British Journal of Management
© British Academy of Management.
Edited By: Mustafa Özbilgin
Impact Factor: 1.516
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2011: 44/113 (Business); 61/168 (Management)
Online ISSN: 1467-8551
Associated Title(s): International Journal of Management Reviews
1. The Editor welcomes original articles which fall within the aims and scope of the Journal, and which are as concise as the subject matter and research method permit. BJM does not accept conceptual and review papers, except for its special issues. Conceptual and review papers should be directed to the BJM sister journal, IJMR.
The maximum word length for a typical manuscript is 6,000 words. This excludes references, figures and tables. However, we recognise that there may be cases where there is a strong argument for a higher word count, for example in papers where the analysis is narrative focused. In these exceptional cases, authors must state in their covering letter precisely why the word count needs to be exceeded. Papers of more than 8,000 words will not be considered and will automatically be sent back to the author. Similarly revised papers of more than 8,000 words will not be considered.
2. Research notes are by invitation only, if and when a review decision warrants it. Short research notes should outline recent developments or innovations with which the author has been associated. Such developments would include organizational innovations, new management techniques, brief research results, the results of replications of research studies and new approaches to management education and development. These may, where appropriate, include a contact point for further information.
3. Submission of a paper or research note implies that it contains original work which has not been published previously, and that is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
All manuscripts should be submitted electronically via ScholarOne Manuscripts, at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjm. All manuscripts will be automatically converted into a PDF and an HTML proof by the system prior to sending them out for review. To assure anonymous review, authors should not identify themselves, directly or indirectly, in any parts of the manuscript except for the cover page and the author biographies.
Preparation of manuscripts
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.
You will need to enter the following into our online system:
- Title (max. 50 words)
- Running head (max. 60 characters)
- Abstract (max. 200 words)
- Between three and six keywords describing the core concepts of your paper
- All authors’ names, affiliations and correct email and postal addresses.
- A cover letter in which you should address the following five questions:
- How does your paper advance the ongoing debates in the British Journal of Management? (Also state this clearly in your manuscript with reference to earlier works in the journal.)
- What is it that the reader will learn from this article that (s)he did not (or could not) have known before?
- Why is that knowledge important?
- What is the significance of that knowledge in terms of making a positive social impact?
- If published, what will this paper be cited for in the future?
You should prepare to upload:
A. A Title Page that should include:
1. The title of the manuscript, author names, institutional affiliations together with full postal addresses and an email address for each author. In order to enable the publisher to do everything to ensure prompt publication, please indicate the author in charge of correspondence and, in addition to their postal and email address, provide a telephone and fax number if possible.
2. A short author biography of 50-75 words for each author.
B. The Main Document:
1. The first page of the text should begin with the title only, without the author names and details, and an abstract of no more than 200 words. This should summarize the whole paper and not the conclusions alone. Please see Wiley-Blackwell's recommendations on optimizing your abstract for search engines: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/seo.asp
3. The body of your article. Please see the style guidelines below:
• Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced.
• Hypotheses should normally be presented in the positive rather than the null form, so that each hypothesis states the result that is expected if the prior theoretical development is supported by the empirical evidence. However, where a null result provides support for a theoretical position or where no prior expectation exists, the null form is appropriate. Care should be taken to state clearly how standard statistical tests were applied (e.g. one- or two-tailed). Where possible, statistical significance should be stated to the nearest percentage point (e.g. p < 0.04) rather than at conventional levels of significance.
• Literature citations should be made in a uniform style in text and footnotes and follow the Harvard System with (Name, Date) in the text and an alphabetical list of references at the end of the manuscript. Please use the following BJM style for formatting your reference list.
An output style for EndNote is available from the EndNote support website: http://www.endnote.com/support/enstyles.asp
Article in journal:
Bowman, C. and V. Ambrosini (2000). 'Value creation versus value capture: towards a coherent definition of value in strategy', British Journal of Management, 11, pp. 1-15.
Perrow, C. (1984). Normal Accidents - Living with High Risk Technologies. New York: Basic Books.
Chapter in book:
O'Reilly, C., R. Snyder and J. Boothe (1993). 'Effects of executive team demography on organizational change'. In G. Humber and W. Glick (eds), Organizational Change and Redesign: Ideas and Insights for Improving Performance, pp. 147-175. New York: Oxford University Press.
Works by the same author should be listed in order of publication. Where reference is made to more than one work published by the same author in a single year, a suffix a, b etc. should follow the date, thus: (Smith, 1989b). If an author's name is mentioned in the text, it need not be repeated in the citation, thus 'Hopwood (1989, p. 5) claims that...'. For more than three names use et al., in italics, thus: McIntyre et al. (1996).
Please ensure that all citations in the text are listed in full in the reference list, and all references included in the list are referred to in the text.
4. Tables and footnotes should be supplied on separate sheets grouped at the end of the manuscript, with a note of their location in the text. Each table should bear an arabic number and a title, and should be reasonably interpretable without reference to the text. Footnotes should be avoided if possible; where they are used they should be numbered consecutively with superscript arabic numerals.
Please ensure that your identity cannot be inferred from any feature of the text.
C. Figures and images (upload as ‘image’ or ‘figure’)
Figures and images should be uploaded as separate image files, with a note of their location in the text.
Please note that the journal prints images only in black and white.
It is always best to prepare your digital art in the final size that it needs to be for the finished journal page.
Images/figures for Web-based peer review do not require the same high-resolution preparation that images/figures submitted for print production do, therefore TIF, EPS, PSD, JPG, GIF, BMP or AI files are acceptable for submission, but only high-resolution TIF or EPS files are suitable for printing (300 dpi for photographic images and 600 to 1200 dpi for a line or a combination image).
Line art is best saved as EPS files. These are usually far more compact than TIFF and are easily editable and independent of resolution. Illustration software and many other packages will allow you to ‘Save As’ or ‘Export’ your line art directly as an EPS file.
Excel can also be used to prepare graphs and the EPS files can be produced using the ‘Print’ option outlined below.
The figures or images will be included at the end of the PDF proof on separate sheets. They will appear as thumbnails in the HTML proof of your manuscript. When you upload the files, please enter a specific 'file tag' (e.g. 'Figure 1') which you use in your text when referring to the figure or image. During the creation of the HTML proof these words in your text will be turned into links leading directly to the associated figure/image file.
Creating TIFF and EPS
- Most artwork packages can ‘Save as...’ or ‘Export...’ images as TIFF and EPS. This is preferable to saving in the native format of that program.
- To create an EPS file you first have to install a PostScript printer driver (e.g. available from Adobe.com).
- You then choose ‘Print to file’ using the PS printer driver. The file you create is a valid PostScript file. This can be viewed in a PostScript viewer such as GhostView.
- The recommended minimum line weight in EPS images is 0.3 pt for black lines on a light background, and 0.4 pt for white lines on a black background. Make the image orientation the same as that intended for publication.
Whether the quality of the uploaded images is maintained in the proof largely depends on the quality of the original image. There are many factors that contribute to the quality of an image. However, there are some general guidelines you can follow for making better images.
- Crop the image. When your images are converted for review they are scaled down to fit on standard sheet of paper. If you do not crop your images to remove the extra white space, your images can become very small.
- Adjust the image size when creating images for review. We have found it best to size your figures to a maximum of 2000 pixels x 2000 pixels. Images too much smaller than 1000 pixels x 1000 pixels can be difficult to decipher.
- Minimum dpi and PowerPoint. The minimum quality for print is 300 pdi for half-tone artwork and 600 to 1200 dpi for line or combination art. Many of the professional image editing programs will allow you to adjust the dpi of the images you create. If you are using PowerPoint to create images you may run into some problems. PowerPoint cannot create images above 72 DPI. Basically, higher quality images mean higher quality PDF files for review.
D. Questionnaires and other research instruments (optional; upload as ‘supplemental file (for review)’)
With regard to manuscripts which refer to questionnaires or other research instruments which are not fully reproduced in the text, the author may also submit a copy of the complete research instrument.
Where research instruments are not fully reproduced, a note must be inserted on the cover page indicating the address from which the complete instrument is available.
E. Any other document or file you would like to add to your submission (optional)
Please indicate whether it should go out for review together with your main document (upload as ‘supplemental file (for review)’) or whether it should be seen by the editorial staff only (upload as ‘supplemental file (not for review)’).
Methodology Corner aims to publish accounts of creative and innovative methodological developments within the management research field. These can be in any area of the discipline as widely defined. The content of the papers in this section could include but is not restricted to:
- Reports of innovative developments in established methodological approaches, both qualitative and quantitative.
- Accounts of novel uses of established methodological approaches, both qualitative and quantitative.
- Accounts of novel attempts to mix methods in management research.
- New debates around epistemological and ontological issues in management research.
- The sharing of good or promising practices in management research methodology.
- Commentaries upon the use of new technologies in the management research process.
- Challenges to established methodological practices, both qualitative and quantitative.
- In order to be considered for publication in Methodology Corner papers should be able to do at least one of the following:
- Demonstrate the innovative application of a given method, methodology, or philosophical approach to a particular research domain.
- Outline and critique new methodological approaches.
- Highlight how methods from other disciplines can be utilised in management research.
- Critique the strengths and weaknesses of a novel research design.
- Challenge existing research methodology practices.
In summary, the key criterion that will influence whether a paper is accepted for publication or not is that it presents a new contribution to our current understanding of methods and methodological issues in the management research field.Papers should be submitted in line with the usual BJM guidelines. Catherine Cassell is the editor for the Methodology Corner submissions.
It is the author’s responsibility to obtain and supply with the manuscript permission to quote material from copyrighted sources. Copyright in all accepted contributions to the Journal will be vested in the British Academy of Management. Once a manuscript is accepted, and only in this case, a complete an Exclusive License Form, signed by the author, must be sent to the Production Editor by fax or as a hard copy, at the following address:
9600 Garsington Road
Fax: +44 (0) 1865 471591
For multi-authored contributions, only one author need complete the Agreement on behalf of the co-authors, undertaking to inform them. In the event that a paper or research note is rejected this signed agreement becomes null and void. A copy of the form can be downloaded here.
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These articles are fully peer reviewed, edited and complete and are considered fully published from the date they first appear online. This date is shown with the article in the online table of contents. The articles are available as full text HTML or PDF and can be cited as references by using their Digital Object Identifier (DOI) numbers. To view all the articles currently available, please visit the journal homepage on http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1467-8551 and click on the ‘Early View’ area at the top of the list of issues available to view. On print publication, the article will be removed from the Early View area and will appear instead in the relevant online issue, complete with page numbers and volume/issue details. No other changes will be made.
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