1. Submission
2. Aims and Scope
3. Manuscript Categories and Requirements
Submission of a regular research paper to JOB
Submission of a special issue paper to JOB
Submission of a review paper to the JOB Annual Review and Conceptual Development Issue
Submission of a Point/Counterpoint paper to JOB
4. Preparing the Submission
5. Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations
6. Author Licensing
7. Publication Process After Acceptance
8. Post Publication
9. Editorial Office Contact Details


Authors should kindly note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.

Once the submission materials have been prepared in accordance with the Author Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at

For help with submissions, please contact: [email protected]

This journal does not charge submission fees.

New submissions should be made via the Research Exchange submission portal. For technical help with the submission system, please review our FAQs or contact [email protected].


The Journal of Organizational Behavior aims to publish empirical reports and theoretical reviews of research in the field of organizational behavior, wherever in the world that work is conducted. The journal will focus on research and theory in all topics associated with organizational behavior within and across individual, group and organizational levels of analysis, including:

  • At the individual level: personality, perception, beliefs, attitudes, values, motivation, career behavior, stress, emotions, judgment, and commitment.
  • At the group level: size, composition, structure, leadership, power, group affect, and politics.
  • At the organizational level: structure, change, goal-setting, creativity, and human resource management policies and practices.
  • Across levels: decision-making, performance, job satisfaction, turnover and absenteeism, diversity, careers and career development, equal opportunities, work-life balance, identification, organizational culture and climate, inter-organizational processes, and multi-national and cross-national issues.
  • Research methodologies in studies of organizational behavior


Research Article
Manuscripts up to 50 pages (including title page, abstract, references, tables and figures) will be considered. Authors considering submitting manuscripts of more than 50 pages should discuss with the Editor-in-Chief before submitting. Please format your manuscript using the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition ( Please refer to Section 4. Preparing the Submission for further details about submitting.


Special Issue Article
Please follow the guidelines for a Research Article


JOB Annual Review and Conceptual Development Issue

Submissions to the JOB Annual Review and Conceptual Development Issue are now invited for consideration. We welcome targeted reviews of the scientific literature which make a contribution to our understanding of the topic of interest, and highlight significant gaps that require future development of new theory, research methods, and empirical work. We invite both quantitative (e.g. meta-analysis, citation analysis) and qualitative reviews of the literature.

In addition to descriptive review articles, we also invite integrative reviews and conceptual development papers for consideration. Integrative reviews go beyond descriptive reviews by bridging scholarly work across different theories, domains, and disciplines, in order to make new theoretical contributions. Conceptual development papers propose new theoretical relationships between focal constructs; these papers will offer propositions and are likely to display the proposed linkages in a figure. The goal of these integrative reviews and conceptual development papers is to broaden our thinking and to inspire future empirical investigations.

ARCD Submissions Procedure

Initial Proposals
1. Initial proposals should be submitted electronically via JOB’s online submission system (,during the submission Window.

The proposal document must contain:

A cover page, incorporating the article title, author names and affiliations, and contact information

A 10 page summary of the proposed review article, which clearly states the intended contribution of the article to the field

A list of key references that will form the basis of the article (references can be single spaced).

The pages following the cover page should begin by repeating the title of the proposed article. The entire proposal (excluding the cover page, tables and figures, and references) should not exceed 10 double spaced pages, in 12 point Times New Roman font, with 1 inch margins.

2. Potentially suitable proposals will be handled by the JOB Annual Review and Conceptual Development Issue editor and reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers, who are blind to the identity of the author(s).


Potential contributors can contact the JOB Annual Review and Conceptual Development Editor to discuss their ideas for a paper, prior to submitting a formal proposal.

Marie Dasborough
University of Miami
[email protected]du


The Point-Counterpoint (PCP) special feature publishes papers that provides opposing views on a given topic. PCP submissions can take one of 2 forms. (A) They can be 2 separate papers, with authors of each paper agreeing to take opposing views. In this case, the authors generally work independently without referring to one another's papers or positions. In this way each paper can stand alone, and each has equal status. (B) Alternatively, PCP submissions can be 1 paper, in which authors take opposing views and respond to each other’s critiques in a series of exchanges. Although papers are in many cases invited, proposals are welcomed as well. Initial proposal documents should be submitted electronically at and should consist of a 2-3 page prospectus that explains the topic, why it is important, and the nature of the opposing positions. Identifying the opposing author/s would be helpful, but is not required. Inquiries about a point/counterpoint exchange should be sent to the Point/Counterpoint Editor.

Marie Dasborough
University of Miami
[email protected]du



Cover Letters

Cover letters are not mandatory; however, they may be supplied at the author’s discretion.

Parts of the Manuscript

Manuscripts can be uploaded either as a single document (containing the main text, tables and figures), or with figures and tables provided as separate files. Should your manuscript reach revision stage, figures and tables must be provided as separate files. The main manuscript file can be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.

Title Page

The title page should contain:

  • A short informative title containing the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (see Wiley's best practice SEO tips );
  • A short running title of less than 40 characters;
  • The full names of the authors;
  • The author's institutional affiliation(s);
  • Acknowledgements.

If the affiliation where the work was conducted for any author differs from the current affiliation, this should be supplied in a footnote.


Please refer to the journal’s Authorship policy in the Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations section for details on author listing eligibility.


Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section. Financial and material support should also be mentioned. Thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.

Conflict of Interest Statement

Authors will be asked to provide a conflict of interest statement during the submission process. For details on what to include in this section, see the ‘Conflict of Interest’ section in the Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations section below. Authors should ensure they liaise with all co-authors to confirm agreement with the final statement.


Main Text File

As papers are double-blind peer reviewed, the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors.

The main text file should be presented in the following order:

Title, abstract, and key words;

Main text;


Tables (each table complete with title and footnotes);

Figure legends;

Appendices (if relevant).

Figures and supporting information should be supplied as separate files.



Please provide an unstructured abstract of no more than 200 words containing the major keywords.



Please provide up to five keywords.


Main Text

As papers are double-blind peer reviewed, the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors.

Ensure that your paper is not available in the public domain on the Internet. All references to the paper title in publicly accessible documentation (e.g., online CV) must also be removed. Although we recognize it is sometimes unavoidable, authors should also try to use different titles for conference papers where the conference program can be accessed via the Internet.

Footnotes should be used sparingly and in accordance with the APA Publication Manual. To the extent possible, any such material should be incorporated into the text as parenthetical matter.


Research Context

Sometimes, the setting in which organizational research is conducted is unique in some way or consits of qualities that bear on the work. This would be the case, for example, if data are collected at a time in which major events occurred in the organization or in a foreign setting whose context or practices may be unfamiliar to most readers. On such occasions, authors should provide suitable descriptions of these settings so as to put their findings and their interpretation in an appropriate perspective for readers. As required, brief descriptions that do not disrupt the flow of major ideas should be inserted into the body of articles (e.g., in a subsection of the "Method" section entitled, "Research Context"). Whenever detailed or protracted descriptions are called for, however, these should be included in an appendix that follows the references. Please note that the editors or reviewers may request such information as they deem useful.



All references must be complete and accurate. Online citations should include date of retrieval. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. References should be listed in the following style, in accordance with the APA Publication Manual:

Lam, S.S.K., & Dreher, G.F. (2004). Gender, extra-firm mobility, and compensation attainment in the United States and Hong Kong. Journal of Organizational Behavior , 25 , 791-805. DOI: 10.1002/job.264

Heider, F. (1958). The psychology of interpersonal relations . New York: Wiley.

Degelman, D., & Harris, M. L. (2000). APA style essentials . Retrieved May 18, 2000, from Vanguard University, Department of Psychology Website:



Tables should be self-contained and complement, not duplicate, information contained in the text. They should be supplied as editable files, not pasted as images. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend, and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. All abbreviations must be defined in footnotes.


Figure Legends

Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.



Although authors are encouraged to send the highest-quality figures possible, for peer-review purposes, a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions are accepted. Click here for the basic figure requirements for figures submitted with manuscripts for initial peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements.


Additional Files



Appendices will be published after the references. They should be referred to in the text.


Supporting Information

Supporting information is information that is not essential to the article, but provides greater depth and background. It is hosted online and appears without editing or typesetting. It may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. Click here for Wiley’s FAQs on supporting information.

Note: if data, scripts, or other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the paper are available via a publicly available data repository, authors should include a reference to the location of the material within their paper.


Prior use of Dataset

If the dataset in the manuscript has been used in a previously published study or if the dataset is currently under review elsewhere, the authors will need to provide a data transparency table as part of the submission process (this will not be part of the actual submitted manuscript). This table should list all of the variables from the dataset and all of the studies coming from the data, and demonstrate the independence of each of the manuscripts developed from the shared dataset.


Wiley Author Resources

Manuscript Preparation Tips: Wiley has a range of resources for authors preparing manuscripts for submission available here. In particular, we encourage authors to consult Wiley’s best practice tips on Writing for Search Engine Optimization.

Article Preparation Support

Wiley Editing Services offers expert help with English Language Editing, as well as translation, manuscript formatting, figure illustration, figure formatting, and graphical abstract design – so you can submit your manuscript with confidence.

Also, check out our resources for Preparing Your Article for general guidance about writing and preparing your manuscript.       


Video Abstracts

A video abstract can be a quick way to make the message of your research accessible to a much larger audience. Wiley and its partner Research Square offer a service of professionally produced video abstracts, available to authors of articles accepted in this journal. You can learn more about it by clicking here. If you have any questions, please direct them to [email protected].



Peer Review and Acceptance

Manuscripts are judged on the significance of the contribution to the literature, the quality of analysis and the clarity of presentation. Papers are expected to demonstrate originality and meaningful engagement with the global literature.

Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are double-blind peer reviewed by anonymous reviewers in addition to the Editor. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editor-in-Chief, who reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.

In-house submissions, i.e. papers authored by Editors or Editorial Board members of the title, will be sent to Editors unaffiliated with the author or institution and monitored carefully to ensure there is no peer review bias.

Wiley's policy on the confidentiality of the review process is available here.


Human Studies and Subjects

For manuscripts reporting medical studies that involve human participants, a statement identifying the ethics committee that approved the study and confirmation that the study conforms to recognized standards is required, for example: Declaration of Helsinki; US Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects; or European Medicines Agency Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice. It should also state clearly in the text that all persons gave their informed consent prior to their inclusion in the study.

Patient anonymity should be preserved. Photographs need to be cropped sufficiently to prevent human subjects being recognized (or an eye bar should be used). Images and information from individual participants will only be published where the authors have obtained the individual's free prior informed consent. Authors do not need to provide a copy of the consent form to the publisher; however, in signing the author license to publish, authors are required to confirm that consent has been obtained. Wiley has a standard patient consent form available for use.


Clinical Trial Registration

The journal requires that clinical trials are prospectively registered in a publicly accessible database and clinical trial registration numbers should be included in all papers that report their results. Authors are asked to include the name of the trial register and the clinical trial registration number at the end of the abstract. If the trial is not registered, or was registered retrospectively, the reasons for this should be explained.


Conflict of Interest

The journal requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or directly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include, but are not limited to: patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication. If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and collectively to disclose with the submission ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.



Authors should list all funding sources in the Acknowledgments section. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their funder designation. If in doubt, please check the Open Funder Registry for the correct nomenclature:



The list of authors should accurately illustrate who contributed to the work and how. All those listed as authors should qualify for authorship according to the following criteria:

1. Have made substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; and
2. Been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
3. Given final approval of the version to be published. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content; and
4. Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section (for example, to recognize contributions from people who provided technical help, collation of data, writing assistance, acquisition of funding, or a department chairperson who provided general support). Prior to submitting the article all authors should agree on the order in which their names will be listed in the manuscript.


Data Sharing and Data Accessibility

This journal encourages/expects/mandates/mandates and peer reviews data sharing. Review Wiley’s Data Sharing policy where you will be able to see and select the data availability statement that is right for your submission.


Publication Ethics

This journal follows the core practices of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and handles cases of research and publication misconduct accordingly (”  

Note this journal uses iThenticate’s CrossCheck software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Read Wiley’s Top 10 Publishing Ethics Tips for Authors here. Wiley’s Publication Ethics Guidelines can be found here.



As part of the journal’s commitment to supporting authors at every step of the publishing process, the journal encourages the submitting author (only) to provide an ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript. This takes around 2 minutes to complete. Find more information here.


Wiley’s Author Name Change Policy

In cases where authors wish to change their name following publication, Wiley will update and republish the paper and redeliver the updated metadata to indexing services. Our editorial and production teams will use discretion in recognizing that name changes may be of a sensitive and private nature for various reasons including (but not limited to) alignment with gender identity, or as a result of marriage, divorce, or religious conversion. Accordingly, to protect the author’s privacy, we will not publish a correction notice to the paper, and we will not notify co-authors of the change. Authors should contact the journal’s Editorial Office with their name change request.



If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author will receive an email prompting them to log in to Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be required to complete a copyright license agreement on behalf of all authors of the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright agreement, or open access under the terms of a Creative Commons License.

General information regarding licensing and copyright is available here. To review the Creative Commons License options offered under open access, please click here. (Note that certain funders mandate that a particular type of CC license has to be used; to check this please click here.)

Self-Archiving definitions and policies. Note that the journal’s standard copyright agreement allows for self-archiving of different versions of the article under specific conditions. Please click here for more detailed information about self-archiving definitions and policies.

Open Access fees: If you choose to publish using open access you will be charged a fee. A list of Article Publication Charges for Wiley journals is available here

Funder Open Access: Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access Policies.

Citing this Article: eLocators

This journal now uses eLocators. eLocators are unique identifies for an article that service the same function page numbers have traditionally served in the print world. When citing this article, please insert the eLocator in place of the page number. For more information, please visit the Author Services eLocator page here.



Accepted article received in production

When an accepted article is received by Wiley’s production team, the corresponding author will receive an email asking them to login or register with Wiley Author Services. The author will be asked to sign a publication license at this point.


Accepted Articles

The journal offers Wiley’s Accepted Articles service for all manuscripts. This service ensures that accepted ‘in press’ manuscripts are published online very soon after acceptance, prior to copy-editing or typesetting. Accepted Articles are published online a few days after final acceptance, appear in PDF format only, are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked. After publication of the final version article (the article of record), the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.



Authors will receive an e-mail notification with a link and instructions for accessing HTML page proofs online. Page proofs should be carefully proofread for any copyediting or typesetting errors. Online guidelines are provided within the system. No special software is required, all common browsers are supported. Authors should also make sure that any renumbered tables, figures, or references match text citations and that figure legends correspond with text citations and actual figures. Proofs must be returned within 48 hours of receipt of the email. Return of proofs via e-mail is possible in the event that the online system cannot be used or accessed..


Early View

The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View (Online Version of Record) articles are published on Wiley Online Library before inclusion in an issue. Note there may be a delay after corrections are received before the article appears online, as Editors also need to review proofs. Once the article is published on Early View, no further changes to the article are possible. The Early View article is fully citable and carries an online publication date and DOI for citations.





Access and sharing

When the article is published online:

• The author receives an email alert (if requested).
• The link to the published article can be shared through social media.
• The author will have free access to the paper (after accepting the Terms & Conditions of use, they can view the article).
• The corresponding author and co-authors can nominate up to ten colleagues to receive a publication alert and free online access to the article.


Promoting the Article

Please review Wiley's guidelines for sharing your article at

To find out how to best promote an article, click here.


Measuring the Impact of an Article

Wiley also helps authors measure the impact of their research through specialist partnerships with Kudos and Altmetric.


Digital Archiving Services

Portico and CLOCKSS are digital archiving/preservation services we use to ensure that Wiley content will be accessible to customers in the event of a catastrophic event such as Wiley going out of business or the platform not being accessible for a significant period of time.  Member libraries participating in these services will be able to access content after such an event. Wiley has licenses with both Portico and CLOCKSS, and all journal content gets delivered to both services as it is published on Wiley Online Library.  Depending on their integration mechanisms, and volume loads, there is always a delay between content being delivered and showing as “preserved” in these products.




For queries about submissions, please contact the JOB Editorial Office.


Martina Wiesenberger
John Wiley & Sons
[email protected]

Author Guidelines Updated - January 2020