Language and Presentation

Submissions should be written in English of a good standard. Spelling should conform to The Concise Oxford Dictionary.

Submit manuscripts in Word format with at least 1.5 line spacing and ample margins. The pages of the main text should be numbered consecutively. Sections and subsections should be clearly differentiated but should not be numbered. Papers should be written without the use of footnotes.

Mathematical expressions and Greek or other symbols should be written clearly with ample spacing. Use widely accepted symbols and abbreviations, following the style of BS 1991 Part 2 1954.

Wherever possible, theorems, computer programs, lists and calculations should be placed in appendices.

Length of submissions

Papers should be no longer than 6000 words inclusive of tables, figures and references. You should add the word count to the author information file that is uploaded and you will also be required to input the word count in the appropriate field during the submission process.

Abstract and Keywords

The first page of the manuscript should contain an abstract of not more than 150 words. The abstract should be sufficiently comprehensible to enable any reader of the journal to judge the paper's potential interest. Abstracts should not contain references.

Authors should also provide 3-6 key words defining the essential content of the paper. A list of recommended keywords is given below. The keywords on the list are used in the referee selection process, and in the construction of the annual index, so it is important that authors make maximum use of this suggested list.


All case-oriented papers should commence with an introduction which indicates clearly that this is an account of an actual project.

All papers should end with a conclusion which summarizes the value of the work and, where appropriate, indicates possible directions for future developments.


References should be included from ALL appropriate sources and should be readily accessible to readers.
In writing your paper you are encouraged to review or reference papers in the area you are addressing previously published in the journal. This provides coherence and continuity for our readers.

References should be indicated in the text by author name(s) followed by date of publication, all in parenthesis, for example (Brown & Allen, 2001) or for a work by more than two authors (Van der Meer et al, 2005). In a list of references put oldest first. At the end of the article references should be listed (unnumbered) ordered alphabetically by author name. For papers with six authors or fewer, give the full list of authors here; for papers with more than six authors, use the form Van der Meer et al. If more than one reference has identical date and authorship use a, b, ... after the date to distinguish, for example (Allen, 2001a).

If a statement is made alleging that an author has said something or holds a particular view, possibly controversial, the page number of the referenced work MUST be quoted.

Please adopt the following style for listing references:


Sutton DC (2001) What is knowledge and can it be managed? European Journal of Information Systems 10(2), 80-88.

Online Articles

Jensen K W (2010) Relational effects on knowledge integration: the differential effects on search and transfer. Knowledge Management Research & Practice, advance online publication 3 April, doi:10.1057/kmrp.2010.4.


Newell S, Robertson M, Scarbrough H and Swan J (2002) Managing Knowledge Work. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Contributed volume

Holsapple CW and Joshi KD (1999) Knowledge selection: Concepts, issues and technologies. In Knowledge management handbook (Liebowitz J, Ed), pp 7-1 - 7-17, CRC Press, Boca Raton.

Conference Paper

Huber G (1991) We can do better: integrating theories of novel organizations, new organizational forms and information technology. In Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Information Systems (Degross J, Benbasat I, Desanctis G and Beath C, Eds), p 416, ACM Publications, Baltimore, Maryland.

Unpublished reports/theses

Beecken N (1999) Knowledge management - technological and organisational aspects. MBA Thesis, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, U.K.

Example of website

Skyrme DJ. Online Knowledge Markets: how do they work? [WWW document] (accessed 09 September 2002).