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Journal of Managerial Issues - Guidelines for Submission of Manuscripts 

Administrative Fee: $100

Please note that to help defray the administrative costs of publishing the Journal of Managerial Issues, a payment of $100 will be due if your article is accepted for publication. Payment of this fee will entitle you to receive a one-year complimentary subscription to the journal, starting with the issue your article appears in. Each author will receive four copies of that first issue. Each subsequent issue (three in all) will be sent to the corresponding author only, unless you direct us otherwise.

This is not a submission fee. There is no charge if your paper is not accepted for publication in JMI.

Guidelines for Submission of Manuscripts

Note: Manuscripts submitted for consideration are welcome.  Send an e-mail file attachment to the editor (bcortes@pittstate.edu).  Initial submissions do not have to conform to our style requirements as long as they are in standard academic style.

Papers should be typed double-spaced with one-inch margins, on one side of 8 1/2" by 11" paper. Separate pages should be devoted to each figure, each table, the list of references, and the abstract; and all pages after the first should be numbered. First (cover) page should be attached, listing the paper title and the name, position, and mailing address of each author. Second page should contain the title and an abstract of not more than 250 words. Submissions will not be returned to the author.

We have a page limit of 25 pages -- text pages, references, and tables/figures (but not counting cover page and abstract page). You may exceed this limit by no more than 10 pages for a fee of $30 per page over the 25. Thus, the maximum length of 35 pages would cost $300 (in addition to the standard administrative fee). This is to help defray extra production costs.

Tables and Figures
Each table and figure should bear a number and a title. (Do not refer to your tables/figures as exhibits.) Use Arabic numbers throughout the paper unless it contains both tables and figures. In such case, use Arabic numbers with tables and Roman numbers with figures. The author should check his or her text and make sure that it includes a reference to each. The author should also indicate, by marginal notation, about where he or she would like each table and figure placed in the text. Each figure/table should be on a separate sheet.

Topical headings and subheadings should be used. Main headings in the manuscript should be centered, bolded, and all caps; subheadings should be flush with the left-hand margin and bolded; sub-subheadings should be indented and part of the paragraph, bolded, and italicized, with a period at the end.

Footnotes are discouraged and should be put in the main text where possible. Generally, if what they contain is important, it deserves a place in the text. When they are used, they should be put at the bottom of the page where they are cited. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively. Never footnote a mathematical expression.

Text Citations
Cite references in the body of the text:

  • If author's name is in text, follow with year in parentheses-- "...James (1988) claims that..."
  • If author's name is not in text insert last name, comma, and year--"...some have argued (Thompson, 1972) that ..."
  • Where appropriate, pagination follows year, separated by a colon--"...it has been claimed (Smith, 1984: 32) that ..."
  • If two authors, give both names joined by "and" (do not use the symbol "&"); if three or more use "et al."--"...another version (Chad and Barney, 1983: 104-154) ..."; and "...it has been claimed (Bright et al., 1979: 45-98) that ..."
  • If more than one reference to same author and year, insert "a", "b", etc. in both text and reference--"...as was previously asserted (Lissner, 1989a: 12) ..."
  • For institutional authorship, supply minimum identification from beginning of complete citation--"... a recent reinterpretation (American Economic Association, 1988: 103)."
  • Incorporate within parentheses any brief phrase associated with the reference--"...have argued this (but see Bigham, 1980: 165)."
  • Enclose within a single pair of parentheses a series of references separated by semicolons--"...as many have averred (Bay, 1981; Pope, 1985; Little, 1987)."
  • For authorless articles or studies, use name of journal or of sponsoring organization, not title of article--"...has been claimed (American Law Review, 1988) that ..."

The references should include only the most relevant work. The author should make sure that there is a strict "one-to-one correspondence" between the names (years) in the text and those on the list. Do not include unpublished work. References should follow the format below:

  • Books: Bright, S. M. 1985. New Marketing Developments. New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston.
  • Journals: Jade, C. J. and C. C. Fish. 1987. "The Choice Among Debt, Equity, and Convertible Bonds." The Journal of Finance 29 (October): 139-51.
  • Three or More Authors: Smith, T. J., V. Height, and C. B. Lucas. 1951. Work Transformed. New York, NY: Basic Books.
  • Article in Book Edited by Another Author: Mikels, N. D. 1981. "Understanding Entrepreneurship." In Contemporary Entrepreneurship. Ed. J. Schick. Ann Arbor, MI: Hanover Press.
  • Unpublished Dissertations: Baybrock, R. J. 1984. "Export Joint Ventures as a Tool for Small Business." Dissertation. Washington State University.
  • More than One Article by Same Author: Brooks, J. H. 1987. Human Resources and Labor Markets. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Book Co. 1988. Learning to Labor. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Book Co.

Avoid references to your own publications; you may use the same ideas again without fear of plagiarism. Refer to your previous publications only if the current subject absolutely requires it.

If in doubt consult The Chicago Manual of Style.

Short quotations within the text should be indicated by quotation marks; long quotations or extract material (without quotation marks) should be indented about 1/2-inch along the left margin. Words, punctuation, or italicization not present in the original should be enclosed in square brackets or noted as "[italics added]."

Make your title short and specific. Preferably, titles should be five or six words long, never more than ten.

You should write a brief abstract (no more than 250 words) that sets forth the main point of the paper. Many people decide whether to read the paper on the basis of the abstract. Write the abstract in a clear and vigorous way, in the active voice. Eliminate all unnecessary words.

Mathematical and Quantitative Material
Is it absolutely necessary that the material be described quantitatively? If it can be explained in prose, instead of mathematical notation, it should be. If any mathematical notation is used, it should always be defined and kept as simple as possible to reduce printing costs. If it is necessary to use equations, they should be centered on the page. If equations will be referred to elsewhere, they should be numbered. Equation numbers are enclosed in parentheses, flush with the right margin. For equations that may be too wide to fit in a single column, indicate appropriate breaks. Notation should be clearly explained within the text. The use of quantitative techniques or tools from other disciplines is acceptable, but such symbols or equations should also be expressed in words. The use of appendices is encouraged for mathematical developments which detract from the readability of the manuscript.

Writing Papers
In writing your paper, explain your work so readers outside the field can understand it. Use the passive voice rather than the active voice.

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