The Nature of Submissions
All manuscripts submitted to the journal should contribute to the promotion, understanding and development of theory and practice in business, business management, business / management education, or applied management. Areas of business and management include: General management, organisational and cross-cultural communication, human resources management, marketing, health and safety issues, organisation behaviour, financial and accountancy related aspects and operations management. Broad international issues such as labour economics, international management, sustainability and environmental management are also welcomed.
The journal also welcomes articles that broadly address the interests of practitioners, researchers, academics and educators operating in the business and applied business fields, with an emphasis on management. Contributors are encouraged to produce scholarly work that debates, discusses, analyses, reports, or comments on issues of relevance to business and related areas. We particularly welcome work that relates to current ideas, theory building and development in practice. Authors from any country are invited to submit their work for possible publication. However, Asia-Pacific related themes are especially encouraged in the context of the need to develop a regional perspective on theory and understanding of business, business management, business / management education, and applied management.
Manuscripts can be submitted as a research paper, scholarly article, or as a discussion paper. Details of the requirements for each of these are provided below. Research papers and scholarly articles are subject to a double-blind review process and, if accepted, will be published in the Current Issue of the research section of the journal (see Manuscript Review Process).
The journal particularly encourages submission of the following types of research-based manuscripts:
- Empirical studies using any acceptable quantitative and/or qualitative research strategies (e.g., surveys, case studies, experimental work)
- Theoretical studies aimed at advancing current theory or adapting theory to local conditions
- Theoretical studies aimed at reviewing or possibly synthesising existing theory.
Contributors should note that only material which has not been published in other journals will be considered for publication in the Asia Pacific Journal of Business and Management, unless prior approval has been granted by the publisher. Conference papers converted into articles for the journal are particularly welcome.
A research paper is an account of a systematic inquiry / investigation / intervention. It will normally be written up in a structured way. Typically, this will include the following:
- Introduction (specifies what the problem/issue/investigation is about; describes the relevant literature and how this informs the inquiry/investigation)
- Methodology (provides a justification and description of the: theoretical framework/basis to the research; and the overall research design / approach taken - including methods employed in the collection and analysis of data)
- Findings (describes what is found, tabulated/structured as appropriate; discusses relevance / importance / significance of the findings)
- Conclusion (summaries the contribution made by the research and its implications for others / the discipline; includes limitations and areas for future research where possible/relevant)
Note that while a research paper will include attention to each of the above and in the order shown, the actual headings and sub-headings used by authors may differ according to the nature of the research (see also Style Guide for Authors (see Style section)).
Research papers must be a minimum of 5,000 words and a maximum of 10,000 words (excluding reference list, tables and figures), and must meet the requirements of the journal’s Style Guide for Authors (see Style section).
A scholarly article is a discursive report on a topic of relevance (i.e., in business, business management, business education, or applied management). It may take the form of an essay or review that, for example, takes a critical look at a particular issue / published article / practice situation. Alternatively, it may take the form of a description of a particular situation / practice phenomenon and present this as an example of good / innovative / interesting practice.
All types of scholarly articles normally will contain:
- A clear statement introducing/summarising the topic or issue (what is the article about? what is its scope? what key jargon/phrases are used? why are you writing this?);
- Content of the article that is referenced to relevant literature (what has been written on this topic before? what are you adding and why?)
- A conclusion (sums up your report and the key point(s) you are making, particularly its contribution to and/or implications for the topic / discipline / others)
Scholarly articles must be a minimum of 5,000 words and a maximum of 10,000 words (excluding reference list, tables and figures), and must meet the requirements of the journal’s Style Guide for Authors (see Style section).
The Asia Pacific Journal of Business and Management has a forum section that encourages contributors to submit discussion papers. Such papers may include: incomplete research papers / articles (e.g., to invite comment or suggestions), research ideas, or critical comment on current / topical business / management issues (in order to generate dialogue with others).
All manuscripts submitted as discussion papers should ensure they are of relevance to business, business management, business/management education, or applied management. They should also be well written, well argued, be of sufficient merit/interest to encourage relevant discussion/responses, and adhere to the journal’s Style Guidelines (see also Manuscript Review Process below).
Discussion papers must be a minimum of 1,000 words and a maximum of 5,000 words (excluding reference list, tables and figures).
Authors intending to submit an article to the Journal may wish to submit an abstract first, although this is not a requirement. The main purpose of submitting an abstract first is enable contributors to gain confirmation that their intended article is consistent with the Journal's focus / field of interest (see 'The Nature of Submissions' above).
When submitting an article to the Journal contributors should make it clear whether they are submitting a research paper, a scholarly article, or a discussion paper. The process used for review and approval of abstracts and manuscripts is outlined in the diagram shown below in the section 'Manuscript review process'.
Authors may retain copyright of their own materials. The Asia Pacific Journal of Business and Management, however, requests authors to provide written clearance that the manuscript submitted:
- May be used for educational purposes and for publication in the Asia Pacific Journal of Business and Management; and
- Has not been published or accepted for publication elsewhere* (e.g., in other journals, books).
All manuscripts must meet the requirements of the Style Guide for Authors (see Style section). Submissions should be sent by email and be in MS Word 2003 format to:
Dave Hodges, Editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Business and Management firstname.lastname@example.org
Confirmation of receipt of submitted manuscripts will generally be given within 7 days.
* The Asia Pacific Journal of Business and Management will be willing to publish such manuscripts only when written permission to do so is provided by the publisher(s) concerned
Manuscript Review Process
Submitted research papers and scholarly articles are subject to double-blind peer review involving a minimum of two members of the Editorial Board. While discussion papers are reviewed for relevance, clarity, quality of writing, and adherence to the ‘Style Guide for Authors (see Style section)’, they are NOT subject to a double blind review process. Therefore if published should not be considered as refereed publications.
Manuscripts submitted as research papers or scholarly articles will be reviewed for:
- Relevance/appropriateness of content;
- Persuasiveness, clarity and cogency of argument;
- Creativity and/or relevance of theoretical ideas;
- Contribution to the literature / significance to the field;
- Validity and application of methodology;
- Conceptual and technical adequacy;
- Appropriateness of structure (see Nature of submissions);
- Quality of writing; and
- Adherence to the journal’s Style Guide for Authors (see Style section).
In addition to the above, Editorial Board reviewers (referees) will also evaluate manuscripts in accordance with the ‘Guidelines for referees’. Decisions regarding the publication of submitted manuscripts are made by the Editor(s), based on the recommendation of the Editorial Board reviewers (referees). All manuscripts submitted as research papers or scholarly articles will go through the following process: