Submission Preparation ChecklistAs 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 submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- 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.
STATEMENT ON PUBLICATION ETHICS AND PUBLICATION MALPRACTICE
DUTIES OF EDITOR
- Editors must evaluate the submitted manuscripts based on the academic merit of the manuscript and its relevance to the scope of the journal. The manuscript must not be evaluated based on the gender, race, religion, citizenship or institutional affiliation. The chief editor has the full authority over the entire editorial content of the journal and the timing of publication of the content
- Editors will not disclose any information about the submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers and editorial advisers as appropriate.
- Editor or Editorial Board members will not use unpublished information disclosed in a submitted manuscript for their own research purposes without the author’s written consent.
- Editors will recuse themselves from considering manuscripts in which they have a conflict of interest with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the papers. They will ask another editorial board member to evaluate the manuscript.
- The editors will ensure that all submitted manuscripts that are considered for publication will undergo peer review by at least one peer reviewer who is an expert in the field.
- The editor is responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts submitted to the journal will be published based on the validation of work in question, its importance to researchers and readers, reviewer’s comments and other legal requirements such as copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors in making this decision.
- Editors will take responsive measures when ethical concerns are raised with regard to a submitted manuscript or published paper.
- If the investigation reveals that the ethical concern is well-founded a correction, retraction, expression of concern or other note may be published in the journal.
- Similarity (“plagiarism”) detection software (Plagiarism Checker X) must be used at the editorial level to discover potential misconduct in the form of plagiarism or duplicate/redundant at the submission
The reviewer who feels unqualified to review the assigned manuscript or affirms that he or she cannot meet the deadline for completion of the review should immediately notify the editor and excuse himself or herself from the process of reviewing this manuscript.
- The reviewer should inform the editor and recuse himself or herself from reviewing the manuscript if there is a conflict of interest. Specifically, the reviewer should recuse himself or herself from reviewing any manuscript authored or coauthored by a person with whom the reviewer has an obvious personal or academic relationship, if the relationship could introduce bias or the reasonable perception of bias.
- The reviewer should treat the manuscript in a confidential manner. The manuscript should not be disclosed to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
- The reviewer should approach the peer-review job objectively. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable.
- The reviewer should not use for his or her own research any part of any data or work reported in submitted and as yet unpublished articles.
- The reviewer should immediately notify the editor of any similarities between the manuscript under review and another paper either published or under consideration by another journal. The reviewer should immediately call to the editor’s attention a manuscript containing plagiarized material or falsified data.
W. Benoy Joseph
Professor Emeritus of Marketing
Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University
2894 Huntington Rd
Cleveland, OH 44120, USA
Indian Institute of Public Administration
Priya Nair Rajeev
Asst. Professor (OB & HR Area)
Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
IIMK Campus P.O, Kunnamangalam; Kerala- 673 570
FORE School of Management
Associate Professor – Marketing
Assistant Professor- Marketing Area
Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute for Management Development (Sdmimd)
No. 1, Chamundi Hill Road, Siddharthanagar Mysore - 570011,
FORE School of Management, New Delhi
Jatinder Kumar Jha
Assistant Professor in HRM area
XLRI-Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur
Institute of Economic Growth
Delhi University Enclave
Delhi - 110007