The Journal of Contemporary Management Research [JOCMAR]
About the Journal
True learning does not occur unless and until knowledge is shared. Therefore, bi-annual journal is published by the Centre for Contemporary Management Research (CECMAR), the research wing of BIM. The journal publishes original peer-reviewed, research-based articles, perspectives, cases on topics of current issues and book reviews in all contemporary areas of Management. The journal has been consistently presenting a bouquet of research papers since 2007. This journal publication known as the Journal of Contemporary Management Research (JoCMAR) has been recognized by the Indian Citation Index (ICI), besides being indexed in renowned bibliographic databases such as EBSCO, PROQUEST, etc. The journal is available in printed version and the ISSN no. is 0973-8266.
Aim and Scope
The Journal-Contemporary Management Research aims to demystify the mechanics / art of carrying out research in various domains of Management science and to disseminate information and differing perspectives to the thinkers, practitioners, researchers, faculty, and students of management. The scope of the Journal is confined to publication of Literature / General Reviews, conceptual and empirical research papers, perspectives, cases, etc., pertaining to functional areas of management such as Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Operations, Strategy and General Management.
The Journal carries out the review of books authored by outstanding thought leaders. The Journal also prints fascinating, innovative, and thought-provoking case studies written by prominent management practitioners, which bring to life the management concepts with practical insights and applications.
- Guidelines for Developing Manuscripts
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- Paper Types Considered
The Journal of Contemporary Management Research (JoCMAR) accepts following types of research works for consideration and publishing:
- Research Paper: This category covers papers which report on any type of research undertaken by the author(s). The research may involve the construction or testing of a model or framework, action research, testing of data, market research or surveys, empirical, scientific, or clinical research.
- Conceptual Paper: These papers will not be based on research but will develop hypotheses. The papers are likely to be discursive and will cover philosophical discussions and comparative studies of others’ work and thinking.
- Case Study: Case studies describe actual interventions or experiences within organizations. They may well be subjective and will not generally report on research. A description of a legal case or a hypothetical case study used as a teaching exercise would also fit into this category.
- Literature Reviews: It is expected that all types of paper cite any relevant literature so this category should only be used if the main purpose of the paper is to annotate and/or critique the literature in a particular subject area. It may be a selective bibliography providing advice on information sources or it may be comprehensive in that the paper’s aim is to cover the main contributors to the development of a topic and explore their different views.
- General Reviews: This category covers those papers which provide an overview or historical examination of some concept, technique, or phenomenon. The papers are likely to be more descriptive or instructional (“how to” papers) than discursive.
- Perspectives: Perspectives present a new and unique viewpoint on existing problems, fundamental concepts, or prevalent notions on a specific topic, propose and support a new hypothesis, or discuss the implications of a newly implemented innovation. Perspective pieces may focus on current advances and future directions on a topic and may include original data as well as opinion.
- Opinion articles: Opinion articles present the author’s viewpoint on the strengths and weaknesses of a hypothesis or scientific theory. Opinion articles are generally based on constructive criticism and should be backed by evidence. However, opinion articles do not contain unpublished or original data. These articles promote scientific discourse that challenges the current state of knowledge in a field.
- Commentaries: Commentaries draw attention to or present criticism on a previously published article, book, or report, often using the findings as a call to action or to highlight a few points of wider relevance to the field. Commentaries do not include original data and are heavily dependent on the author’s perspective or anecdotal evidence from the author’s personal experience to support the argument.
- Thesis Abstract: The abstract is a summary of the whole thesis. It presents all the major elements of doctoral work in a highly condensed form.
The Journal of Contemporary Management Research is a bi-annual refereed journal published by Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM). The papers published in the journal are peer-reviewed. It publishes original research-based articles, conceptual papers, perspectives, cases, general reviews on topics of current concern and book reviews in all areas of Management. A general guideline for contributors is provided below:
- Length of the text in the manuscript can be in the range of 3500 to 10000 words (excluding tables, figures, references, etc., (approximately 10-30 A4 size pages, typed in single line space). The manuscript file (to be submitted in MS Word only) should be anonymous. It should not contain the author(s) name, affiliation, or any other identity related to authors. A separate Title file containing the Paper Title, Author(s) Names, Affiliations, official address, e-mail, and phone/fax numbers should be submitted via e-mail in the order of contributors, along with the original manuscript.
- The manuscript should contain the Article Title, Sub-title, Structured Abstract, Keywords, Article Text, Tables, Figures, References, Appendices, etc., as prescribed in the full-paper template available at http://bim.edu/indexnew/publications/. The font style and sizes and the paper & section formatting should be as prescribed in this template. The structured abstract shall be of 250 words maximum and author(s) should provide up to six keywords which capture the principal topics of the paper.
- Tables and Figures: Their location in the text should be indicated as follows: Table 1, Table 2….>Figures should be of clear quality, and numbered consecutively e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2,… If any figure has sub-parts please label as Figure 1a, Figure 1b…Author(s) should supply succinct and clear captions for all tables, figures, etc.
- References: All references to other publications must be in APA 7th Edition reference style and carefully checked for completeness, accuracy, and consistency. The list should mention only those sources cited in the text. Author’s name should be the same as in the original source. Each publication cited in the manuscript should be detailed under “References”, in alphabetical order of the surnames followed by year of publications immediately after the author’s name as prescribed in the full paper template. For more than one publication by the same author, list them in chronological order, with the older item first. For more than one publication in one year by the same author, use small (lower case) letters to distinguish them (e.g., 1980a, 1980b). References should be formatted, for example, as follows:
- For books: Author’s Last name, Initials. (year). Title of Book(Edition). Publisher
e.g. Schmidt, N. A., & Brown, J. M. (2017).Evidence-based practice for nurses: Appraisal and application of research (4th ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC.
- For book chapters: Chapter Author’s Last name, Initials. (year). Chapter title. In Editor’s last name, Initials (Ed.), Title of Book (pp. page range).Publisher.
e.g. McCormack, B., McCance, T., & Maben, J. (2013). Outcome evaluation in the development of person-centred practice. In B. McCormack, K. Manley, & A. Titchen (Eds.), Practice development in nursing and healthcare(pp. 190-211). John Wiley & Sons.
- For journals: Last Name, Initials. (year). Article Title. Journal Name, volume(number), page range. DOI.
e.g. Ashing‐Giwa, K. T., Padilla, G., Tejero, J., Kraemer, J., Wright, K., Coscarelli, A., Clayton, S., Williams, I., & Hills, D. (2004). Understanding the breast cancer experience of women: A qualitative study of African American, Asian American, Latina and Caucasian cancer survivors. Psycho‐Oncology, 13(6), 408-428. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.750For formatting other type of references, please refer to https://libguides.csudh.edu/citation/apa-7#s-lg-box-22358979
- In the text, the references should appear as follows: Keller (2002) or recent studies (Prahalad 2002; Mathew, 2001) indicate. For two-authors references, cite both names at every citation in the text. For three or more authors references, include only the last name of the first author followed by et al., and year of publication. For more guidelines on citation formatting styles please refer to https://libguides.csudh.edu/citation/apa-7#s-lg-box-22358979
- When reproducing tables, figures, or excerpts from another source, the manuscript author(s) should obtain the necessary written permission in advance from the concerned owners of copyright for the use in print and electronic formats of any of their text, illustrations, graphics, or other material, in their manuscript.
The text in the manuscript should follow British English (For e.g., Behaviour, not Behavior). Capitalization should be kept to the minimum and should be consistent.
- Use of numerals: One to twelve in words, thirteen and above in figures, unless the reference is to percentages (5 percent), distance (5 km), or age (10 years old), etc. Use 1990s and 19thcentury. No scope after abbreviations (UK, MBA). Use stops after initials (K.S. Singh). Use double quotes throughout. The use of single quotes to be restricted for use within double-quotes. Quotes should be cited accurately from the original source, should not be edited, and should give the page numbers of the original publications.
- Manuscripts that do not conform to these guidelines will not be considered for publication. Contributors should also certify that their submitted paper is original, permissions were taken from concerned copyright owners wherever required, and the manuscript has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere, in the prescribed authors declaration form available in this website.
As the journal is a refereed journal and emphasizes on publishing high-quality research works, a standard and rigorous peer-review process is adopted for accepting papers. All manuscripts received are strictly checked for plagiarism. The Editorial Team will primarily examine fitness of the new submission in terms of 1) Aim and scope of the journal; 2) Paper types published in the journal; 3) Acceptable length of the manuscript; 4) Author affiliations, etc., apart from the potential to consider for peer-review and publication. The manuscript will be considered for peer-review only if all their recommendations approve the manuscript for the peer-review process. The status of similarity report will also be taken into consideration before arriving at the decision to approve the manuscript for peer-review process.
Once a decision is made on the suitability of the manuscript for peer-review process, the editorial team will assign the manuscript for review to 2 reviewers who are experts in the research domain of the manuscript. A double-blind peer review process is employed for deciding on the qualified manuscript. The anonymous manuscript (i.e.., after removing the authors’ identities & affiliations) is sent to the expert reviewers. The recommendations of reviewers will be considered for appropriate decision on the manuscript. In case of a divided opinion among the reviewers, the Editor-in-Chief will take a final decision to either accept or reject the manuscript. In case of major or minor revisions, the authors will be encouraged to resubmit the manuscript after implementing the reviewers’ inputs and suggestions.
Research and Publication Ethics Policy
Editors of the Journal of Contemporary Management Research (JoCMAR) are fully committed to the ethical publication practice and adhere to the principles outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Ethical obligations expected from the authors/contributors and publication ethics
guidelines for editorial team are provided below:
1. Ethical Obligations of the Authors/Contributors
The authors should ensure that they present accurate account of research performed with an objective to contribute to the professional development/body of knowledge or practice. Research or study should be conducted with highest standards of rigour and integrity. The work submitted should be original and should not form part of any other publication. Authors should have obtained written permission(s) from the concerned copyright owners/third party wherever necessary for using their works in the manuscript. They should also ensure that the manuscript has not been submitted for consideration in any other publication unless the work is a resubmission of rejected manuscript or withdrawn from publication. Data should not be either fabricated or falsified. The work should not contain any unlawful, defamatory, controversial, hidden, fabricated or falsified information/statements.
Publications cited in the references should be significantly influential, and that should be able to determine the nature and intensity of the investigation carried out in the submitted work. References cited in the manuscript should be closely related and included as citations only after performing literature search. Information obtained from private sources or from conversations/correspondences should not be used in authors’ work without explicit permission from the concerned. Co-authors should have contributed significantly to the scientific/research work who will hold collective responsibility and accountability for the methodology, results, and findings of their work. The order of authorship should have been adequately agreed upon among co-authors prior to submission and gifted authorship or ghost authorship are completed ruled out. Author submitting the manuscript accepts the responsibility as corresponding author and ensures that all appropriate co-authors are included after receiving their consent based on draft manuscript, while other contributors are duly acknowledged in the manuscript. Authors shall disclose any possible conflict of interest which may be affected due to the publication of data or information or results included in the manuscript. Also, all the contractual obligations, if any, that would affect the publication of information / results should have been adequately completed before submission of the manuscript. The publisher may take suitable action in case any of the above conditions were not met.
2. Editorial and Publication Ethics Guidelines
The editor(s) should consider every manuscript received for publication and should be judged only based on the merits irrespective of race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or affiliation of the author(s). Editors and/or editorial team should not divulge any information regarding the manuscripts under consideration except to the experts from whom advice is sought. Manuscripts sent to the reviewers should not contain the names and affiliation details of the authors. Only in case of accepted manuscripts, the author and paper details can be disclosed through publication after receiving the author’s permission/declaration. with All the manuscripts should be given adequate attention and equal treatment in terms of speed and standards of processing. As the editor decides to accept or reject a manuscript, a responsible and prudent exercise should be carried out after seeking advise from the reviewers concerned chosen for the domain about the quality and reliability of manuscripts. However, a manuscript shall be rejected if found to be not suitable for the journal. The data, arguments, or any other information available in the manuscripts should not be used in the editors’ research work(s), except with prior permission from the concerned author(s). The reviewers should maintain confidentiality of document sent for review and explain their observations and comments adequately.
Dr. S. Jaya Krishna, Head – CECMAR
Associate Professor, BIM Trichy
Dr. Satyanarayana Rentala
Assistant Professor, BIM Trichy
Prof. Ruma Agnes,
Assistant Professor, BIM Trichy
The Journal-Contemporary Management Research
Centre for Contemporary Management Research (CECMAR)
Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM)
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