Journal Policies


Philosophy of

The Irish Business Journal provides an opportunity for academics and practitioners as well as research students to make a contribution to the literature in the business area and particularly welcomes early career researchers. The journal is seeking quantitative, qualitative and experience-based papers as well as case studies and literature reviews. It is an important part of the ethos of this journal that all articles are accessible to the general academic and business community.  For more information, please see  Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Academics, practitioners, research students and early career researchers in the area of Business may submit an original article to be considered for publication in the Irish Business Journal; provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to the Irish Business Journal, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at . If you have concerns about the submission terms for , please contact the editors of the Irish Business Journal, Prof. Margaret Linehan and Dr. Rose Leahy.

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Formatting Requirements

1.    All submissions to the Irish Business Journal are online via the website Irish Business Journal. Submissions should not be longer than 5,000 words with no date restriction applied. All papers submitted to the journal will be double-blind refereed.

2.    Papers should begin with the title of paper, all the authors’names and affiliations, and the full address and e-mail address for at least one contact author. A relevant website address may also be optionally supplied. Please do not submit a paper without these contact details. The journal administrators will remove personal details for the purposes of review.

3.    Include a 100-150 words abstract outlining the purpose, scope and conclusions of the paper, and selected keywords. It is important that the abstract should be clear and understandable for those for whom English is not the native language. The abstract should explain why the paper is an important contribution to a particular aspect of Business.

4.    You should write in clear and concise English. Spelling should follow the Oxford English Dictionary. Authors whose native language is not English are encouraged to have their text proofread by a native English copy editor before submission. Although all papers submitted for publication will be considered, guidelines for authors with respect to paper length is to keep within 10 pages, including all diagrams, tables, and references

5.    Methodology: where there is a methodology, it should be clearly described under a separate heading.

6.    Figures, charts and diagrams should be kept to a minimum. They must be black and white with minimum shading and numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. Figures that are included in the article must also be provided in a jpeg file extension with a minimum resolution of 300dpi. All figures must also be supplied as good quality originals. Place all figures where you wish them to appear in the paper.

7.    Tables should be kept to a minimum. They must be numbered consecutively with Roman numerals and a brief title.

8.    Key words. Please include at least four words or short phrases that highlight the topics covered by the paper.

9.    References to other publications must be in Harvard style. Within the body of the text the surname and year of the reference, for example (Smith, 2002), and then at the end of the paper the references should be listed alp

10.    The author must ensure that the article is complete, grammatically correct and without spelling or typographical errors.

11.    All articles must be submitted electronically. Please use one of the following formats: Word, Word Perfect or Rich Text Format. Published papers will be converted into a desktop publishing document so the manuscript we receive from you should be in a simple layout. The font required is 12 point Times Roman. It is not necessary to double-space the text.

12.    The text should be suitably divided under headings. You are requested to keep to a maximum of three levels of heading, i.e. 1, 1.1, 1.1.1.

13.    Acknowledgements (if any).

14.    Biographical details of authors of up to 100 words.

15.    As all correspondence for the journal will be electronic, authors will not receive proofs. However, corrections requested by referees will be sent by email and you will then be requested to re-submit your paper. Your resubmitted paper will need to be accompanied by a detailed description of the corrections you have made. It is important that you highlight these corrections so that the desk-editor can easily see where the changes have been made. Once a paper has been finally accepted it will be checked and grammatical and typographical errors will be corrected by the desk-editor.

Check List

  • Have you told readers, at the outset, what they might gain by reading your paper?
  • Have you made the aim of your work clear?
  • Have you explained the significance of your contribution?
  • Have you set your work in the appropriate context by giving sufficient background (including a complete set of relevant references) to your work?
  • Have you addressed the question of practicality and usefulness?
  • Have you identified future developments that may result from your work?
  • Have you structured your paper in a clear and logical fashion?

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The Irish Business Journal is an Open Access journal.

Authors retain copyright of their papers, without restrictions. 

The author grants the Irish Business Journal non-exclusive publishing rights to publish their research.

Licensing & Permissions

Work published in the Irish Business Journal is done so under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license. This means that any part of the work published in the Irish Business Journal can be reused and remixed once the original work is clearly cited.

Authors are free to deposit the published version (version of record) of their Irish Business Journal article on their personal website, their institutional repository, on a subject specific repository or on any non-commercial open access repository.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the website and/or software agree not to misuse the service or software in any way.

The failure of to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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