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Author Guidelines

Submission policy

The Editorial Commission has its decisions and actions guided by the ethical principles that support scientific journals, and editors must follow the most recent scientific editorial advances in the Ibero-American world.

Authors must review the text for spelling, grammatical and normative issues before submitting it to IJSM.

All articles submitted to IJSM are checked by the Oxsico (plagiarism detector software).

Based on the steps provided by the Open Journal System (OJS) platform, the submissions are evaluated by the Editorial Committee regarding their scientific merit and their suitability for submission rules - at IJSM we follow the rules set out by American Psychological Association APA. 

Instructions for authors

The manuscripts submitted to the IJSM should be prepared in accordance with the following guidelines and submitted in a single MSWord file. This file must contain all the components of the manuscript, including title, abstract (in Portuguese and English), summary and all remaining parts, excluding any information allowing identification of the author. Information regarding authorship is entered directly into the system.

  • Text formatting: 1.5 spacing;
  • Font size: Times New Roman, 12pt;
  • Length: maximum of 35 pages, including the entire manuscript, references, tables, figures and annexes;
  • Excessively long manuscripts may be returned to authors for amendments;
  • Footnotes and endnotes: should be avoided;
  • Figures and tables: should be editable and placed in the body of the manuscript where referenced
  • Paragraph Indentation: paragraphs should have a 1 cm indentation on the left-hand side;
  • Numbering: all pages should be numbered sequentially, beginning with Page 1.


The first page, numbered 1, should include the title, abstract and keywords. Authors must provide a version of the title, abstract and keywords in English).

The abstract should not exceed 250 words. The abstract should be illustrative of the research question, conceptual foundation, methodology, main results and contribution or implications.


Structured abstract

In place of the common summary, IJSM now asks authors to include a structured summary (maximum 250 words + title + keywords = in Portuguese, English and Spanish) comprising:



Objective of the study (mandatory): The objective of the work, that is, what it intends to demonstrate or describe.

Methodology / approach (mandatory): The scientific method and approach used in conducting the study. In the case of theoretical essays, it is recommended that the author (s) indicate the theoretical approach adopted.

Originality / Relevance (mandatory): The theoretical gap in which the study is inserted, also presenting the scientific relevance of the theme.

Main results (mandatory): Briefly indicate the main results achieved.

Theoretical / methodological contributions (mandatory): The main theoretical and / or methodological implications that have been achieved through the findings of the study.

Social / management contributions (optional): The main managerial and / or social implications achieved through the findings of the study.

Keywords: between three and five keywords that characterize the work.


The body of the manuscript follows the abstract, beginning with the INTRODUCTION.



Footnotes should be used in moderation and if possible avoided. In any case, authors should not use footnotes to include references to discussions or presentations of concepts. In these situations authors are asked to consider whether the text is relevant and should be included in the body of the text or whether it is marginal and can be excluded.


Titles and subtitles

The main section titles should be written in bold and align to left.

Second-order titles or subtitles should be aligned to left and written in italic.


Tables and figures

All tables and figures should appear in the text when cited the first time. All tables and figures should be numbered sequentially and should have an explanatory title.

The title number of tables and figures should appear at the top (before the table/figure), with font size 12. Sources and notes should appear at the end, with font size 10 points. 

A representation with columns and rows should be considered as a table and any other type of illustration as a figure. Differentiations between figures, illustrations, graphs, etc., should be avoided, and all should be considered as figures.



At the end of the manuscript, a complete list of the references used in the manuscript should be provided. This list should begin with the statement REFERENCES and be alphabetically organized by last name of the first author (or publisher or journal in cases where no single author is identified). References to the same author should be arranged chronologically and, in the case of referencing several works by the same author and the same year, differentiate using the indication of a, b, c, after the year.

The references should be formatted in accordance with the standards of the American Psychological Association (APA). An example is provided below:

- Reference to books

Simon, H. (1977), The new science of management decision. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall.

Nelson, R. & Winter, S. (1982). An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Cyert, R. & March, J. (1963). A behavioral theory of the firm. Oxford: Blackwell.

- References to journal articles

Grant, R. (1996). Toward a knowledge-based theory of the firm. Strategic Management Journal, 17: 109-122.

Barney, J. (1991). Firm resources and sustained competitive advantage. Journal of Management, 17: 99-120.

- Reference book chapters

 Dosi, G. & Marengo, L. (1994). Some elements of an evolutionary theory of organisational competences. In England, R. (ed.) Evolutionary Concepts in Contemporary Economics, pp. 157-178, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

- Reference to theses and dissertations and other unpublished works

 Ferreira, M. (2005). Building and leveraging knowledge capabilities through cross border acquisitions: The effect of the multination corporation's capabilities and knowledge strategy on the degree of equity ownership. Unpublished doctoral thesis, David Eccles School of Business of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Pinto, C., Serra, F. & Ferreira, M. (2014). A bibliometric study on culture research in international business, working paper º 107/2014, globADVANTAGE – Center of Research in International Business & Strategy, Portugal.

- Reference to papers presented at events

SERRA, F., Ferreira, M., Pinto, C. & Serra, B. (2013). Is organizational decline research still important? The specialists’ point of view. Article presented at the 8th Ibero American Academy Conference 2013, São Paulo, Brazil.

Citations in the body of the text

Quotes from or references to works in the body of the text should follow the norm of indicating the names of the authors and the year of publication in parentheses. For example: "several studies (see, Ferreira & Serra, 2009) noted that ..."

The page number should be indicated only in direct and accurate quotes. In these cases, the page number follows the year, separated by comma (,) and a "p.". For example, Ferreira and Serra (2009, p. 23).

If the work in question has multiple authors, the following procedures should be adopted. If the work has only two authors, both names should be used in all citations. If the work has more than two authors, all the names should be cited on the first reference in the manuscript and subsequently simplified using the expression "et al.". For example:

In the first citation: Serra, Fiates e Ferreira (2009)

In the following citations: Serra et al. (2009)

Language and Declarations

The IJSM is making efforts to become an internationalized journal with a greater impact. These efforts intent to increase the number of readers of the journal and, consequently, to increase the impact of published articles. As a way of adapting to international standards, from 2021 onwards, the journal is implementing a bilingual publication policy. All articles will be published in English and in Portuguese or Spanish.

After the article is accepted for its scientific merit, the authors will be responsible for providing the approved version of the text in a second language, accompanied by a translation declaration issued by a qualified professional, with the translator's identification data.

The authors are also responsible for conducting a grammatical / orthographic review of the language in which the article is written (Portuguese, English or Spanish) and the APA standard of the entire article by a professional, who prepares a Text Revision Statement (TRS).

Note: The translated article, the translation certificate and the Text Revision Statement must be attached on the OJS platform as supplementary documents for the submission.

We emphasize that the information contained in the text is the sole responsibility of the authors and the full approval of the publication will be subject to proof of translation and proofreading of the work.


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 manuscript must be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or RTF file, and must not exceed 2MB in size;
  2. Foreign words must be written in italics, while neologisms or uncommon words must be written in quotation marks;
  3. In Microsoft Office documents, the author identification must be removed from the document properties (in the File > Properties menu), click the File tab on the main menu, next File > Info > Check for Issues > Inspect Document > Inspect > choose to Remove everything in the dialog box, review the results in Document Inspector and save.
  4. Tables, graphs, tables or illustrations must be presented with their captions, citing a source and a caption;
  5. The units of measurement must follow the standards of the International System (IS) developed by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) [];
  6. The authors consent for being responsible for the content of the manuscript sent to the journal, and authorization its publication;
  7. A maximum of 5 (five) authors is allowed for each manuscript;

Copyright Notice

The author (s) authorize the publication of the manuscript in the journal;

The author (s) guarantee that the contribution is original and unpublished and that it is not being evaluated in another journal (s);

The journal is not responsible for the opinions, ideas and concepts emitted in the texts, as they are the sole responsibility of its author (s);

Editors reserve the right to make textual adjustments and adapt to the publication's rules.

Authors retain the copyright and grant the journal the right to first publication, with the work simultaneously licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License that allows the sharing of the work with acknowledgment of authorship and initial publication in this magazine.

Authors are authorized to assume additional contracts separately, for non-exclusive distribution of the version of the work published in this journal (eg, publishing in institutional repository or as a book chapter), with acknowledgment of authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors are allowed and encouraged to publish and distribute their work online (eg in institutional repositories or on their personal page) at any point before or during the editorial process, as this can generate productive changes, as well as increase impact and citation of the published work (see “The Effect of Open Access” at

Authors can use ORCID for identification. An ORCID identifier is unique to an individual and acts as a persistent digital identifier to ensure that authors (particularly those with relatively common names) can be distinguished and their work appropriately assigned.


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