Indian Management Studies Journal

Punjabi University Patiala

Indian Management Studies Journal

Punjabi University Patiala

Documents Submission Guidelines

• Original Manuscript:Articles should be written in MS Word, Times New Roman font, and should be submitted in soft copy.

• Abstract:All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 250–300 words and 4–6 keywords.

• Title Page:Manuscripts should be submitted with the cover page bearing only the title of the article, author/s’ names, designations, official addresses, and email addresses. Author/s’ name should not appear on any other page. The title page must clearly indicate the name of corresponding author who will handle communications at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. The authors must ensure that phone numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.

• Authors Biography: Authors must provide a biographical sketch of about 50-60 words. They may include information about their current designation & affiliation and specialization

• Photographs and Scanned images: All photographs and scanned images should have a resolution of minimum 300 dpi and 1500 pixels and their format should be TIFF or JPEG.

• Declaration Form:IMSJ encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests. The form should be filled and submitted as scanned copy with submitted paper.

Manuscript Formatting Guidelines

Manuscripts must be submitted online at [email protected]. For manuscript submissionrelated queries, please contact the editorial office on 0175-3046206, 3046207.

Formatting guidelines:
The manuscript must adhere to below mentioned guidelines
• Use British spellings in all cases rather than American spellings (hence, ‘programme’ not ‘program’, ‘labour’ not ‘labor’, and ‘centre’ and not ‘center’).
• Use ‘z’ spellings instead of ‘s’ spellings. This means that words ending with ‘-ise’, ‘isation’, etc., will be spelt with ‘z’ (e.g., ‘recognize’, ‘organize’, ‘civilize’).
• Use single quotes throughout. Double quotes only to be used within single quotes. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text and indented with one space with a line space above and below.
• Notes should be numbered serially and presented at the end of the article. Notes must contain more than a mere reference.
• Use ‘twentieth century’, ‘1980s’. Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurements, use only figures (9 per cent, not nine %). Use thousands and millions, not lakhs and crores.
• Use of italics and diacriticals should be minimized, but used consistently.
• Tables and figures to be indicated within the text where required and not separately at the end of article. All Figures and Tables should be cited in the text.
Sources for figures and tables should be mentioned irrespective of whether or not they require permissions.
• Due permissions should be taken for copyright protected photographs/images.

Arrangement of references:
• Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work. In each reference, authors’ names are inverted (last name first) for all authors (first, second or subsequent ones); give the last name and initials for all authors of a particular work unless the work has more than six authors.
• If the work has more than six authors, list the first six authors and then use et al. after the sixth author’s name.
• Chronological listing: If more than one work by the same author(s) is cited, they should be listed in order by the year of publication, starting with the earliest.
• Sentence case: In references, sentence case (only the first word and any proper noun are capitalized –e.g., ‘The software industry in India’) is to be followed for the titles of papers, books, articles, etc.
• Title case: In references, Journal titles are put in title case (first letter of all words except articles and conjunctions are capitalized –e.g., Journal of Business Ethics).
• Italicize: Book and Journal titles are to be italicized.

Citations and References guidelines:
Citations and References should adhere to the guidelines below (based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition). Some examples are given below:

In text citations:
• One work by one author: (Abc, 2011, p. 50) or ‘Abc (2011) found that’.
• One work by two authors: (Abc & Xyz, 2010, pp. 50–66) or Abc and Xyz (2010) found that..
• One work by three or more authors: (Abc, Xyz & Pqr, 2010) [first instance]; Abc et al. (2007) [Second instance onwards].
• Groups or organizations or universities: (Punjabi University, 2010) or Punjabi University (2010).
• If abbreviations are provided, then the style to be followed is: (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], 2003) in the first citation and (NIMH, 2003) in subsequent citations.
• Two or more works by same author: (Abc, 2010, 2011)
• Two or more works with different authors: (Abc, 1996; Xyz, 1999)

• Books:Ambler, T. (1992), Need-to-Know-Marketing, Century Business, London
• Edited Books:Amanor, Kojo S., & Moyo, S. (Eds) (2008). Land and sustainable development in Africa. London and New York: Zed Books.
• Translated books:Amin, S. (1976). Unequal development (trans. B. Pearce). London and New York: Monthly Review Press.
• Book chapters:
Chachra, S. (2011). The national question in India. In S. Moyo and P. Yeros (Eds), Reclaiming the nation (pp. 67–78). London and New York: Pluto Press.
• Journal articles:Foster, J.B. (2010). The financialization of accumulation. Monthly Review, 62(5), 1-17. doi: 10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225 [DOI number optional]
• In-press article:Briscoe, R. (in press). Egocentric spatial representation in action and perception. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. Retrieved from
• Newspaper article:Schwartz, J. (1993, September 30). Obesity affects economic, social status. The Washington Post, pp. A1, A4.
• Newsletter article, no author:Six sites meet for comprehensive anti-gang intiative conference. (2006, November/December). OOJDP News @ a Glance. Retrieved from[Please do not place a period at the end of an online reference.]