British Journal of Management

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Edited By: Pawan Budhwar and Geoffrey Wood

Impact Factor: 1.584

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 47/115 (Business); 69/185 (Management)

Online ISSN: 1467-8551

Associated Title(s): International Journal of Management Reviews

Author Guidelines

Author Resources

How to Create a Video Abstract

How to Produce a Teaching and Learning Guide

How to get your Article Cited

Author Services Site

Submission Criteria

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 the abstract, 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.

Submission Proceedure

All manuscripts should be submitted electronically via ScholarOne Manuscripts, at 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:

  1. 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.)
  2. What is it that the reader will learn from this article that (s)he did not (or could not) have known before?
  3. Why is that knowledge important?
  4. What is the significance of that knowledge in terms of making a positive social impact?
  5. 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.

3. Acknowledgements.

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:

2. Keywords.

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:

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. Footnotes should be supplied on separate sheets grouped at the end of the manuscript, with a note of their location in 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. Tables and figures

Tables and figures should be placed in the main document after the paragraph in which they are first referenced. They must also be uploaded individually as separate files.

 Each table and each figure should be numbered sequentially, i.e. Table 1, Table 2, Table 3 and Figure 1, Figure 2, Figure 3, etc. They should also include a title and be reasonably interpretable without reference to the text.

 Please note that the journal prints in black and white only. For information on artwork guidelines please click here. For information on software for creating artwork please click here.

 Additional appendices should be included as supporting information (see below) and you should ensure you refer to the supporting information in the main text of your article.

 D. Questionnaires and other research instruments (optional; if they are to be published upload as ‘supporting information for online publication only’)

 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 ‘supporting information for online publication only’ or ‘additional file for review but NOT for publication’) or whether it should be seen by the editorial staff only (upload as ‘additional file NOT for review and NOT for publication.

Supporting Information

The British Journal of Management is able to host online approved supporting information that authors submit with their papers. Supporting information must be important, ancillary information that is relevant to the parent article but which does not or cannot appear in the printed edition of the journal. There are Author Guidelines on how to prepare Supporting information and which formats and files sizes are acceptable. The guidelines can be found on Wiley Author Services website:

‘Methodology Corner’: a new section of the British Journal of Management

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.

Teaching and Learning Guides and Video Abstracts

Authors of Accepted Articles are encouraged to create a Teaching and Learning Guide (see guidelines here) and / or a Video Abstract (see guidelines here) to accompany their article.

Wiley’s Author Services

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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:

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.


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):

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RCUK or Wellcome Trust funded authors can click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this license:

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Early View

The British Journal of Management is part of the Wiley Online Library Early View service. Articles accepted for publication can be accessed on a regular basis online in advance of their appearance in a print issue.

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 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.