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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Instruction for Authors

The Editors welcome preliminary inquiries about manuscripts for possible publication. There is no standard fixed length for articles, but a 15 – 20 A4 pages, with 12-fonts and 1.5-line space article would suffice.

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the following style rules (deviations from these rules can cause publication delays).

A. Content, Length, and Formatting

It is the author's responsibility to make the submitted paper readable, relevant, and interesting, before submission and consideration by referees. This require:

B. Length
All submitted papers must be formatted according to the instructions below, and must be no more than 15 – 20 US letter pages, as defined earlier. This page limit includes all parts of the paper: title, abstract, body, bibliography, appendices and tables.

C. Abstract
An abstract not exceeding 250 words comprising the following is required in the following format:
Author’s name (s) and affiliation
a) Email address
b)  Title and abstract content

The abstract content should clearly state:
a)  Research questions and/or objectives
b)  Methodology
c)  Scope of investigation/findings

D. Full paper
a)  A4 size paper
b)  Margins must be 1 inch on all sides
c)  Font size 12 Times New Roman (body text)
d)  Title, subtitles, abstract and references single spaced; body text 1½ - line spaced
e)  Referencing, graphics & tables will be considered in the total page count.
f)  Do not include page numbers, header & footer.
g)  Maximum 15 – 20 pages
h)  Other formatting details see next section

E. Tables and Figures
a)  All unessential tables and figures should be eliminated.

b)  Tables must be submitted in Microsoft Word table format, and should be created using Times New Roman text, 10 point size. APA-style provided elsewhere must be preferred.

c)  Figures must be clearly produced in black and white. All text included in figures should be Times New Roman (10 point minimum).

d)  Each table and figure should fit on a single page. Tables and figures may be oriented horizontally (landscape) or vertically (portrait) within the allotted space.

e)  Each table and figure should be submitted on a separate sheet and identified with a table or figure number and a descriptive title.

f)  Legends and titles on tables and figures must be sufficiently descriptive such that they are understandable without reference to the text.

g)  For data not generated by the author(s), the source of the data should be given (in short form) below the table or figure and listed in full in the references.

h)  Every table and figure must be referred to in the text. Each table and figure will appear in the journal after its first mention in the text.

i)  Figure format should be in JPEG and print quality of the manuscript should be 300 dpi

F. File type
All papers are to be submitted as a single MS WORD file, formatted for 8.5" x 11" paper. It is essential that submitted papers print without difficulty on a variety of printers.

G. Anonymity Requirements for Double-Blind Reviewing
All research papers submitted to JBR will undergo a "double-blind" reviewing process: the program committee members and referees who review the paper will not know the identity of the authors. To ensure anonymity of authorship, authors must prepare their manuscript as follows:
a)  Authors' names and affiliations must not appear on the title page or elsewhere in the paper.

b)  You must also use care in referring to related past work, particularly your own, in the paper. The following types of statements must be avoided:

‘In our previous work [1,2], we presented two algorithms for .... In this paper, we build on that work by...’

H. Footnotes and References
a)  Footnote material should be incorporated into the text whenever possible. If footnotes are necessary, the note number should be typed in the text and superscripted. The notes should be collected at the end of the text as endnotes.

b)  References should be (a) integrated into the text in short form and (b) collected together at the end of the article. APA format needs to be followed.

i)  In-text, citations should be placed in parentheses and noted as follows:
For book or academic journal - (last name of author[s], date); such as: (Hill, 1988); (Beatty, 1989; Feltham, et al. 1991; Leland & Pyle, 1977).

If no author, cite journal, institution, or publisher. For works with three or more authors, list the first author followed by “et al.” as shown above. For multiple citations, alphabetize citations by first author’s last name.

ii)  The full bibliographic information in the references should be composed as follows:

For book - author[s]. year. book title. edition number [if applicable]. location: publisher.
Such as: Yin, R.K. (2003). Case Study Research:
Design and Methods. 3rd Edition. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, Inc.

For edited volume—editor[s] (ed[s].). year. book title. edition number [if applicable]. location: publisher.
Such as: Nelson, R.R.(ed.).(1993). National Systems of Innovations: A Comparative Analysis. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

For chapter in edited volume - author[s]. year. “chapter title.” in editor[s] (ed[s].). book title, pp. chapter page numbers. location: publisher.
Such as: Groenewegen, John and Jack Vromen (1997). “Theory of the firm revisited: New and neo-institutional perspectives.” In Lars Magnusson and Jan Ottosson (eds.) Evolutionary Economics and Path Dependence, pp. 33-56. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

For article in academic journal - author. year. “article title.” journal title. volume number (issue number): page numbers.
Such as: Black, J.S., Gregersen, H.B. & Mendenhall, M.E. (1992). “Toward a Theoretical Framework of Repatriation Adjustment.” Journal of International Business Studies 23 (4): 737-760.

The author(s) should make sure that there is a strict one-to-one correspondence between the in-text citations (including citations in footnotes, tables, and figures) and the list of references in the References.

I. Copy Preparation
JBR accepts manuscripts via internet or post or e-mail. All hard-copy submissions must be accompanied by a disk or CD containing an electronic version of the manuscript. The manuscript should be prepared using a recent version of Microsoft Word and should utilize standard fonts and symbols. Ideally, such a manuscript should be formatted with regard to the following guidelines:
a)  Do not use tabs except in tables.
b)  Do not indent block quotations.
c)  Do not hyphenate or otherwise break words across lines.
d)  Use headings sparingly and logically. Do not use more than three levels of headings. Use consistent formatting for each heading level employed.

J. Copyright Transfer
a)  Submission of a paper will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere.


b)  All the articles published in our journal are under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. This license permits the available content to be copied, redistributed, and reused further in whole or part for any purpose for free, without any permission from the author(s) or publisher. All the work submitted to JBR for publication ensures CC-BY licensing terms. The available content can be shared, distributed and reiterated provided that it is not for any commercial profit and appropriate credit must be given to the original source through citations. It is imperative that any material used from other sources including figures, tables, and images must be cleared for reuse under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.

c)  It is understood that submission of the paper for publication has been approved by all of the authors and by the institution where the work was carried out; it is further understood that any person cited as a source of personal communications has approved such citation.

K. Miscellaneous
a)  Papers must be in English. Use American spelling instead of British (e.g., labor, not labour). Use the American terms such as billion (one billion = 1,000,000,000; one trillion = 1,000,000,000,000), rather than lakhs and crores.

b)  Spell out all numbers from one to ninety-nine, unless:

i)  the number contains a decimal point, e.g., “6.2” and “ 0.12”

ii) the number precedes a percent sign or a unit of measure, e.g., “47%” and “16µm”

c)  Italicize and define non-English words at their first occurrence; at subsequent occurrences, format the word in roman (no italicized) type.

d)  A short abstract of the paper should always be included with the submission.

e) Please keep a copy of everything sent to JBR, both hard copy and electronic copy, and bear in mind that the electronic version received at JBR will be considered the master copy. The Editors do not accept responsibility for damage to or loss of submitted papers or electronic media.

f)  A short note listing each author’s institutional affiliation, current address, telephone numbers, e-mail address, and other relevant biographical information, including publications and a photograph should be provided.

g)  Any manuscript that does not conform to the above instructions may be returned for the necessary revision before publication.

h)  Each author is entitled to one copy of the issue in which his or her article appears.

Editor reserves the right to amend, abridge or otherwise alter the contents of the paper to make it suitable for publication. However every endeavor will be made not to affect the spirit or effectiveness of the paper


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