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IIMS Journal of Management Science

ISSN (Print): 0976-030X, ISSN (Online): 0976-173X

Frequency: Bi-annual (January & July)

Available in Publons, Index Copernicus International, Indian Citation Index, Google Scholar, J-GATE, EBSCO Discovery, Scientific Journal Impact Factor, NAAS Rating, , ISRA-JIF, I2OR, ESJI, CiteFactor

Editor: Dr. Mousumi Bhattacharya, PhD
Email: msb@iimshillong.ac.in

Submission:https://journal.iimshillong.ac.in/pages/submission-guidelines/

https://journal.iimshillong.ac.in/

IIMS Journal of Management Science (IIMSJMS) is the scholarly journal of the IIM Shillong that publishes research contributions in all areas of management and its allied discipline since 2010. It follows a double-blind peer-review process and publishes two issues a year. While submissions from all management domains and their allied disciplines are welcome, the journal encourages articles on cross-functional management domains with cross-functional managerial or societal problems and implications. The journal looks for original and insightful research articles that create differential research traditions to shed new evidence on contemporary challenges faced by management practitioners, policymakers, academicians, and others. The journal envisages publishing rigorous research output backed by qualitative or quantitative methods. The articles that establish the intuition, argument, and implications using clear and concise English and improve our understanding of the management theory and practice knowledge are preferred. All contributions should be well written in English and supported by either original/empirical data or a well-justified theoretical or mathematical model.

Aim & Scope

IIMSJMS publishes original research and review articles that demonstrate theoretical and empirical research in management discipline through qualitative or quantitative methods. It follows a double-blind peer review policy.

The articles in all domains in management and its allied discipline, including but not limited to, Accounting, Analytics, Banking, Communications, Economics, Finance, Industrial-relations, Information Systems, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Organisational Behaviour, Organisational Development, Human Resources Management, Strategy, Sustainability and Liberal Studies, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Public Policy, and others are welcome.

Contributions with a rigorous analysis of economic, social, political, sustainability, and other factors relevant to management theory, practice, or policy are well received. Consistent with the journal policy, the journal invites articles on cross-functional research that provides new evidence on contemporary challenges faced by management practitioners, firms, societies, policymakers, academicians, and others.

Editor

Dr. Mousumi Bhattacharya (Finance and Control Area)

Editorial Team

Dr. Neelam Rani (Finance and Control Area)

Dr. Sanjita Jaipuria (Operations and Quantitative Techniques Area)

Dr. Bidyut Jyoti Gogoi (Marketing Management Area)

Dr. Gurpreet Kaur (Marketing Management Area)

Dr. Debasisha Mishra (Strategic Management Area)

Dr. Ridhi Arora (Organization Behaviour and Human Resources Area)

Members

Prof. D.P.Goyal , Director, IIM Shillong, India

Prof. Angappa Gunasekaran, California State University, Bakersfield, USA

Prof. Nripendra P. Rana, School of Management, University of Bradford, UK

Prof. Madhu Kalimipalli, Wilfrid Laurier University , Waterloo, Canada

Prof. Anil Mishra, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia

Prof. Mohan Thite, Griffith Business School, Nathan, Australia

Prof. Mahesh Joshi, RMIT University , Melbourne, Australia

Prof. Paul Shrivastava , Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Prof. Richard Ponarul , California State University ,USA

Prof. W. Jean Kwon , St. John’s University ,USA

Prof. Robert Clift , University of Tasmania ,Australia

Prof. S.K.Sinha , IIM Ahmedabad,India

Prof. Rakesh Sah , Montana State University, USA

Prof. Satyendra Singh , University of Winnipeg, Canada

Prof. Prashant Mishra , IIM Calcutta, India

Prof. Jatin Pancholi, Middlesex University,London, U.K

Prof. Sorin Tuluca , Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA

Prof. Harjeet S.Bhabra , Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Prof. S. Viswanathan , Nanyang Business School, Singapore

Prof. Phani Tej Adidam , University for Nebraska, Omaha, USA

Members

Dr. Goloknath , Vice President and Chief Economic Adviser, CCIL, India

Dr. Matthias Nnadi , School of Management, Cranfield University, UK

Dr. Noel Yahanpath , Eastern Institute of Technology, Napier, New Zealand

Dr. Marcos Ferasso , Professor, SENAC Faculty of Technology, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Dr. S. Venkataramanaiah , Professor, IIM Lucknow, India

Dr. V.K Gupta , Professor, IIM Indore, India

Dr. Seema Bhate , Professor, University of Sunderland, UK

Dr. Sajal Kabiraj , Professor, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, China.

Dr. O.P. Wali , Professor, IIFT, India

Dr. Fred Mugambi , Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya.

Dr. Deepak Tandon , Professor, IMI, India

Dr. Anil K. Sharma , Professor, IIT Roorkee, India

Dr. Seshadev Sahoo , Associate Professor, IIM Lucknow, India

Dr. Saumya Singh , Associate Professor, IIT Dhanbad, India

1. Open Access

IIMS Journal of Management Science is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity.

2. Article processing charge (APC)

There is no article processing charge to publish in IIMS Journal of Management Science.

3. What do we publish?

3.1 Aims & scope
Before submitting your manuscript to IIMS Journal of Management Science, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

3.2 Article types
The journal publishes the following article types.

  • a. Research Articles
  • b. Book Reviews
  • c. Case Studies
  • d. Commentaries
  • e. Perspectives

Recommended length of articles is 6000 to 8000 words, inclusive of tables, figures and references. All regular/research articles must be accompanied by an abstract of up to 200 words and 4–6 keywords.

Please refer to Section 6.1 for detail on formatting.

4. Editorial policies

4.1 Peer review policy
As standard practice, IIMS Journal of Management Science does not permit the use of author-suggested reviewers.

The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. IIMS Journal of Management Science utilizes a double-blind peer-review process in which the reviewer and authors’ names and information are withheld from the other. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief who then makes the final decision.

The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor / Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

Please see Section 6.3 for detail on anonymising the manuscript.

4.2 Authorship
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal editor. Please contact your production editor if a change is required.

4.3 Acknowledgements
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

  • 4.3.1 Third party submissionsWhere an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
    • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
    • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
    • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
  • Where appropriate, IIMS Journal of Management Science reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
  • 4.3.2 Writing assistanceIndividuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

4.4 Funding
IIMS Journal of Management Science requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.

All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement statement included in the manuscript in the form of a sentence under a separate heading entitled ‘Funding’ directly after your Acknowledgements and Declaration of Conflicting Interests, if applicable, and prior to any Notes and your References. The funding agency should be written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets, see following example (the text in bold is mandatory, unless specified otherwise by the journal):

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number xxx].

Multiple grant numbers should be separated by comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Thus:

This work was supported by the Trust XYZ [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; and ABC Council [grant number zzzz].

In some cases, research is not funded by a specific project grant, but rather from the block grant and other resources available to a university, college or other research institution. Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that that corresponding authors (see Section 7.3 for detail on corresponding author) use the following sentence:

The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

Important note: If you have any concerns that the provision of this information may compromise your anonymity dependent on the peer review policy of this journal outlined above, you can withhold this information until you submit your final accepted manuscript.

4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
It is the policy of IIMS Journal of Management Science to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

5. Publishing policies

5.1 Publication ethics
IIMS Journal of Management Science is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors.

  • 5.1.1 PlagiarismIIMS Journal of Management Science takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
  • 5.1.2 Prior publicationIf material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. If in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

5.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
Before publication we require the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. IIMS Journal of Management Science publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial.

6. Preparing your manuscript

6.1 Formatting
The preferred format for your manuscript is MS Word.

Please note the below points while preparing your manuscript.

  • Title page: The first page of all papers needs to display the title of the submission along with the full name(s) institutional affiliations of the author(s) and contact details (complete postal and email addresses, and telephone/mobile numbers) (see also Section 7.3).
  • Manuscript: This needs to provide the complete title of the article accompanied by a brief abstract and key words. This condition does not apply to articles less than 1000 words. This page should be considered the first page of the submission and should be paginated accordingly.
    Abstract: It should be concise and factual. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. References should be avoided in the abstract. Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.
  • JEL codes should be below the keywords.
  • All articles should be typed using the font Times New Roman point 12 double spaced. This condition also applies to the extended quotations and references as well.
  • Please ensure that manuscript has been ‘spell checked’ and ‘grammar checked’.
  • All references mentioned in the Reference List should be cited in the text, and vice versa.
  • Abbreviations (e.g., etc., i.e.) should only be used in parenthetical comments and not in the text itself, ideally. Within the text, they should be spelt out, for example, ‘that is’ and ‘for example’.
  • Acronyms including those in common use should be spelled out at first occurrence, with the acronym/abbreviation following in parenthesis, for example, World Trade Organization (WTO). Thereafter you may use the acronym only.
  • The following conventions should be used when using hyphens, en-dash and em-dash:
    • Use hyphens (-) to create compound words.
    • Use a closed en-dash (–) for a range of numbers, e.g. 75–80.
    • Use a closed em-dash (—) to mark an explanatory element in a sentence.
  • Italics should be used for non-English words, which are not found in a standard English dictionary or are otherwise uncommon. Translations of foreign words within parentheses are not to be italicised. Italics also should be used for book titles and journal names, and less frequently for emphasis.
  • The following conventions are to be used when using capital letters:
    • In general, capital letters should only be used for place names, personal names and at the beginning of sentences.
    • In the main title, the first letter in all words except prepositions, conjunctions etc. should be a capital.
  • Consistent use of either British or American spelling is advised, but not both at the same time.
  • The following conventions should be adhered to as well: please use ‘13th’ instead of ‘thirteenth century’; use ‘1960s’ instead of ‘nineteen sixties’. Date format: April 24, 2021
  • Spell out numbers from one to nine but from 10 and above, the usage should be numerical.
  • In measurements, please use the following conventions: 5 km, 20 L etc., i.e. numerals with units and not five km or kilometres.

Math equations/formulae

Please submit math equations as editable text and not as images. Present simple formulae in line with normal text where possible and use the solidus (/) instead of a horizontal line for small fractional terms, e.g., X/Y. In principle, variables are to be presented in italics. Number consecutively any equations that have to be displayed separately from the text (if referred to explicitly in the text).

Headings

The following is the style of the headings:

H1 Title case, bold Theoretical Framework and Hypothesis Development
H2 Title case, italics Rule Compliance, Legitimacy and Decisions of Independent Reviewers
H3 Title case, italics with end period, text run-on Regression Approach. In this approach…

There should be no instance of missed headings. H2 should follow H1, and so on. H3 can only be used if H2 has been used.

Quotations, Footnotes/Endnotes, Tables and Figures

  • Use quotation marks for quotations within a given paragraph, and if needed, please use italics within quotations for emphases. Spelling of words in quotations should not be changed.
  • British English uses single quotation marks to indicate quotations or dialogue, double quotation marks for quotation inside quotation (nested quotation). American English flips that method and uses double quotation marks to indicate quotations or dialogue, and single quotation marks for nested quotations.
  • British English puts commas and periods (full stops) outside the quotation marks unless the quotation is also a complete sentence or the punctuation is part of the quotation. American English puts commas and periods inside the quotation marks.
    If a quotation exceeds 40 words, it should be given as a display quote, i.e. separated from the main text with one-line space above and below, and indented on the left margin by 1 cm.
  • Notes should be used sparingly. If giving, number them consecutively throughout the article. Indicate the position of footnotes/endnotes in the text as a superscript number and list them separately at the end of the article under heading Notes.
  • Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Each table should have a caption. All abbreviations should be expanded in a table ‘Note’.
  • Each figure or table must have a text citation, i.e. it must be mentioned in the text (e.g. see Table 1).
  • Tables can be placed either next to the relevant text in the article or at the end. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body.
  • In the typeset proofs, tables and figures will be placed at the top or bottom of the page, closest possible to their text citation. But tables or figures cannot be ‘sandwiched’ in between sections of the text.

Please see the following section for detail on artwork/figures.

6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

Illustrations, pictures and graphs, should be supplied in the highest quality and in an electronic format that helps us to publish your article in the best way possible. Please follow the guidelines below to enable us to prepare your artwork for the printed issue as well as the online version.

  • Format: TIFF, JPEG: Common format for pictures (containing no text or graphs).
  • EPS: Preferred format for graphs and line art (retains quality when enlarging/zooming in).
  • Placement: Figures/charts and tables created in MS Word should be included in the main text rather than at the end of the document. Figures and other files created outside Word (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, JPG, TIFF and EPS) should be submitted separately. Please add a placeholder note in the running text (i.e. “[insert Figure 1.]”)
  • Resolution: Rasterized based files (i.e. with .tiff or .jpeg extension) require a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Line art should be supplied with a minimum resolution of 800 dpi.
  • Dimension: Check that the artworks supplied match or exceed the dimensions of the journal. Images cannot be scaled up after origination
  • Fonts: The lettering used in the artwork should not vary too much in size and type (usually sans serif font as a default).
  • Caption: Ensure that each figure has a caption. Please ensure to explain all symbols and abbreviations used.

Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.

6.3 Identifiable information
Where a journal uses double-blind peer review, authors are required to submit:

  1. A version of the manuscript which has had any information that compromises the anonymity of the author(s) removed or anonymised. This version will be sent to the peer reviewers.
  2. A separate title page which includes any removed or anonymised material. This will not be sent to the peer reviewers. Please see Section 6.1 for more information on title page.


6.3.1 Anonymising your manuscript:

Where present, the following identifiable information should be treated as follows:

  • Remove author names, emails and affiliations
  • Remove the Acknowledgements
  • Remove identifying information from file names and document properties using Document Inspector
  • Anonymise the Conflict of Interest statement where a competing interest exists, e.g.:
    • The author(s) declared following potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: [details omitted for double-anonymised peer review]
  • Anonymise the trial registration number and date
  • Anonymise the funding source(s), e.g.:
    • The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This work was funded by [details omitted for double-anonymised peer review]
  • Avoid using self-citations. If you include an essential self-citation then:
    • The citation should not be anonymised
    • If necessary, it should referred to in the third person, e.g. write “Jones and Xi (2020) have shown”, not “we have previously shown (Jones & Xi, 2020)”

6.4 Supplemental material
This journal is able to host additional materials online alongside the full-text of the article.

All supplemental material will be freely available online to all users, regardless of whether the user has access to the article the material relates to or not.

The authors are advised to supply the supplemental material as a separate file clearly mentioning it as Supplement. It should not be added at the end of the article or within the article; only a mention needs to be there within the article where applicable. If not specified or given as a separate file, we will publish the supplement as an appendix within the article.

Supplemental material refers to files relates to a specific article, which authors supply for publication alongside their article. They should generally be additional pieces to the article that could not be included in the issue or print version, such as appendices, tables, and audio and video material that is impossible to produce within the article. There may also be instances, such as certain podcasts and videos, where they are not directly attributable to a specific piece of research.

6.5 Reference style
IIMS Journal of Management Science adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

6.6 English language editing services
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using our language services. Visit our Language Services page for further information.

7. Submitting your manuscript

7.1 How to submit your manuscrip

IIMS Journal of Management Science is hosted on our Peer Review platform STS, a web based online submission and peer review system. Please read the manuscript submission guidelines, and then visit https://peerreview.sagepub.com/ims to login and submit your article online. IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.

7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google.

Here are some tips:

  • Repeat key phrases in the abstract while writing naturally.
  • Get the title right: Ensure the main key phrase for your topic is in your article title. Make sure your title is descriptive, unambiguous, accurate and reads well.
  • Choose your key words carefully: Include your main 3 or 4 key phrases and add in at least 3 or 4 additional key words.
    Use descriptive sub-headings.
  • Link to your article: As well as optimizing the content, you should link to your article and encourage others to do so.

7.3 Information required for completing your submission
Provide full contact details of the authors including emails, affiliations, mailing addresses and telephone numbers. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

You will be asked to identify who is to be the corresponding author via our submission system. These details must with match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

The affiliation listed on the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper.

Corresponding author: The one individual who takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal during the manuscript submission, peer review, and publication process, and typically ensures that all the journal’s administrative requirements, such as providing details of authorship, ethics committee approval, and gathering conflict of interest forms and statements, are properly completed, although these duties may be delegated to one or more co-authors.

The corresponding author is the person who signs the publishing agreement on behalf of all of the authors and whose contact details are included on the article. They should be available after publication to respond to critiques of the work and cooperate with any requests from the journal for data or additional information should questions about the paper arise after publication.

7.4 Permissions
Please ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information, please share your query on journal@iimshillong.ac.in

8. On acceptance and publication

If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement.

  • 8.1 Production
    Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via email and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.
  • 8.2 Online publication
    One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. Your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download for all.

9. Further information

IMS Journal of Management Science is published by Indian Institute of Management Shillong. Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the journal’s editorial office.

Editor-in-Chief, IIMS Journal of Management Science

Indian Institute of Management Shillong

Umsawli, Shillong – 793018

East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya, India

Submissions: https://journal.iimshillong.ac.in/pages/submission-guidelines/

Phone: 03642308004

The data, information, opinions, and contents appearing in articles/ research papers/case studies published in this Journal are those of concerned author(s), and the authors are solely responsible for the content. The Editor/Editorial Team/Reviewers/Publishers/Institute accepts no responsibility for the content or opinions expressed in the articles or cases and cannot be held accountable for any imprecise or ambiguous data, information, opinions, and contents that might appear in this Journal.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Manuscripts submitted to the IIMSJMS are evaluated entirely on the basis of their scientific content. There are no publication charges. All possible measures are taken to uphold the highest standards of publication ethics and to prevent malpractices. Authors who submit papers to our Journals attest that their work is original and unpublished and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. In addition, authors confirm that their paper is their own original work that has not been copied or plagiarized, in whole or in part, from other works and if the authors have used the works of others the same has been appropriately cited or quoted. Our publication ethics and malpractice statement is based on the guidelines for Journal editors developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (CoPE).

Duties / Responsibilities of Editors

The Editorial Team of the IIMSJMS, comprising the Editorial Board and the Editorial Staff with the Publisher is responsible for taking a decision as to which of the articles submitted to the Journal are to be published. The Editors have complete discretion to reject/accept an article. The Editorial Team may confer/deliberate with other reviewers/editors in arriving at its decisions. The evaluation of manuscripts is made on the basis of their scholarly and intellectual content without having regard to the nature of the authors or the institution including gender, race, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. The Journal follows a policy of fair play in its editorial evaluation. The Editors are expected to exercise caution and ensure that they have no conflict of interest with respect to the articles they accept/reject. The Editors and the editorial staff follow strict confidentiality and are required not to disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers and the publisher. Authors are encouraged to correct the errors which are found during the process of review while preserving the anonymity of the reviewers.

Duties / Responsibilities of Reviewers

Editorial decisions are based on peer review. The reviewers are expected to maintain absolute confidentiality with regard to the contents of manuscripts. The reviews are to be conducted objectively and the referees are expected to express their views clearly with supporting reasons. The reviewers should have no conflict of interest with the authors and the subject matter of the research. The reviewers are required to identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any observation or argument which has been previously reported should also be accompanied along with the relevant citation. Similarities or overlaps between the manuscript under review and any other published paper of which the reviewer may have personal knowledge, may also be brought to be attention of the Editors. The information or ideas obtained through peer review are of a privileged nature and must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative or other relationship with any of authors or institutions connected to the papers.

Duties/Responsibilities of the Authors

Authors are required to present an accurate account of the original research work and also an objective discussion of its significance. The paper should contain sufficient details of the literature and references. It is expected that all the authors have significantly contributed to the research. Fraudulent and knowingly made inaccurate statement constitutes unethical behavior and would be unacceptable. Authors are required to ensure that the submitted work is original and has not been published elsewhere, and if the authors have used the work of others the same has been appropriately cited or quoted. Applicable copyright laws and conventions are required to be followed. Copyright materials should be reproduced only with permission and due acknowledgement. Authors are not expected to submit manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one Journal. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one Journal concurrently would constitute unethical practice and would be unacceptable. Proper acknowledgement of the work of others must always be made. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the paper which is submitted for publication. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Others who have participated in certain substantive aspects in the development of the paper should also be acknowledged. The corresponding author is required to ensure that all co-authors are included in the paper, and that the co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication. All sources of financial support should also be disclosed. Upon discovery of any significant error in the published work, it is the responsibility of the authors to promptly notify the Editors and cooperate in the retraction or correction of the paper.

Peer Review Policy

The practice of peer review is to ensure that only good science is published. It is an objective process at the heart of good scholarly publishing and is carried out by all reputable scientific journals. Our reviewers therefore play a vital role in maintaining the high standards of the IIMSJMS and all manuscripts are peer reviewed following the procedure outlined below.

Initial manuscript evaluation

The Editors first evaluate all manuscripts. In some circumstances it is entirely feasible for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at this stage. Those rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language, or are outside the aims and scope of the Journal. Those that meet the minimum criteria are passed on to experts for review. Authors of manuscripts rejected at this stage will be informed within 4 weeks of receipt.

Type of Peer Review

The IIMSJMS employs double blinded review system, where the reviewer remains anonymous to the authors throughout the process.

How the reviewer is selected

Reviewers are matched to the paper according to their expertise. Our reviewer database contains reviewer contact details together with their subject areas of interest, and this is constantly being updated.

Reviewer reports

Reviewers are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:

  • Is original
  • Is methodologically sound
  • Follows appropriate ethical guidelines
  • Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions
  • Correctly references previous relevant work

Reviewers are not expected to correct or copyedit manuscripts. Language correction is not part of the peer review process. Reviewers are requested to refrain from giving their personal opinion in the “Reviewer blind comments to Author” section of their review on whether or not the paper should be published. Personal opinions can be expressed in the “Reviewer confidential comments to Editor” section.

How long does the peer review process take?

Typically the manuscript will be reviewed within 12-24 weeks. Should the reviewers’ reports contradict one another or a report is unnecessarily delayed a further expert opinion will be sought. Revised manuscripts are usually returned to the Editors within 8 weeks and the Editors may request further advice from the reviewers at this time. The Editors may request more than one revision of a manuscript.

Final report

A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the reviewers, and may include verbatim comments by the reviewers.

Editor's Decision is final

Reviewers advise the Editors, who are responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.

Becoming a Reviewer

If you are not currently a reviewer for the IIMSJMS but would like to be considered as a reviewer for this Journal, please contact the editorial office by e-mail at msb@iimshillong.ac.in, and provide your contact details. You will receive a confirmatory email if your request is approved; subsequent to which you would be added to the online reviewer database and requested to add details on your field of expertise, in the format of subject classifications.

Special Issues / Conference Proceedings

Special issues and/or conference proceedings may have different peer review procedures involving, for example, Guest Editors, conference organizers or scientific committees. Authors contributing to these projects may receive full details of the peer review process on request from the editorial office.