Creativity and Innovation Management

Cover image for Vol. 25 Issue 3

Edited By: Katharina Hölzle and Jennie Björk

Impact Factor: 1.143

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 109/192 (Management)

Online ISSN: 1467-8691

Author Guidelines

Creativity and Innovation Management has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts, the electronic editorial office run by ScholarOne. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits including:

• Quick and easy submission
• Administration centralised and reduced
• Significant decrease in peer review times

Please go to the following site to submit an article via the ScholarOne Manuscripts system: Full instructions and a help facility are also available. Please note that all submissions to the journal must be made via the online electronic editorial office.

Please note that submitting a manuscript to this journal constitutes an agreement not to submit the same paper simultaneously to another scientific journal and a declaration that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere while it is under review of – or revision for – Creativity and Innovation Management. Furthermore, authors are reminded that large-scale reuse of material they have previously published (redundant or duplicate publication) is unacceptable; suspected cases will be handled in line with Committee on Publication Ethics guidelines.

Manuscripts should be supplied with a separate title page file which includes full author contact details and a short biography of each contributing  author. The corresponding author’s e-mail address should be included within their biography. The preferred length of articles is between 5,000 and 7,000 words (including references). A total word count is requested.

Paragraphs should not be numbered, and there should be no more than three (clearly marked) levels of subheading. Footnotes should be kept to a minimum. All pages (and footnotes) should be numbered consecutively, and footnotes should be included at the end of the main article file. Footnote indicators should be included as superscript numbers or typed within parentheses in the exact position required.

Where published works are referred to in the reference list, they should be listed as follows:

(Articles) Dalton, D.R. and Daily, C.M. (1999) Number of Directors and Financial Performance: A Meta-Analysis. Academy of Management Review, 22, 221-49.
(Books) Adair, J. (1990) The Challenge of Innovation, Talbot Adair Press, Guildford, UK.
(Article in edited book) Bowen, W.G. and Simpson, R.G. (1994) Playing the Game. In Beecher, R.G. and Daily, C.M. (eds.), Inside the Boardroom: Governance by Directors and Trustees, 2nd edn. John Wiley, New York, pp. 35–43.
(Thesis) Bowen, W.G. and Simpson, R.G. (1994) Playing the Game. PhD thesis, Oxford University.
(URL) Smith, A. (1999) Select committee report into social care in the community [WWW document]. URL [accessed on 7 November 2003]

Note: Full reference details must be given along with the URL, i.e. authorship, year, title of document/report and URL. If this information is not available, the reference should be removed and the web address only should be cited in the text.

Avoid obscure references and working papers (unless absolutely vital).

Figures should be supplied as separate files to the main text, preferably in TIFF, EPS or PDF format. Please check that your text contains a reference to each figure and that you indicate within the article where each figure is to be placed. Each figure should include a descriptive title. Please click here for further information on supplying figures.

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.

Author Services and Online Production Tracking
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 the website for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Copyright Transfer Agreement
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:

The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following website:

This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.

Free access to the final PDF offprint of articles published in print issues will be available via Author Services only. Authors should therefore sign up for Author Services to access their article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Additional paper offprints may be ordered online. Please click here to fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields.

Petra de Weerd-Nederhof, Olaf Fisscher and Klaasjan Visscher
University of Twente
School of Management and Governance
Dept. of Technology and Organization P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 53 489 34 80 Fax: +31 53 489 21 59

Review process
Each Submission to Creativity and Innovation Management will first be subjected to a review by the editors. If the editors judge the article to comply with the journal’s standards of content and quality then the submission will be entered into a double blind review process with at least two reviews per submission. Structured referee comments, together with editorial comments (if any) will be sent to the authors together with a reject/major revision/minor revision/accept decision.

Early View
EarlyView articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the author’s final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changed can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

Further Resources
Klaasjan Visscher, editor of Creativity and Innovation Management provides tips on how to get your paper published.

How to get published