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Please note that the journal now encourages authors to complete their copyright licence to publish form online.

The Journal is committed to present and interpret the evidence on corporate and industrial change, drawing from an interdisciplinary set of approaches and theories from e.g. economics, sociology of organization, organization theory, political science, and social psychology.

The Journal will be a forum where industrial historians explicity relate their analyses to the state of the art in the relevant social sciences and propose conjectures and theories. Conversely, economists and practitioners of other social disciplines will be encouraged to apply their models to the historical evidence.

The Journal covers

  • the internal structures of firms
  • the history of technologies
  • the evolution of industries
  • the nature of competition
  • the decision rules and strategies
  • the relationship between firms' characteristics and the institutional environment
  • the sociology of management and of the workforce
  • the performance of industries over time
  • the labour process and the organization of production
  • the relationship between, and boundaries of, organizations and markets
  • the nature of the learning process underlying technological and organizational change


Please see the online submission instructions here.

All submissions must be made online to the official website of Industrial and Corporate Change:

The editors discourage multiple submissions from the same author within a short period of time and reserve the right to reject papers on that basis.

Authors should carefully follow the instructions under “online submission instructions.” Please provide JEL codes for your submission.

Articles must be in English and should not normally exceed 10,000 words. All material should be on double-spaced typing, and on one side of the page only. Ample margins should be left. Each page of the typescript should be numbered. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively and placed together in double-spaced typing at the end. The title, author’s name (including all co-authors), affiliation, and contact information including e-mail address, should appear at the beginning of a separate sheet. Submitted articles should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 80 words.

Please also include the files for any other supplementary material to be submitted with your manuscript. It is recommended that authors spell-check all files before submission.


Comments on any article published in the journal are welcomed. Comments should not exceed 2000 words. Copies should be sent both to the editors and to the author of the original article with a request for a response to any point on which the author feels that he or she has been misunderstood.


References to published literature should be quoted in the text by giving the author(s) and year of publication,

  • e.g. Chandler (1962: 125).

The recommended style for references at the end of the manuscript is:

Stiglitz, J. (1988), 'Why Financial Structure Matters', Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2, 121-126.

Williamson, O. E. (1975), Markets and Hierarchies. Analysis and Antitrust Implications. The Free Press: New York.

Rosenberg, N. (1974), 'Science, Invention Organisation: A Proposal for Research', in V. R. Fuchs (ed.), Policy Issues and Research Opportunities in Industrial Organisation. NBER: New York.


All illustrations should be referred to as figures and should be numbered in a single sequence in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. Electronically submitted figures should be in high resolution and in one of the following formats: tiff, bitmap (.bmp), jpeg (.jpg), portable data format (.pdf) or postscript (.ps or .eps). The resolution required for publication is 300 dpi minimum.
Colour illustrations are acceptable but the authors will be expected to bear a proportion of the production cost (£350 per colour figure).
For useful information on preparing your figures for publication, click here.
Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from elsewhere in the EU you or your institution should account for VAT by way of a reverse charge. Please provide us with your or your institution’s VAT number.

Third-Party Content in Open Access papers
If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content
Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.


Supporting material that is not essential for inclusion in the full text of the manuscript, but would nevertheless benefit the reader, can be made available by the publisher as online-only content, linked to the online manuscript. The material should not be essential to understanding the conclusions of the paper, but should contain data that is additional or complementary and directly relevant to the article content. Such information might include extended data sets/data analysis, technical appendices or additional figures.

All text and figures must be provided in suitable electronic formats. Please indicate clearly all material intended as supplementary data upon submission and name the files e.g. 'Supplementary Figure 1', 'Supplementary Data', etc. Also ensure that the supplementary data is referred to in the main manuscript where necessary, for example as '(see Supplementary data)' or '(see Supplementary Figure 1)'.


Papers published in Advance Access are citable using the DOI and publication date:

Davies, M., Takala J. P. and Tyrer J. 'Sentencing Burglars and Explaining the Differences Between Jurisdictions: Implications for Convergence', British Journal of Criminology Advance Access published May 7, 2004, 10.1093/bjc/azh035

The same paper in its final form would be cited:

Davies, M., Takala J. P. and Tyrer J. 'Sentencing Burglars and Explaining the Differences Between Jurisdictions: Implications for Convergence', British Journal of Criminology, 44(5), pp. 741-758. First published May 7, 2004: 10.1093/bjc/azh035.

Proofs are sent to authors for the correction of printer's errors only. Authors making extensive alterations will be required to bear resulting costs.

No free offprints are now provided; free online access is given instead. Printed offprints can be ordered using the form supplied, which should be returned to the publishers.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from elsewhere in the EU you or your institution should account for VAT by way of a reverse charge. Please provide us with your or your institution’s VAT number.


Industrial and Corporate Change does not accept papers that have been previously published elsewhere with the exception of working papers series. The Journal’s policy regarding working paper series is:

1. Pre-publication in working paper series is allowed where submission to the working paper series is prior to acceptance by the Journal.

2. The working paper version may remain online after publication in the Journal.

3. The working paper version should NOT be updated after acceptance by the Journal.

4. Authors are requested to append the appropriate citation to the working paper version on acceptance by the Journal (if the working paper series allows this).


OUP offers pre-submission language editing through Oxford Language Editing, a service for researchers all over the world. Language editing, particularly if English is not your first language, can be used to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by the journal editors and reviewers. Visit to find out more about the freelance editors available and the different services offered. Please note that edited manuscripts will still need to undergo peer-review by the journal.


Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear before the 'Acknowledgements' section.

The following rules should be followed:

  • The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’
  • The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. ‘National Institutes of Health’, not ‘NIH’ (full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies) Grant numbers should be given in brackets as follows: ‘[grant number xxxx]’
  • Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: ‘[grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]’
  • Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus ‘and’ before the last funding agency)
  • Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number 'to [author initials]'.

An example is given here: ‘This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [AA123456 to C.S., BB765432 to M.H.]; and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [hfygr667789].’


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

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

It is a condition of publication in the journal that authors grant exclusive licence to Industrial and Corporate Change. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. In assigning copyright, Authors may use their own material in other publications provided that the journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication.


Industrial and Corporate Change authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in Industrial and Corporate Change can use the following Creative Common licence for their articles:

  • Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY)
  • Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC-BY-NC)
  • Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £2000/ $3200 / €2600
List B Developing country charge* - £1000 / $1600 / €1300
List A Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our developing countries page (click here for a list of qualifying countries).

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.


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

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Glenn Carroll
Giovanni Dosi
Gary P. Pisano
Franco Malerba
David Teece
Fredrik Tell
Giovanni Valentini

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