General Guidelines

Authors should not seek to use the Journal as a vehicle for marketing any specific product or service.

Authors should avoid the use of language or slang which is not in keeping with the academic and professional style of the Journal.

Authors are asked to ensure that references to named people and/or organisations are accurate, not racist or sexist, and without libellous implications.

Executive Summary and Keywords

Authors must provide both at the time of initial submission, and if the paper is accepted, in revised form along with the final version of the paper, up to six keywords for indexing purposes and a concise executive summary that covers the following issues:

  1. What is the central takeaway of your article? What important, useful, new, or counterintuitive idea does it communicate?
  2. Who needs to read your paper? Please note that if the answer to this question is some variant of "academics/lawyers/managers only" then the paper should probably be submitted elsewhere.
  3. How can your idea be applied in business today and what value added will it provide (i.e. answer the "so what" question)?
  4. What is the source of your authority? What academic research or professional experience backs up your conclusions
  5. The bottom line: Why should a reader bother reading your article, especially one with a different background from the authors and/or one who will have to invest their time in understanding a methodology they may not be familiar with?

All papers, articles and reviews should be accompanied by a short (no more than 100 words) description of the author(s).

Review Procedure

Articles received by the Editors will undergo a pre-screening process to increase the efficiency of the publication process. Papers that are considered to be of minor importance to the readership of the Journal are not reviewed. Papers selected for review are sent out to two referees, who agree to undertake the refereeing within a short period of time.

Accuracy of content

All contributions sent to the Publisher, whether they are invited or not, must bear the author's full name and address, even if this is not for publication. Contributions, whether published pseudonymously or not, are accepted on the strict understanding that the author is responsible for the accuracy of all opinion, technical comment, factual report, data, figures, illustrations and photographs. Publication does not necessarily imply that these are the opinions of the Editors, Editorial Board or the Publisher, nor do the Editors, Editorial Board, or Publisher accept any liability for the accuracy of such comment, report or other technical and factual information. The Publisher will, however, strive to ensure that all opinion, comments, reports, data, figures, illustrations and photographs are accurate, insofar as it is within its abilities to do so.

Accuracy of Reproduction

All reasonable efforts are made to ensure accurate reproduction of text, photographs and illustrations. The Publisher does not accept responsibility for mistakes, be they editorial or typographical, nor for consequences resulting from them.

The Publisher reserves the right to edit, abridge or omit all material submitted.

References in the text

All references cited in the paper text MUST be included in the reference list and vice versa.

The whole citation should follow the Harvard style, enclosed within parentheses (author surname, year) if not a natural part of the surrounding sentence; the year should be enclosed within parentheses if the names do form a natural part of the surrounding sentence. Citations of works by two authors should have ‘and’ (not an ampersand) between the names. Citations of works by three or more authors should have the first author followed by et al in italics with no trailing stop.

Publications by the same author(s) in the same year should be identified with a, b, c (e.g. 2008a, 2008b) closed up to the year.

Personal communications should be listed as such where they are cited in the text, and not listed in the references.

Example:

Since Paterson (1983) has shown that… This is in results attained later (Kramer, 1984). Results have been reported (Don Graham, 1989, personal communication).

Articles not yet published should show ‘forthcoming’ in place of the year (in both the reference and the citation). ‘In press’ should be used in place of the volume, issue and page range details.

Example:

Sharp Parker, A.M. (forthcoming) Cyberterrorism: An examination of the preparedness of the North Carolina local law enforcement. Security Journal, in press.

List of References

References are placed in alphabetical order of authors. Users of Endnote referencing software can download an Endnote style file at the link below. Examples of correct forms of references for alphabetical style:

Book

Slovic, P. (2000) The Perception of Risk. London: Earthscan Publications.

Edited volume

Nye Jr, J.S., Zelikow, P.D. and King D.C. (eds.) (1997) Why People Don’t Trust Government. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Chapter in book

Flora, P. and Alber, J. (1981) Modernization, democratization, and the development of the welfare state. In: P. Flora and A.J. Heidenheimer (eds.) The Development of Welfare States in Europe and America. New Brunswick and London: Transaction Books, pp. 17–34.

Article in journal

Thompson, K., Griffith, E. and Leaf, P. (1990) A historical review of the Madison model of community care. Hospital and Community Psychiatry 41(6): 21–35.

Article in newspaper

Webster, B. (2008) Record bonus for Network Rail chief, despite Christmas chaos. The Times, 6 June: p1.
Newspaper or magazine article (without a named author)
Economist (2005) The mountain man and the surgeon. 24 December, pp. 24–26.

Article online

Gardener, T. and Moffatt, J. (2007) Changing behaviours in defence acquisition: a game theory approach. Journal of the Operational Research Society, advance online publication 28 November, doi: 10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602476.

Other online resource

Green Party. (2005) Greens call for attack on asylum ‘push factors’. Green Party report, 4 March, http://www.greenparty.org.uk/index.php?nav=new&n=1838, accessed 9 March 2005.

Conference proceedings

Sapin, A. (ed.) (1985) Health and the Environment. Proceedings of the Conference on Biological Monitoring Methods for Industrial Chemicals; 30–31 March 1984, Chicago, IL. Chicago: American Toxological Association.

Conference paper

Harley, N.H. (1981) Radon risk models. In: A.R. Knight and B. Harrad, (eds.) Indoor Air and Human Health. Proceedings of the Seventh Life Sciences Symposium; 29–31 October, Knoxville, TN. Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp.69–78.

Papers/talks presented at a conference but not published

Martin, S. (2003) An exploration of factors which have an impact on the vocal performance and vocal effectiveness of newly qualified teachers and lecturers. Paper presented at the Pan European Voice Conference; 31 August, Graz, Austria.

Dissertation/thesis

Young, W.R. (1981) Effects of different tree species on soil properties in central New York. MSc thesis, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Research papers/reports/working papers

Bloom., G. et al (2005) Poverty Reduction During Democratic Transition: The Malawi Social Action Fund 1996-2001. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies. IDS Research Report no. 56.

Mimeo

Bond, S. A., Hwang, S., Lin, Z. and Vandell, K. (2005) Marketing Period Risk in a Portfolio Context: Theory and Empirical Estimates from the UK Commercial Real Estate Market. Cambridge, UK: Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge (mimeo).

Speech

Blair, A. (2003) Britain in the World. Speech to FCO Leadership Conference. London, 7 January.