Global Strategy Journal

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Online ISSN: 2042-5805

Associated Title(s): Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Strategic Management Journal

Author Guidelines

Guidelines for Global Strategy Journal

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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.

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If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement to sign.  The terms and conditions of the copyright transfer agreement can be previewed below:

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To be sure that manuscripts move through the copyediting process please observe the following guidelines:

Title page: Please list the full names, titles, and affiliations (with complete addresses) of all authors, including e-mail, telephone, and fax information on the title page. A running head of your choice (a short title of up to 60 characters to be used at publication) should appear on the title page as well. For indexing purposes, kindly include five (5) keywords that describe your paper.

Abstract: Please supply a two-part abstract in the below format for all articles. This, as you know, is a precise summary of your entire paper, not just your conclusions, and must be able to stand alone, separate from the rest of the paper. GSJ policy is that no citations to other works are used in the abstract.


Plain language summary: This paragraph describes the purpose and results of the paper in non-technical language. It should be aimed at practitioners, consultants, teachers and MBA students. You have the option of including implications for practice in the paragraph if you believe they are relevant, but we do not require implications – just a clear statement of purpose and results (maximum 125 words).

Technical summary: This paragraph is the traditional type of abstract, describing the scholarly purpose and theoretical and empirical results of the paper. It is targeted at research scholars and doctoral students (maximum 125 words).

Video abstract: The journal is now inviting authors of accepted papers to prepare brief "video abstracts", which help build readership and discussion of the work. The video abstracts are linked to the paper on Wiley Online Library (WOL), as well as promoted via SMS social media channels, and are hosted on the SMS YouTube channel If you are interested in preparing a video abstract for your paper, please contact SMS co-editors for Media Innovations (currently Aija Leiponen and Will Mitchell) for more information: |

Acknowledgements: In the final version of your paper, the names of any sponsors of your research, including grant numbers, and/or people you would like to thank, may be included in an acknowledgements section that should appear immediately before your list of references. This acknowledgement section should be on your title page and not included in the main document during the reviewing process.

General Style:

The language of the journal is American English. Please be sure that your paper is double-spaced and uses a 12-point readable font and 1-inch margins on all sides. Your text, including titles of sections, must be left-justified. There is one space between each sentence.

• Headings and subheadings are flush with the left-hand margin and the first line of the initial paragraph appearing under each is also left-justified. Other paragraphs in a section are indented.
• In headings, all words are capitalized.
• In subheadings, only the first word is capitalized.
• Do not number sections.
• Do not use ampersands (&) unless it is a commonly used expression (e.g., R&D), part of a universally known product (e.g., M&Ms), or included in a company name (e.g., Standard & Poor’s). This includes citations and references.
• Commas appear before the final ‘and’ (also ‘or’) in a series.
• Single, rather than double, quotation marks are used. When used for emphasis, words should be italicized, not in quotation marks.
• Percent is spelled out in regular text, but a % sign is used in parenthesized text and figures.
• En dashes (–) rather than hyphens (-) are used to denote a range, for example, 1996–2000; pages 124–155.
• Em dashes (—) rather than hyphens (--) are used to separate a thought or phrase from the surrounding sentence. There is no space between the words and the em dashes. The sentence should be able to stand alone if the material separated by em dashes were removed.
• Commas and periods always appear inside quotation marks, even if those quotation marks are used to signify the special definition of a word or phrase.
• Commas are used in numbers of 1,000 or higher.
• Indicate in the text where tables and figures are to appear, for example, ‘Insert Table 1 here.’
• Numbers one to nine are spelled out and numbers 10 and above appear as numerals. The exceptions are when numbers refer to ratings, code numbers, or begin a sentence.
• If a sentence begins with a number, the number must be spelled out. It is usually easier to rephrase the sentence.
• Footnotes, rather than endnotes, are incorporated into the text.
• The journal uses italicized rather than underlined text.
• Blocks of long quotations are indented and single-spaced.
• et al. is always italicized.
• Spell out all abbreviations at first use in the body of the article and use abbreviated forms thereafter, for example, return on investment (ROI). If an abbreviated form is used only once, it should be spelled out. This is for the benefit of readers, including students, some of whom may not be familiar with the meanings of all abbreviations.
• A zero (0) always appears in numbers less than 1 (e.g., 0.15, not .15). This holds true for tables and figures as well as within the text and footnotes.
• Example of GSJ style: In the United States; U.S.-based; in the U.S. economy.
• Appendices are placed after references. If there is only one Appendix, no number is needed after it (i.e., Appendix 1).

Figures and tables: Please do not incorporate your figures and/or tables into the text of your article other than a separate line, such as ‘Insert Table 1 here,’ where appropriate. Figures and tables should appear at the end of the manuscript after the references section. Do not embed other programs, such as PowerPoint, into the article.

• Figure numbers and titles appear centered below the figure, while Table numbers and titles appear left-justified above the table. Only the first word of a title is capitalized.
• In tables and figures, only the first word in column and row titles is capitalized.
• Within tables and figures, a zero (0) always appears in numbers less than 1 (e.g., 0.15, not .15).
• Table values are to be aligned on the decimal except where values differ widely, such values should be centered (this can, for example, apply to the N, R2, and F values in the final rows of a table).
• You may have your figures published in color; however, Wiley may charge you to do so.

Reference and citation style: GSJ uses the author-date style of citation. Citations in the text appear as name, date within parentheses, and listed alphabetically at the end of the paper. When a cited work has four or more authors, the form (main author et al., year) is to be used. Three authors should be written out at the first text citation and et al. used thereafter (italicize et al., whenever used). When there are one or two authors, always write out the names. When reference is made to more than one work by the same author(s) published in the same year, identify each citation in the text in the following manner: (Collins, 2005a, 2005b). Online citations should end with the date of access. Please be sure that cited works that are chapters in a book or articles in a magazine include page numbers. References should contain titles and subtitles. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text, but please do not include it in the reference list. The volume number must be included for all Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and Global Strategy Journal references.

All references must have a corresponding citation in the text and vice versa.

Examples of correct referencing style:


Badaracco JL. 1991. The Knowledge Link: How Firms Compete Through Strategic Alliances. Harvard Business School Press: Boston, MA.

Bleeke J, Ernst D (eds). 1993. Collaborating to Compete: Using Strategic Alliances and Acquisitions in the Global Marketplace. John Wiley & Sons: New York.

Kirzner I. 1979. Perceptions, Opportunities and Profit. University of Chicago Press: Chicago, IL.

Book Chapters:

Bowman EH, Singh H. 1990. Overview of corporate restructuring: trends and consequences. In Corporate Restructuring, Rock L, Rock RH (eds). McGraw-Hill: New York; 1–16.

Collis D. 1996. Organizational capability as a source of profit. In Organizational Learning and Competitive Advantage, Moingeon B, Edmondson A (eds). Sage: London, U.K.: 139-163.

Hitt MA, Sexton DL, Ireland RD, Camp SM. 2002. Strategic entrepreneurship: integrating entrepreneurial and strategic management perspectives. In Strategic Entrepreneurship: Creating a New Mindset, Hitt MA, Sexton DL, Ireland RD, Camp SM (eds). Blackwell Publishers: Oxford, U.K.; 1–16.

Journal Articles:

Bagozzi R, Phillips L. 1982. Representing and testing organizational theories: a holistic construal. Administrative Science Quarterly 27(3): 459-489.

Grant RM. 1996. Toward a knowledge-based theory of the firm. Strategic Management Journal, Winter Special Issue 17:109-122.

Jensen M, Zajac EJ. 2004. Corporate elites and corporate strategy: how demographic preferences and structural position shape the scope of the firm. Strategic Management Journal 25(6): 507–524.

Shepherd DA, McMullen JS, Jennings PD. 2007. The formation of opportunity beliefs: overcoming ignorance and reducing doubt. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal 1(1/2): 75–95.

Working Papers:

Baldwin CY, Clark KB. 2003. Where do transactions come from? Working paper, Harvard University, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA.

Christensen PS, Madsen OO, Peterson R. 1994. Opportunity identification: the contribution of entrepreneurship to strategic management. Working paper, Aarhus University Institute of Management, Aarhus, Denmark.

Keller W, Yeaple S. 2003. Multinational enterprises, international trade, and productivity growth: firm-level evidence from the United States. NBER Working Paper No. 9504, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA.

Papers Presented at Meetings:

D'Eredita M, Misiolek N, Siow J. 2005. States of mind as stages of team development: making sense of strategies for building a virtual team. In Proceedings of the 5th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Business, Honolulu, HI. Available at:

Maritan CA, Florence RE. 2008. Political activity as strategic factor market competition. Paper presented at the Strategic Management Society Conference, Cologne, Germany.


BusinessWeek. 2005. All that glitters. 16 October: 22–24.

Friedman M. 1970. The social responsibility of business is to increase its profits. New York Times Magazine, 13 September: 1–6.

Online Sources:

Van Brundt J. 2001. The many facets of co-development. Signals Magazine 19 May: 1-6. [6 June 2005].

Gulati R, Huffman S, Neilson G. 2002. The barista principle: Starbucks and the rise of relational capital. Strategy + Business, August. Available at: (accessed 11 January 2015).