Author Guidelines

We are excited to launch our new Management Knowledge and Education section with the addition of three new article types: Management Theory, Education Theory and Management Educator. Full details are included below.

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Submission Criteria

1. The Editors welcome 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. The British Journal of Management (BJM) does not accept review papers and papers based on surveys of students are only considered for the Management Knowledge and Education section of the journal. 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 and is the absolute limit for conceptual papers. However, we recognise that there may be cases where there is a strong argument for a higher word count in empirical papers, 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. Empirical papers of more than 8,000 words will not be considered and will automatically be sent back to the author. Similarly revised papers of any type, of more than 8,000 words, will not be considered.

Original articles must fall into one of these categories:

Empirical articles are the most common submission type and address any area within the journal’s aims and scope, other than Methodology Corner and Management Knowledge and Education for which there are specific requirements. Empirical papers may employ any methodology that is implemented to the highest standards.

Conceptual articles may also address any area within the journal’s aims and scope, other than Methodology Corner and Management Knowledge and Education. Note that these papers must not be reviews or substantially based on a systematic review which should instead be submitted to our sister journal, IJMR. Conceptual papers considered by BJM must show deductive logic and lead to a propositional model or similar form of theoretical contribution.

Management theory articles are specific to the Management Knowledge and Education section of the journal. They must focus on disciplinary developments with educational implications. These articles should be based on an empirically informed contribution to theory in any of the areas normally considered by BJM, but with the caveat that the contribution has strong educational implications (which are developed persuasively) for how the subject can or should be taught.

Education theory articles are specific to the Management Knowledge and Education section of the journal. They are empirically informed articles on pedagogy (or other conceptualisations of education theory), based on research in management education contexts, that have clear theoretical and practical contributions.

Management educator articles are specific to the Management Knowledge and Education section of the journal. Articles of this type take an essay form, strongly connected to, and making speculative contributions to, disciplinary or education theory. In addition, these essays must be clearly personally relevant to the author:  management educators contributing in this way should consider the development of their own learning and/or ongoing practical and theoretical challenges that they face in business schools, leading to new research questions for the field.

Methodology Corner articles aim 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 are 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.

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 organisational 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.

2. 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.

3. New versions of papers previously rejected by BJM will not be considered unless the editor explicitly provided permission.

Submission Procedure

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.

Preprints

This journal will consider for review articles previously available as preprints. Authors may also post the submitted version of a manuscript to a preprint server at any time. Authors are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article. Please find the Wiley preprint policy here.

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:

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’s guidelines for preparing a great article.

Please access our resource on how to write an abstract so it has more impact.

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 Referencing System with (Name, Date) in the text and an alphabetical list of references at the end of the manuscript. Please use the following Harvard 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 Management11, pp. 1-15.

Book:
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. 

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

BJM 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: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/suppmat.asp.

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.  

 

ORCID iDs
ORCID iD is a unique and persistent identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and connects you to your research activities, so you always get the credit for your work. The benefits of ORCID iDs include:

  • Funders, institutions, and societies can easily identify you and your research.
  • You don't waste time entering repetitive data when reporting on your past activities. 
  • Your professional activities are clearly linked back to you.
  • You can easily comply with funder mandates.

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


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 Author Services
Wiley’s Author Services technology enables authors to track the production status of their accepted articles. Additionally, it offers authors free access to their published articles online and the ability to nominate up to ten colleagues for free access to the article. To find out more about Wiley’s Author Services please visit http://authorservices.wiley.com.

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. You will be asked to sign a publication license at this point as well as pay for any applicable APCs. For more infromation on this Journals APC's, please see the Open Access page. 

 

Copyright & Licensing

 

WALS + standard CTA or Open Access

You 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.

Standard re-use and licensing rights vary by journal. Note that certain funders mandate a particular type of CC license be used. This journal uses the CC-BY/CC-BY-NC/CC-BY-NC-ND Creative Commons License.

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.


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 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.

Article Promotion Support

Wiley Editing Services offers professional video, design, and writing services to create shareable video abstracts, infographics, conference posters, lay summaries, and research news stories for your research – so you can help your research get the attention it deserves.

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.

Policy on the Appeal of Editorial Decisions

For more details on the appeal policy, please click here.

AI Policy

Artificial Intelligence Generated Content (AIGC) tools—such as ChatGPT and others based on large language models (LLMs)—cannot be considered capable of initiating an original piece of research without direction by human authors. They also cannot be accountable for a published work or for research design, which is a generally held requirement of authorship (as discussed in the previous section), nor do they have legal standing or the ability to hold or assign copyright. Therefore—in accordance with COPE’s position statement on AI tools—these tools cannot fulfill the role of, nor be listed as, an author of an article. If an author has used this kind of tool to develop any portion of a manuscript, its use must be described, transparently and in detail, in the Methods or Acknowledgements section. The author is fully responsible for the accuracy of any information provided by the tool and for correctly referencing any supporting work on which that information depends. Tools that are used to improve spelling, grammar, and general editing are not included in the scope of these guidelines. The final decision about whether use of an AIGC tool is appropriate or permissible in the circumstances of a submitted manuscript or a published article lies with the journal’s editor or other party responsible for the publication’s editorial policy.