and is not currently being considered by another journal (or an explanation has been provided in the Comments to the Editor section);
- The authors are all identified in the submission metadata and have all agreed to be signatories and co-signatories of the proposed submission;
- The authors certify that the text submitted is their work and that any borrowing from the work of other authors is done in compliance with copyright and intellectual property rules;
- When the submission is accepted, the authors agree, at the end of the evaluation process, to transfer their rights so that the final text can be published in RIPME;
- Authors have read and applied the "Ensuring a blind evaluation" instructions designed to protect the anonymity of authors vis-à-vis reviewers.
- Authors have read and applied the stylistic and bibliographical requirements described in the "Writing guidelines".
Given its link with the Association internationale de recherche en entrepreneuriat et PME (AIREPME), authors are subject to the ethical standards set out in its Code of Ethics and Deontology, which we recommend you read.
Article formatting instructions :
- Between 6,000 and 10,000 words, excluding references
- 2.5 cm on each side, top and bottom
- Do not use the predefined styles in Word, use the "normal" style.
- Times New Roman 18, lowercase and bold;
- Times New Roman 12;
- Justified and non-indented;
Main section titles
- Times New Roman 14;
- Lowercase and bold.
- Single line break between each paragraph;
- Double line break between the introduction, parts, and conclusion.
- Title of article (in English, French, and Spanish), authors' names, functions, full contact details, acknowledgments (if any), abstract, and keywords (also required in the three languages).
- Texts in non-bold italics, maximum 200 words, in all three languages.
- The text must be followed by appendices and bibliographical references.
- Tables are inserted into the text (via Word context menu);
- Times New Roman 10 for table interior, bold for headings;
- Left-aligned title in Times 12, bold;
- No vertical borders;
- Left-aligned text;
- Numeric data centered in frame and comma aligned;
- Table centered on page;
- Legend on left below table in Times 10;
- Avoid shaded areas;
- Avoid italics unless necessary.
NOTE: Commas are used to separate decimals in tables and body text.
Diagrams, figures, and graphics
- Diagrams, figures, and graphics are inserted in the text at the appropriate place and are numbered consecutively;
- Title left-aligned in Times 12, bold;
- Content should be in a smaller font size than the text.
- Times New Roman 10;
- Limited number: we encourage authors not to multiply the number of footnotes to make the text easier to read;
- Continuous numbering.
- Times New Roman 12;
- Bibliographical references in the body of the text should include, in brackets, the name of the author and the year of publication of the work cited. They should appear after the appendices and conform in all respects to the standards set out in the following section.
Standards and presentation of bibliographical references
The presentation of bibliographical references is based on the standards of the American Psychological Association (APA). If in doubt about the presentation of a reference not covered by any of the examples below, please refer to the standards laid down by this association, examples of which can be found at the following address: http://benhur.teluq.uquebec.ca/~ mcouture/apa/.
A bibliographical reference is identified in the text by the name(s) of the author(s), followed by the year.
Bibliographical references are listed at the end of the article (in alphabetical order of authors). In the text, reference citations appear in brackets with the name and date of publication, e.g. (Laurent, 1990). If two references have the same author and year of publication, they will be distinguished by letters, e.g. (Laurent, 1990a, Laurent, 1990 b). These letters will also appear in the bibliography. Where the number of co-authors is greater than three, but less than six, the names of all authors are mentioned on the first occurrence, and only the name of the first author followed by et al. are used on subsequent occurrences. Where the number of co-authors is six or more, et al. is used after the name of the first author on the first occurrence in the text. Example: (Dupont et al., 1990).
Periodicals: List of authors (names in small caps) including first initial, followed by a year of publication, the title of the article, name of periodical (without abbreviation) in italics, volume number in italics, number of periodical within the volume (in brackets and without spaces after the volume number) and page numbers at the beginning and end of the article.
Sempé, L. (2000). Une échelle de mesure de l'appartenance aux cercles sociaux: analyse factorielle confirmatoire multiniveaux. Marketing Research and Applications, 15(2), 43-58.
Books: List of authors (names in small capitals) including the initial of their first name in small capitals, followed by the year of publication, the title of the book in italics, the place of publication, and the name of the publishing company.
Desmet, P. and Zollinger, M. (1997). Le prix: de l'analyse conceptuelle aux méthodes de fixation. Paris, Economica.
Collective works ("edited" in English): Works coordinated or produced under the direction of one or more people (referred to as editors in English) should be treated as follows:
Earl, P.E. and Kemp, S. (eds.) (1999). The Elgar companion to consumer research and economic psychology. Cheltenham, Edward Edgar Publishing.
Chapters in collective works: List of authors (names in small capitals) including first initial, followed by a year of publication, chapter title, first initial and name(s) of the editor(s) preceded by "In", book title in italics, page numbers in brackets, place of publication and name of the publishing house.
Maille, V. and Siekershi, E. (2006). How to manage tactile sensations? In S. Rieunier (ed.), le marketing sensoriel du point de vente (p. 169-203). Paris, France, Dunod.
Unpublished documents: References to unpublished documents, theses, etc. must mention the list of authors, including the first initial of the author's first name, followed by the year of the thesis or presentation and the title. The words "report", "research paper", "thesis", etc. should not be italicized. In the case of theses, don't forget to include the name of the University or School, as well as the place where the thesis was defended or presented.
Ménard, J.C. (2008). Impacts de certaines pratiques de gestion des ressources humaines sur la capacité d'innovation des PME (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada.
Tourtoulou, A.-S. (1996). Marques nationales, marques de distributeurs et premiers prix: effets de leurs mises en avant sur les ventes et la structure concurrentielle de la catégorie de produits (doctoral thesis in management science, École HEC, Jouy-en-Josas). Retrieved from École library website http://www.hec.fr/content/search?SearchText=bibliotheque basesdedonneesxerfi.
Simonson, I. (2007). Will I like a medium "pillow"? Another look at constructed and inherent preferences. Report No. 2007-28, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, British Columbia.
Proceedings of published symposiums or conferences: Quotations from symposium proceedings are treated in the same way as extracts from books. The following order must be used: the list of authors, including the first initial of their surname, followed by the year of publication, the title of the article, the first initial of the surname, and the name of the coordinator(s) (editor[s] in English) preceded by "in", the title of the conference in italics, the volume number, the place of publication, the name of the publishing house and the page number.
Ngobo, P.V. (1998). Non-linear relationships between satisfaction, loyalty, and complaints. In B. Saporta (ed.), Actes de la Conférence de l'Association française du Marketing (pp. 145-170). Bordeaux, France.
Online documents (WWW pages)
References to online documents must make it possible to find not only the site hosting a document but also the document itself. This means that the full URL of the page or document consulted must be indicated.
Couture, M. (2013, updated September 20). A French adaptation of the APA bibliographic standards - Documents en ligne. Retrieved November 6, 2013, from author's website: http://profmcouture.ca/apa/normes_apa_francais.pdf.
Citations of one's work: Should authors wish to refer to one or more of their works, it is essential that the wording used during the evaluation process preserves anonymity. If this is not possible, use the formula: (author or co-author, date), e.g. (author, 1996). The bibliographical references will be completed once the paper has been accepted.
A few typographical rules
Titles (of books, films, etc.) are written in italics.
Words in foreign languages (English, Latin, etc.) are written in italics (not in quotation marks).
We write "etc." or "...", but not "etc.".
Centuries are written in Roman numerals.
Josée St-Pierre, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
Sophie Reboud, Burgundy School of Business, France
Maripier Tremblay, Université Laval, Canada
Camille Carrier, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
Pierre Cossette, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Pierre-André Julien, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
Michel Marchesnay, Université de Montpellier 1, France
Sandrine Berger-Douce, École des mines de Saint-Étienne, France
Louise Cadieux, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
Régis Coeurderoy, ESCP- Europe, France, UCLouvain, Belgique
Christina Constantinidis, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Véronique Favre-Bonte, Université Savoie Mont Blanc, France
Olivier Germain, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Gilles Guieu, Aix-Marseille Université, France
Frank Janssen, UCLouvain, Belgique
Nadine Levratto, Université Paris Nanterre, France
Karim Messeghem, Université de Montpellier, France
Christophe Schmitt, Université de Lorraine, France
Karim Trabelsi, Institut supérieur d'administration des affaires de Sfax, Tunisie
Thierry Verstraete, Université de Bordeaux, France
Kadia Georges Aka, Université de Moncton, Canada
Moujib Bahri, Université TÉLUQ, Canada
Hanane Beddi, Université Jean Moulin, France
Yosr Ben Tahar, Paris School of Business, France
Véronique Bessiere, Université de Montpellier, France
Sonia Boussaguet, Neoma Business School, France
Martine Boutary, ESC Toulouse, France
Philippe Chapellier, Université de Montpellier, France
Jean-Marie Courrent, Université de Montpellier 1, France
Gaëlle Dechamp, Université Jean Monnet, France
Julien De Freyman, South Champagne Business School, France
Bérangère Deschamps, Université Grenoble Alpes, France
Bruno Fabi, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
Nazik Fadil, EM Normandie, France
Stéphane Foliard, Université Jean Monnet, France
Cécile Fonrouge, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
Sébastien Geindre, Grenoble IAE, France
Olivier Giacomin, EBS Paris, France
Didier Grandclaude, EM Strasbourg, France
Gaël Gueguen, Toulouse Business School, France
Martine Hlady-Rispal, Université de Limoges, France
Amélie Jacquemin, UCLouvain, Belgique
Nabil Khelil, Université Caen Normandie, France
Frédéric Le Roy, Université de Montpellier, France
Edmilson Lima, Université Nove de Julho, Brésil
Marie Marchand, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
Sophie Mignon, Université de Montpellier, France
Claudia Pelletier, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
Matthias Pepin, Université Laval, Canada
Miruna Radu Lefebvre, Audencia Business School, France
Louis Raymond, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
Vinciane Servantie, Université loa Andes, Colombie
Anne Stevenot, Université de Lorraine, France
Sylvestre Uwizeyemungu, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
Sophie Veilleux, Université Laval, Canada
Responsible for the chronicle on the profession of researcher [2012-2018]
Pierre Cossette, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Responsible for the knowledge mobilization section [2015-2019]
Sophie Reboud, Burgundy School of Business, France
Responsible for book reviews and author interviews
Véronique Favre-Bonté, Université Savoie Mont Blanc, France