Information For Authors

Guidelines for Abstract & Paper Submission:

1. The manuscript should have a cover page with author(s) Contact details, followed by an Abstract

2. Abstract of the research paper, word limit below 200, must have appropriate keywords. (Authors name, affiliation and email ID should be mentioned just below the title of paper on the abstract.)

3. Final & Full paper(s) should be of 8000 to 10000 words only including references. All the pages except cover page must be numbered at the bottom of the page, central alignment.

4. Font Type – Times New Roman, size -12, spacing – 1.5 lines, margin-1 inch on all the sides.

5. Typed on paper – A4 size, single column typing, left side alignment for all the headings and central alignment for title of paper.

6. Papers should be completed in MS word type doc/ docx file only.

7. Tables, Figures, and Illustrations—Use the entire page width for tables and graphs, where required, then continue with text. All tables, figures, illustrations, etc. should be included in the text of the paper. Tables should be consistent with the text and facing the same direction. The endnotes should be consecutively numbered within the text, and substance of the endnotes should appear at the end, preceding the references.

8. Use APA style for providing the references in the manuscript.

9. Copyright policy, anti plagiarism policy is strictly followed by the Journal.

10. Authors have to give undertaking to the editor of the journal about transfer of copyright and originality of research work. (

11. Contents of the paper should follow this sequence: the cover page, abstract, introduction, review of literature, research methodology, findings - discussion, conclusion, references.

Please note that the paper(s) that will not follow the guidelines will be returned to the author(s) for correction and resubmission.

Do not use footnotes. Minimize endnotes. If they are unavoidable, number them serially in the text using superscript and list them together on a separate sheet under the heading NOTES immediately following the text of the paper. Notes are not for citing a reference but for offering a significant explanation.

Revised manuscripts:
At the end of the blind review process, the editor informs the author about the acceptance or rejection of the manuscript. On acceptance, the author is expected to incorporate the modifications suggested by the reviewers, if any, and submit a soft copy of the final revised manuscript.

Policy against simultaneous submission:
Authors should ensure that the manuscript submitted to IBMRD is not simultaneously submitted to any other journal or publisher. Similarly, it should not be submitted anywhere else during the pendency of the review process. Once a manuscript is accepted by or published in IBMRD it becomes the property of IBMRD, whose permission is required for any operations covered by the Copyright Act.

References should be cited in the style prescribed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Indicate the position of the reference in the text within brackets by the author's last name and the year of publication; e.g.: '(Porter, 1980)' or incorporate it into a sentence, e.g.: 'as pointed out by Hannan and Freeman (1977)'. At the end of the text, references should be listed in the alphabetical order of the last names of the authors, with a title References.

Examples of how the references are to be listed at the end of the paper are given below.
(If it is a book): Porter, M.E. (1980) Competitive Strategy, New York: Free Press.
(If it is an article in a journal): Hannan, M.T. and Freeman, J. (1977) The Population Ecology of Organizations, American Journal of Sociology, 82 (5): 929-964
(If it is an article in an edited book): Kanter, R.M. (1988) When a Thousand Flowers Bloom. In B. Staw and L. Cummings (eds),Research in Organizational Behaviour, pp.169-211, Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

References (Sample)

  1. Amit, R., & Zott, C. 2001. Value creation in E-business. Strategic Management Journal, 22: 493-520.
  2. Barney, J. 1991. Firm resources and sustained competitive advantage. Journal of Management, 17: 99-120.
  3. Campion, M. A., Maertz, C. P., Palmer, D. K., & Tan, H. 1997. Rules for references: Suggested guidelines for choosing literary citations for research articles in applied psychology. Personnel Psychology, 50: 165-167.
  4. Haleblian, J., Devers, C. E., McNamara, G., Carpenter, M. A., & Davison, R. B. 2009. Taking stock of what we know about mergers and acquisitions: A review and research agenda. Journal of Management, 35: 469-502.
  5. Katz, D., & Kahn, R. L. 1978. The social psychology of organizations (2nd ed.). New York: Wiley.
  6. Mathieu, J., Maynard, M. T., Rapp, T., & Gilson, L. 2008. Team effectiveness 1997-2007: A review of recent advancements and a glimpse into the future. Journal of Management, 34: 410-476.
  7. Podsakoff, P. M., & Organ, D. W. 1986. Self-reports in organizational research: Problems and prospects. Journal of Management, 12: 531-544.
  8. Shane, S., & Venkataraman, S. 2000. The promise of entrepreneurship as a field of research.