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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • The text has been submitted to Turn-it-In and the Turn-it-In report has been submitted as a supplementary file.
  • An author bibliography has been submitted as a supplementary file.
  • All graphs, tables, and illustrations have been submitted as a supplementary file.

Author Guidelines

Article Type and Classification

Please indicate article type (general paper, rejoinder, book review, conference review) and article classification (speculative philosophy, opinion paper, theoretical paper, empirical research report: quantitative, empirical research report: qualitative)


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). Please refrain from using two spaces after the full stop of a sentence – use one space only after the full stop, i.e. before the next sentence.

Title and running head

Provide the title in full (font size 14; sentence case), as well as all authors’ full names, their affiliations, and email addresses. If the title is longer than 70 characters including spaces, provide a brief title for use as a running head.

Author’s details

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 context and goal of the paper, a description of the methodology used, and the main findings.


Add a list of 4-10 keywords.


Main section headings (e.g. method, findings, conclusion) are indicated in bold, uppercase font, e.g. CONCLUSION. Leave a line space after a main heading. Sub-headings are indicated in bold and in sentence case (e.g. The business case for ethics). No line spaces are used after sub-headings. Should further sub-headings be required, these are to be indicated in italic font (e.g. Investor confidence).


Should you wish to express your gratitude to non-authors for significant contributions they may have made to the research/manuscript, include these at the end of the manuscript before the References section.


Please 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.


Crane, A., Matten, D. and Spence, L. 2008. Corporate social responsibility: Readings and cases in a global context. London: Routledge.

de Maria, W. 2008. Why is the president of Malawi angry? Business hegemony and the politics of corruption. Paper presented at the Fourth ISBEE World Congress. 15–18 July 2008. Cape Town: South Africa.

Fairtrade Foundation. 2009. Available online: [Accessed on 29 May 2009].

Kimberley, N. and Härtel, C.E.J. 2007. Building a climate of trust during organizational change: The mediating role of justice perceptions and emotion (pp. 237–264). In Härtel, C.E.J., Ashkanasy, N.M. & Zerbe, W.J. (Eds.) Research on emotion in organizations: functionality, intentionality and morality, Vol. 3. Oxford, UK: Elsevier/JAI Press.

Painter-Morland, M. 2008. Systemic leadership and the emergence of ethical responsiveness. Journal of Business Ethics, 82: 509–524.

In the text the literature is referred to by the name of the author and the year of publication, e.g. Mwangi (2010), when forming a part of a sentence, or (Mwangi, 2010), when forming an addition to a sentence, between parentheses. If a reference has three or more authors, it is referred to by the name of the first author, then follows the expression ‘et al.’ and the year of publication. Parentheses are to be used for direct quotations.


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 delay in the production schedule. Please make sure that a professional proofreader has edited the manuscript. The following house style rules need to be applied:

  • Use UK English spelling, i.e. soft ‘s’ and not ‘z’ for words like recognise, analyse, organise, etc. Use ‘centre’ and not ‘center’. Unless a book has ‘organization’ in its title, for example.
  • For writing numbers: one to ten is written in WORDS, e.g. four, six, nine. From 11 onwards is written in numerals: 11, 13, 247, etc.
  • business ethics’, or ANY subject (e.g. philosophy, economics, etc) for that matter is always written in lowercase: business ethics (not Business Ethics). Unless of course ‘Business ethics’ are the first two words in a sentence or a pronoun, e.g. The Centre for Business Ethics at the University of Hyderabad.
  • Nouns are generally written in lowercase, e.g doctoral degrees, master’s degrees, and not Doctoral degrees ... Note the apostrophe ‘s’ in master’s
  • ethics’ is always singular, i.e. ‘ethics is’, not ‘ethics are’
  • In addition, please see these handy guides for writing academic style:


We supply offprints on request.

Book reviews

AJoBE aims to regularly publish book reviews in the field of business and professional ethics. Reviews of recent books (preferably not older than two years) will be considered. Similar editing guidelines as those given above should be followed. Reviews should not exceed 1200 words. Book reviews are not eligible for the research subsidies as provided by certain countries’ governments.

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