Journal of Product Innovation Management

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Edited By: Gloria Barczak

Impact Factor: 1.696

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 12/43 (Engineering Industrial); 44/115 (Business); 64/185 (Management)

Online ISSN: 1540-5885

Author Guidelines

You can now submit your paper to JPIM online, through ScholarOne Manuscripts.

JPIM uses iThenticate

Manuscript Preparation

1. Abstract – present an abstract of 250-300 words.

2. Text of Paper- paragraphs should not be numbered and there should be no more than three clearly marked levels of subheadings. The preferred length of articles is 35 double-spaced pages with 12 point font, inclusive of Abstract, References, Tables and Figures. Qualitative papers and/or conceptual papers should not exceed 40 pages. Authors of empirical papers are strongly advised to abide by the following structure in organizing their paper:

a. Introduction – state the purpose of the research, the importance of the problem/research, and its theoretical and managerial contributions

b. Theoretical Framework – For empirical papers, this section should include theoretical support for the conceptual model and/or research objectives. All papers should clearly specify the theoretical foundations of their research. In other words, the author should state the theory underlying their research and how it relates to the research problem.

c. Methodology- discuss the sample, research design, measurement issues, and data analysis methods.

d. Results and Discussion – the results should be clearly articulated and explanations for the results should be provided. A combined Results and Discussion section can be used or they can be split into two separate sections.

e. Conclusions- this section should present the theoretical contributions and managerial implications of the study as well as highlight limitations of the research and areas for future study.

3. Acknowledgements should be placed at the end of the body of text.

4. References, tabular material, figures, and footnotes follow. Tables and figures are numbered in order of their appearance with Arabic numerals, and each should have a brief descriptive title. Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively with superior Arabic numerals and are placed at the bottom of the page on which they are cited.

References. References are indicated in the text by author name and publication date. The date always is enclosed in parentheses. When authors’ names are not used in the sentence, they too are inside parentheses. The following reference style should be used, with references listed alphabetically:

Journal Article:

Mu, J. and C. A. Di Benedetto. 2012. Networking capability and new product development.

Performance. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management 59(1): 4-19.


Rogers, E.M. 2003. Diffusion of innovations. New York: Free Press.

Chapter in edited book:

Moore, G.C., and I. Benbasat. 1996. Integrating diffusion of innovations and theory of reasoned

action models to predict utilization of information technology end-users. In Diffusion and

and adoption of information technology, ed. K. Kautz and J. Pries-Heje, 132-146. London:

Chapman and Hall.

Theses, reports, and other unpublished materials:

Roper, S., and S. Arvanitis. 2009. From knowledge to added value: A comparative, panel-data

analysis of the innovation value chain in Irish and Swiss manufacturing firms. Paper

presented at DRUID Summer Conference, Copenhagen.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). 2004. World investment

report: The shift towards services. New York: United Nations.


Internet World Stats. 2009. Available at:

Pre-Submission Copy Editing

Authors for whom English is their second language should strongly consider having their paper edited by a professional copywriter. Use of such a service is paid for by the author and does not imply acceptance or preference for publication.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the JPIM ScholarOne web site at . Submission of an original research manuscript implies that the paper has not been published elsewhere (except as a conference paper) and that the paper is not under review at any other journal. As part of the submission process, you will need to provide a title for the paper, select keywords that help categorize the focus of the research, identify co-authors, and supply metadata for your paper (e.g., number of words, pages, figures, tables).

Additionally, the corresponding author will be asked to answer a number of questions regarding such issues as the history of the manuscript, other papers being generated from the same dataset, potential conflicts of interest, and publication ethics. All required questions must be answered in order for your submission to be processed.

During the submission process, authors can also give (optional) up to three names of potential reviewers for the manuscript. Authors are advised to submit names of individuals who are unaffiliated with the paper, project, and/or author’s institutions. The editorial team will take the suggested names into consideration; however, there is no guarantee that these reviewers will be utilized.

Please be advised that all papers submitted via ScholarOne will be subjected to the plagiarism detection software, iThenticate. Papers found to have an unacceptable level of plagiarism will be desk rejected and authors will be appropriately informed.

JPIM does not require authors to cite any specific number of articles previously published in the journal. However, as in indicator of fit with the journal, it is expected that the authors will have familiarized themselves with relevant articles published in JPIM and cited them where appropriate.

Review Process

The Editor will do the first pass on all manuscripts, deciding which papers get desk rejected and which will go through the review process. A paper is desk rejected for three primary reasons: a) it does not fit the focus of the journal, b) it has a major flaw or flaws that cannot be fixed and c) it does not provide sufficient contribution to knowledge and/or to practice.

Papers selected to go through the review process will be handled by the editorial team. Our goal is to have a minimum of two reviews for every paper in the review process. In addition, we plan to make a final decision about each paper by the 3rd round of reviews.

All papers will be double-blind so that reviewers will not be informed of the authors’ identity and vice versa. As well, authors will not know who of the editorial team is handling the review process for their manuscript until the paper is published.

Authors can monitor the progress of their paper as it goes through the review process online via the JPIM ScholarOne web site.

Revise and Resubmit

Authors of papers that receive a Revise and Resubmit with major revisions will have 6 (six) months to revise their paper and resubmit it. Authors of papers that receive a Revise and Resubmit with minor revisions will have 2 (two) months to revise and resubmit their papers. In any revision, authors are strongly advised to address exactly how and where in the manuscript they dealt with issues raised by the reviewers.

Acceptance of Manuscript

Once a manuscript is conditionally accepted, the corresponding author will receive a “First Look” e-mail which will highlight any further changes that need to be made to the manuscript, including editorial changes. The paper will not go into production unless the authors make all the necessary changes indicated by the Editor.


Upon acceptance of an article by the journal and once the article has been placed into production, the author(s) will be asked to transfer copyright of the article to the Product Development & Management Association. This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information under U.S. copyright law. After this, the corresponding author will receive an e-mail with a link to a PDF of the proof of the accepted manuscript. Instructions will be provided with the proof. The author will be responsible for proofreading the manuscript; the publisher is not responsible for any error not marked by the author on the proof. No substantial author changes are allowed at this stage.

Production Tracking

Online production tracking is available for your article through Blackwell’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 so they don’t need to contact the production editor to check on progress. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Early View
The Journal of Product innovation Management is covered by Wiley-Blackwell’s Early View service. Early View 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 authors‟ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes 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.