• Official JBAM Style Guide for Accepted Papers

• Style Guides: Instructions for Authors
• The Body of Text
• Margins
• Subtitles
• Footnotes and Endnotes
• Material for Other Authors
• Tables and Figures
• Appendix A
• References

Official JBAM Style Guide for Accepted Papers

This document presents the overall format of articles that JBAM publishes in its journal. This style guide is not binding for original submissions. All aspects of an accepted paper other than formatting must comply with current APA protocol. For foreign authors and those not familiar with APA protocol, information can be found at the following website.

Properly prepared final manuscripts should be submitted as Word Document files (along with Excel and/or PowerPoint files) formatted as in the example that follows. Important Note: Final drafts of articles accepted for publication must be formatted as in the example that follows. Articles scheduled for publication that do not follow the style guide and do not comply with APA protocol will be returned to the author and publication delayed until they are made compliant. Important Note: Prior to publication, accepted articles will be subjected to an authentication review using a variety of electronic sources. Articles generating reports that indicate problems with authentication will be withheld from publication until the author(s) has/have resolved the issue.

Style Guide: Instructions for Authors in Preparing the Final Version of their Accepted Papers to JBAM for Publication

Daniel James Rowley - University of Northern Colorado
The entire paper should be composed with the MS Word Style set to Normal, changing individual font and justification settings as appropriate. That is, do not change the style to Heading 1 for first level headings, Heading 2 for second level headings, etc. as provided by your Word templates. Instead, change individual font settings as needed. For example, to create a first level title, explicitly set the text to bold and center. This will reduce the risk of inadvertent reformatting during publication due to differences in templates.

The entire document should use Arial 12-point font. In the final draft, lines should be single spaced. The title of the paper should be written with both upper and lower case font face, centered, and bolded. The author lines should also be written with both upper and lower case font face and centered, but not bolded. The name of the author can contain either a middle initial or name, or at the option of the author, contain neither. No professional title (such as Dr. or Ph.D.) or position name (such as Professor of Management) should be included in the name line, though titles such as "Jr." are appropriate. The word "ABSTRACT" should contain all upper case font and be centered and bolded. The abstract, itself, should contain no more than 100 words.

The Body of the Text

Paragraphs are never indented. They begin flush to the body of the paragraph. Further, authors should not use full justification in preparing the final manuscript. Left justification is the normal publishing style of JBAM. Authors should use center justification for certain subtitles as discussed below. Authors may use center justification for tables, charts, images, and any other inserted objects that present better when centered. Right justification should not be used. Text within each paragraph should be single-spaced. Double-space between paragraphs and all other manuscript elements (e.g., titles, subtitles, author names). Further, authors should not include running heads, footers, or headers in the body of the final manuscript.


The journal is published based on an 8 1/2 X 11 page with 1" margins left, right, top, and bottom. To ensure that the paper lays out as expected when published, authors should set their margins accordingly and should ensure that text, tables, and figures remain inside the margins.


1st level paper sub-titles

should be centered, written with both upper and lower case font face and be bolded, as above. Paragraphs should not be indented. Double-spacing should be used before and after the sub-title.

2nd Level Sub-Titles

Above is an example of a 2nd level sub-title. These sub-titles should be centered, written in both upper and lower case font faces and should be underlined. APA style suggests that such titles be followed with at least a paragraph of 2 complete sentences before using 3rd level sub-titles.
3rd Level Sub-Titles
Above is an example of a 3rd level sub-title. These sub-titles should be left justified, written in both upper and lower case font faces and should be underlined. 3rd level sub-titles should also be followed by a minimum of a paragraph with two complete sentences before using 4th level sub-titles.
4th Level Sub-Titles.
The Editorial Board of JBAM strongly suggests that authors use no more than 2nd and 3rd level sub-titles. However, if an author feels that a 4th level of sub-title will help clarify understanding, it may be used. These sub-titles should be left justified, written in both upper and lower case font faces and should be underlined followed by a period that is not underlined. 5th level sub-titles are unacceptable.

Please note that, while this example does not do so, APA guidelines suggest that authors not use single 2nd, 3rd, or 4th level sub-headings. If an author is using one 2nd level sub-heading, then there should be at least a second (or more) sub-title prior to the use of another 1st level sub-title. This same rule holds true for 3rd and 4th level sub-title usage (there should be more than one 3rd level sub-title before the next 2nd-level sub-title; and there should be more than one 4th level sub-title before the next 3rd-level sub-title).

Footnotes and Endnotes

In general, the policy of JBAM is not to publish either footnotes or endnotes. The author should include the material one might put in an endnote or footnote directly into the body of the manuscript for explanatory material or into the References for citation material. Attributions for material that authors might use for tables or figures may appear at the bottom of either the table or the figure (though a full citation should be included in the References section). Be certain to contact the editors for permission if you wish to include either a footnote or endnote within the body of the manuscript.

Material From Other Authors

The authors warrant that the material they have submitted to JBAM is original and that it has not been published elsewhere either by the submitting authors or by other authors. If material previously published is cited within the body of the submitting author's material, proper citations must be included in the References section. For material such as lists, tables, and figures that have been published elsewhere, it is the responsibility of the authors to obtain legal permission from the original publishers of that material for JBAM authors to publish this material along with their own material in JBAM.

Tables and Figures

In final manuscript preparation, authors should place objects such as tables and figures (charts and images) directly into the text. The objects may be either embedded or linked, centered or left justified. If linked, the author must be sure to submit the file containing the linked object. Authors need to be careful to ensure that tables and figures display as intended. The final electronic format of the journal is Adobe PDF. If the author has access to Adobe Acrobat, he/she should preview the manuscript in PDF format to ensure that there are no conversion problems. If the editors discover conversion problems, the author will be notified and given an opportunity to make corrections. However, if the problems cannot be corrected in a timely manner, publication may be delayed or the paper may be rejected altogether.

Appendix A

Appendices are acceptable as part of the manuscript preparation for publication in JBAM. References within the body of the manuscript should be made specifically to an appendix such as "see Appendix A" or (Appendix A). Use capital Roman letters to organize appendices, not numbers. Appendices will appear at the end of the text, prior to the References section.


Authors should use the APA style guide for the preparation of citations in the reference section. Below are a few examples of proper reference protocol. However, for more detailed information, authors are strongly encouraged to consult the website.

Alvesson, M., & Deetz, S. (1996). Critical theory and postmodernism approaches to organizational study.In Steward R. Clegg, Cynthia Hardy, and Walter R. Nord (Eds.), Handbook of organizational studies
(pp. 191-217). London: Sage.

Belenky, M. F., Clinchy, B. M., Goldberger, N. R., & Tarule, J. M. (1986). Woman’s ways of knowing: The development of self, voice, and mind. New York: Basic Books.

Rousseau, D. M., & McCarthy, S. (2007). Educating manages from an evidenced-based perspective. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 6, 84-101. 



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