Redefining Innovation: Innovation Advantage in America’s Southern States

Call for papers for: International Journal of Innovation Science


In measures of innovation in the United States, one region stands out as particularly broad and full of potential. This region is what is commonly referred to as the South. States included in the south are generally considered to be:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

In celebration of the International Associations first Innova-Con in the southern United States in the Autumn of 2020, the IJIS has determined that innovation in America’s southern states is a topic which should be explored

This issue is inspired due to the relatively low ratings these states receive in national rankings versus our experience in working in this region. While states such as Delaware, Virginia, Texas, Florida and Georgia are ranked consistently high on innovation, other states such as Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama rank near the bottom. However, our experience shows something not reflected in these statistics; high levels of innovation coming from some of the most unexpected places. This issue is dedicated to finding those innovations and the innovation research behind the innovators.

Call for papers submissions

Innovation in the United States is flourishing outside of Silicon Valley. Attracted by low costs of living and warmer climates, many innovators are choosing to relocate in what has traditionally been called the American South. The American South has many of the U.S.’s top universities, including the Tech Triangle in North Carolina and the Innovation District of Atlanta. In Atlanta in particular, the low cost of living, temperate climate and high concentration of world class universities (Georgia State University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of Georgia), has attracted many organizations to the cities innovation District where innovation is a leading industry.

In fact, when one looks more deeply into the statistics, one will find that as percentage growth of entrepreneurial activity, Missouri and Kentucky actually rank quite high. Kentucky has some of the highest percent growth in start-ups, Florida has some of the highest employment in firms that are less than three years old, and Georgia and Florida have some of the highest fundable entrepreneurs. All signs that although the South may have started significantly behind much of the rest of the US in innovation, it is coming on strong.

 To Publish in: Volume 12, Issue 5, Approximately October 2020

Topics include but not limited to:

  • Innovation in Customer service / service industry
  • Innovation in agriculture
  • Innovation in Fin-Tech
  • Advances in consumer/company trust
  • Innovation and the decade of the female
  • Innovation and sustainability
  • Innovation as a function of autonomy and self-reliance
  • Sports innovation
  • Technology and quality of life
  • Innovation in community
  • Innovation policy

Submissions and review process

Manuscripts should not have been previously published or be under review in other journals. Outstanding papers presented at the International Association of Innovation Professionals are welcomed and will be considered for submission. The guest editors also welcome submissions of high-quality papers from the research community at large. All authors are expected to explicitly state how their paper contributes to the study or practice of innovation in this region. Submissions to the International Journal of Innovation Science are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. The manuscript must comply with the author guidelines

Authors must use the official IJIS submission portal on and select the Dixie special issue for their submission. We will accept online submissions until August 31, 2020. Submissions will be considered for the November Innova-Con conference in Atlanta, GA.

All papers will be screened by at least two guest editors (and desk rejected if not deemed suitable) before being sent to at least two referees. Papers will undergo a maximum of two rounds of revision to meet the scope and high standards of IJIS without any guarantee of final publication. We anticipate that the special issue will be published by the second half of 2020. For any queries regarding submission, please email the special issue guest editors.

Special Issue Guest Editor

Dr. Asabelle Moniouis, EDB
Professor of Practice
Associate Director, HJ Russell Center for Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute (ENI)
Georgia State University
Email:[email protected]