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The Sri Lanka Journal of Management (SLJMS) is an international, peer-reviewed journal which is published by Faculty of Management Studies, The Open University of Sri Lanka with high quality, and original research contributions to management knowledge. In the dynamic business environment, there is a need for innovative researchers in management to understand the patterns and rhythms of the business landscape. It is vital for researchers to think differently for sustainability which is one of the key ideas of this Journal. We encourage scholars around the world to submit their papers in Business Management with the essence of novelty and creativity which is important for the current business context. All theoretical and applied manuscripts in management discipline are considered for publication. SLJMS considers research papers, case studies, and book reviews for publication. The SLJMS explicitly desires to see all standard traditions contribute to debates on management theory and practice.
SLJMS seeks to meet a wide and sophisticated audience. As such, all contributions to the Journal are expected to be intellectually rigorous, well embedded in the relevant literatures, yet understandable to our wide audience. Further, some of prefered scopes include but are not limited to the following:
Article Processing Charges
There are NO Article Processing Charges (APCs) on the SLJMS.
Peer Review Process
The SLJMS employs a two-staged evaluation of manuscript submissions, namely, initial Screening and Double-Blind Peer Review. All manuscripts that are submitted to the SLJMS are initially screened by the Editorial Team to assess,
At this point, the manuscript may be rejected if the Editorial Board decides it as inappropriate for publication in the Journal for its unsuitability and problem with quality. Each manuscript passing initial screening will be subjected the double-blind peer review (i.e., neither Authors nor Peer-reviewers know each other) which involves two independent peer reviewers to whom the manuscripts are sent anonymously. The Editorial Board of SLJMS considers all manuscripts submitted together with corresponding review reports by reviewers. It makes the final recommendation, obtaining advice and observations from the Editorial Board whenever necessary, regarding their publication. Usually, reviewers will complete their reviews within three to four weeks.
Editorial Board members in SLJMS are not entitled to publish their research papers/Book reviews in any of the particular issues they edit. However, if the members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for publication in the SLJMS. In such cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting editorial Board member will have no involvement and contribution in the decision-making proces
Authors and co-authors must mention all relevant affiliations to attribute where the research or scholarly work was conducted. If you do not have a current institutional affiliation, you should state independent status.
An author is an individual who has significantly contributed to the development of a manuscript. SLJMS recommends that authors listed on an article are expected to fulfil following criteria;
Research articles and non-research articles must cite appropriate and relevant, timely, and verified literature in support of the claims made. Excessive and inappropriate self-citation or coordinated efforts among several authors to collectively self-cite is strongly discouraged.
Authors should consider the following guidelines when preparing their manuscript:
AUTHOR GUIDELINES FOR LAYOUT OF MANUSCRIPT
1. LENGTH OF PAPER
Articles should be of 5,000 to 7,500 words; case reviews should be 2,000 to 4,000 words and book reviews should be of 1000 to 1500 words.
2. TITLE PAGE
The title page should include:
Please provide an abstract of 150 to 250 words. A maximum of Five Key words should be indicated below the abstract. The abstract should include, in brief, the objectives of the research (i.e. knowledge gap being addressed), methods adopted, major findings, and conclusions.
4. TEXT FORMATTING
Use A4 size. Text should be left-justified. Use 12-point font size. Use preferably Times New Roman font. Use 1.5 line spacing. Page numbers should be centered on the bottom margin. All margins should be one inch.
Headings and Sections
Headings should be clearly delineated. Authors should show each heading’s level of importance as follows:
MAJOR HEAD-Separate line centered over text; bold, all caps.
First Subhead-Separate line centered over text; bold, upper/lower case.
Second Subhead-Separate line, flush left; bold, upper/lower case.
Third Subhead-On same line as beginning of text, flush left, bold, upper/lower case, followed by a colon)
Tables should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numbering (Table 1, Table 2, etc.) and must have corresponding references in the main text. Tables should also have appropriate and concise headings. The table numbers and titles should be placed on top of the tables. Table captions should be centered above. Avoid placing tables before their first mention in the text. Any tables not based on the authors’ original data should have source notes with corresponding references appearing in the reference list.
All figures as in the case of tables, should be numbered consecutively as ‘Figures’ (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.) with corresponding references in the main text. Figures should also have appropriate and concise headings. The figure numbers and titles should be placed below the figures. Avoid placing figures before their first mention in the text. Any figures not based on the authors’ original data should have source notes with corresponding references appearing in the reference list
7. REFERENCING STYLE
SLJMS adheres to the APA reference style. Please review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style for both in-text citations and reference list.
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.
Authors are required to transfer their copyright to the Faculty of Management Studies, The Open University of Sri Lanka.
This articles in the Sri Lanka Journal of Management Studies are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.