A paper may comprise empirical studies, using acceptable research strategies including survey, case study, experiment, archival analysis, history and so on; it may contain theoretical studies aimed at advancing current theory or adapting theory to local conditions, or it may arise from theoretical studies aimed at reviewing and/or synthesizing existing theory.
Concepts and underlying principles should be emphasized, with enough background information to orient any reader who is not a specialist in the particular subject area.
Preparation of scripts
- Papers should not exceed 8000 words in length including abstract, figures, references and appendices. The Abstract should be under 300 words in length. As well as appearing at the top of your paper, this abstract will be located on the contents screen for readers to peruse before they download the full paper.
- Papers should be submitted on A4 size paper with 2.54cm margins and 1.5 line spacing. Incude full author names, affiliation and email addresses on the paper. The journal staff will blind the paper prior to review. Restrict headings to a maximum of three levels. Times Roman or Ariel font is acceptable.
- Papers must have been closely scrutinized for typographical and grammatical errors. If English is not your first language then your paper should be proof-read by an English-speaking person, preferably one with experience of writing for academic use. Spelling should follow the Oxford English Dictionary.
- Keywords and key phrases. Within the journal website there is a search facility to look for papers that have been published and your keywords and key phrases will be used in conjunction with this. Therefore please include at least six words or short phrases that highlight the topics covered by the paper. Think carefully about your keywords and phrases and do not use overly obvious words/phrases like 'knowledge management'.
- The Harvard referencing convention is a requirement A full and clear guide can be found at http://www.ex.ac.uk/dll/studyskills/harvard_referencing.htm Papers not using this convention will not be published.
- End notes are not accepted and footnotes are discouraged.
- Tables, graphs and illustrations should be drawn using a suitable drawing package. Colour may be used. Place all diagrams and tables where you wish them to appear in the paper. Ensure your figures and tables fit within the margins and are resizable without distortion. Diagrams should be inserted as images.
- Papers should be uploaded to the journal FTP site after completing the submission form. Guidance for this is provided at the end of the submission form.
- Manuscripts must not be sent in .pdf format, and should not be zipped.
Following Editorial recommendation, papers are submitted to a double-blind review process before publication. Commentary by reviewers will be summarized and sent by email to authors, who can choose to revise their papers in line with these remarks. Revised papers should be accompanied by descriptions of the changes, so that the desk-editor can easily see where changes have been made.
- The submission of a paper will imply that, if accepted for publication, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in any language, without the consent of the Publisher. Before publication, authors will be asked to complete a copyright release, giving the publisher permission to publish the named paper in a specific issue of this Journal.
- Overall copyright ownership of the paper however, remains with the author/s.
It is the authors' responsibility to obtain written permission to quote material that has appeared in another publication.
Code of Practice
The Editorial Board of EJKM only consider for publication original research works of a high scholarly standard. A research paper offered to the journal should not have been previously published elsewhere. However research papers which have been published in Conference Proceedings may be considered for the journal provided material improvements the paper have been made.
Authors should note that it is not acceptable to submit a paper to more than one journal at a time. If a paper is not accepted for publication in EJKM, then the author is at liberty to offer the paper to any other journal if he or she is so wishes.
Authors are required to reference any text or ideas specifically used in their paper. Authors may reference their own previously published works, but they are encouraged to be parsimonious in this respect.
Work which has been previously submitted to the journal and not accepted may be resubmitted provided substantial improvements have been made. In such a case the new version of the paper should be accompanied by the old version and the previous reviewers’ comments.
All work submitted should be free of plagiarism, falsifications and any form of fabrications. There should be no omissions of significant data or arguments.
All the authors should have made a significant contribution to the work which is submitted. Recycling of previous work should be avoided or kept to a minimum. Where the exact words of some previous work are being quoted these words should be either in quotation marks or italicised in order that they are recognised for what they are.
The research processes underpinning the work reported in the paper should have rigorously complied with the ethics code of practice of the University or Business School. The authors need to acknowledge any assistance received from others in the development of their paper. Special note should be made where financial assistance has been received.
Multi-authored papers need to specify who is the author for correspondence.
A double-blind review process is follwed for all submissions to the journals i.e. the reviewers will not be informed as to whom’ the authors are and the authors identity will not be given to the reviewer.
Authors should have their data available in case it is requested by a reviewer.
When the research paper has been accepted for publication authors will be asked to make a final check of their paper to ensure that it is free from error. The author for correspondence should send a draft of the final manuscript to any co-authors.
If the research reported in the paper initiated as a student project then in the normal course of events the student should be a principal co-author of the paper.
It is the responsibility of the authors to check the draft of their paper for any copyright or intellectual property right issues.
Authors should ensure that no expletives are used in the paper as well as no politically incorrect comments.
Reviewers will normally be asked to return a completed review by a specific date. If the reviewer is unable to comply with this deadline then the reviewer should inform the journal immediately.
Authors should not post their papers online without the written permission of the journal.
Responsibility for the acceptance of the paper ultimately rests with the editor of the journal.
As editors are in a privileged position it is important that they act at all times with integrity and confidentiality. The only criteria used for the acceptance of a paper is its originality and its scholarship.
Editors need to clearly explain to authors the reasons for their work not being accepted for publication.
All information obtained by editors about papers submitted for review will be held in confidence.
Papers submitted for review are checked for plagiarism. Please be aware that if plagiarism is found the paper will be rejected and all the authors on the papers may be blacklisted from further submissions to the journal.
From 1st May 2014, in accordance with the practice in the community authors are now asked to pay a nominal sum to publish in EJKM, which is intended to cover some of the costs of publishing. The current publication charge is GBP120 (which includes 20% VAT which may therefore be recoverable by some authors/universities). This amount is payable only after the paper has been accepted for publication. There will continue to be no charge to access the journals on screen or by printing the papers.printing the papers.
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