Guide for Authors

  • Manuscripts submitted to Business Horizons should address topical and timely issues of relevance to business academicians and practitioners. Successful submissions will typically be structured around identifying and developing a problem or issue and providing relevant solutions. Importantly, manuscipts should go beyond description and offer sound prescriptive advice. Manuscripts should also be solidly grounded in a scholarly foundation with appropriate and judicious use of source citations. Manuscripts should also be written in clear, non-technical language, with a broad business readership in mind. While the language should be engaging and informative, authors should avoid the use of jargon and technical terminology.

    Manuscripts should be prepared consistent with the following guidelines. Manuscripts which do not conform to these guidelines may be returned to the author(s) without review for reformatting.

    1. Double-space, use a 12 point font with normal text spacing, and one-inch margins throughout the entire manuscript. Manuscripts should not exceed 25 pages, all-inclusive. We cannot, however, consider notes, briefs, or commentaries. All pages, save the title page, should include pagination. Page numbers should appear centered at the bottom of each page.

    2. The first page of the manuscript should include the title of the manuscript and complete contact information for each author with author name, affiliation, full postal mail address, email address, telephone number, and fax number. The corresponding author should be clearly noted in the case of multiple authors.

    3. The second page of the manuscript should include the title of the manuscript, an abstract of 150 to 200 words, and four to five key words or short phrases that accurately reflect the content of the manuscript. Abstracts should be designed to provide a comprehensive executive summary of the manuscript in a manner that draws the reader's attention.

    4. The body of the text should begin on the third manuscript page. The manuscript text should begin with an introductory heading.

    5. Incorporate headings and sub-headings throughout the manuscript to aid readability. First order headings should be centered and all capital letters. Second order headings should be centered and use both upper and lower case letters. Headings should be descriptive and informative, yet not standard academic style. For example, rather than use "Introduction", you might elect to use "Corporate Women: Another Look". The aim is to guide the reader with innovative and lively language.

    6. Business Horizons relies on the APA (American Psychological Association) style of referencing. Authors should carefully document their work while at the same time judiciously select references. A complete list of references cited should appear at the end of the text, and preceding any tables, figures, or graphs. Only works cited in the manuscript should be included in the references section. The references should begin on a new manuscript page, with the heading REFERENCES appearing centered at the top of this page. We do not rely on footnotes or endnotes. Any full or partial with-in text quoted material should include the relevant page number(s) with the source citation (e.g., Author & Author, 2008, p.1). Please also note the use of ampersand for within text citations contained in parentheses. The following are examples of the APA referencing style. Please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Fifth Edition, ISBN 1-55798-790-4 or for further style guidelines.

    Journal article:
    Stuart, F. I. (2006). Designing and executing memorable service experiences: Lights, camera, experiment, integrate, action! Business Horizons, 49(2), 149-159.

    Ketchen, D., & Hult, G. T. (2007). Bridging organization theory and supply chain management: The case of best value supply chains. Journal of Operations Management, 25(2), 573-580.

    Miller, D., & Le Breton-Miller, I. (2005). Managing for the long run: Lessons in competitive advantage from great family businesses. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

    Cialdini, R. B. (2001). Influence: Science and practice (4th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

    Edited collection:
    Pfeffer, J. (1998). Understanding organizations: Concepts and controversies. In D. Gilbert, S. Fiske, & G. Lindzey (Eds.), Handbook of social psychology (pp. 733-777). New York: McGraw-Hill.

    Geis, G. (1982). The heavy electrical equipment anti-trust cases of 1961. In M. D. Ermann & R. J. Lundman (Eds.), Corporate and governmental deviance (pp. 123-143). New York: Oxford University Press.

    Web source:
    Berry, L. L., & Seltman, K. D. (2007). Building a strong services brand: Lessons from Mayo Clinic. Business Horizons, 50(3), 199-209. Retrieved May 10, 2007, from

    Lewis, P. H. (2007). How Apple kept its iPhone secrets. Retrieved January 31, 2008, from

    7. All tables, figures, graphs, or appendices should appear individually on a separate manuscript page. These should clarify or supplement the manuscript text, not duplicate the text. Please indicate the appropriate placement of tables, figures, and graphs within the text by using [Insert Table 1 about here] place on a separate text line. These should appear following the References in the following order: tables, figures, graphs, appendices.

    8. Authors should carefully proofread their manuscripts prior to submission. Please pay careful attention to spelling and grammar, in particular. Also, please rely on gender neutral language. Manuscripts with extensive errors will be returned without review. Submission of a manuscript to Business Horizons implies a commitment by the author(s) to engage in the review process and to have the article published should it be accepted. Articles previously published, those under consideration by another journal, and those with a pre-existing copyright may not be submitted for review and consideration. Upon submission, authors also agree not to submit the manuscript for consideration elsewhere during the review period.

    9. Submit all manuscripts electronically in MS Word-compatible file format to the editor at Submissions will be acknowledged shortly after receipt. Editorial decisions may take up to three months. All editorial decisions are final. Articles typically appear in print 8 to 12 months after final acceptance.

    10. Materials published in Business Horizons are available for viewing and download via Science Direct (

    11. This journal offers you the option of making your article freely available to all via the ScienceDirect platform. To prevent any conflict of interest, you can only make this choice after receiving notification that your article has been accepted for publication. The fee of $3,000 excludes taxes and other potential author fees such as color charges. In some cases, institutions and funding bodies have entered into agreement with Elsevier to meet these fees on behalf of their authors. Details of these agreements are available at Authors of accepted articles, who wish to take advantage of this option, should complete and submit the order form (available at Whatever access option you choose, you retain many rights as an author, including the right to post a revised personal version of your article on your own website. More information can be found here: .


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