SLJM Guidelines for Papers

Submit to the journal

Submissions to the Sri Lankan Journal of Management are made using the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access are available at the SLJM website https://sljm.pim.sjp.ac.lk/submit. Full information and guidance are available at https://sljm.pim.sjp.ac.lk.

Registering at the SLJM website

If you have not yet registered on the SLJM website, please follow the instructions below:

Before submission, please keep the following areas of your article ready separately:

Submitting an article SLJM website

Review process

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

Copyright

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

Permission

Prior to article submission, 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. SLJM is unable to publish any article which has pending permission from other original authors or parties.  The rights 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 licence).

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

1.   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 cleared for any minor adaptations of any work not created by them.

2.     If an author adapts significantly any material, the author must inform the copyright holder of the original work.

3.     Authors obtain any proof of consent statements

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

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

Final submission

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 correct and without spelling or typographical errors. Before submitting, authors should check their submission completeness using the available Article Submission Checklist.

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
  • Brief professional biography of each author.
Abstract 

Your abstract is very important and should be readable, accurate as a reflection of what is in your article, must be self-contained, without abbreviations, footnotes, or incomplete references and it contains a complete description of your research.  In approximately 150-250 words, you will need to summarize your findings and what the implications of those findings are. 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

Keywords

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; quantitative/ qualitative Case study Conceptual study International / National business study; The structure for each of the above papers is given below

EMPIRICAL PAPER; QUANTITATIVE; QUANTITATIVE/ QUALITATIVE

Abstract  
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 In this section author builds up the theoretical framework and discusses the hypotheses one by one, supported by literature; in the case of the study there will not be a hypothesis but a set of prepositions can be presented; may have subheadings to cover the main sections of the literature review
Conceptual model Based on the above brief conceptual model, can be displayed in graphical form, linking how the proposed hypotheses have been formulated
Method In this section, the participants, sample and study design are explained
Measures In this section, all instruments used in the study are described; in the case of a case study, the qualitative method adopted will be described. In addition, include the validity and reliability measures appropriately.
Analysis and results In this section how the hypothesis is tested is examined. Tables supporting the confirmation of the hypothesis are presented, Interviews and supporting findings are given

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 for theory; how the results are explained and any variations brought out; significantly what the study will mean to the practising 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
References  
Acknowledgements  
Appendix Survey instruments /operationalization can be provided

 

EMPIRICAL PAPER; CASE STUDY

Abstract  
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 In this section author builds up the theoretical framework study, supported by literature, in case a set of prepositions can be presented.
Study framework A framework based on the above is presented
Method In this section, the participants, sample and study design are explained
Measures In this section, the qualitative method adopted will be described. 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

In this section, limitations are addressed and any directions for future research are presented
Conclusions Key conclusions of the study are presented
References  
Acknowledgements  

 

CONCEPTUAL STUDY

Abstract  
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 author builds up the theoretical framework study, supported by literature, in case a set of prepositions can be presented. A detailed theoretical argument is 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
References  
Acknowledgements  

    

INTERNATIONAL / NATIONAL BUSINESS STUDY

Introduction  The context and purpose of the study are addressed
Key issues identified The paper will focus on key issues and describe with supportive data
Discussion 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, and significantly what the study will mean to the practising manager
Directions for future studies in this direction for future studies presented, where the theoretical arguments presented can lead to an empirical study
Conclusions Key conclusions of the study are presented
References APA style referencing 
Acknowledgements  

 

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 Authors must declare all sources of external research funding in their article and a statement to this effect should appear in the Acknowledgements section. Authors should describe the role of the funder or financial sponsor in the entire research process, from study design to submission.
Figures
  • 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
  • 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..."
References
  • 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.