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Guidelines for Authors:

The target readership of The Journal of Organizational Leadership and Business (JOLB) consists of academics, business practitioners, and educated laypeople with a broad range of interests related to business and leadership.  JOLB seeks to publish a wide range of topics and methodologies.  For example, articles could be industry case studies, could be reports of empirical experiments, could be reports of experiences with computer simulations used in teaching, or could be reviews of emerging new business practices or technologies.  Articles must not have been published elsewhere, but they may include studies that are replications to confirm or disconfirm previous findings, may include survey replications that provide a current update of industry trends, and may include studies that fail to confirm popularly accepted ideas or hypotheses.


Articles should be written for a general audience with a wide range of interests.  Domain-specific jargon should be avoided; if technical terms or terms of art from your own discipline must be used, be sure to define them.  Methodology must be appropriate to the discipline and the study and must be sufficiently described, but the description must be written so that it can be understood by the TJOLB’s wide audience.  In most cases, articles should end with clear conclusions and a discussion of implications.


To keep the turnaround time short, JOLB uses a single-round double-blind review process that results in either a conditional acceptance or a rejection.  Authors of rejected articles will receive reasons for rejection; these articles may be submitted in the future, but the review process will start over.  A conditional acceptance means that the authors will be asked to make changes that are suggested by the reviewers (or to defend reasons that changes should not be made) and a final decision regarding the article’s disposition will be made quickly by the editor alone. 


Submitted articles will be processed by the editor and sent to reviewers within about ten days of receipt.  Reviewers will be given a 40 day deadline for returning comments, and the editor will return a decision to the authors within about ten days after receiving all reviewer comments.  Authors should, therefore, receive a decision within about 60 days after submission.  Authors of accepted articles will then be given 40 days to submit the final edited version of the article, including changes that were requested by the reviewers and layout requirements that are required for the publishing process.


Submission Requirements:
The paper must be original work that has not been previously published and is not concurrently under review elsewhere.


An electronic Microsoft Word document file containing the following three parts should be emailed to:

Part 1: The title of the paper, plus the names, affiliation, complete addresses, e–mail, and fax number of all authors. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence will be with the first author.


Part 2: A 150-200 word abstract, and four keywords. The abstract should relate the manuscript’s topic, methods, and findings. The text of the paper should start with a section labeled “I. Introduction,” which provides more details about the paper’s purpose, motivation, methodology, and findings. The manuscript’s title, but neither the author’s name nor other identification designations, should appear on the Abstract page.

Part 3: The text of the paper, including text, acknowledgements, references and notes, tables, figure captions, figures, but without the names of authors.


Manuscript Preparation and Style:

1. Style: The Journal of Organizational Leadership and Business manuscript preparation guidelines follow The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.; University of Chicago Press).


2. Length: Manuscripts should not exceed 7,000 word count.


3. Margins: Margins of a least one inch from top, bottom, and sides.


4. Pagination: All pages, including tables, appendices and references, should be serially numbered. Major sections should be numbered in Roman numerals. Subsections should not be numbered.


5. Numbers: Spell out numbers from one to ten, except when used in tables and lists, and when used with mathematical, statistical, scientific, or technical quantities.


6. Percentages and Decimal Fractions: In non-technical copy, use the word percent in the text.


7. Equations: Equations should be numbered in parentheses flush with the right-hand margin.


8. Footnotes: Footnotes are not for documentation. Textual footnotes should be used only for extensions and useful excursions of information that if included in the body of the text might disrupt it continuity. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript with superscript Arabic numerals.


9. Citations: Work cited should use the “author-date system” keyed to a list of works in the reference list. Authors should make an effort to include the relevant page numbers in the cited works.

          a. In the text, works are cited as follows: author’s last name and date, without comma, in parentheses: for example, (Reed 2006); with two authors: (Reed and Burns 2006); with more than two: (Reed et al. 2006); with more than one work cited together: (Reed 2006; Burns 2005); with two or more works by one author (Reed 2004, 2006). When the reference list contains more than one work of an author published in the same year, the suffix a, b, etc. follows the date in the text citation: for example, (Reed 2006b) or (Reed 2006b; Burns 2005a).

          b. Unless confusion would result, do not use “p.” or “pp.” before page numbers.

          c. If the author’s name is mentioned in the text, it does not need to be repeated in the citation; for example, “Burns (2005, 117) says …”


10. Reference List: Every manuscript should include a list of references containing only those works cited. With the author-date system, use the following format recommended by The Chicago Manual:

          a. Arrange citations in alphabetical order according to surname of the first author or the name of the institution responsible for the citation.

          b. Date of publication should be placed immediately after author’s name.

          d. Titles of journals should not be abbreviated.

          e. Multiple works cited by the same author(s) in the same year are distinguished by letters after the date.


11. Artwork and Figures:Authors are requested to submit all artwork, images, and figures that accompany the article in Web-ready format, either jpeg or GIF.


Sample reference entries:  


Journal article with two authors:

Boland, M.F. and K.C. Smith. 2006. Income from passive activities. Accounting

         Review 27(4): 277-319.


Article in Electronic journal:

Robert, Turney. 1996. Management: Goals and Strategies. Management Review

        46, no. 1: 59-81.


Website: (For web references that are likely to change over time, include the access date parenthetically at the end of the citation.)

Katz, R. H. 2002. Adaptation and Mobility in Wireless Information Systems.

        isnumber=21724&arnumber=1006980  (accessed January 7, 2006).



Donahue, Weldon. 1999. Direct Marketing. Chicago: University of Chicago



Book with more than two authors:

Cole, Janet, Luis Rodriguez, and Pat Oberman. 2005. Business and Ethics.

        Chicago: University of Chicago Press.