AJBR Submission Guidelines

Manuscript Requirements

All authors are expected to adhere closely to AJBR submission guidelines prior to submission.

A manuscript should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words in length, although manuscript exceeding 7000 words would also be considered. It must be Single spaced, using 12 point Times New Roman font for the text. The Page Setup should be with Margins Top and Bottom set at 1” while Left and Right at 1.25”. Gutter at 0 and Gutter position at Left. Orientation is Portrait with paper Size set at A4. Please use Justified Alignment, with both Left and Right Indentation at 0 While Spacing for Before and After also set at 0. Line spacing is set at Single.

Unless necessary, a title of not more than ten words should be provided. Page one should show the manuscript title, full name of all authors, affiliation, email address and full international contact details. Authors should not be identified anywhere else in the article.

Page two should contain the manuscript title, abstract and the contents onwards. Abstract should be between 100-200 words in length. Authors must provide up to six keywords which encapsulate the principal topics of the manuscript.

Practitioner’s Summary. Authors are encouraged to provide a summary titled, “Implications for Business Marketing Practice” (500 to 1000 words) outlining the managerial relevance of your research for business marketing practitioners. Place this material at the very end of the manuscript.

Methodology should be clearly described under a separate heading. Headings must be short, clearly defined and not numbered. The use of Footnotes within the text is discouraged. All Figures (charts, diagrams and line drawings) and Plates (photographic images) should be submitted in both electronic form and hard copy originals. Figures should be of clear quality, black and white and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals.

Tables must be numbered consecutively with roman numerals and a brief title. All tables, figures and diagrams should be shown in the text.

References to other publications must be in Harvard style and authors must carefully check for completeness, accuracy and consistency. All author names and initials and full journal title must be included. You should cite publications in the text: (Tang, 2009) using the first named author’s name. At the end of the manuscript a reference list in alphabetical order should be supplied.

For books: surname, initials, (year), title of book in italics, publisher, place of publication, e.g.

Fam, K.S. and Jozsa, L., (2009), When is a Goodbye a Good Buy, Asia Business Research Corporation Press, Wellington

For book chapters: surname, initials, (year), “chapter title”, editors’ surname, initials, title of book in italics, publisher, place of publication, pages, e.g.

De Run, E., Fam, L. and Insch, A., (2009), “Sales promotion in Confucian societies” in Fam, K.S., Yang, Z. and Hyman, M. (Eds.), Confucian/Chopsticks Marketing, Asia Business Research Corporation Press, Wellington, pp. 2859.

For journals: surname, initials, (year), “title of article”, journal name in italics, volume, number, pages, e.g.

Holdsworth, D., (2009), “Plants have flowers”, Journal of Plants and Flowers, vol. 56, no. 2, pp. 820.

For electronic sources: if available online the full URL should be supplied at the end of the reference including the date it was extracted.

Note: If an author wishes to submit a paper that has been already prepared in another style, he or she may do so. However, if the paper is accepted (with or without reviewer’s alterations), the author is fully responsible for retyping the manuscript in the correct style as indicated above. Neither the Editor nor the Publisher (ABRC Limited) is responsible for re-preparing the manuscript copy to adhere to the journal’s style.

Electronic Submissions

Send your paper as MS Word Attachment to the Managing Editor Dr. Hiram Ting at: ajbr.magscholar@gmail.com. In the subject line, please indicate that this is a submission to the Asian Journal of Business Research (AJBR). The body of the email should contain your cover letter indicating the corresponding author and a declaration of publishing ethics. Submissions will be acknowledged via email within two weeks.

Reviewing Process

Upon submission, the editors will review each manuscript and if it is judged suitable for publication in AJBR, it will then be sent to three reviewers for double-blind peer-review. Based on the reviewers’ recommendations, the editors will then decide whether the manuscript should be accepted as is, revised or rejected. If two reviews are returned to the editors within the assigned review period and their comments are consistent, Editorial decision will be made accordingly. This is to prevent any delays or interruptions caused by the reviewers.

Final Submission of the Manuscript

Each accepted manuscript must be accompanied by a completed Publication Form. At this stage the manuscript will be considered to be the definitive version of the article. Kindly ensure that the final manuscript follows the format given here:

It must be Single spaced, using 12 point Times New Roman font for the text.

The Page Setup should be with Margins Top and Bottom set at 1” while Left and Right at 1.25”. Gutter at 0 and Gutter position at Left. Orientation is Portrait with paper Size set at A4. Please use Justified Alignment, with both Left and Right Indentation at 0 While Spacing for Before and After also set at 0. Line spacing is set at Single.

The title is set at 18 point Times New Roman font, left-aligned, bold.

Please enter two lines and then key in the authors name at 12 point Times New Roman font. The next line is the author’s affiliation (including country) and this is set at 12 point, italic, Times New Roman font. All should be left-aligned

Please set two lines after the final author details are placed and write in the title Abstract in 14 point, centered, bold, Times New Roman font, with Spacing After set at Auto. Write in the abstract and then set one line after to write keyword (italicized).

Please use the new page to start your manuscript.

Main headings are in 14 point, centered, bold, Times New Roman font with Spacing After set at Auto.

Secondary headings are in 12 point, left-aligned, bold, Times New Roman font with Spacing After set at Auto.

Table headings are 11 point, left-aligned, Times New Roman font.

Please use Borders and Shading for Tables where the main lines are set at 1pt and secondary at 3/4pt.

The Reference heading is written as a main heading but references by themselves are written in 11 point, Times New Roman font with a single line between references.

Please ensure that you use Harvard style of referencing.

The manuscript template can be found here.

You are responsible for preparing manuscript copy which is clearly written in acceptable, scholarly English and which contains no errors of spelling, grammar, or punctuation. Neither the editor nor the publisher is responsible for correcting errors of spelling and grammar. Check your paper for the following common errors:

  • dangling modifiers
  • misplaced modifiers
  • unclear antecedents
  • incorrect or inconsistent abbreviations

Also, check the accuracy of all arithmetic calculations, statistics, numerical data, text citations, and references.

INCONSISTENCIES MUST BE AVOIDED. Be sure you are consistent in your use of abbreviations, terminology, and in citing references, from one part of your paper to another.

Once accepted for publication, the final version of the manuscript must be provided as an attached file to an email.

Copyright

Submission of a manuscript to this journal represents a certification on the part of the author(s) that it is an original work, has not been published elsewhere and should not be under consideration for any other publication at the same time. The only exception is manuscripts in conference proceedings, as long as they represent work in progress toward the manuscript submitted to AJBR. Authors infringing any existing copyright will indemnify the publisher. For ease of dissemination and to ensure proper policing of use, all accepted manuscripts and contributions become the legal copyright of the publisher unless otherwise agreed. However, the authors are permitted to upload their manuscripts on their personal or academic websites and disseminate to individuals for non-commercial purposes.

Reprints

All authors will receive one copy of the journal issue. These are sent several weeks after the journal issue is published and in circulation. An order form for the purchase of additional reprints will also be sent to all the authors at this time. (Approximately 8 weeks is necessary for the preparation of reprints).

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