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Times New Roman 12-point font and A4 page setting should be used. Page numbers should be centred on the bottom margin. Top and left margins should be 1½ inches, and bottom and right margins 1 inch. Manuscripts should be double spaced.
The title page (first page) of the manuscript should include the title, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of author(s) and their postal address(es), phone number(s), fax number(s), and e-mail address(es). The title should be in bold type, upper case, single-spaced, centred across the top of the first page, in 14-point Times New Roman font. Other details should be single-spaced and centred below the title. In case of more than one author, the corresponding author should be indicated with an asterisk mark. Please note that the author name(s) must not appear anywhere else in the manuscript except on the title page and the reference list (if cited).
The second page should include a one-paragraph abstract of not more than 150 words and 3-5 key words. The abstract should include the objectives of the research, methods adopted, major findings, and conclusions in brief.
The text of the paper should begin on page 3. All body paragraphs should begin with a paragraph indent, and be fully justified. Wherever possible, authors should arrange the manuscripts in well-defined sections as appropriate for their work, such as introduction/background of the study, review of past studies/literature, context and methods of the study (when applicable), results and interpretations, and discussion and conclusion.
References and Appendices, printed on separate pages, should be arranged at the end of the manuscript. Page numbers should continue through all pages of the manuscript, including References and Appendices.
The word limit of a manuscript is 5000-10000 words (including Abstract, Keywords, Notes, References, Tables and Figures). A book review should be between 1200-1500 words.
CBJ allows authors to use three levels of headings. First-level headings should be flushed left, in bold type 14-point Times New Roman font; first letter of main words should be in upper case. Second-level headings should be flushed left and italicized; first letter of main words should be in upper case. Third-level headings should be indented and italicized; first letter of main words should be in upper case. Use Arabic numbering to number first-level (e.g. 1) and second-level (e.g. 1.1) headings.
Tables should contain only horizontal lines. They should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numbering and must have corresponding references in the main text. Each table should be placed immediately after the paragraph in the text containing the first reference to it.
Figures and illustrations
All figures and illustrations, as in the case of tables, should be numbered consecutively as ‘Figures’ with corresponding references in the main text. Line drawings should be presented as camera-ready, using black ink only. Each figure should be placed immediately after the paragraph in the text containing the first reference to it.
CBJ uses American Psychological Association (APA) style guide for both in-text citations and reference list. The reference list should be presented at the end of the manuscript and the entries should be double spaced.
If authors wish to acknowledge financial support or any other assistance, a note can be added at the end of the main text prior to references.
1. Title page
3. Main text
4. Tables and Figures
7. Whole submission
CBJ will publish papers written only in English. Authors are advised to make sure that their manuscripts are in standard written English.
Editorial Policy Any manuscript that does not conform to these instructions will be returned for required improvements. Manuscripts are considered with the understanding that their contents have not been published, nor are under consideration for publication elsewhere. However, presentation of a paper at an academic conference or professional meeting will not disqualify it from consideration, provided that the said conference/meeting does not own copyrights of the paper. Once published, copyrights of a paper will belong to the CBJ and is made available in open access form under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Colombo Business Journal (CBJ) publishes reviews of recent books that contribute to Business and Management or related fields. The scholars who review for CBJ should follow the guidelines given below.
The submission should include three sections namely, (1) description of the book, (2) review, and (3) information of the reviewer. All three sections should begin on a new page and appear in a single document. The contents of the three sections should be as follows.
Description of the book
The description of the book reviewed should be given in the following order.
The full review of the book should cover the areas: introduction, content, evaluation, conclusion, and references as described below.
Intended readership and benefits
Please state about the beneficiaries of this book with an account of the broader field of study in which it stands. Also, any special provision for readers in this book (e.g., illustrations, practical examples, anecdotes etc.), the gravity of the write-up (whether an in-depth exploration, meant for easy reading etc.), and the timely importance of the book should be highlighted.
Please state the context in which the book is written. (E.g., in the context of contemporary organizational/inter-organizational/social setting, fast moving globalization, developing Asian economies etc.).
Please provide an abstract of major themes of the text, and follow this for all the chapters (may be through introduction to conclusion), and make sure not to summarize the contents. Highlight the special arguments, models, or examples appeared in the text. Brief the implications given for research, theoretical developments, policy making, and practices.
Appraisal of views presented
Please present a summary of the most important views became known in the book. State to which extent these views are valid, novel, innovative, thought provoking, or directive in the given context. Briefly mention where these views are positioned in the current knowledge. State any other special observations made.
Please provide a brief account of comparable texts. Elaborate the distinguishable features of the book when compared to them, and state the extent to which the book has been able to fill the gap in the existing knowledge.
Please comment on the production of material (e.g., form, weight, quality of printing, quality of graphics etc.), and the typos and errors in the text. Proceed to comment on the adequacy of the content, explanations, elaborations, index, bibliography etc.
Present the concluding remarks on the strengths and weaknesses of the book. State the extent to which the objectives / aims of the book has been achieved. Give your overall assessment of the book.
Please provide a brief biography of the author at the beginning of the review, including his/her (their) academic credentials, affiliation, intellectual history, affiliation with the subject, other major work related, and the intention (motivation) of writing /editing this book.
Please follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style guide (http://www.apastyle.org/) in listing references.
Information of the reviewer
There should include the following information of the reviewer.
Style and Length
Please use 12-point Times New Roman font and A4 page setting. Place page numbers in the lower center, and leave top and left margins 1½ inches and bottom and right margins 1 inch. Book review should be double-spaced and printed on one side of the paper only.
The number of words of the book review should be about 1200 – 1500, including all the sections mentioned above.
The submission is subject to the evaluation by the Editorial Board, and the Editorial Board will make the final decision on acceptance, asking for revisions, or rejection. If the book review is accepted, and published in the CBJ, the reviewer will receive a copy of the volume containing the book review, and a copy of the book review will be sent to the publisher of the book. Any book review that does not conform to the above guidelines may be returned without being considered for evaluation. Book reviews are dealt with the understanding that they have not been published and are not under consideration for publication.
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.
Figures are all cited in the main text and are uploaded as supplementary files. Figures/images have a resolution of at least 150dpi (300dpi or above preferred). The files are in one of the following formats: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS (to maximise quality, the original source file is preferred).
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