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We welcome contributions from academics and from practitioners,
who may be consultants or managers. Your contributions will be reviewed and
judged against the following criteria:
• Exploration of new ideas and new approaches
Your article should deal with an important management problem or a major strategic issue. We are particularly interested in pieces that offer a new way of thinking about an issue; a new management practice that improves performance; or a new phenomenon that has importance for organisations. Your article should explain your core idea (which could be a practice) simply and clearly, and wherever possible explain how this idea or practice fits with current knowledge (by referring to previous literature on the subject). Your article is likely to be more attractive if it presents original research that validates the idea. We welcome evidence that is based on either statistical work and/or case studies. It is vital that your submission has clear practice implications. We encourage all authors to look at some recent issues of the journal, since our style changed dramatically since 2000.
In addition to traditional styled pieces, LRP: Long Range Planning is committed to publishing material that documents in a careful manner important phenomena that are relevant to academic theorising and management practices. For more details please see the Call for Phenomenon Based Research
It is obvious that your piece needs to be well written. We encourage authors from non-Anglo Saxon countries to submit their work, but we suggest that before submission you consider having your piece reviewed by professional text editors. We can put you in touch with editors experienced in such work.
HINTS ON WHAT GETS PUBLISHED (TIPS AND TRICKS!)
What we like
Typical article structure
Data and Methods
IMPORTANT DETAILED STYLE & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Title Page. Supply names of authors and full
address and affiliation and email address on title page, with list of any acknowledgements.
Biographical note (page 2). Supply a short
biographical note (5 lines) giving the author's full name, appointment, and
institution or organization/company, and recent professional attainments. We
no longer publish photographs.
Abstract (page 3). An abstract should be included,
in the form of an executive summary of between 200 and 400 words. (However,
please note that the Executive Summary that appears in the Journal will be devised
by the Editorial staff.)
Text. Please try to keep your text to no more
than 30 double spaced pages in 12 point type (for easy reading). There is no
space limit on tables, figures and appendices, so consider using exhibits or
appendices to reduce the length and maintain the flow of your text.
Figures, Tables and Exhibits. All figures,
tables and exhibits should be consecutively numbered in Arabic numerals in the
text and a marker (such as 'Insert Figure 1 here') should be used in the text
to indicate where the figure should be placed. Please put exhibits, tables and
figures at the end of the text, if necessary in separate computer files. Make
sure that any diagrams are both readable and printable and if possible drawn
in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint.
References. These should appear as endnotes
(we do not accept footnotes), and numbered consecutively in superscript Arabic
numerals. We only accept one endnote for any sentence, and prefer only one per
paragraph: this may mean multiple references need to be bunched together.
Wherever possible full bibliographic details (e.g. volume number,
issue number or date, page numbers, publisher, year of publication) should be
included. Please cite only relevant references and try to avoid listing the
same paper more than once.
We use standard academic style for citations, as follows:
Submission Procedures. Please submit your
manuscript electronically in Microsoft Word either to
Aine Gormley, Editorial Assistant at email@example.com or to the online submission system at Elsevier Science http://ees.elsevier.com/lrp/. If we do not acknowledge
a paper, we have not received it! So if you don’t hear from us within
a week, email us again, including the files.
Please note that we now insist on having an
electronic copy - the review process is speedier if we can e-mail your paper
on rather than sending hard copies by `snail mail´! Please do not send
zipped files: our spam filters block all zip files, and your work will not reach
Off-prints. Authors will receive 50 free off-prints,
except where they have been paid a fee. An off-print order form will be sent
to authors for purchasing additional off-prints: orders for these must be received
before printing to qualify for lower pre publication rates. All co-author off-print
requirements should be included on the off-print order form.
Copyright. All authors must sign the 'Transfer
of Copyright' agreement before the article can be published. This transfer agreement
enables Elsevier Science Ltd to protect the copyrighted material for the authors,
but does not relinquish the author's proprietary rights. The copyright transfer
covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute article, including reprints,
photographic reproductions, microform or any other reproductions of similar
nature and translations, and includes the right to adapt the article for use
in conjunction with computer systems and programs, including reproduction or
publication in machine-readable form and incorporation in retrieval systems.
Authors are responsible for obtaining from the copyright holder permission to
reproduce any figures for which copyright exists.
REVIEW AND PUBLICATION PROCESS
The Editor decides who will referee the piece and requests
that all comments be sent back speedily. All reviews are undertaken `blind´:
the referee does not know who the authors are and vice versa, so that comments
are objective. The role of the reviewers is to be constructive and to advise
the editor; reviewers do not decide the fate of a manuscript alone. The journal
has a policy of publishing all material that meets the criteria.
Our stated goal is to respond to your manuscript within 4 months
of submission. This gives time for thoughtful comments from busy reviewers (and
a busy editor). Our actual performance is pretty good: historically we respond
to 80% of manuscripts within 4 months, and 98% of manuscripts within 6 months.
Once accepted, an article is sent to be copy edited and type-set,
a process which takes a month or two. You will be involved in adjusting the
text to improve the flow of ideas or to correct minor errors, and asked to check
proofs. Articles are typically published electronically within two months of
receipt. The print runs appear shortly after.
PLEASE NOTE that it is very unusual for a paper to be accepted unaltered from the outset. It often happens that we like what you write, but seek to add value to your work with suggestions for improvement that come from skilled outside perspectives. So be prepared for us to work with you to make your paper even stronger – it will be to your advantage as well as ours!