PAPERS/MATERIALS ACCEPTABLE FOR PUBLICATION IN JME
This is a brief note for the consideration of potential authors on the types of materials acceptable for publication in Journal of Management & Entrepreneurship (JME). JME considers the following six types of materials for publication, namely: (1) Empirical Papers, (2) Review Papers, (3) Research Notes, (4) Case Studies, and (5) Book Reviews, (6) Reflective Practice Papers. A brief write-up on the contents and style expected in each of these is given below:
A conceptual paper should be an attempt to extend the frontiers of knowledge in a particular field by integrating and/or reinterpreting the findings of prior studies in the field. While a conceptual paper does not collect, present or analyze primary or secondary data to bring out a new theoretical perspective, it has to develop such new perspectives by aggregating and reinterpreting the findings of existing studies. This would imply that the researcher should do a very comprehensive and focused survey of literature on the theme, integrate them into a unifying theoretical framework and/or reinterpret the aggregate findings to modify the prevailing theory or paradigms. Theoretical propositions, especially of a contingency type, could be a very useful way to present the nuances of the new theory for empirical testing by future researchers.
An empirical paper should investigate a problem relevant for management/entrepreneurship theory and practice, using the systematic analysis of primary or secondary data. The paper, therefore, should be structured around the following sub-headings or their equivalents:
Case studies are descriptions of the real situations and actions of real organizations, which may be of any type or sector such as corporate, entrepreneurial, government, NGO, service, etc. The case study should not be a general description of the structure, functions, people and actions of an organization, but has to be focused on specific problems, issues, strategies or actions of an organization within a specific context. The case should normally reveal the identity of the organization concerned. It will be the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain the permission from the organization to publish the case study, which is necessary even if the organization’s identity is disguised. JME and XIME will not take any responsibility in this regard, and may seek the permission letter for its record. Where the central theme of the case is not obvious to the reader, the author(s) should provide a ‘Teaching Note’ along with the case. Similarly, if the analysisof the case requires the knowledge of the special features of the industry, the authors should provide an ‘Industry Note’ as well. If a case or a few cases are subjected to qualitative or quantitative analysis to bring out underlying theoretical issues and concepts, it will be treated as an empirical paper and will have to follow the prescriptions provided above for such papers.
Reflective Practice Papers:
Reflective practice papers are based on systematic reflections and experiences of practitioners (entrepreneurs, executives, consultants, policy-makers etc). Such reflection should have a ‘narrative section’, which briefly describes the practice in question, explaining its context, purpose, and scope, and an ‘exposition section’ which elaborates on the problems encountered by various stake-holders at the implementation stage. The concluding part should contain recommended solutions, especially the desired micro and macro-level policy initiatives.
Research notes are also empirical works, but are different from empirical papers only in their scale of execution, not in the rigour of the research method. If the work is on a simple theme tested on a limited sample, or if the focus of the study is primarily on the development/modification of a research method, then it can be considered for publication as a research note. While the research note will normally be shorter than an empirical paper, its writing style will have to be similar to that of the empirical paper.
Book Reviews are published by JME primarily to introduce recently published books (especially those discussing new themes, issues, practices, methods, etc. and/or those with new presentation styles) to potential readers. While the reviewer should provide a summary of the book’s contents, that alone will not be enough for a Book Review. There has to be a critique of the book as well as the theme involved. In order to support the critique of the theme, one may use a few (not more than 5) important references, if necessary.
Contents of a Book Review: The book review should include the following sections: