Author Guidelines

Submit to the journal

Submissions to the Sri Lankan Journal of Management can be made using the online submission. Registration and access are available at the SLJM website Full information and guidance on submissions are available at


SLJM published by the PIM, accepts manuscripts namely quantitative papers, qualitative papers, exceptional case studies, comparative studies, empirical papers, conceptual papers. The analysis for all quantitative studies should only be with primary data, analysed using either Smart PLS or Amos. Under exceptional circumstances, quantitative studies with secondary data, analysed using Meta-analysis, will be accepted, using the editor's discretion

All manuscripts should be of high quality with global academic standards, ethical standards and language standards as PIM maintains quality and believes in continuous improvement. All articles should cover the purview of "Management" or the "Management Taxonomy".

It is implied that the authors have to align with the format and the flow of the SLJM. For instance, numbering the sections is not necessary.

Registering at the SLJM website

All authors have to register on the SLJM website. The process for registration is given below:

However prior to submission, please keep the following areas of your manuscript ready separately:

Submitting an Article in the SLJM website

The Review Process

Each paper is reviewed by the editor and, if it is judged suitable for publication, it is then sent to at least two independent reviewers for double-blind peer review process. Based on their comments/recommendation, as well as consultation with relevant members of the Editorial Board, the editor then decides whether the paper should be accepted as it is or , revised or rejected. Upon receipt of the article from the reviewers, if accepted with further improvements, it will be sent to the author/s for necessary action. Once the improvements are made, the author/s can upload the revised improved version of the article to the site under "Revisions".


Whilst every effort is made by the publisher and the Editorial Board to ensure that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or statements appears in the journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinion appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor or the advertiser concerned. Accordingly, the publisher, the Editorial Board and the editor and their respective employees, officers and agents accept no responsibility whatsoever for the consequences of any such inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or statements.


Prior to he submission of articles, the authors should obtain permission to use any content that has not been created by them. Failure to do so may lead to undue delays in publication or even rejection. The SLJM is unable to publish any article which is pending permission from other original authors or parties. The rights the SLJM require are:

1.     Non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the article or book chapter.

2.     Print and electronic rights.

3.     Worldwide English language rights.

4.   To use the material for the life of the work (i.e. there should be no time restrictions on the re-use of material e.g. a one-year license).

When reproducing tables, figures or excerpts (of more than 400 words) from another source, it is expected that:

1.   The authors obtain the necessary written permission in advance from any third-party owners of copyright for the use in print and electronic formats of any of their text, illustrations, graphics, or other material, in their manuscript.  Permission must also be obtained for any minor adaptations of any work not created by the authors.

2.     The author must inform the copyright holder of the original work, if the author adapts significant changes.

3.     The authors obtain any proof of consent statements

4.     The authors must always acknowledge the source in figure captions and refer to the source in the reference list.

5.    The authors should not assume that any content which is freely available on the web is free to use.  The authors should check the website for details of the copyright holder to seek permission for re-use.

Final submission

The Authors should note that proofs are not supplied prior to publication. The manuscript will be considered to be the definitive version of the article. The author must ensure that it is complete, grammatically, syntactically correct, and without spelling or typographical errors. Before submitting, the authors should check completeness of their submission, using the available Article Submission Checklist prior to submission.

Manuscript Requirements

Please prepare your manuscript before submission, using the following guidelines:

Format All files should be submitted as a Word document
Article Length 9000-10000 words
Article Title 

A title of not more than ten words should be provided.

Article Title Page

An Article Title Page should be submitted alongside each individual article using the template provided. This should include:

  • Article Title
  • Author Details (see below)
  • Acknowledgements
  • Author Biographies
  • Structured Abstract (see below)
  • Keywords (see below)
  • Article Classification (see below)
Author Details 

 Details should be supplied on the Article Title Page including:

  • Full name of each author
  • Affiliation of each author, at the time research, was completed
  • Where more than one author has contributed to the article, details of the author who should be contacted for correspondence
  • E-mail address of the corresponding author
  • E-mail addresses of the co-author/s if any
  • Brief professional biography of each author.

Your abstract is very important and should be readable. It has to be an accurate reflection of what is in your article. The abstract should be without abbreviations, footnotes, or incomplete references and should contain a complete description of your research.   In approximately 150-250 words, you need to summarize the purpose, methodologies, findings and the implications . For papers reporting original research, state the primary objective and any hypothesis tested; describe the research design and your reasons for adopting that methodology; state the methods and procedures employed, state the main outcomes and results, and state the conclusions that might be drawn from these data and results, including their implications for further research or application/practice


Please provide up to 10 keywords on the Article Title Page, which encapsulate the principal topics of the paper.

Article Classification

Categorize your paper on the Article Title Page, under one of these classifications: Research paper; empirical paper; quantitative or qualitative; Case study; Conceptual paper or an International / National business study; The structure for each of the above papers is given below

The structure for a QUANTITATIVE/ QUALITATIVE Article is given below

Introduction The context and purpose of the study are addressed; covers the background, research problem, research question(s), objectives, significance, and outline of the paper.
Literature review/ and hypothesis/prepositions In this section author builds up the theoretical framework and discusses the hypotheses/prepositions one by one, supported by literature
Conceptual model Based on the above brief conceptual model, can be displayed in graphical form, linking how the proposed hypotheses have been formulated
Method This section explains, the methodology, sample and study design
Measures This section includes all instruments used in the study are described. In addition, inclusion of the validity and reliability measures appropriately, is important.
Analysis and results This section elaborates how the hypothesis is tested. Tables supporting the confirmation of the hypothesis are presented, Interviews and supporting findings are stated.

Discussion, theoretical and managerial implications

This section leads the discussion on the basis of the results presented. It is important to present how the study supports previous studies; its Implications vis-a-vis theory; how the results are explained and any variations brought out; significantly what the study will mean to the practicing managers.

Limitations and directions for future research

In this section, limitations are addressed and any directions for future research is presented
Conclusions Key conclusions of the study are presented
Appendix Survey instruments /operationalization can be provided


The structure for a CASE STUDY is given below

Introduction                                                          The context and purpose of the study are addressed; covers the background, key issues, research question(s), objectives, significance, and outline of the paper.  
Literature review This section explains how the author builds up the theoretical framework study, supported by literature. A set of prepositions can be presented.
Study framework A framework based on the above is presented
Method This section, the participants, sample and study design are explained
Measures This section explains the qualitative method adopted for the study. In addition, include the validity and reliability measures appropriately.
Narration/Case study analysis and results In this section, the paper examines the key prepositions and analysis the case. Tables, data supporting history etc are presented.
Discussion, theoretical and managerial implications This section leads the discussion on the basis of the results presented. It is important to present how the study supports literature; how the results are explained, and significantly what the study will mean to the practising managers.

Limitations and directions for future research

The limitations are addressed and any directions for future research are presented, under this section
Conclusions Key conclusions of the study are presented


The structure for a CONCEPTUAL PAPER is given below

Introduction   The context and purpose of the study are addressed. covers theoretical background, key issues, research question(s), objectives, significance, and outline of the paper
Literature review In this section the author builds up the theoretical framework study, literature, in case a set of prepositions can be presented. Detailed theoretical arguments must be presented
Conceptual model Based on the above brief conceptual model, can be displayed in graphical form, linking how the proposed hypotheses have been formulated

Discussions, theoretical and  managerial implications

This section leads the discussion on the basis of the theoretical arguments presented and the results presented. It is important to present how the study supports literature; how the results are explained Theoretical implications are discussed. Significantly implications for research and what the study will mean to the practising manager,
Directions for future research in this direction for future research presented, where the theoretical arguments presented can lead to an empirical study
Conclusions  Key conclusions of the study are presented


Headings Headings must be concise, with a clear indication of the distinction between the hierarchy of headings. The preferred format is for first-level headings to be presented in bold format and subsequent sub-headings to be presented in medium italics.
Notes/Endnotes Notes or Endnotes should be used only if absolutely necessary and must be identified in the text by consecutive numbers, enclosed in square brackets and listed at the end of the article.
Research Funding The authors must declare all sources of external research funding in their article and a statement to this effect should appear in the Acknowledgements section. The authors should describe the role of the funder or financial sponsor in the entire research process, from study design to submission.
  • All Figures (charts, diagrams, line drawings, web pages/screenshots, and photographic images) should be submitted in electronic form. All Figures should be of high quality, legible and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Graphics may be supplied in colour to facilitate their appearance on the online database.
  • Figures created in MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, and Illustrator should be supplied in their native formats. Electronic figures created in other applications should be copied from the origination software and pasted into a blank MS Word document or saved and imported into an MS Word document or alternatively create a .pdf file from the origination software.
  • Figures which cannot be supplied as the above are acceptable in the standard image formats which are: .pdf, .ai, and .eps. If you are unable to supply graphics in these formats then please ensure they are .tif, .jpeg, or .bmp at a resolution of at least 300dpi and at least 10cm wide.
  • To prepare web pages/screenshots simultaneously press the "Alt" and "Print screen" keys on the keyboard, open a blank Microsoft Word document and simultaneously press "Ctrl" and "V" to paste the image. (Capture all the contents/windows on the computer screen to paste into MS Word, by simultaneously pressing "Ctrl" and "Print screen".)
  • Photographic images should be submitted electronically and of high quality. They should be saved as .tif or .jpeg files at a resolution of at least 300dpi and at least 10cm wide. Digital camera settings should be set at the highest resolution/quality possible.
  • A figure is any type of illustration other than a table (chart, graph, photograph, or drawing).
  • Use figures to complement the information in a text or to simplify the text.
  • Number figures in the order they are first mentioned in the text. Do not write "the figure above" or "the figure below."
  • Figures should be large enough to read easily (between 8-point and 14-point font with sans serif typeface) and convey only essential information. The preferred typeface in figures is a 12-pt Courier.
  • Ensure that figures are simple, clear and consistent in presentation and vocabulary.
  • Ensure data are plotted accurately and the grid scale is proportioned.
  • Place labels close to the identified item.
  • Axis labels on graphs should be parallel to their axes.
  • Captions include the figure title and a brief, but descriptive, explanation of the figure.
  • Double-space the caption and place it below the figure.
  • The figure legend should be positioned within the borders of the figure.
  • Tables should be typed and included in a separate file to the main body of the article. The position of each table should be clearly labelled in the body text of the article with corresponding labels being clearly shown in the separate file.
  • Ensure that any superscripts or asterisks are shown next to the relevant items and have corresponding explanations displayed as footnotes to the table, figure or plate. 
  • Use tables for the purpose of simplifying text. A table with 2 or fewer columns and rows should be presented in the text format instead of a table.
  • In the text, refer to every table.  e.g. As shown in Table 2, the .... OR (see Table 2). Tell the reader what to look for, but only mention the major points of the table.
  •  Number tables in the order they are first mentioned in the text. Do not write "the table above" or "the table below."
  •  Be consistent in the formatting and vocabulary of all tables when writing a paper.
  • Double-space the entire table.
  • Ensure that your table title is brief but explanatory.
  • Italicize the table title. Do not italicize the table number.
  • Standard abbreviations and symbols, such as or no. may be used in headings without further explanation.
  • Ensure each column has a heading
  • Capitalize only the first letter of the first word of all headings. If a word is a proper noun, however, be sure to capitalize the first letter anyway.
  • Notes are placed below the table.
  • If the table is from another source, include a note below the table specifying whether it is from another source or adapted from another source. e.g. "Note. From..." OR "Note. Adapted from..." OR "Note. The data in column 1 are from..."
  • APA style referencing 
  • In preparing the list of references, the names of authors must be placed in alphabetical order, with the surname cited first.
  • Ensure that the names of all authors cited in the body of the report are included in the list of references at the end of the report.
  • When several studies by the same author are listed, arrange them in chronological order.
  • When several studies by the same author are published during a single year, identify them by simple letters, e.g., 2010a, 2010b, both in the text and in the list of references.
  • The list of references at the end of the report should carry complete references. Do not leave any entry in the list of references with the words "et al".
  • It is not necessary to cite the complete reference in the body of the report as this would appear in the list of references at the end.
  • References should not be numbered.
  • The list of references should be positioned before the appendices.
  • The edition number of a textbook is placed immediately after the title of the text.
  • Academic work may contain footnotes in the text, but only if they are absolutely necessary.
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