Guidelines for Manuscript Submissions
,,Manager’’ Journal is published by the Center of Organizational Strategies and Leadership (CSOL-UB), Faculty of Administration and Business (FAA), University of Bucharest (UB), in cooperation with University of Bucharest Publishing House. The journal welcomes theoretical and empirical articles, from all economic fields according to the topic of the respective issue. It is expected that manuscripts will be organized in such a manner that maximize both the substance and clarity of the document. All articles should report original research that has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers presented at conferences are accepted, providing that they have not been published in full in Conference Proceedings.
1. Important Specifications
- The journal is issued twice a year in May and December. For the May issue the manuscripts have to be sent by March 15 and for the December issue by October 15. A special issue is dedicated to the papers presented at the annual conference organized by CSOL-UB.
- The journal discourages any attempt of plagiarism. In this respect, the journal uses a specialized anti-plagiarism software.
- All manuscripts will be submitted in English. The editorial board cannot accept manuscripts that are not readable in English.
- The articles that don’t respect the requirements presented in this guide will be rejected. Eligible manuscripts are sent to double blind peer review and the authors are informed about the results of review.
- Manuscripts should be submitted using the template provided on the journal’s website (click here). The manuscripts must be 5 to 10 pages long (style A4 sheet, in Times New Roman, type 10, in PC-formatted Word (.doc) file).
- Author(s) Statement
All inquiries and submissions should be directed to the attention of the editors of the journal.
The title of the paper should:
- be simple and precise;
- be chosen properly in order to attract as many readers as possible;
- reflect the summary of the paper and addresses the right audience;
- describe in a clear and accurate manner the content of the paper;
- include keywords that serve indexing the paper and readers are likely to use them when searching for articles online;
- not be too long (maximum 12 words);
- not use acronyms.
The most common types are the following:
- declarative titles (most common) – state the main findings or conclusions;
- descriptive titles – describe the subject of the article but do not reveal the main conclusions;
- interrogative titles – introduce the subject in the form of a question.
The Abstract should:
- provide adequate information for readers to judge the nature and importance of the subject;
- introduce the topic under study (Present/Present Perfect Tense), describe and explain what previous research has demonstrated (Past Tense), and summarize the context of the paper, the aims of the paper and the research problems, the methodology, the substantive findings from and implications and significance of the work, and conclusions (Present Tense);
- utilize keywords and phrases while avoiding unnecessary repetition:
- be carefully written as search engines and bibliographic databases use abstracts, as well as titles, to identify key terms for indexing the paper.
Four to seven keywords (words or expressions) that capture the essence of the paper should be listed in their decreasing order of importance, in full accordance with the title and the abstract.
The article should follow the Journal of Economic Literature classification system (JEL) at www.aeaweb.org
The Introduction should:
- establish the context of the paper. This is accomplished by discussing the relevant primary research literature and summarizing current understanding of the problem.
- state the aim(s) of the work in the form of research hypothesis and/or questions;
- briefly explain author’s approach and the necessary arguments. Whenever possible, the outcomes of the paper can be revealed.
- point out, in its final part, the issues/aspects to be treated further in the work.
This section should:
- include references to literature in the field were dealing with the theme work in bringing attention to the most important and relevant contributions based on which the author will build his argument;
- describe in a clear and systematic manner the state of knowledge in the domain studied. Thus, it analyzes, synthesizes, and critically evaluates to give a clear picture of the state of knowledge on the subject.
- provide the foundation for a theoretical framework;
- demonstrate that the author has acquired sufficient scientific in order to express a scientific opinion on the relevance of the issues studied.
There are five main steps in the process of writing a good literature review:
- Search for relevant literature from various sources such as libraries and databases.
- Evaluate and select sources.
- Identify themes, debates and gaps.
- Outline the literature review’s structure (e.g., chronological, thematic).
- Write a literature review that comprises three parts: introduction, main body and conclusions.
This part should:
- specify and explain the type of research method (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, etc.);
- show how the data was collected;
- precisely describe the measurements.
It must contain the main research hypotheses, and the arguments for defining them. The author must explain the qualitative and quantitative methods used and how the research has been designed and performed. The author should make references to some previous research similar to the present one, if that is the case. Also, the author should mention the software programs used for processing statistical data, if it is the case.
Results and discussions
The results of the research should be presented and analyzed. The author(s) should explain what he/she discovered in the research. The results should be clearly laid out and in a logical sequence. It is important to use critical thinking in order to analyze realistically the results obtained, and how the research hypotheses have been validated or not. Also, it is important to compare results of present research with results obtained in similar research, by using the literature in the domain. If the paper presents a theoretical model or theory, the discussion should be about the way the new conceptual contribution can be applied and how it compares with some similar models or theories.
For a better explanation of the results the author may use graphical illustrations or tables.
This section should:
- review the main points of the paper;
- illustrate if the article support or contradict previous researches;
- show the importance of the work. Thus, it has to explain how the research has moved the body of scientific knowledge forward.
- suggest applications and extensions of the research.
The journal requires the Harvard style of referencing at https://library.aru.ac.uk/referencing/files/Harvard_referencing_201718.pdf.