Guidelines for Authors
The aim of the journal is to contribute to the expansion and establishment of business ethics as academic field in Africa. In pursuit of this aim we wish to not only build a continental journal of high quality, but to also ensure that it achieves broad international credibility.
AJoBE aims to publish original, scientific articles from a variety of methodological and disciplinary perspectives concerning ethical issues related to business. Speculative philosophy, opinion papers and reports of empirical research (quantitative and qualitative) are welcomed. Manuscripts in the arena of professional ethics will also be considered.
For purposes of quality assurance all manuscripts received will be subjected to a double blind peer review process.
AJoBE is an open-access, electronically published journal. Requests for paper (hard) copies should be conveyed to the publisher.
AJoBE is the official journal of the Business Ethics Network of Africa (BEN-Africa). It is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. AJoBE is published in India by Medknow Publications.
Please submit an electronic version of your manuscript to:
Email: ajobe @ benafrica.org
Accreditation: AJoBE is accredited with the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS).
Please use Arial 12 font in double spacing and leave generous margins. All pages must be numbered, and headings/sub-headings must be consistent. Unusual or handwritten symbols must be clearly identified. Please limit the length of manuscripts to 30 pages (excluding figures and tables).
Provide the title in full, as well as the author’s name, affiliation, and email address. If the title is longer than 70 characters including spaces, provide a brief title for use as a running head.
Please provide your present postal address (for receipt of proofs, if different from the affiliation). Also provide a brief personal biography of each author, containing title, affiliation, special awards, if any, and important publications. Include only the most pertinent and significant information. Restrict yourself to a maximum of 75 words.
Please include an abstract of 100 words maximum. The abstract should contain the goal of the paper, a description of the methodology used, and the main findings.
Add a list of 5-10 keywords.
Should you wish to express your gratitude to non-authors for signicant contributions they may have made to the research/manuscript, include these at the end of the manuscript before the References section.
Please try to avoid using footnotes. However, should you wish to use footnotes, number these clearly and include them at the end of the manuscript before the references section.
Number all tables (e.g. 1, 2, 3) and include a short title. Vertical lines between columns are to be avoided.
All figures must be suitable for reproduction without being retouched or redrawn. Check that all lettering will still be legible after the figure is reduced to fit the page. Use black ink on white or transparent paper. A glossy print is equally acceptable. Refer to all photographs, diagrams and graphs as ‘Figure’ in the text (abbreviated to ‘Fig.’ only in the caption). Write your name and the figure number lightly on the back in pencil, and clearly indicate in the text between two paragraphs the most appropriate location for the figure. Use the words INSERT TABLE/FIGURE HERE.
Subscripts and superscripts should be set off clearly. Use a full stop for decimals, and reserve crosses for multiplication. The sign for ‘about equal to’ is =; ‘of the order of’ is indicated by ~.
References should be given at the end of the paper in alphabetical order. In the case where two publications of an author have been cited, include the references in chronological order (the earliest first). Please indent the second and subsequent lines of the reference.
Buckley, M.R., Harvey, M.G. and Beu, D.S. 2000. ‘The role of pluralistic ignorance in the perception of unethical behavior’, Journal of Business Ethics, 23(4), 353-364.
Hoffman, W.M., Driscoll, D-M. and Painter-Moreland, M. 2001. Integrating ethics, in C. Moon and C. Bonny (Eds.), Business ethics: Facing up to the issues. London: Economist Books/Profile Books.
Stevens, B. 1996. ‘Using the competing values framework to assess corporate ethical codes’, Journal of Business Communication, 33(1), 71-83.
In the text the literature is referred to by the name of the author and the year of publication, e.g. Mwangi (2004), when forming a part of a sentence, or (Mwangi, 2004), when forming an addition to a sentence, between parentheses. If a reference has three or more authors, it is referred to by the names of all the authors when cited for the first time. Thereafter it is referred to by the name of the first author, the expression et al.’ and the year of publication. Parentheses are to be used for direct quotations. Include page numbers after the year of publication for direct qoutations.
Once the manuscript has been accepted and the page proofs designed, the author receives a set of first page proofs together with the manuscript. The page proofs with corrections together with the manuscript must be returned to the publisher without delay to avoid any hold-up in the production schedule. A charge is made for any substantial alteration to the manuscript at this stage.
We supply 10 offprints free of charge. Additional offprints may be ordered when returning proofs.
Language editing and referencing
Authors that submit manuscripts for consideration are urged to conduct proper language editing before submission. This applies particularly to authors whose mother tongue is not English. Please note that the task of our reviewers is to evaluate manuscripts on content and publication requirements merits – when a manuscript is fraught with language and/or technical errors it obstructs a speedy decision on publication possibility.
It is also important to check that referencing, both in manuscript contenst and in the list of references is done correctly, and consistently so. Please follow the guidelines as stipulated in the Guide for authors in this regard. It may also be useful to peruse the AJoBE Review Form to be aware of the criteria that reviewers use to evaluate manuscripts prior to submission.www.ctri.in
Please submit your manuscript to: http://www.journalonweb.com/ajobe
The Editor: AJoBE
Department of Human Resource Management
University of Johannesburg
Auckland Park, 2006
Johannesburg, South Africa
Alternatively you may send an electronic version to:
ajobe @ benafrica.org
lvanvuuren @ uj.ac.za
Attention: Leon van Vuuren
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