Journal of Management Studies

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Edited By: Dries Faems, Igor Filatotchev, Don Siegel (General Editors); Penny Dick, Daniel Muzio, Gerardo Patriotta, Corinne Post, Andrea Prencipe, John Prescott, Riikka Sarala, Li-Qun Wei (Associate Editors); Bill Harley, Maddy Janssens (Consulting Editors)

Impact Factor: 4.131

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 8/120 (Business); 12/192 (Management)

Online ISSN: 1467-6486

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

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> Read the JMS Special Issue Guidelines for Guest Editors

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

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 for 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 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 positivism to interpretive and critical research. However, each submission should (a) explicitly signal their theoretical and – if relevant - 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 student samples or research that solely relies on models that simulate behavior within and between organizations (e.g. agent based modeling, game theory models).

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

All papers submitted to JMS should conform to the Manuscript Preparation Guidelines.

Regular theoretical and empirical studies
Manuscripts that are submitted to the journal for publication consideration must meet the highest standards of academic excellence and must develop a ‘value-added’ theoretical contribution to our knowledge about behaviour within organizations or about organizations and their environments. Hence, the typical JMS article is sufficiently grounded in extant theory and literature, original and innovative in its analysis and theoretical synthesis, and strong on implications for management research and practice.

Manuscripts should be electronically submitted to Margaret Turner. All submitted manuscripts must be accompanied by a letter from the author(s), which indicates briefly why the manuscript is suitable for publication in JMS. Authors must also complete and send a separate checklist, which can be downloaded here. In this checklist, authors need to attest (i) that their manuscript is not under review for publication elsewhere, (ii) that the manuscript reports empirical results that have not been published previously, and (iii) the manuscript has been prepared in accordance with the JMS guidelines. Authors whose manuscripts utilize datasets that are reported in any other manuscript, published or not, are required to inform the editor of these reports at the time of submission.

Manuscripts must be prepared and formatted according to the journal’s manuscript guidelines, which can be found here. Attention to these guidelines will speed up the review process and will increase the likelihood that a submission will be favourably reviewed by the reviewers, the editors, and ultimately the journal’s readers.

State-of-the-Art Reviews
The journal encourages scholars to submit papers that provide a comprehensive overview of a particular research field in which they have a proven track record. We expect that these articles provide a theoretically-driven review and integration of an important area of research, and open up or redirect lines of research. The development of a research agenda and/or a conceptual framework as a guide to future research is an essential part of such State-of-the-Art Reviews. In addition, we expect that authors clearly describe the methodological approach for the review, and the theoretical implications for research. The submission and review processes for these State-of-the-Art Reviews are identical to those for regular submissions.

Point-Counterpoint essays
Essays in the ‘Point-Counterpoint’ section capture a current debate about management or organizations. Articles in this section debate theoretically and empirically challenging issues or topics, synthesizing recent advances and ideas into fresh theory and/or new methodological approaches. The initiative for the development of a ‘Point-Counterpoint’ may come from the editors, the journal’s editorial board, or through an informal proposal from authors to the editors. On receiving such a proposal, the editors will evaluate the proposal and, if it is approved, will ask for a more formal proposal which describes the relevance, scope and contribution of the debate, including the different positions of the respective authors on the issue or topic and the proposed outcome of the debate.

Proposals for ‘Point-Counterpoint’ debates are received on a rolling basis, and can be submitted to Margaret Turner. When preparing a proposal for a ‘Point-Counterpoint’, we advise authors to read previous examples of debates featured in the journal to get an understanding of what is required.

JMS Says Information for Contributors
JMS Says is a newly established, regular section of JMS featuring carefully selected essays. In contrast to traditional theorizing, our interest is not in extrapolating extant research to carefully construct new theory, but rather we are interested in the subjective and interpretive reflections of individual essayists on the variety and possibility of management scholarship. Essays are valued for being interesting and provocative, not for being ‘correct’ or for conforming to the conventional wisdom. We are seeking to generate new debates and discussions. Potential essayists should review the essays already published to get a better sense of what we are seeking to achieve.

Prospective essay authors should submit a 300 word proposal which briefly sets out the argument to be made in the essay. Proposals will initially be reviewed by the JMS Says editorial team and a decision on the proposal will normally be returned to you within three weeks of receipt. If the evaluation is positive, authors will be asked to develop a full essay for further consideration.

The JMS Says editorial team including the JMS Editor will review the full essay and make a decision about whether to proceed. If the decision on the submitted essay is positive, they will then work with authors to develop their essays for publication. Essays will not be subject to further external peer review.

Full essays should not exceed a total of three thousand (3,000) words and are to be submitted as complete Word documents, written in twelve point font and double-spaced. Authors’ names and titles may be included in the original submission. Any charts or diagrams should be embedded in the text. There should be no abstract, but the first paragraph should summarize the issue and argument. Usually, the essay will start with an orientating statement (2-3 pages), before the main body of text advances the key argument (6-8 pages) and a final section (2-3 pages) that explains how managerial research, practices or organizations might be understood and constructed differently. References should be used sparingly to ensure the readability of the essay. There should be no footnotes or endnotes.

Proposals and submissions are to be sent to Margaret Turner in the JMS Editorial Office at:

Special Issues
A Special Issue is a refereed collection of articles on a predetermined theme. The theme typically focuses on an area of inquiry that has not been sufficiently explored in management literature, and that is sufficiently broad to be of interest to JMS readers. The editors are particularly keen to support Special Issues that address a previously neglected theme, or develop new or distinctive lines of research, as opposed to ‘generic’ presentations that provide an undifferentiated outlet for an already existing set of themes, or established lines of research.

There are specific guidelines for the development of a Special Issue proposal, which you can read here. The team of Guest Editors for the Special Issue handle all manuscripts from their initial submission; they assign reviewers, and they make decisions (reject, revise, conditionally accept) and communicate those decisions to the lead authors. Once the Guest Editors have papers that are nearing acceptance they will forward the papers to the General Editors of JMS for approval before the papers can be accepted.

Guidelines for Special Issue Editors can be found here.