Euricse Working Paper Series

The Euricse Working Paper Series consists in a collection of papers that are available for free in electronic format and can be downloaded on Euricse’s website. This allows for a broad dissemination of articles focused on the main research topics of the Institute (i.e., cooperative and social enterprise rationale, evolution, role, behaviour, and impact) and it stimulates debate among scholars and practitioners working in the same fields.

The Euricse Working Paper Series includes articles written in English, Italian and other languages according to various disciplinary perspectives that range from economics, law, sociology, history, and political science. The Series also comprises key studies focused on territorial/sectoral analyses and case studies. Experts, as well as Ph.D. students and young researchers, are offered the opportunity to contribute to the Series.

The Working Paper Series is also distributed by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN):

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How to submit a working paper


Interested authors may submit their papers to the editorial committee (person in charge: Barbara Franchini [email protected]).

We kindly ask interested authors to submit only papers that are in line with the philosophy of the Institute, independent from their scientific approach (the Series will include economic, legal, managerial, historical, and sociological papers). Topics of particular interest include the following:

  • empirical analyses of cooperatives, social enterprises and other nonprofit organizations engaged in the production of goods and services in any sector (e.g., cooperative banks; consumer, agricultural, production, worker cooperatives; social cooperatives)
  • analyses of the emergence and the evolution of these organizations
  • descriptive analysis of their rationale, role, behaviour, and impact on the economic and social development of the communities within their operate
  • comparisons between different organizational typologies
  • comparisons within countries and sectors of activity

We kindly invite interested authors to provide for a language revision, if the paper is not written in their native language.

Before submitting a paper, interested authors are expected to follow the general style guidelines.

  • Please include all authors’ first and last names, email addresses, title, abstract (150-300 words), JEL codes and keywords.
  • Please send manuscript files in Word to allow the editorial committee to edit the file electronically and directly intervene with comments.
  • Preferably, papers submitted shall be no longer than 35 pages including references, figures, and tables.
  • Preferably, figures and tables should be directly included in the manuscript to be submitted as a Word document. If authors need to send figures/images separately, they should be in TIFF, GIF, JPG, or PDF.
  • The paper must include a complete bibliography of all citations in the text (for citations in the text and bibliography please check the style guidelines)
  • By submitting a paper to this series, authors agree to have accepted papers published on the Euricse website, the Social Science Research Network (SSRN: and the Research Papers in Economics (RePEc/IDEAS.

Review policy

Submitted papers are evaluated by the editorial committee, which may directly reject papers when they are not in line with the Institute’s philosophy or its main research interests, or are considered of low scientific quality. The editorial committee may also rely on the advice of other experts for specialized consultations. This can occur for scientifically-relevant contributions and specific territorial/sectoral analyses. In both cases, the decision is directly communicated to the authors. Upon the editorial committee’s request, authors may be asked to revise their papers, provide for specific integrations or simply comply with editorial requirements.

The philosophy of Euricse and the Working Paper Series editorial committee is to support the publication of a large number of working papers of good scientific quality.

Editorial Committee



Scientific Committee

Alberto Zevi, Avner Ben-Ner, Benedetto Gui, Derek Jones, Giulio Ecchia, Jacques Defourny, Leonardo Becchetti, Pier Angelo Mori, Roger Spears, Silvio Goglio, Stefano Zamagni, Virginie Pérotin, William Bartlett.