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Manuscript Submission: "Asia Matters: Business, Culture & Theory" (AM) has a web-based system for the submission of manuscripts. AM considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have been submitted only to AM, that they have not been published already, nor are they under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere.

Double blind review: AM uses a double blind review process whereby the reviewer is not aware of the identity of the author(s) and vice versa. To avoid revealing the identity of the author(s) to the reviewers, please follow the instructions below very carefully:

  • Do not put the author name(s) anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Do not include acknowledgements, which might indicate your identity (acknowledgements can be added to papers after acceptance).
  • Make sure that your manuscript does not contain any direct reference to you or your co-authors that could identify you as authors of the current submission. For example, if citing previous work, say 'in their previous study (Authors, 2011)'; if it is not possible to change the wording to avoid possible identification of an author, please conceal the details of the reference (e.g. in the text use 'Citation concealed for review purposes' and do not include it in the references list).

Submission Preparation Checklist: As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

Cover Page: This contains the title of the manuscript, all author names and their corresponding affiliations as well as complete mailing address, telephone and fax number, and e-mail. The designated corresponding author must be identified by an asterisk.

Title Page: The second page consists of the manuscript title, abstract (maximum of 150 words that reflects an abbreviated representation of the content of the manuscript including purpose, method, main results, conclusions, and/or recommendations), and up to seven key words for indexing purposes. To facilitate the double-blind review process no material that identifies the author(s) should be placed on this page. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google.

Keywords: Up to 8 keywords should accurately reflect the content of the article. Again abbreviations/acronyms should be used only if essential or firmly established. For empirical papers the country/countries/locations of the research should be included.

Spelling and terminology: Papers are accepted in both American and British English. Consistency throughout the paper is expected. Please define any specialist terms and spell out acronyms in full at first mention.

Word length: Articles should be between 3,000 – 10,000 words (depending on the type of an article, see below) including text, tables, figures, endnotes, references, appendices, and all other inclusions.

  • research articles (6,000-10,000 words)
  • commentaries (3,000-5,000 words)
  • case studies (3,000-5,000 words)
  • research notes (3,000-5,000 words)

Page formatting: Use Times New Roman 12 point font with 2.54 cm (one inch) margins all round. Please ensure that the abstract, text, endnotes, references, etc., are all double spaced.

Headings: AM uses two levels of headings:

1.  Bold lower case with initial capital.

2.  Italic lower case with initial capital. Used at the start of a paragraph, followed by regular text.

Quotations: Quotations should be kept to a minimum. Where possible, keep quotations to 100 words or fewer. Indicate short quotations by single quotation marks (with double quotations marks to indicate quotes within quotes); longer quotations should be indented from the left-hand margin.

Use endnotes rather than footnotes: Essential notes should be indicated by superscript numbers in the text and collated at the end of the text, before the references.

Indicating the position of tables and figures: Please include tables and figures after the references (or upload as separate files) and indicate the position of figures and tables in the text as follows: -insert table 1 about here-

Text citations

1.  If the author's name is in the text, follow with the year in parentheses: ...Author Last Name (year) has argued...

2.  If author's name is not in the text, insert last name, comma and year: study (Author Last Name, year) has described...

3.  Where appropriate (for quotations, etc.), the page number follows the year, separated by a comma: has been noted (Author Last Name, year, p. xx) that...

4.  Where there are two authors, give both names, joined by 'and'; if three or more authors, use the first author's last name and 'et al.': has been stated (Author Last Name and Author Last Name, year) ... ...some investigators (Author Last Name et al., year)...

5.  If there is more than one reference to the same author and year, insert a, b, etc. in both the text and the reference list: was described (Author Last Name, year a, p. xx-xx)...

6.  Enclose within a single pair of parentheses a series of references, separated by semicolons: ...and it has been noted (Author Last Name and Author Last Name, year; Author Last Name and Author Last Name, year; Author Last Name, year)... Please order alphabetically by author names.

7.  If two or more references by the same author are cited together, separate the dates with a comma: ...the author has stated this in several studies (Author Last Name, year, year, year, year)... Please start with the oldest publication.

8.  For an institutional authorship, supply the minimum citation from the beginning of the complete reference: ...a recent statement (Name of Institution, year, p. xx)... ...occupational data (Name of Bureau or Institution, year, p. xx) reveal...

9.  For authorless articles or studies, use the name of the magazine, journal, newspaper or sponsoring organization, and not the title of the article: was stated (Name of Journal, year) that...

10.Citations from personal communications are not included in the reference list: ...has been hypothesized (Name of Person Cited, year, personal communication).

Reference list: Authors should follow APA guidelines set forth in their Publication Manual (5th edition) or APA Quick Reference handbook 5th edition for text and reference list citations.

See the following examples:

Entire book (one author)

Marcus, G. E. (1998). Ethnography through thick & thin. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Edited book

Menkhoff, T. & Gerke, S. (Eds.). (2004). Chinese entrepreneurship and Asian business networks. London: RoutledgeCurzon.

Article or chapter in an edited book, two editors

Schwartz-Shea, P. (2006). Judging quality: evaluative criteria and epistemic communities. In D. Yanow & P. Schwartz-Shea (Eds.), Interpretation and method. Empirical research methods and the interpretive turn (pp.89-114). New York, London: M.E. Sharpe.

Journal article, one author

Yao, S. (2009). Being essentially Chinese. Asian Ethnicity, 10 (3), 251-262.

Journal article, two authors, journal paginated by issue

Ram, M., & Smallbone, D. (2003). Policies to support ethnic minority enterprise: the English experience. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 15 (2), 151-166.

Journal article, three to six authors

Ybema, S., Keenoy, T., Oswick, C., Beverungen, A., Ellis, N., & Sabelis, I. (2009). Articulating identities. Human Relations, 62 (3), 299-322.

Magazine article

Kandel, E.R., & Squire, L. R. (2000, November 10). Neuroscience: Breaking down scientific barriers to the study of brain and mind. Science, 290, 1113-1120.

Daily newspaper article, no author

New drug appears to sharply cut risk of death from heart failure. (1993, July 15). The Washington Post, p. A12.

Unpublished doctoral dissertation

Author, A. (year). Title. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of xxxx, country.

Unpublished paper presented at meeting

Author, A. (year, month). Title. Paper presented at the meeting of xxxxx, place, country.

Online periodical

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (2000). Title of article. Title of Periodical, xx, xxxxxx. Retrieved month, day, year, from source.

Online document

Author, A. A. (2000). Title of work. Retrieved month, day, year, from source.



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF format.

  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

  4. The text uses Times New Roman 12 point font with 2.54 cm (one inch) margins all round. The abstract, text, endnotes, references, etc., are all double spaced.

  5. A full and correct list of references; where available, URLs and DOIs for the references have been provided. The reference list adheres to the APA guidelines.

  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
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  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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