Guidelines to Authors – FMS Journal
Journal of Human and Work Management
(Bi-Annual Refereed Journal of FMS)
Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere including electronically in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.
Upon acceptance of an article, copyright will be with the journal.
As an author you (or your employer or institution) have certain rights to reuse your work.
Submission to this journal proceeds totally online via email to the editor of the journal. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor’s decision and requests for revision, takes place by e-mail removing the need for a paper trail.
This journal has adopted a double blind reviewing policy, where both the referee and author remain anonymous throughout the process. Please remove all identifying features from the paper itself, ensuring that Authors’ identity is not revealed. However, this does not preclude Authors from citing their own works. However, Authors must cite their works in a manner that does not make explicit their identity.
Manuscripts should be between 4500 and 8000 words in length (including references, tables and figures). Only manuscripts with multiple studies can go beyond this length. If your manuscript has multiple studies, please include the text ‘This manuscript involves multiple studies, please ignore the word count check’ in the cover letter. Word count is not applicable for revised versions and resubmissions.
Use of wordprocessing software
It is important that the file be saved in the native format of the wordprocessor used. The text should be in single-column format. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible.
Manuscripts should be prepared according to APA, 6th ed., except for the additional requirement of numbering the sections, as described below.
Subdivision – numbered sections
Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, …), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering). Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing: do not just refer to ‘the text’. Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.
State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.
Results should be clear and concise.
This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.
The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section.
If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc. Formulae and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (B.1) and so on. Similarly for tables and figures: Table A.1; Fig. A.1, etc.
Essential title page information
• Title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
• Author names and affiliations. Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. Present the authors’ affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author’s name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.
• Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.
• Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a ‘Present address’ (or ‘Permanent address’) may be indicated as a footnote to that author’s name.
A concise and factual abstract is required (maximum 150 words). The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions
- The identity of the author(s) should not be revealed in the paper except on the cover page.
- Figures and tables used in the paper should be in black-and-white. They must be numbered by using Roman numerals with a brief title.
- Any reference in the text should be indicated by giving the name of author(s) and the year of publication in parentheses.
- All references should be alphabetically listed at the end of the paper in the standard APA format.
- Manuscripts that fail to conform to the guidelines will not be considered for publication.
- Two referees review all contributions by following the ‘double blind’ system. The review process usually takes about 4-6 weeks.
- The ultimate decision to accept or reject a paper rests with the editorial board. The final draft of an accepted paper may be subjected to editorial amendments to suit the journal requirements.
- The author whose paper is published will receive one free copy of journal that carries the paper.
- Permission to publish copyrighted material should be obtained by the author before submission and cited in the captions.
- The copyright of all accepted papers for publication will vest with ManavRachna Educational Institutions (MREI), Faridabad.
- The manuscript should be rigorous—the findings should be supported by either empirical data or a well-justified theoretical model—and well written.
- Articles using information which is not in the public domain about organisations must be accompanied by express written permission from the authorities concerned.
- The editors reserve the right to accept or refuse an article for publication, and they are under no obligation to assign reasons for their decision.
- Details of the authors’ name and affiliation should not appear elsewhere in the manuscript.
- In the case of multiple authors, the cover page should indicate the designated corresponding author. Second Page: The second page should contain the article title, the short title, the abstract (not more than 100 words), keywords (a maximum of 8 keywords), and an extended summary (not exceeding 300 words).
- Tables and figures should carry explanatory notes or legends for clarity or to indicate the source, as necessary; all abbreviations should be expanded. All exhibits should be in black and white only.
- Only those references cited in the main text should be listed in the reference list. Sources should be stated briefly in the text, following the author-date convention of by the last name and the date of publication, in parentheses. Citations within the text would read, for e.g. ‘According to Pawlak, (1991) …’ or ‘… (Pawlak, 1991)’.
- Citations in the text should follow the referencing style used by the American Psychological Association (APA). Authors are referred to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, ISBN 978-1-4338-0561-5. The APA style guide would be the standard reference for citing books, journal articles, electronic material, websites and other source material.
- The prescribed style of citation is as follows: Reference to a book: Pawlak, Z. (1991). Rough sets: theoretical aspects of reasoning about data. Norwell, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers. Hair, J. F., Black, W. C., Babin, B. J., Anderson, R. E., &Tatham, R. L. (2006). Multivariate data analysis (6th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall. Reference to a chapter in an edited book: Ravallion, M. (2007).
- Authors are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the references listed and for consistency between the references in the text and those in the reference list.