Journal of Management Studies

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Edited By: Dries Faems, Bill Harley (General Editors); Penny Dick, Igor Filatotchev, Maddy Janssens, Gerardo Patriotta (Associate Editors); Allen Amason, Donald Bergh, Andrew C. Corbett, Charles Dhanaraj, Justin Jansen (Consulting Editors)

Impact Factor: 3.799

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 6/116 (Business); 12/174 (Management)

Online ISSN: 1467-6486

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

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The JMS Mission Statement
The Journal of Management Studies was established in 1963 to publish innovative, novel, and high-quality papers that advance conceptual and empirical knowledge, and address practice in the area of management.

By 'advance conceptual and empirical knowledge' we mean that papers should aim to develop strong theoretical and/or empirical insights that increase our understanding of behaviour both in organizations and of organizations in their environments. The journal attaches no priority to either the subjects of study, or the methodological approach adopted, so long as these are theoretically grounded. Our ultimate criterion of a paper’s acceptability is that it significantly contributes to the development of coherent bodies of knowledge, so that an informed reader is likely to learn something new from it.

By 'address practice' we mean that papers should enable practitioners, or those who teach practitioners, to gain insight into management and organization. We would emphasize that the lessons for practice need to be grounded in rigorous theoretical and empirical research.

Criteria for Publication in JMS
One important expectation for publication is that articles must make a strong theoretical contribution. Meaningful new implications or insights for theory must be present in all articles, whether such implications or insights are derived from empirical research, or from the conceptual synthesis of recent advances and novel ideas into new theory. Submissions should clearly signal and communicate the nature of their theoretical contribution in relation to the existing management and organizational literatures.

Submissions may build upon or use different epistemological positions, research traditions and methods. The hallmark of JMS has been its openness to approaches ranging from normal science to interpretive and critical research. Our only proviso is that authors (a) signal their theoretical and methodological position in their submission and (b) maintain congruity with this position in the conduct and reporting of research. We also welcome research at different levels of analysis, including individuals, groups, organizations and the networks or societies in which organizations are embedded. The openness of the journal to different approaches encourages authors to make their articles accessible to the journal’s wide-ranging readership. Whilst submissions may be focused on a particular specialized literature or set of ideas, they should be written in such a way that our general readers are able to understand the ideas and arguments presented.

Empirical articles published in the journal must be methodologically rigorous and techniques for data collection and analysis should be reported in line with the accepted conventions for a particular method. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods are welcome. However, in line with the journal’s emphasis on management practice, we do not publish empirical investigations based on ‘traditional’ student samples or other datasets that simulate behaviour within and between organizations. Although there may be situations where students can be seen as a valid surrogate for managers or individuals within organizations, a study of available students generally does not qualify as a “natural” representation of behaviour within or between organizations. The only exception to this stance can be studies that generate a sample from Executive MBA students. Samples from senior students, such as ones comprising experienced general managers who are practicing managers first, can potentially be acceptable.

Problematic elements of a study’s research design or methods (e.g. small sample sizes or a lack of controls for common method bias in survey research) are usually difficult to revise in response to reviewer concerns and once the study has already been completed. Authors are therefore advised to seek peer review when they design and conduct their study as well as when they write up their results for submission to the journal.

Types of JMS Articles
The Journal of Management Studies publishes articles in a range of different formats, including theoretical and empirical studies, Review articles, Point-Counterpoint essays, and contributions to special issues. Read the submission criteria for different types of JMS papers.

> Read the submission criteria for different types of JMS papers.

Preparation of Manuscripts
In order to submit your paper, please send your manuscript and associated files in MS Word format by e-mail to Margaret Turner ( We will always acknowledge receipt of submissions. Authors are encouraged to try and include tables and figures as part of the main file. All manuscripts must be accompanied by a letter which indicates briefly why the article is suitable for publication in the Journal of Management Studies and attests that the article has not been previously published or is under review elsewhere. All manuscripts must be prepared according to the JMS submission guidelines.

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Processing of Manuscripts
When a paper is received the Editors will read it and decide whether to send it out to referees. Typically this decision takes no more than one week. Three referees’ reports are sought and an initial decision should take no more than three months.

Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the Journal. A manuscript can only be submitted to the Journal of Management Studies when it has not been published elsewhere, nor is it under consideration by another journal. Authors who are in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult one of the General Editors.

Authors who submit manuscripts to the Journal of Management Studies are also expected to reciprocate by serving as reviewers for the journal if called upon to do so.

The Review Process
The Editors are committed to providing timely and constructive feedback to authors to ensure an effective and efficient review process. When a manuscript is first received (for details of the JMS submission procedure please see under ‘regular submissions’), the Editors evaluate the suitability of the manuscript for JMS against the above-mentioned criteria for publication. Manuscripts that do not meet these criteria or are judged to be too weak (e.g. methodological flaws, lacking relevant literature, limited theoretical contribution) may be rejected and returned to the author at this point. Authors of a manuscript that is not placed into the review process with our reviewers will receive a letter with feedback on the decision and, where appropriate, with suggestions for further development of the manuscript.

Resubmissions of a manuscript rejected by an Editor will not be considered except where the action Editor has indicated that a resubmission of a new, completely revised manuscript on the topic is encouraged. For each manuscript that passes the initial editorial evaluation, the action Editor will assign three expert reviewers from the journal’s editorial board or other qualified reviewers. All submissions are subject to a blind review process. It is therefore important that authors prepare their manuscripts in such a way that the authors cannot be identified. Authors should avoid specific references to themselves or to their own work in the manuscript and should anonymize the author designation encoded in word files (see file > properties > summary > author) and ensure that all ‘track changes’ are removed from the manuscript.

The review process varies in length, but typically, we aim to provide a decision on the manuscript with constructive and developmental feedback to authors within approximately three months. When authors are asked to revise and resubmit a manuscript, they are typically asked to complete their revisions within four months to keep manuscripts actively in process. However, there may be circumstances in which the authors need more time for the revisions, in which case they should inform Margaret Turner. When authors resubmit their revised manuscript, they are asked to enclose a separate point-by-point reply to the editorial letter and to the reviewers’ comments. Where there has been no contact from the authors of a manuscript after one year, any resubmission will be treated as a new submission. Authors will, however, be notified via email if their paper is approaching this deadline.

Typically, manuscripts will be revised two to four times before acceptance. Editors at JMS endeavour to make a final publication decision after second revision, whenever it is feasible to do so. In some cases, manuscripts many need additional revision before an acceptance decision can be reached. As methodological rigour, theoretical contribution and appeal to a general audience of management and organizational researchers are important features of manuscripts published in JMS, the action Editor will generally ask advice of a second member of the editorial team at or beyond the second revision stage. This consulting Editor provides further comments and input for the development of the manuscript, but does not participate in the decision-making regarding the manuscript.

Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, it will be passed for production to Wiley. The manuscript will first appear online in Early View, then it will be published online on the Journal’s website with a DOI number and finally published in print. Typically, manuscripts are published in print around six months after final acceptance.

When the accepted manuscripts have been received by Wiley for production the corresponding author will also receive an e-mail from Wiley’s Author Services system which will ask them to log in, and will present them with the appropriate license for completion. Manuscripts cannot be published until Wiley has received the signed license agreement.

For all submissions, manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the journal’s Preparation of Manuscripts guidelines. Manuscripts that are not in line with these guidelines may be returned to the authors without review.

Author Services
Online production tracking is available for your article through Wiley's Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit Author Services for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

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

Pre-Submission English Language Editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found here. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.