If you click on the link to the journal website, you will find further links on the homepage to ‘aims and scope’ and ‘author guidelines’. That information offers you some insight into the coverage of this journal, the criteria for acceptance, and the editorial and review process.
IJMR is a widely respected official journal of the British Academy of Management specialising in the publication of literature reviews in any area of the management field. So it might be a potential target journal for an article drawing on your literature review for a doctoral dissertation or thesis.
The work of administering IJMR is shared out amongst an editorial team. The editors-in-chief are the ‘number one’ gatekeepers. On receipt of a submitted article, they make the initial decision whether to reject it straightaway, or whether to have it ‘peer reviewed’ by academics. If the article is to be reviewed, it is sent on to one of the associate editors, who selects and liaises with academic reviewers. Once the reviewers’ feedback has been received, the associate editor makes a recommendation in the light of this feedback to the editors-in-chief. They decide what response to make in the light of this feedback, and contact the authors of the article to give them the response and anonymised feedback.
You can find out what the editors are looking for and what they ask reviewers to look for by clicking on the IJMR homepage link we gave you above. Then click on ‘author guidelines’.
You will notice that there is very clear guidance for authors. It includes the specification of five key criteria for acceptance.
If you aspire to get your work published in an academic journal, key learning points are to