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Oxford University Press will be no longer publish Enterprise & Society after the 2014 volume year. Beginning January 2015, the journal will be published by Cambridge University Press. Authors with papers designated to the remaining 2014 issues will work with OUP’s production team on those papers. Authors with papers designated to 2015 issues or authors of newly submitted papers can expect to work with CUP’s production team. Submissions will still be accepted via the journal’s online submission site ( As of December 31, 2014, the journal’s content will no longer be hosted on the Oxford University Press webpage. Content will be hosted on the Cambridge University Press webpage ( beginning in January.


Enterprise & Society offers a forum for research on the historical relations between businesses and their larger political, institutional, social, and economic contexts. The journal aims to be international in scope. Creative studies focused on individual firms and industries and grounded in a broad historical framework are welcome, as are innovative applications of economic or management theories to business history and its contexts. Quantitative work couched in terms accessible to non-cliometricians will also be welcome. Enterprise & Society encourages submissions of business history studies that arise from collateral social scientific and humanities disciplines and from national and comparative perspectives.


Manuscripts submitted to Enterprise & Society may not be under consideration elsewhere, nor may they have been published or accepted for publication. English is the language used for publication. Manuscripts must be submitted through Enterprise & Society's online submissions site.

For submission instructions, please refer to Enterprise & Society's submission instructions.


Photographs: These should be submitted in the desired final printed size so that reduction can be avoided. The type area of a printed page is 195 (height) x 120 mm (width) and photographs, including their legends, should not exceed this area. Photographs should be of sufficiently high quality with respect to detail, contrast, and fineness of grain to withstand the inevitable loss of contrast and detail inherent in the printing process. These files should be submitted with a resolution of at least 300 dpi.

Line drawings: Please provide these as clear, sharp images, suitable for reproduction when submitted. No additional artwork, redrawing, or typesetting will be done. Faint and grey shading or stippling will be lost upon reproduction and should be avoided. Where various shadings are used within one figure please ensure that it is easy to differentiate between them, using standard shadings (see the hard copy of the journal for examples). There should be sufficient white space between lines and dots to ensure the areas will not fill in and look grey. If stippling is used, this should be made up of clear black dots with visible white space between them. Ensure that the size of the lettering is in proportion with the overall dimensions of the drawing. These files should be submitted with a resolution of at least 1200 dpi.

Electronic submission of figures: Figures must be saved at a resolution of at least 300 pixels per inch at the final printed size for grayscale figures and photographs, and 1200 pixels per inch for black and white line drawings. Failure to follow these guides could result in complications and delays. For useful information on preparing your figures for publication, go to

Figure legends: These should be included at the end of the manuscript text. Define all symbols and abbreviations used in the figure. Common abbreviations and others in the preceding text need not be redefined in the legend.


Enterprise & Society supports fair and accurate use of language, and the editors encourage authors to adopt a writing style sensitive to gender and other issues beyond the personal pronoun. Please refer to Enterprise & Society's style guidelines for further information.


On the first page of your submitted manuscript please provide a short biography. The bio should be no more than two lines.


Enterprise & Society follows the Chicago Manual of Style. Please use full citation only in the Bibliography, and insert short form references in endnotes. Do not use bottom-of-the-page footnotes and do not use social science citation (in-text parentheses).


Book [for bibliography]:
Churella, Albert. From Steam to Diesel: Managerial Customs and Organizational Capabilities in the Twentieth-Century American Locomotive Industry, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1998, 231.

Short form reference [for endnote]: Churella, From Steam to Diesel, 197.

Edited work [bibliography]:
Smith, James, ed., Companies in Perspective, New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1996, iv.

Short form [endnote]:
Smith, Companies, 14.

Essay in edited work [bibliography] :
Rice, Bonnie. "How Compaq Did It," in Companies in Perspective, ed. James Smith, New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1996, 12-45, quotation at p. 16.

Short form [endnote]:
Rice, “Compaq,” in Companies, ed. Smith, 16.

Journal article [bibliography]:
Pursell, Carroll. "The Cover Design: Women Inventors in America," Technology and Culture 22 (July 1981): 545-50.

Short form [endnote]:
Pursell, "The Cover Design," 547.

For the Bibliography, please create separate alphabetical lists of: Books, Articles and Chapters, Newspapers and Magazines, Unpublished Materials, and Archives.


Each submission should be accompanied by a bibliography, the purpose of which is to provide readers with a conveniently collated source list. It should include only sources actually cited in the article, and should generally not list individual items in archival collections, magazines, or newspapers. If many different sources are used, material may be separated into categories.


Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. If you would like information about such services, please click here. There are other specialist language editing companies that offer similar services, and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.


For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page.


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Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals, authors will be invited to complete an online copyright license to publish form.

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