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International Journal of Business and Economics

Guide for Authors

Guide for Authors

Instructions for Contributors
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  1. Please send manuscripts in MS Word (.doc or .docx) file via the online submission system at the following link: https://www.ijbe.org/website/login/contribution
  2. The author is responsible for obtaining any necessary copyright releases for material which has been published previously, prior to submitting material for consideration. No paper published in other journals or books can be considered for publication in the International Journal of Business and Economics. Concurrent submission to other publications and this Journal is viewed as a serious breach of ethics and if detected will result in immediate rejection of the submission.
  3. There is no submission fee. The submission is accepted for review with the understanding that it contains original unpublished work and that it is not being submitted for publication elsewhere. Each corresponding author will be notified via email upon receipt of his/her manuscript. The journal does not accept responsibility for damage or loss of papers submitted. Upon acceptance of an article, author(s) will be asked to transfer copyright of the article to the publisher to ensure the widest possible dissemination. All editorial decisions will be sent out thru the editorial office via emails. Upon request corresponding authors are entitled to receiving a written copy of the decision in mail.
  4. Manuscripts should be written in English, well crafted, and no more than 8000 words including abstract, tables, figures, and bibliography. All pages must be consecutively numbered. Footnotes and appendices are discouraged but allowed provided that the number of footnotes is just a few, the length of each footnote is short, and they are well justified for the adoption.
  5. The first page should furnish the following information: (i) the title, (ii) the name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) of the author(s), (iii) an abstract of 100 to 150 words, (iv) 3 to 5 keywords, and (v) 1 to 5 Journal of Economic Literature classification numbers (e.g., C32, E62, and E64). Both the postal and e-mail address of the corresponding author must be given on the same page in a first footnote. Acknowledgements and information on grants received can also be provided within this footnote.
  6. Figures will be reproduced photographically from originals supplied by the author; the publisher will not redraw them. Lettering and symbols should be of comparable size. Figures and Tables should be numbered consecutively in the text using Arabic numerals. The titles and legends on tables and figures must be sufficiently descriptive so that they are understandable without reference to the text. The dimensions of figure axes and the body of tables must be clearly labeled in English. All unessential figures and tables should be eliminated from the manuscript.
  7. Displayed formulae should be numbered consecutively against the right-hand margin of the page throughout the manuscript as in (1), (2), etc. In cases where the derivation of formulae has been abbreviated, the full mathematical workings necessary for justifying each step of the argument should be presented on separate pages (not to be published) for reviewers’ reference.
  8. References to publications should be in the author-date format as follows: “Doe (2001) reported that …” or “This problem has been studied previously [e.g., Smith et al. (1958) and Smith (1960)]”. Two or more works by the same author in the same year should be distinguished by letters after the date. Ensure that there is a strict one-to-one correspondence between the names and years in the text and those included in the reference list. The references list should begin on a separate page at the end of the main text. References should be indented, and listed in alphabetical order by the author's last name. Note that journal and book titles, either italicized or underlined, should not be abbreviated.
Sample references are  
Akerlof, G. (1970). “The Market for Lemons: Qualitative Uncertainty and the Market Mechanism,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 84, 488-500.
Beran, J. (1994). Statistics for Long Memory Processes, New York: Chapman and Hall.
Deaton, A. (1986). “Life-Cycle Models of Consumption: Is the Evidence Consistent with the Theory?” NBER Working Paper, National Bureau of Economic Research, No. 1910.
Hart, O. and B. Holmstrom (1987). “The Theory of Contracts,” in Advances in Economic Theory: Fifth World Congress, T. Bewley ed., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 71-155.
World Bank (2019). The World Bank Annual Report 2019: Ending Poverty, Investing in Opportunity. Washington, DC: World Bank.
 
  1. Data used in the empirical analysis should be precisely documented and be readily available to any researcher for purposes of replication. In the case of publicly available data sets, identification of variables used and any selection criteria for inclusion in the sample will suffice. Authors reporting experimental results should include an experimental method section. The complete data set from the experiment, as well as sufficient details of the computational methods to permit replication, should be available upon request.
  2. Any manuscript that does not conform to the above instructions may be returned for necessary revision before publication. Manuscripts obviously and seriously failing to either meet the guidelines listed here, or to comply with the aims and scope of this journal, will be rejected (directly from an Editor) without review. No paper will be rejected solely on the grounds of being too technical or too applied. High priority will be assigned to concise and lucid expositions. Serving for an international journal targeting general readership, we ask authors to take care to motivate their work and to communicate in clarity.

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