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Author Guidelines

Manuscripts should:
1. Be Double-spaced throughout,
2. Be submitted only through our online submission system,
3. Contain 1-10 keywords,
4. Contain a structured abstract of approximately 200-250 words.
5. Please check our web site at concerning the format, style, and guide to authors.
7. Manuscripts could be original papers, empirical studies, literature and research reviews providing new perspectives, studies based on a synergy of sustainable economy, enterprise development, comparative studies, or case studies.
8. Each paper submitted will be subjected to the double-blind review procedures of IJSR. Authors should note that proofs are not supplied prior to publication and ensure that the paper submitted is complete and in its final form.

Manuscript requirements
1. All authors should be shown. Author details must be uploaded in a separate page (No 1) and the author should not be identified anywhere else in the article.
2. Copyright: Articles submitted to the journal should not have been published before in their current form, or be under consideration for publication with another journal. Authors submitting articles for publication warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright and will indemnify the publisher against any breach of such warranty. For ease of dissemination and to ensure proper policing of use, papers and contributions become the legal copyright of the publisher unless otherwise agreed.
3. 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. UMCS is unable to publish any article which has permissions pending. The rights UMCS require are:
a. Non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the article or book chapter.
b. Print and electronic rights.
c. Worldwide English language rights.
d. 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).

4. When reproducing tables, figures or excerpts (of more than 400 words) from another source, it is expected that: 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.
5. If an author adapts significantly any material, the author must inform the copyright holder of the original work.
6. Authors obtain any proof of consent statements.
7. Authors must always acknowledge the source in figure captions and refer to the source in the reference list.
8. As a guide, articles should be between 3000 and 6000 words in length.

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

10. Authors must supply a structured abstract set out under 4-7 sub-headings (Maximum is 250 words in total): 

a. Purpose (mandatory)
b. Design/methodology/approach (mandatory)
c. Findings (mandatory)
d. Research limitations/implications (if applicable)
e. Practical implications (if applicable)
f. Social implications (if applicable)
g. Originality/value (mandatory).

11. Please provide up to ten keywords which encapsulate the principal topics of the paper.
12. Categorize your paper under one of these classifications:
a. Research paper
b. Viewpoint
c. Technical paper
d. Conceptual paper
e. Case study
f. Literature review
g. General review.

13. Headings must be short, with a clear indication of the distinction between the hierarchy of headings. The preferred format is for headings to be presented in bold format, with consecutive numbering.
14. 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.
15. Each Figure should be supplied separately (i.e. not within the article itself). All Figures (charts, diagrams and line drawings) and photographic images should be of clear quality, in black and white and numbered consecutively with arabic numerals. Figures created in MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, etc. should be saved 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 a MS Word document by choosing "Insert" from the menu bar, "Picture" from the drop-down menu and selecting "From File..." to select the graphic to be imported. For figures which cannot be supplied in MS Word, acceptable standard image formats is: .pdf. If you are unable to supply graphics in these formats then please ensure they are .tif, .jpeg (.jpg), or .bmp at a resolution of at least 300dpi and at least 10cm wide.
To prepare 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 saved as .tif or .jpeg (.jpg) files at a resolution of at least 300dpi and at least 10cm wide. In the text of the paper the preferred position of all tables, and figures should be indicated by typing on a separate line the words "Take in Figure (No.)" or "Take in Table (No.)".
16. Tables should be typed and included as part of the manuscript. They should not be submitted as graphic elements.

17. References to other publications must be in Harvard style and carefully checked for completeness, accuracy and consistency. Authors should cite publications in the text: (Cobain, 2010) using the first named author name or (Cobain and Malakian, 2009) citing both names of two, or (Cobain et al., 2008), when there are three or more authors. At the end of the paper a reference list in alphabetical order should be supplied:
o For books: Surname, Initials (year), Title of Book, Publisher, Place of publication. e.g. Tapscott, D. (2009), Grown Up Digital. How the Net Generation is Changing Your World, The McGraw-Hill Companies, New York, NY.
o For book chapters: Surname, Initials (year), "Chapter title", Editor's Surname, Initials (Ed.), Title of Book, Publisher, Place of publication, pages. e.g. King, B.C. (2005), "Supply Chain Management", in Roonth, R. (Ed.), Management, Beck, New York, NY, pp. 230-290.
o For journals: Surname, Initials (year), "Title of article", Journal Name, volume, number, pages. e.g. Phusavat, K., and Kanchana, R. (2008), "Competitive priorities for service providers: perspectives from Thailand", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 108 No. 1, pp. 5-21.
o For published conference proceedings: Surname, Initials (year of publication), "Title of paper", in Surname, Initials (Ed.), Title of published proceeding which may include place and date(s) held, Publisher, Place of publication, Page numbers. eg Rodak, C., and Borlant, E. (2010), "Management Information Systems Effectiveness", in Technology Innovation and Industrial Management 2010 Proceedings of the International Conference in Pattaya, Thailand, 2010, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, pp. 670-695.

  • For working papers: Surname, Initials (year), "Title of article", working paper [number if available], Institution or organization, Place of organization, date. e.g. Moizer, P. (2003), "How published academic research can inform policy decisions: the case of mandatory rotation of audit appointments", working paper, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, Leeds, 28 March. 
  • For newspaper articles (authored): Surname, Initials (year), "Article title", Newspaper, date, pages. e.g. Smith, A. (2008), "Money for old rope", Daily News, 21 January, pp. 1, 3-4. 
  • For newspaper articles (non-authored): Newspaper (year), "Article title", date, pages. e.g. Daily News (2008), "Small change", 2 February, p. 7. 
  • For electronic sources: if available online the full URL should be supplied at the end of the reference, as well as a date that the resource was accessed. e.g. Kolleage, D. (2010), "Web-based industrial services", available at: (accessed 4 February 2011). Standalone URLs, i.e. without an author or date, should be included either within parentheses within the main text, or preferably set as a note (roman numeral within square brackets within text followed by the full URL address at the end of the paper). 

18. Provide DOI numbers for references if available. Final submission of the article

  • Once accepted for publication, the Editor may request the final version as an attached file to an e-mail. 
  • Each article must be accompanied by a completed and signed JAR (Journal Article Record) form available from the Editor or on the IJSR website. 
  • The manuscript will be considered to be the final version of the paper. The author must ensure that it is complete, grammatically correct and without spelling errors.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As 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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal. Additionally, you have ready to attach with your article signed percentage of author`s work declaration.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
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