The Review Process

The Editors are committed to providing timely and constructive feedback to authors to ensure an effective and efficient review process. When a manuscript is first received, the Editors evaluate the suitability of the manuscript for JMS. Manuscripts that do not meet these criteria or are judged to be too weak (e.g. methodological flaws, lacking relevant literature, limited theoretical contribution) may be rejected and returned to the author(s) at this point. Authors of a manuscript that is not placed into the review process with our reviewers will receive a letter with feedback on the decision and, where appropriate, with suggestions for further development of the manuscript. Typically this decision takes no more than one week.

Resubmissions of a manuscript rejected by an Editor will not be considered except where the Editor has indicated that a resubmission of a new, completely revised manuscript on the topic is encouraged. For each manuscript that passes the initial editorial evaluation, the Editor will assign three expert reviewers from the journal’s editorial board or other qualified reviewers. All submissions sent out for review are subject to a double-blind peer review process. It is therefore important that authors prepare their manuscripts in such a way that the authors cannot be identified. Authors should avoid specific references to themselves or to their own work in the manuscript and should anonymize the author designation encoded in Word files and ensure that all ‘Track Changes’ are removed from the manuscript.

The review process varies in length, but typically, we aim to provide a decision on the manuscript with constructive and developmental feedback to authors within approximately three months. When authors are asked to revise and resubmit a manuscript, they are typically asked to complete their revisions within four months to keep manuscripts actively in process. However, there may be circumstances in which the authors need more time for the revisions, in which case they should contact the Editorial Office regarding any extensions. When authors resubmit their revised manuscript, they are asked to enclose a separate point-by-point reply to the editorial letter and to the reviewers’ comments. Where there has been no contact from the authors of a manuscript after one year, any resubmission will be treated as a new submission. Authors will, however, be notified via email if their paper is approaching this deadline.

Typically, manuscripts will be revised two to four times before acceptance. Editors at JMS endeavour to make a final publication decision after the second revision, whenever it is feasible to do so. In some cases, manuscripts may need additional revision before an acceptance decision can be reached. As methodological rigour, theoretical contribution and appeal to a general audience of management and organizational researchers are important features of manuscripts published in JMS, the Editor will ask the advice of a second member of the editorial team at or beyond the second revision stage to ensure consistency in the editorial decision making process. This consulting Editor provides further comments and input for the development of the manuscript, but does not participate in the decision-making regarding the manuscript.

Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, it will be passed for production to Wiley. When the accepted manuscripts have been received by Wiley for production the corresponding author will also receive an e-mail from Wiley’s Author Services system which will ask them to log in, and will present them with the appropriate license for completion. Manuscripts cannot be published until Wiley has received the signed license agreement.

The manuscript will first appear online in Accepted Articles in an unedited form, after copy-editing it will then be published online in Early View with a DOI number and finally published in print. Typically, manuscripts are published in print around six months after final acceptance.

Any queries at any point in the process can be directed to the Editorial Office, who will be happy to advise, update or receive feedback.