Submission Guidelines

General considerations before you submit your work:

Availability to Present at Conference

  • Authors whose submission is accepted by the review committee, will be expected to present at any time between 08:00 to 17:00 on November 11th-12th, 2015.  In addition, please make sure that at least one of the co-authors is available to present before making your submission. This will help us plan and avoid deletion of papers from the Forum.

  • Submission of your work to the Forum is considered a commitment by the authors that at least one of the author will attend and present the paper, in the event it is accepted. Please also review the section about "original submission."

  • We will notify all papers about their status (i.e. accept/reject). However, reviews of the papers will only be sent after at least one of the authors has registered for the conference. Our system will conduct a sweep once a week, and deliver reviews to the authors who have registered during the week.

  • Registration will only be transferable among multiple authors of the same paper.

  • Once registration has been received, all cancellation policies will apply. Please review the cancellation policies before registering for the Forum.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation of registration is not eligible for cash refunds. In case of cancellation the registration fee can be transferred to another author of the same paper. In case of single authored papers, 50% of the paid registration will be applied to the next year's Forum or other IFERA event registration fee.

How to submit your paper online

Online Submission Process  –  Email all inquiries about online process to Ranjan Karri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Step 1: Submission Website

Go to the submission website at and then click on the appropriate selection from the list in the “For authors” section.

There are different selections for submissions to different categories other than the Main Forum submissions. Please make sure you are making the correct selection. Once you make your selection you will be directed to the submission site where you will input all the relevant information.

Please note that as an author you will not be required to create a login account.  Each submission has a passcode that will be emailed to you upon completing the submission.  You can access a prior submission by entering the passcode until the submission deadline.

Step 2: Enter your scholarly submission

Enter the title your submission: Use Title Case for the paper title. The first letter of major title words should be in capital letters. Prepositions, conjunctions should not be capitalized for the title and short title. An example is: “Entrepreneurship and Family Business Research: Comparisons, Critique, and Lessons.”

Enter the author information: (First Name, Last Name, Email and Affiliation) for all authors and in order of authorship.

Enter the contact author’s information: The email for the contact author will be used for all communication with respect to the submission.

Select the submission category: Chose the appropriate category including, Full Paper, Work-in-progress Paper, or Research Dissemination Paper

Abstract: Cut and paste the abstract for your submission (200 words) - For all types of submissions

Upload File: You may upload a file in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.  In preparing your manuscript file which will be uploaded, do not include any information which could reveal your identity, or that of your co-authors. The first page of your uploaded file should include a title of the manuscript.  

Page limits:

Full Paper (FP) – Maximum 35 pages including references, tables and figures

Work-in-Progress Paper (WIP) – Maximum of 7 pages; that is, 5 pages for the body which can include charts, graphs, diagrams, etc. and up to 2 pages of references.

Research Dissemination Papers (RD): Maximum of 5000 words all inclusive.

Keywords: Select the keywords for that characterize your submission. You are required to select a minimum of three keywords.