Past Articles Guidelines for papers Submissions

Sri Lankan Journal of Management

Submit to the journal

Submissions to Sri Lankan Journal of Management are made using the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at SLJM website http://www.sljm.pim.lk. Full information and guidance are available at the http://www.sljm.pim.lk.

Registering at SLJM website

If you have not yet registered on SLJM website, please follow the instructions below:

§  Go to the SLJM website www.sljm.pim.lk

§  Click on Submissions.

§  Click on Create an account

§  Follow the on-screen instructions, filling in the requested details before proceeding

§  Your username will be your email address and you have to input a password of at least 6 characters

§  Click Finish and your account will be created and an email will be sent to your address which contains your password for reference.

Submitting an article SLJM website

§  Go to the SLJM website www.sljm.pim.lk

§  Click on the Submissions

§  Log on to the site using your email address and password

§  Click on Submit a new article

§  Complete all fields and browse to upload your article

§  Click Finish and your article will be added to your submissions and an email which contains the article and other details will be sent to associate editor and the coordinator of the SLJM and also copied to your address.

Review process

Each paper is reviewed by the editor and, if it is judged suitable for this publication, it is then sent to at least two independent referees for double blind peer review. Based on their recommendation, as well as consultation between relevant Editorial Board members the editor then decides whether the paper should be accepted as is, revised or rejected.

Copyright

Whilst every effort is made by the publisher and editorial board to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or statement appears in the journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles and advertisements herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor or advertiser concerned. Accordingly the publisher, the editorial board and editor and their respective employees, officers and agents accept no responsibility whatsoever for the consequences of any such inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or statement.

Permissions

Prior to article submission, authors should clear permission to use any content that has not been created by them.  Failure to do so may lead to lengthy delays in publication. SLJM is unable to publish any article which has permissions pending.  The rights SLJM require are:

1.     Non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the article or book chapter.

2.     Print and electronic rights.

3.     Worldwide English language rights.

4.     To use the material for the life of the work (i.e. there should be no time restrictions on the re-use of material e.g. a one-year licence).

When reproducing tables, figures or excerpts (of more than 400 words) from another source, it is expected that:

1.     Authors obtain the necessary written permission in advance from any third party owners of copyright for the use in print and electronic formats of any of their text, illustrations, graphics, or other material, in their manuscript.  Permission must also be cleared for any minor adaptations of any work not created by them.

2.     If an author adapts significantly any material, the author must inform the copyright holder of the original work.

3.     Authors obtain any proof of consent statements

4.     Authors must always acknowledge the source in figure captions and refer to the source in the reference list.

5.     Authors should not assume that any content which is freely available on the web is free to use.  Authors should check the website for details of the copyright holder to seek permission for re-use.

Final submission

Authors should note that proofs are not supplied prior to publication. The manuscript will be considered to be the definitive version of the article. The author must ensure that it is complete, grammatically correct and without spelling or typographical errors. Before submitting, authors should check their submission completeness using the available Article Submission Checklist.

Manuscript requirements

Please prepare your manuscript before submission, using the following guidelines:

 

Format                                                  All files should be submitted as a Word document

 

Article Length                                      Articles should be a maximum of 9000 words in length including reference notes.

 

Article Title                                           A title of not more than eight words should be provided.

 

Article Title Page                                An Article Title Page should be submitted alongside each individual article using the template provided. This should include:

·         Article Title

·         Author Details (see below)

·         Acknowledgements

·         Author Biographies

·         Structured Abstract (see below)

·         Keywords (see below)

·         Article Classification (see below)

Author Details                                     Details should be supplied on the Article Title Page including:

·         Full name of each author

·         Affiliation of each author, at time research was completed

·         Where more than one author has contributed to the article, details of who should be contacted for correspondence

·         E-mail address of the corresponding author

·         Brief professional biography of each author.

Abstract                                               Your abstract is very important and should be readable , accurate as a reflection of what is in your article, must be self-contained, without abbreviations, footnotes, or incomplete references  and it contains a complete description of your research.  In approximately 150-250 words, you will need to summarize your findings and what the implications of those findings are.For papers reporting original research, state the primary objective and any hypothesis tested; describe the research design and your reasons for adopting that methodology; state the methods and procedures employed, state the main outcomes and results, and state the conclusions that might be drawn from these data and results, including their implications for further research or application/practice

Keywords                                             Please provide up to 10 keywords on the Article Title Page, which encapsulate the principal topics of the paper.

 

Article Classification                         Categorize your paper on the Article Title Page, under one of these classifications: Research paper; empirical paper; quantitative; quantitative/ qualitative Case study Conceptual study International / National business study; The structure for each of the above papers are given below

 

EMPIRICAL PAPER; QUANTITATIVE; QUANTITATIVE/ QUALITATIVE

Abstract

Introduction                                                 The context and purpose of study is addressed; covers background, research problem, research question(s),objectives, significance, outline of the paper.

Literature review/ and hypothesis         In this section author builds up the theoretical frame work study and discusses the hypotheses one by one, supported by literature; in case study there will not be hypothesis but a set prepositions can be presented; may ave subheadings to cover main sections of literature review

Conceptual model                                      Based on above brief conceptual model.

 

Method                                                          In this section the participants, sample and study design is explained

Measures                                                     In this section all instruments used in the study are described; in case of a case study the qualitative method adopted will be described

 

Analysis and results                                  In this section how the hypothesis is tested is examined. Tables supporting the confirmation of hypothesis are presented, Interviews, supporting findings are given

Discussion and managerial

implications                                                 This section leads the discussion on the basis of results presented. It is important to present how the study supports previous studies; Implications for theory; how the results are explained and any variations brought out; significantly what the study will mean to practicing manager,.

Limitations and directions for

future research                                          In this section limitations are addressed and any directions for future research presented

Conclusions                                                Key conclusions of the study are presented

References

Acknowledgements

Appendix                                                      Survey instruments /operationalization can be provided

 

EMPIRICAL PAPER; CASE STUDY

Abstract

Introduction                                                         The context and purpose of study is addressed; covers background, key issues, research question(s), objectives, significance, and outline of the paper.  

Literature review                                               In this section author builds up the theoretical frame work study, supported by literature, in case a set prepositions can be presented.

Study frame work                                              A frame work based on above is presented

Method                                                                  In this section the participants, sample and study design is explained

Measures                                                             In this section the qualitative method adopted will be described

Narration/Case study analysis and results In this section papers examines the key prepositions and analysis the case. Tables, data supporting historic etc are presented.

Discussion and managerial implications    This section leads the discussion on the basis of results presented. It is important to present how the study supports literature; how the results are explained, significantly what the study will mean to practicing manager.

Limitations and directions for

future research                                                  In this section limitations are addressed and any directions for future research presented

Conclusions                                                        Key conclusions of the study are presented

 References

Acknowledgements

 

 

CONCEPTUAL STUDY

            

Abstract

 Introduction                                                        The context and purpose of study is addressed. covers theoretical background, key issues, research question(s), objectives, significance, and outline of the paper

Literature review                                               In this section author builds up the theoretical frame work   study, supported by literature, in case a set prepositions can be presented. A detail theoretical argument is presented

Conceptual model                                              Based on above brief conceptual model may be presented

Discussions, Theoretical and

 managerial implications                                  This section leads the discussion on the basis of the theoretical arguments presented results presented. It is important to present how the study supports literature; how the results are explained Theoretical implications are discussed. Significantly implications for research and what the study will mean to practicing manager,

Directions for future research                       in this direction for future research presented, where the theoretical arguments presented can lead to an empirical study

Conclusions                                                        Key conclusions of the study are presented

References

Acknowledgements

 

INTERNATIONAL / NATIONAL BUSINESS STUDY

 

Introduction                                                         The context and purpose of study is addressed.

Key issues identified                                         The paper will focus on key issues and describe with supportive data

Discussion and managerial implications    This section leads the discussion on the basis of the theoretical arguments presented results presented. It is important to present how the study supports literature; how the results are explained, significantly what the study will mean to practicing manager

Directions for future studies                           in this direction for future studies presented, where the theoretical arguments presented can lead to an empirical study

Conclusions                                                        Key conclusions of the study are presented

References

Acknowledgements

Headings                                                             Headings must be concise, with a clear indication of the distinction   between the hierarchy of headings.

            The preferred format is for first level headings to be presented in bold   format and subsequent sub-headings to be presented in medium italics.

Notes/Endnotes                                  Notes or Endnotes should be used only if absolutely necessary and must be identified in the text by consecutive numbers, enclosed in square brackets and listed at the end of the article.

Research Funding                             Authors must declare all sources of external research funding in their article and a statement to this effect should appear in the Acknowledgements section. Authors should describe the role of the funder or financial sponsor in the entire research process, from study design to submission.

Figures                                                  All Figures (charts, diagrams, line drawings, web pages/screenshots, and photographic images) should be submitted in electronic form.

                                                               

                                                                All Figures should be of high quality, legible and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Graphics may be supplied in colour to facilitate their appearance on the online database.

·         Figures created in MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, Illustrator should be supplied in their native formats. Electronic figures created in other applications should be copied from the origination software and pasted into a blank MS Word document or saved and imported into an MS Word document or alternatively create a .pdf file from the origination software.

·         Figures which cannot be supplied in as the above are acceptable in the standard image formats which are: .pdf, .ai, and .eps. If you are unable to supply graphics in these formats then please ensure they are .tif, .jpeg, or .bmp at a resolution of at least 300dpi and at least 10cm wide.

·         To prepare web pages/screenshots simultaneously press the "Alt" and "Print screen" keys on the keyboard, open a blank Microsoft Word document and simultaneously press "Ctrl" and "V" to paste the image. (Capture all the contents/windows on the computer screen to paste into MS Word, by simultaneously pressing "Ctrl" and "Print screen".)

·         Photographic images should be submitted electronically and of high quality. They should be saved as .tif or .jpeg files at a resolution of at least 300dpi and at least 10cm wide. Digital camera settings should be set at the highest resolution/quality possible.     

·         A figure is any type of illustration other than a table (chart, graph, photograph, or drawing).

·         Use figures to complement information in text or to simplify text.

·         Number figures in the order they are first mentioned in text. Do not write “the figure above” or “the figure below.”

·         Figures should be large enough to read easily (between 8 point and 14 point font with sans serif typeface) and convey only essential information. The preferred typeface in figures is 12-pt Courier.

·         Ensure that figures are simple, clear and consistent in presentation and vocabulary.

·         Ensure data are plotted accurately and the grid scale is proportioned.

·         Place labels close to the identified item.

·         Axis labels on graphs should be parallel to their axes.

·         Captions include the figure title and a brief, but descriptive, explanation of the figure.

·         Double-space the caption and place it below the figure.

·         The figure legend should be positioned within the borders of the figure.

Tables                                                   Tables should be typed and included in a separate file to the main body of the article. The position of each table should be clearly labelled in the body text of article with corresponding labels being clearly shown in the separate file.

                                                                Ensure that any superscripts or asterisks are shown next to the relevant items and have corresponding explanations displayed as footnotes to the table, figure or plate.            

·         Use tables for the purpose of simplifying text. A table with 2 or fewer columns and rows should be presented in text format instead of a table.

·         In text, refer to every table.

·         e.g. As shown in Table 2, the ….. OR (see Table 2). Tell the reader what to look for, but only mention the major points of the table.

·         Number tables in the order they are first mentioned in text. Do not write “the table above” or “the table below.”

·         Be consistent in the formatting and vocabulary of all tables when writing a paper.

·         Double-space the entire table.

·         Ensure that your table title is brief but explanatory.

·         Italicize the table title. Do not italicize the table number.

·         Standard abbreviations and symbols, such as % or no. may be used in headings without further explanation.

·         Ensure each column has a heading

·         Capitalize only the first letter of the first word of all headings. If a word is a proper noun, however, be sure to capitalize the first letter anyway.

·         Notes are placed below the table.

·         If the table is from another source, include a note below the table specifying whether it is from another source or adapted from another source. e.g. “Note. From….” OR “Note. Adapted from…” OR “Note. The data in column 1 are from…”

 

 

 

References                                         

§  In preparing the list of references, the names of authors must be placed in alphabetical order, with the surname cited first.

§  Ensure that names of all authors cited in the body of the report are included in the list of references at the end of the report.

§  When several studies by the same author are listed, arrange them in chronological order.

§  When several studies by the same author are published during a single year, identify them by simple letters, e.g., 2010a, 2010b, both in the text and in the list of references.

§  The list of references at the end of the report should carry complete references. Do not leave any entry in the list of references with the words "et al".

§  It is not necessary to cite the complete reference in the body of the report as this would appear in the list of references at the end.

§  References should not be numbered.

§  The list of references should be positioned before the appendices.

§  The edition number of a textbook is placed immediately after the title of the text.

§  Academic work may contain footnotes in the text, but only if they are absolutely necessary.

 Bibliography

A bibliography will cite sources that have influenced the writer's thinking but have not been cited in the main body of the report.

 Hard Copy Sources

Book, single author

Daft, R. L. (2009). Principles of Management, New Delhi: Cengage Learning India Pvt. Ltd.

Book, multiple authors

Kotler, P. & Armstrong, G. (2008). Marketing, New Delhi: Prentice Hall.

Kotler, P., Armstrong, G., & Baker, M. J. (2010). Marketing Management, New Delhi: Prentice Hall.

Book with an editor (Ed.) or editors (Eds.).

Jacoby, F., & Dowdy, R. (Eds.), (1985). Stressful life events: Their nature and effects. New York: John Wiley.

Book with a corporate author

Editors of the Progressive. (1970). The crisis of survival. Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman.

An anonymous book

Webster's seventh new collegiate dictionary. (1963). Springfield, IL: G. & C. Merriam.

Two or more works by the same author(s) in the same year

Gardner, H. (1973a). The arts and human development. New York: John Wiley.

Gardner, H. (1973b). The quest for mind. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

A work in more than one volume

Lincoln, A. (1953). The collected works of Abraham Lincoln. (R. P. Bailer, Ed.), (Vol. 5). New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

An article or chapter in an edited book

Paykel, E. S. (1974). Life stress and psychiatric disorder: Applications of the clinical approach. In B. S. Dohrenwend & B. P. Dohrenwend (Eds.), Stressful life events: Their nature and effects (pp. 239-254). New York: John Wiley.

Article in a journal with continuous pagination throughout the annual volume

Emery, R. E. (1982). Marital turmoil: Interpersonal conflict and the children of discord and divorce. Psychological Bulletin, 92, 310-330.

Article in a journal that pages issues separately

Boyd, S. (1981). Nuclear terror. Adaptation to Change, 7(4), 20-23.

Article in a magazine

Van Gelder, L. (1986, December). Countdown to motherhood: When should you have a baby? Ms. 15(3), 37-39, 74.

Article in a newspaper

Herbers, J. (1988, March 6). A different Dixie: Few but sturdy threads tie new South to old. The New York Times, sec. 4, p. 1.

Unsigned article

The right to die. (1976. October 11). Time, 101.

A review

Dinnage, R. (1987, November 29). Against the master and his men. [Review of the book: A mind of her own: The life of Karen Horney]. The New York Times Book Review, 10-11.

A videotape or other nonprint source

Heeley, D. (Producer), & Kramer, J. (Director). (1988). Bacall: Reflections on Bogart [Videotape]. New York: WNET Films.

A multivolume work

Wiener, P. (1973). Dictionary of the history of ideas (Vols. 1-4). New York: Scribner's.

Publications of institutions

Central Bank of Sri Lanka, (2009). Annual Report, Colombo.

UNDP, (2009). Human Development Report. New York: Oxford University Press.

Online Sources

The format for online sources in the reference list follows closely that for print sources. Print and online/electronic sources are listed together in alphabetical order in the reference list.

Retrieve as much of the following information as possible; if one item on the list is not available, skip to the next item.

1. Author's last name, first name (or organization name or title)

2. Publication date (year, month, day)

3. Title (if not used above)

4. Complete network address (URL) or Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number

Examples:

Brown, K. L. (2000, December 7). Assignment #1: Explain the effects of electronic media on research methods. Retrieved from http://www.haw.edu/psych/courses/spOl/klb

National Organization. (n.d.). Research for Beginners. Retrieved from http://www.awebsite.com

Advanced Research. (2003). Retrieved from http://www.anotherwebsite.com

If you have a DOI number, which is a number assigned to online materials, you can use this in the place of a URL. This will usually be located on the first page of an electronic journal. If you have a DOI, you will not use the URL.

Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24(2), 225-229. doi:10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225

In-Text Citations

Parenthetical citations for direct quotes should include the author's last name, the year of publication, and the page number(s), Example: (Jones, 1995, p. 00). Titles of articles are placed within quotation marks; books and journal titles are italicized. Below are examples of parenthetical citations for paraphrasing.

 Hard Copy Sources

One author

Critics of the tests felt the subjects should be informed of the side effects (Jones, 1968).

Jones (1968) felt that the subjects should have been informed of the possible side effects.

A work of two authors

Pepinsky and Cox (1977) show that a teacher's language reveals hidden biases.

One study (Pepinsky & Cox, 1977) showed that a teacher's language reveals hidden biases.

A work with three to five authors

Smith, Jones, Carson, and Fleming (1988) attempted to complete the project. [First reference to the work]

In the work of Smith et al. (1988), an attempt was made to complete the project. [Second reference to the work]

A work with six or more authors

Harris et al. (2001) argued that the North American Seahorse Society has a smaller commitment to the wellbeing of these majestic creatures.

The North American Seahorse Society has a smaller commitment to the wellbeing of these majestic creatures (Harris et al., 2001).

An organization as an author

An earlier forecast was even more alarmist (Editors of The New Republic, 1975).

Author unknown

One article ("Fasten Your Seatbelt," 1988) listed the reasons people do not buckle their seatbelts.

One of two or more works by the same author(s) in the same year

Disease was claimed to be the main reason for losing the battle (Smith,1980a).

Join multiple-author citations with an ampersand (&) in parenthetical citation, but join using ‘and’ in running text. When there is more than one citation in the parenthetical citation, list them alphabetically

Two or more works by different authors

Two studies (Jones, 1978; Lloyd & Jenkins, 1980) found that periodic inspections reduced the chances of possible malfunctions.

Jones (1978) and Lloyd and Jenkins (1980) found that periodic inspections reduced the chances of possible malfunctions.

Authors with the same last name

Several studies (E. Johnson, 2001; L. Johnson, 1998) have proven that seahorses have positive psychological benefits on their owners.

Online Sources

The basic format for citing online works in a paper is similar to printed sources. Use the author or organization, if available, followed by a comma and the year of publication.

If the author/organization is not available, then use the name of the website/web page or the title/description of the work or article.

 

Examples:

Roberts (2002) states that modern theorists agree. . . .

According to the American Psychological Association (2001), advances in. . . .

If there is no apparent publication date or update year of the website, use n.d. (for "not dated") in the parentheses.

Example: According to Williams (n.d.), the best solution . . . .

Cite the specific part of an on-line book or journal using the page or the chapter, when available.

Example: (Cox & Smith, 2003, p. 330) or (Williams, 2000, chap.3)

For electronic sources that do not have a page, chapter, paragraph heading, figure, table, or equation number, use the paragraph number. If the paragraph number cannot be used, then use the heading or the number of the paragraph.

Example: (Jones, 2001, para. 5) or (Discussion section, para. 1)

E-mail messages, conversations via bulletin boards, and electronic discussion groups are cited as personal communications in the text only and do not appear in the reference list. Be as accurate as you can with the date.

Example: (M. E. Wallace, personal communication, March 14, 2003) or Mark Wallace (personal communication, March 14, 2003)

Work cited elsewhere

When the original idea has appeared in another publication to which the researcher had no access, this citation is placed in the following manner (Simon, H. A., 1953, as cited in Lipsey, 2009: 135).

 

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