Journal of Organizational Behavior

Cover image for Vol. 38 Issue 6

Edited By: Suzanne S. Masterson

Impact Factor: 3.607

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 6/80 (Psychology Applied); 26/121 (Business); 27/194 (Management)

Online ISSN: 1099-1379

Author Guidelines

- Guidelines for submission of a regular research paper to JOB

- Guidelines for submission of a review paper to the JOB Annual Review

- Guidelines for submission of a Point/Counterpoint paper to JOB

- Guidelines for submission of a Researcher's Notebook paper to JOB

- Guidelines for submission of The Incubator paper to JOB

Author Resources

-      How to Produce a Video Abstract

     How to get your Article Cited

     Author Services Site

All papers published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior are eligible for Panel A: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Guidelines for submission of a regular research paper to JOB

Manuscript Submission

The Journal of Organizational Behavior operates an online submission and peer review system through which authors are required to submit articles online. This system also allows authors to track the progress of the review process via a Web interface.

Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then click to navigate to the Journal of Organizational Behavior online submission site. IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one.

All papers must be submitted via the online system.

File Types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. Figures should be provided in .tiff or .eps format.

Latex Users: LaTeX files may be submitted provided that an .eps or.pdf file is provided IN ADDITION to the source files. For reviewing purposes you should upload a single .pdf that YOU have generated from your source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box.

Revision Submission

Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

Latex Users: When submitting your revision you must still upload a single .pdf that YOU have generated from your now revised source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box. In addition you must upload your TeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation "Supplemental Material not for review". Previous versions of uploaded documents must be deleted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow.


OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Copyright and Permissions

  • Copyright Transfer Agreement

    If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

    For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

    If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

    CTA Terms and Conditions

    For authors choosing OnlineOpen

    If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

    Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

    To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

    If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

  • Permission grants - if the manuscript contains extracts, including illustrations, from other copyright works (including material from on-line or intranet sources) it is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission from the owners of the publishing rights to reproduce such extracts using the Wiley Permission Request Form .

Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time. Submitted material will not be returned to the author, unless specifically requested.

Manuscript and Reference Style.

The language of the journal is English. 12-point type in one of the standard fonts: Times, Helvetica, or Courier is preferred. Please double-line space your manuscript. Manuscripts must conform to the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition ( Tables must appear on separate pages after the reference list, and must not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files. Manuscripts submitted to JOB should not normally be more than 40 pages in length (including references, tables and figures). Manuscripts up to 50 pages will be considered, but authors should be aware that reviewers will expect to see a contribution commensurate with the extra page length. Authors considering submitting manuscripts of more than 50 pages should discuss with the Editor-in-Chief before submitting.

All references must be complete and accurate. Where possible the DOI for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is an identification system for intellectual property in the digital environment. Developed by the International DOI Foundation on behalf of the publishing industry, its goals are to provide a framework for managing intellectual content, to link customers with publishers, to facilitate electronic commerce and to enable automated copyright management. Online citations should include date of retrieval. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. References should be listed in the following style:

  • Lam, S.S.K., & Dreher, G.F. (2004). Gender, extra-firm mobility, and compensation attainment in the United States and Hong Kong. Journal of Organizational Behavior , 25 , 791-805. DOI: 10.1002/job.264

  • Heider, F. (1958). The psychology of interpersonal relations . New York: Wiley.

  • Degelman, D., & Harris, M. L. (2000). APA style essentials . Retrieved May 18, 2000, from Vanguard University, Department of Psychology Website:

This journal operates a double blind reviewing process whereby the reviewer is not aware of the author's identity. In order to facilitate this please follow the instructions below very carefully.

  • Ensure your manuscript text does not contain any direct reference to you or your co-authors. Including any acknowledgements or references that may compromise the identity of the author(s).

  • Upload the main text of your manuscript with the file designation "Anonymised Main Document". The first page should contain just the title and keywords. An unstructured abstract of up to 200 words should be placed on the second page. (An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and must be understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work).

  • Upload a secondary title page as a separate document. Use the file designation "Title page with full author details and biographies". The secondary title page should contain the article title and full names and addresses of all authors and the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s). Please also include a short biography of each author (approximately 50 words) in this document.

  • Ensure that your paper is not available in the public domain on the Internet. All references to the paper title in publicly accessible documentation (e.g., online CV) must also be removed. Although we recognize it is sometimes unavoidable, authors should also try to use different titles for conference papers where the conference program can be accessed via the Internet.

During the submission process, in the places provided, you must:

  • Enter the full title, short title of up to 70 characters and the names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax numbers, of the corresponding author who is to check the proofs prior to publication.

  • Enter an unstructured abstract of up to 200 words for all articles.
  • Include up to five keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes.

Research Context

Sometimes, the setting in which organizational research is conducted is unique in some way or consits of qualities that bear on the work. This would be the case, for example, if data are collected at a time in which major events occurred in the organization or in a foreign setting whose context or practices may be unfamiliar to most readers. On such occasions, authors should provide suitable descriptions of these settings so as to put their findings and their interpretation in an appropriate perspective for readers. As required, brief descriptions that do not disrupt the flow of major ideas should be inserted into the body of articles (e.g., in a subsection of the "Method" section entitled, "Research Context"). Whenever detailed or protracted descriptions are called for, however, these should be included in an appendix that follows the references. Please note that the editors or reviewers may request such information as they deem useful.


Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, with the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, 1b, 1c should be uploaded as a single figure appearing in one file. Tints (grey shadings) are unacceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

  • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi
  • Graphs, drawings, etc. - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum
  • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi

Tables should be part of the the main document and should be inserted after the references. If a table is created as an excel spreadsheet, the file should be uploaded separately.

Color Policy

The cost of printing color illustrations in the journal will be charged to the author at a cost of approximately £600 per figure. Details of the cost of colour printing can be found in the Colour Work Agreement Form. If color illustrations are supplied electronically in either.tiff or .eps formats, they may be used in the .pdf (Portable Document File) of the article at no cost to the author, even if this illustration was printed in black and white in the journal. In this case, the color pdf file will appear on the Wiley Online Library site.

Post Acceptance

Proofs. For accepted manuscripts the publisher will supply proofs to the corresponding author prior to publication. This individual is required to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. No substantive changes may be made at this stage. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Authors must take care to ensure all referencing is accurate as corrections cannot be made after this proofing stage is complete.

Offprints. Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via author services only. Please therefore sign up for author services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Further offprints and copies of the journal may be ordered at the author's expense. Authors are not charged for publication of the article in the journal.

Cite EarlyView Articles

To link to an article from the author’s homepage, append the DOI (digital object identifier) to "" as per following example:
DOI 10.1002/job.420, becomes

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Guidelines for submission of a review paper to the JOB Annual Review

We welcome manuscripts that provide critical, state-of-the art overviews of the scholarly literature pertaining to the topic of interest and highlight significant gaps requiring the development of new theory, research methods, and/or empirical work. Such reviews should summarize the current state of knowledge pertaining to the focal topic and provide clear directions for future scientific endeavor, but should not introduce new theory, methods, or data. Articles organized around developing new theory and generating research propositions thus fall outside the aims and scope of the JOB annual review issue, as do essays offering high-level perspectives based on self-reflection, and will be rejected.

Proposal stage. Initial proposal documents should be submitted electronically at and incorporate a clear statement of the intended contribution of the proposed article, together with an indicative bibliography. The editors will send the most promising proposals to expert reviewers for independent scrutiny, in order to identify which proposals will go forward to the next stage of being developed into full length articles within the predetermined time frame. Wherever possible, proposals accepted for development into full length articles will be returned to the same reviewers for further scrutiny, prior to a firm editorial decision as to whether the article can be accepted for publication, conditionally accepted (following further rounds of revisions with or without further review) or rejected.

1. The proposal document must be accompanied by a separate cover page, incorporating a proposed title, author names and affiliations, and contact information. The pages following in the main document should begin by repeating the title of the proposed article and provide an extended abstract of the proposed review. The proposed review description is to be between 5 and 7 pages double spaced, 12 point font (Times New Roman). In addition, the proposal document should conclude with a one to two page bibliography containing the key references that will form the basis of the article.

2. The proposal will be reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers who are blind to the identity of the potential authors of the proposed article. All submissions will be handled by one of the JOB review issue editors and a decision sent to the first author as to whether the proposal (1) can proceed to development into a full length article for further consideration; (2) must be revised substantially to be considered at the proposal stage in future years; or (3) is to be rejected as not appropriate for the journal.

3. Once the contributors have been informed that their proposal has been accepted to be turned into a full length article for further consideration, a strict timeline for completion will be given by the editors. Articles not completed within the agreed timeframe will be rejected.

4. Full length manuscripts should not be submitted unless invited following a favorable editorial decision based on a previously submitted proposal document. Such uninvited full length manuscripts will be desk rejected by the editors.

5. As with initial proposal documents, revised manuscripts must be submitted electronically at To be considered for publication, the article must be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2009, 6th edition). Articles invited for revision are to be no more than 40 double spaced pages (12,000 words) including the title page, abstract, references, tables and/or figures. As with initial proposals, full-length manuscripts should be word processed, using Times New Roman 12 point font, with 1 inch margins surrounding each page of text.

6. All manuscripts will be evaluated primarily on the basis of adequate coverage of the research domain, originality in organizing our understanding of what we know and what we do not know, and significance or contribution for advancing understanding of human behavior in organizations. Other important considerations include the length-contribution ratio and the quality of written expression. Poor quality writing is sufficient grounds for outright rejection.

7. All submissions must comprise original material not under consideration by any other journal or outlet. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources.

Potential contributors can contact The JOB Annual Review Issue Editors to discuss their ideas for a paper prior to submitting a formal proposal. Please direct any questions about the submission process or any other administrative issue to the JOB Editorial Office:

Paul Harvey
Management Department, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire, NH 03824, USA

Marie Dasborough
University of Miami School of Business Administration, Coral Gables, FL 33146, USA

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Guidelines for submission of a Point/Counterpoint paper to JOB

The Point/Counterpoint special feature publishes multiple papers (typically two) as a set that provides opposing views on a given topic. Authors of each paper agree to take opposing views, and generally work independently without referring to one another's papers or positions. In this way each paper can stand alone, and each has equal status. Although papers are in many cases invited, inquiries about a point/counterpoint exchange should be sent to the editor, Paul Spector ( To be considered please e-mail a 2-3 page prospectus that explains the topic, why it is important, and the nature of the opposing positions. Identifying the opposing author/s would be helpful, but is not required.

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Guidelines for submission of a Researcher's Notebook paper to JOB

The Researcher's Notebook special feature publishes methodological papers on topics of wide interest to business scholars. Papers are invited from leading experts and peer reviewed. Further information can be obtained from either co-editor, Doug Bonett ( or Tom Wright (

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Guidelines for submission of The Incubator paper to JOB

The Incubator is designed to give a forum for ideas that, while in the developmental state, are inherently interesting and may well form the basis for additional exploration and investigation.  We do not publish empirical research.  Rather, the Incubator is designed to be a forum for potential high impact, creative expression.  When in doubt regarding possible suitability, look at previously published Incubators and see our 2013 call in Issue 34, 427-430 which further details Incubator requirements.  For additional information or to submit an Incubator proposal, please contact the section editor, Thomas A. Wright, at:

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