Information for Contributors
of the Academy of Management Journal is to publish
empirical research that tests, extends, or builds management theory and contributes to
management practice. All empirical methods—including, but not limited to, qualitative,
quantitative, field, laboratory, meta-analytic, and combination methods—are welcome.
To be published in AMJ, a manuscript must make
strong empirical and theoretical contributions and highlight the significance of those
contributions to the management field. Thus, preference is given to submissions that test,
extend, or build strong theoretical frameworks while empirically examining issues with high
importance for management theory and practice. AMJ is not
tied to any particular discipline, level of analysis, or national context.
Authors should strive to produce original, insightful,
interesting, important, and theoretically bold research. Demonstration of a significant
"value-added" contribution to the field's understanding of an issue or topic is crucial
to acceptance for publication. A list of the works awarded AMJ's
Best Article Award appears
elsewhere on the AMJWeb page; these provide good examples of the type of work
the Journal seeks to publish.
Criteria for Publication
published in the Academy
of Management Journal must make
strong empirical contributions.
Submissions that do not offer an empirical contribution will not be reviewed. Purely
conceptual papers should be submitted to the Academy of Management Review. Papers
focusing on management education should be sent to
Manuscripts that are evidence based rather than theory driven and papers with a primary focus of bringing new perspectives to an academic debate should be submitted to the
Responses to or commentaries on previously
published articles will be considered only if they make independent empirical
contributions. Moreover, these submissions will also be peer reviewed.
empirical contribution is usually the most difficult element to revise in response
to reviewer concerns, since measures and methods have already been applied and data
collected. Two of the most common sources of manuscript rejection involve: (1) creation of
new, weakly validated measures when well-validated ones already exist, and (2) implementation
of flawed research designs. Because both these features are determined at the research
design stage, authors should seek peer review of their research designs and
instrumentation before collecting their
published in the
Academy of Management Journal
strong theoretical contributions.
Meaningful new implications or insights for theory must be present in all AMJ
articles, although such insights may be developed in a variety of ways (e.g., falsification
of conventional understanding, theory building through inductive or qualitative research,
first empirical testing of a theory, meta-analysis with
theoretical implications, constructive replication that clarifies the boundaries or
range of a theory). Submissions should clearly communicate the nature of their theoretical
contribution in relation to the existing management and organizational literatures.
Methodological articles are welcome, but they must contain accompanying theoretical
and empirical contributions.
All articles published
Academy of Management
relevant to practice. The best
submissions are those that identify both a compelling management issue and a strong
theoretical framework for addressing it. We realize that practical relevance may be
rather indirect in some cases; however, authors should be as specific as possible
about potential implications.
All articles published
Academy of Management
be accessible to the Academy's wide-ranging
readership. The fields and topics of interest to the Academy membership are reflected in
the divisions and interest groups listed on the inside front cover of the Journal
and on the Academy's Web page.
Authors should make evident the contributions of specialized research to
general management theory and practice,
should avoid jargon, and should define specialized terms and analytic techniques.
Manuscripts will be evaluated by the action editor in terms of their contribution-to-length ratio. Thus, manuscripts should be written as simply and concisely as possible without sacrificing meaningfulness or clarity of exposition. Typically, papers should be no longer than 40 double-spaced pages (using one-inch margins and Times New Roman 12-point font), inclusive of references, tables, figures and appendixes. AMJ reserves the right to ask authors to shorten excessively long papers before they are entered in the review process. However, we recognize that papers intended to make very extensive contributions or that require additional space for data presentation or references (such as meta-analyses, qualitative works, and work using multiple data sets) may require more than 40 pages.
When authors submit their manuscripts
to AMJ for publication consideration, they agree to abide by
AMJ’s publication requirements.
Specifically, an author must:
Agree that their manuscript is not under review for publication
elsewhere, and will not be submitted to another publication entity during the review period
Attest that the manuscript reports empirical results that
have not been published previously. Authors whose manuscripts
utilize data that are reported in any other manuscript, published or not, are required to
inform the editor of these reports at the time of submission.
Confirm that their manuscripts have not previously been
submitted to AMJ for review. Submission of manuscripts previously published in
Academy Proceedings is acceptable; similarly, prior presentation at a conference or
concurrent consideration for presentation at a conference does not disqualify a manuscript
from submission to AMJ.
Agree that working papers, prior drafts, and/or final versions
of submitted manuscripts that are posted on a Web site (e.g., personal, departmental, university,
or working series sites) will be taken down during the review process.
The Review Process
When a manuscript is first received,
the editor makes an initial judgment (sometimes with the assistance of an expedited
blind review) about the suitability of the manuscript
for AMJ. Manuscripts deemed not to fit with
the mission of AMJ (e.g., no empirical data) or to be extremely weak
fatal methodological flaws or no incremental theoretical or empirical contribution)
may be rejected at this point.
process. For each manuscript
that passes the initial review stage, the editor assigns an action editor (either him- or
herself or an associate editor or guest editor) and three reviewers.
The manuscript's action editor makes publication
decisions about it. However, these decisions are made in conjunction with recommendations
provided by members of the Journal's Editorial
Board or other qualified reviewers. All submissions will be blind reviewed; manuscripts
prepared in a way that compromises blind review may be returned for revision prior to
being reviewed. The guidelines
for reviewers are available elsewhere on the AMJ Web page.
The Manuscript Evaluation Form used by reviewers can
be viewed here (reviewer.form.2008.pdf)
Submission of a
manuscript to the Journal also carries an implicit quid pro quo: willingness to
review for the AMJ. The cornerstone of the editorial process at AMJ is
the willingness of colleagues to provide each other feedback through the peer review
process. Authors who submit manuscripts to AMJ for review are expected to
reciprocate by reviewing for AMJ if called upon to do so.
strives to provide constructive and developmental feedback to authors within approximately
two months. However, the initial quality of the manuscript can dramatically influence both the
efficiency and effectiveness of the review process. The better developed a manuscript and the
ideas it contains, the easier it will be to review, and the better the feedback its
author will receive. Therefore, manuscripts should always be reviewed by your
scholarly colleagues prior to submission to the Journal.
Prepare manuscripts in accordance with
the Journal's "Style Guide for Authors," which appears on the
AMJ's Web page
Manuscripts that are inappropriately prepared
tend to be less favorably reviewed, and may be returned to the author for revision
prior to submission to the full review process.
: Authors who use the
tracking facility of the reviewing tool
in working on successive versions of their manuscripts should be aware that the latest
versions of Word (e.g., those using Windows XP) show corrections to previous versions
if the “Showing Markup” option is clicked when the Reviewing tool bar is
activated. To prevent showing corrections before submitting your manuscript you
should (1) click on “Final,” (2) select the entire document, and then
(3) save this version as a new file under a new name. Submit this
To submit a manuscript, first make sure you have a Word file from which the title page
and all author-identifying references have been removed. Then, go to the web site at
http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/amj and follow the
directions. Acknowledgements of
others’ help in preparing the paper for submission should be included in the letter to
the editor that is featured as part of the web-based submission process. If you need
assistance uploading your paper, please contact the Manuscript Central helpline on
weekdays between 3:00a.m.-5:30 p.m. EST at 1-434-817-2040, ext. 167 (United States),
or 001-434-817-2040, ext. 167 (international).
More information at the "Instructions for Electronic Submission" on the Journal's
Web page (
The AMJ Team
R. Duane Ireland, Editor
Peter A. Bamberger, Jason A. Colquitt, K. Michelle Kacmar, David J. Ketchen, Jr., Elizabeth W. Morrison, Michael G. Pratt, Wm. Gerard Sanders, and Wenpin Tsai, Associate Editors
Michael P. Malgrande, Managing Editor
Persephone Doliner, Copy and Production Editor