Journal of Management Systems
ISSN #1041-2808A publication of the Association of Management
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Q B. Chung, Ph.D.
The Journal of Management Systems is the AoM/IAoM flagship publication which was founded in 1989. The primary mission of JMS is two-fold: (1) to promote the integration and cross-fertilization of the behavioral/organizational and information sciences and (2) to encourage, sharpen, and expand the dialogue between academicians and practitioners from an interdisciplinary perspective. JMS draws from a number of management disciplines and fields of management practice including organizational, human resources, and information and information technology management and related disciplines. JMS welcomes empirical articles, theoretical and methodological papers, surveys and field research, practitioner-oriented papers and case studies, position papers on current management issues, integrative and evaluative reviews, reports of recent technological advances of applied value and other innovative formats. High priority is given to manuscripts that cross disciplinary boundaries (i.e., integrating human resources or organizational management and technology innovations) as well as those with a dual focus on theory and practice.
JMS employs a dual blind, two-tiered review process. All manuscripts are read by the Editor-in-Chief who assesses them for relevance and goodness of fit with regard to the mission and goals of JMS. At this point, a manuscript which is not congruent with the stated purpose of JMS is returned to the author. Manuscripts which pass the initial screening process are assigned to a content domain editor or associate editor and two reviewers who are selected based on their content expertise and familiarity with the literature and methodology employed in the study. Manuscript evaluations are based on the adequacy of the literature review, conceptual development of propositions, quality of research design, adequacy of data analysis, legitimacy of conclusions, and practical significance along with criteria assessing the quality of the author's writing style and clarity of presentation. Not all evaluation criteria may apply to a given submission. JMS reviewers use a standard manuscript evaluation form and provide open-ended comments for both the editors and the author(s).
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Manuscripts, correspondence about submissions under review and inquiries about the journal and all submissions should be made by e-mail to the Editor in Chief and include an attached single Microsoft Word document, or compatible format. Authors should state in the e-mail message that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not currently under review elsewhere. The entire manuscript should be double-spaced throughout (including references, abstracts, captions, tables, acknowledgments, and quotations) on a standard Letter size with one-inch margins.
1. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Manuscripts which do not adhere to these guidelines will not be sent out for reviews but returned to the author(s) for format adjustments.
2. Except in unusual cases, manuscripts should not exceed 25 pages, double-spaced text, including figures, tables, and references.
3. The title page should include the title of the article, name of the author(s), affiliation(s), address(es), phone number(s), E-mail address(es), and a suggested running head (not to exceed 40 characters). To facilitate blind review, implications of authorship should appear only on the detachable title page. The title page is followed by the abstract and the text of the paper begins with page 3.
4. The abstract consisting of 100 to 150 words should provide a brief, comprehensive summary of the content of the manuscript.
5. Tables, numbered with Arabic numerals, should be arranged sequentially and numbered in the order in which they appear in the text and placed at the end of the manuscript. Each table should have a caption centered above the table; explanatory notes to a table (e.g., probability levels, explanations of abbreviations, etc.) should appear at the bottom of the table.
6. Figures (graphs, line drawings, photographs, charts), numbered consecutively with their respective captions, should also be cited in the order in which they appear in the text. Figure captions should be typed double-spaced on a separate sheet of paper. All illustrations must be camera-ready; photographs must be of professional quality; and drawings should be prepared in ink or press-on tape. Illustrations should be identified on the back of the page near the corner in light pencil with the name of the author and the figure number. Laser printer-generated illustrations are acceptable.
7. Mathematical expressions and notations should be used judiciously and only as required by the subject matter. All symbols must be identified.
8. Footnotes to the body of the manuscript should not be used unless absolutely necessary. Instead, the material they contain should be incorporated in the text.
9. References should be listed alphabetically at the end of the manuscript. References to the same author(s) are arranged according to the year of publication, the earliest first (see pp.119-133 of the APA Publication Manual). Text citations must correspond accurately to the references in the bibliography. In the text, for references to the work of up to five authors, all authors should be cited the first time the reference occurs in the body of the manuscript; in subsequent citations the surname of the first author should be followed by et al. and the year (see APA Publication Manual, p.108 for exceptions). Reference citations in parentheses should be arranged alphabetically.
The following examples illustrate the correct style of capitalization and punctuation of journal articles and books for the reference section:
• Brook, P.O., Russell, D.W., & Price, J.L. (1988). Discriminant validation of measures of job satisfaction, job involvement, and organizational commitment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 73, 2, 139-145.
• Locke, E.A. (1976). The nature and causes of job satisfaction. In M.D. Dunnette (Ed.) Handbook of industrial and organizational psychology (pp. 1294-1349). Chicago: Rand-McNally.
• Vroom, V.R. (1964). Work and motivation New York: Wiley.
10. A biographical sketch of each author of approximately 250 words in length must be included at the end of the paper.
11. Word processing: Do not right justify text; left justification only. Be sure to use the "one" key not the "ell" key for the number one. Tuck all periods and commas inside quotation marks. Use two hyphens for an en (-) dash. Do not use all capital letters for effect in headlines; use upper and lower case letters. Do not use several space bars to indent paragraphs and do not indent using the tab key; set up indentations by using the paragraphing instructions. Do not double space between paragraphs.
12. The final version of manuscripts accepted for publication in The Journal of Management Systems must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word compatible file format.
A copyright release must be executed before a manuscript can be released for publication. Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright owners for figures (reproduced or adapted), tables (reproduced or adapted), or lengthy quotes (500+words) that have been published elsewhere. The Association of Management Publication Agreement is mailed to authors during the final stages of the editorial review process; return of the signed form completes the review process.
Once a draft manuscript has completed the review process, any remaining typographical errors must be corrected by the author(s) in a timely fashion, usually 48 hours. Authors receive page proofs for final corrections. At this stage, no content changes, additions or deletions are permissible; such changes will be charged to the author(s). When completed, the manuscript is returned to the Editor-in-Chief electronically for final review. Accepted submissions are then forwarded to Maximilian Press Publishers.
Note: The publisher reserves the right to uphold its standards of publication in the market place. All rights are reserved to reject submissions not conforming to publication procedures.
The Editor-in-Chief commissions special issues on topics that reinforce the mission of the journal and appoints a guest editor to lead the development of the special issue.
For more information on the JMS contact:
Q B. Chung, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Management Systems at
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