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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The manuscript is an original work of the author and is not published or accepted for publication or is in review process in any other journal.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word 97-2003 (*.doc) or higher document file format. This will be used as the main submission file.
  • All required references are mentioned in the reference list and also the references should be highlighted inside the manuscript writeup.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.Where available, URLs for the references have been provided. DOI for the references must be given if applicable.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.Make sure figures do not contain any affiliation related identifier. Do not eliminate essential self-references or other references but limit self-references only to papers that are relevant for those reviewing the submitted paper

Author Guidelines

To submit the paper the authors are recommended to submit two separate MSWord files

  1. Title Page [Includes: Paper Title, Authors’ Names, Authors’ Affiliation, Authors’ Email, Corresponding Author’s Name, Abstract, and Keywords (3 to 5)] using IJIBS Title Page Template 
  2. Article Text [Includes all other Sections i.e. Introduction, Literature Review … References] using the following IJIBS Manuscript Template


  • Acknowledgments of others' help in preparing the paper for submission should be included in the letter to the editor that is featured as part of the web-based submission process.
  • Your submission contains few and only necessary footnotes or endnotes.
  • Any hypotheses are explicitly identified as such constructs and variables are identified in words, not abbreviations.

Content and length of manuscripts

Constructs and variables are identified in words, not abbreviations.

  1. The Editor welcomes original articles that fall within the aims and scope of the Journal, and which are as concise as the subject matter and research method permitted.
  2. The manuscript's language should be English and where possible the text should be restricted to around 5000 to 10,000 words.
  3. The first page of the text should begin with the title, authors' name, and their affiliations, and an abstract of no more than 250 words. Plus a list of at most three to five keywords, suitable for indexing and abstracting services. This abstract should summarize the whole paper and not the conclusions alone.
  4. Manuscripts should be typed single-spaced.

Preparation of manuscripts

  1. A title page should give the title of the manuscript, the authors' name, position and institutional affiliation, together with an address for correspondence; in the case of co-authors, names and affiliations and addresses should be clearly indicated. Correspondence will be sent to the first-named author unless otherwise specified. In order to enable the publisher to do everything to ensure prompt publication, the full postal and email addresses should be given for the author who will check the proofs, along with the telephone, telex, and telefax numbers where possible. Any acknowledgments desired should also be placed on the cover page.
  2. Figures, tables, and footnotes should be placed within the Text. Where it is in the dud should be reasonably interpretable without reference to the text. Footnotes should be avoided if possible; where they are used they should be numbered consecutively with superscript Arabic numerals.
  3. With regard to manuscripts that refers 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 IJMS style for formatting your reference list:

The article in a journal:

Michel, J. G., & Hambrick, D. C. (1992). Diversification posture and top management team characteristics. Academy of Management Journal35(1), 9-37.


Neter, J. M. H. Kutner, C. J. Nachtsheim and W. Wasserman (1996). Applied Linear Regression Models. Irwin Press, Illinois.

Chapter in book:

O’Reilly, C., Snyder, R., & Boothe, J. (1993). Effects of executive team demography on organizational change. Organizational change and redesign, 147-175.

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

Please include a short authors’ biography of 50-75 words to accompany the article.


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