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Journal of International Business Studies
Palgrave Macmillan UK

Journal of International Business Studies

Editor-in-Chief: Alain Verbeke
Managing Editor: Anne Hoekman

ISSN: 0047-2506 (print version)
ISSN: 1478-6990 (electronic version)

Journal no. 41267

Palgrave Macmillan UK

Instructions for Authors

Submission of Manuscripts 

Thank you for considering JIBS as a scholarly outlet for your best work in international business.
When received, manuscripts are first evaluated in terms of quality and fit with the JIBS Statement of Editorial Policy.
Manuscripts are also evaluated in terms of contribution-to-length ratio. Articles making strong contributions to the international business literature should be about 10,000 words; those making narrower contributions about 7,000 words. Word count includes everything: abstract, text, endnotes, references, tables, figures and appendices. If a manuscript makes a small contribution, either the contribution should be improved, the manuscript shortened to research note length, or the manuscript submitted to another journal. It is in the author's best interests to be very judicious about manuscript length. Manuscripts considerably longer than these guidelines will be returned immediately without review.
Research notes should in principle be under 4,000 words, including everything in the manuscript. Research notes should have the same rigor, style and tone as full-length articles. Notes should identify relevant prior research, clearly articulate their contribution to international business research, and provide compelling evidence for their arguments. Notes are different from articles in that the contribution either has a narrower audience, is more technical or more limited in its contributions, or comments on previous JIBS articles.
While contributions must be in English, we welcome manuscripts from authors whose first language is not English. Manuscripts must be formatted according to the JIBS Style Guide. Authors of poorly worded manuscripts are encouraged to seek professional editing assistance prior to submission, the absence of which may lead to the paper being desk rejected.
Submissions must be submitted online at the link below.
If you have any questions, please contact the Managing Editor, Anne Hoekman, at managing-editor@jibs.net.

Ethical Guidelines 

Please read the JIBS Code of Ethics, at the link below, prior to submitting your manuscript.
When authors submit their manuscripts to JIBS for publication consideration, the authors agree to abide by the Journal's publication requirements. The manuscript:
•must not have been previously published in whole (including book chapters) or in part (this includes paragraphs of text and exhibits).
•must not be accepted for publication elsewhere.
•must not be under review for publication elsewhere and will not be submitted to another publication entity during the JIBS review process.
•must report new theoretical and/or empirical results that have not been published previously. Authors whose manuscripts utilize data that are reported in another manuscript must inform the Editor of these reports at the time of submission.
•must not have been previously submitted to JIBS for review. If the manuscript, or an earlier version of it, was previously rejected by JIBS, and the author wishes to submit it for review, this fact and the justification for resubmission must be clearly communicated by the corresponding author to the JIBS Managing Editor at the time of submission.
The only exception to the "previous publication" rule is a paper included in a conference proceedings, where the paper is work in progress toward the manuscript submitted to JIBS. In this case, the Editor-in-Chief will need to know where the paper was presented and the title of the conference proceedings publication. JIBS will have the copyright to all published articles.
JIBS follows a double-blind review process, whereby authors do not know reviewers and vice versa. Authors should respect the confidentiality of the review process and should not reveal themselves to reviewers. For example, the manuscript should not include any self-revealing information. Authors should also not post their submitted manuscript (including working papers and prior drafts) on websites where it could be easily discovered by potential reviewers.
Manuscripts involving human subjects (surveys, simulations, interviews) should comply with the relevant Human Subject Protocol requirements at the corresponding author's university.
Check your manuscript for possible breaches of copyright law (e.g., where permissions are needed for quotations, artwork or tables taken from other publications) and secure the necessary permissions before submission. Avoid anything in the text that might be actionable, such as defamation. Avoid using sexist and biased language that could be interpreted as denigrating to ethnic or other groups; for example, use plural rather than single pronouns ("they" rather than "he").
The JIBS Manuscript Central system uses iThenticate to identify any correspondence with previously published materials; in case of significant overlap, the authors may be asked for an explanation.

Choosing an Editor and Reviewers 

You may nominate an Editor for your manuscript (see the Editorial Team page for the research interests of each Area Editor). The Editor-in-Chief will make the final selection of the Editor for your manuscript, taking into account your preferences and the workload of the Editors. On occasion the research in question may not match the interests of any Editor. The Editor-in-Chief will then invite a special Consulting Editor to process the paper.
You may nominate possible reviewers for your manuscript, to a maximum of four. Please select these reviewers from the JIBS Editorial Review Board (ERB) and the Consulting Editors Board (CEB). The ERB and CEB members are listed in the journal and at www.jibs.net, where there are hyperlinks with paragraphs explaining the interests of each ERB and CEB member.
In making any suggestions, please follow the JIBS Code of Ethics (for example, reviewers must not have previously provided comments on the manuscript, teach at your institution, or be co-authors on other manuscripts). JIBS follows a double-blind review process, which authors are expected to follow.
The Editor will assign three reviewers for your manuscript. Normally, the reviewers will be selected from the JIBS Editorial Review Board and the Consulting Editors Board.

Manuscript Files 

You will need to load two documents onto the JIBS Manuscript Central website: (1) your Title Page and (2) your Manuscript.
Please be sure to:
•clear the file of all possible viruses;
•remove all information that could identify the author(s) (including Acknowledgments and contact information - they should appear only on your Title Page, which will be uploaded as a separate document so that the double-blind review process is not violated);
•start your paper with the Abstract Page;
•place all the submission (abstract, body of the paper, tables, figures, references, appendices) in one file; and
•use the automatic page numbering system to number ALL pages, starting with the Abstract Page.
Also please be sure that any tracked changes are removed from the document prior to submission.
Authors should keep an exact copy of their manuscript for future reference.

After Acceptance of Your Manuscript 

To enable the Publisher to protect the copyright of the journal, authors must assign copyright in their manuscripts to the Publisher. All accepted manuscripts must be accompanied by a statement signed by all authors that the article is original, is not under consideration by another journal, has not previously been published elsewhere, and its content has not been anticipated by a previous publication. The corresponding author may sign on behalf of all co-authors.
Each author of an accepted article must submit a biographical sketch of 50-60 words. The sketch should identify where you earned your highest degree, your current affiliation and position, your current research interests, your country of birth and current citizenship(s), and an e-mail address.
Once the manuscript has been copy edited by Palgrave, the corresponding author of an accepted manuscript will receive an email containing a link to an online .pdf proof of the article. Please print a copy of the .pdf proof, correct the proof within 48 hours and return as directed. Please make no revisions to the final, edited text, except where the copy editor has requested clarification since such changes can rapidly increase production costs.
An offprint order form is sent with proofs. Charges for reprints ordered at a later date are necessarily higher.
The Journal of International Business Studies operates an advance, online publication system, whereby final, corrected papers are published on www.jibs.net every week. These papers will be available in advance of print publication. Papers can be cited using the article's Digital Object Identifier (DOI). See the JIBS Style Guide for details of how to cite online articles.

Copyright and Permissions 

Reproducing copyrighted material in articles – clearing permissions

The author bears the responsibility for checking whether material submitted is subject to copyright or ownership rights, e.g. figures, tables, photographs, illustrations, trade literature and data. The author will need to obtain permission to reproduce any such items, and include these permissions with their final submission. Where use is so restricted, the Editor/editorial office and Publisher must be informed with the final submission of the material. Please see further guidance on the use of 3rd party materials below. Please add any necessary acknowledgments to the typescript, preferably in the form of an Acknowledgments section at the end of the paper. Credit the source and copyright of photographs, figures, illustrations etc. in the accompanying captions.


It is our policy to ask all contributors to transfer the copyright in their contribution to the journal owner. There are two broad reasons for this:
•ownership of copyright by the journal owner facilitates international protection against infringement of copyright, libel or plagiarism;
•it also ensures that requests by third parties to reprint or reproduce a contribution, or part of it, in either print or electronic form, are handled efficiently in accordance with our general policy which encourages dissemination of knowledge within the framework of copyright.
As an author and contributor you retain many rights. These are detailed at the link below. The journal mandates the Copyright Clearance Center in the USA and the Copyright Licensing Agency in the UK to offer centralized licensing arrangements for photocopying in their respective territories.

Open Access & Self Archiving 

Self-archiving (green open access)

Authors of accepted articles are encouraged to submit the author's version of the accepted paper (the unedited manuscript) to a repository to be made openly available after the self-archiving embargo period has elapsed.

Publishing open access (gold open access)

Upon acceptance, authors can indicate whether they wish to pay an optional article processing charge (APC) for their article to be made open access online immediately upon publication. By paying this charge authors are also permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server, immediately on publication.
Open access articles are published under Creative Commons licenses, which allow authors to retain copyright to their work while making it open to readers.
If authors opt to publish via the open access route then the corresponding author must complete and sign the Article Processing Charge (APC) payment form and an open access License to Publish (LTP) form on behalf of all authors, and return these to the Publisher. These forms will be provided upon acceptance of the article. Failure to promptly return forms will result in delay of publication.
With regard to payment, please note that usual credit terms are 30 days from receipt of invoice. Failure to pay your invoice within the stated credit term may result in the Open Access status of the paper being rescinded, with the paper being placed behind the paywall. You may also be subject to such penalties as restrictions on your ability to publish with Palgrave Macmillan in the future, involvement of a third party debt collection agency and legal proceedings.

Compliance with open access mandates

Palgrave Macmillan's publishing policies ensure that authors can comply with the public access requirements of many major funding bodies worldwide. Authors may need to take specific actions to achieve compliance with funder and institutional open access mandates.

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    The top-ranked journal in the field of international business, Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) is multidisciplinary in scope and interdisciplinary in content and methodology, publishing content from across the the six sub-domains of international business studies:

    (1) the activities, strategies, structures and decision-making processes of multinational enterprises; (2) interactions between multinational enterprises and other actors, organizations, institutions, and markets; (3) the cross-border activities of firms (e.g., intrafirm trade, finance, investment, technology transfers, offshore services); (4) how the international environment (e.g., cultural, economic, legal, political) affects the activities, strategies, structures and decision-making processes of firms; (5) the international dimensions of organizational forms (e.g., strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions) and activities (e.g., entrepreneurship, knowledge-based competition, corporate governance); and (6) cross-country comparative studies of businesses, business processes and organizational behavior in different countries and environments.

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