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Submission Guidelines

Paper Submission Guidelines - FOCUS: Journal of International Business

1. Submission to this journal is to be made through JPI online submission and peer-review system available at The online submission system guides the authors through the process of filling article details and uploading files in a step-wise manner. As a part of the online system of submission and to enable you to track the status of your manuscript, the reviewer comments and decision on your manuscript will be shared with you once you have submitted your paper through the online mode.

2. The recommended length of a paper is around 6,000 words (excluding all notes, references, tables and appendices).

3. Before making the online submission of manuscript, the author/s should ensure the following in respect of the manuscript:

  • Abstract of not more than 150 words.
  • 4-5 keywords.
  • Details of all authors (such as name, affiliation, address, email and telephone no.)
  • Manuscript has been checked for spellings and grammar.
  • The manuscript file to be uploaded should have no author details or any identifying information related to the author/s.
  • All references that have been cited in the manuscript are mentioned in the ‘Reference list’ of the manuscript.
  • Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources.
  • APA (American Psychological Association) style of referencing has been followed for references. For example, Makino, S, Lau, C.M, & Yeh, R.S (2002). Asset exploitation versus asset seeking: Implications for location choice of foreign direct investment from newly industrialised economies. Journal of International Business Studies33(3), 403-421.

​4. The author/s can follow the paper template provided on the left hand panel to understand the structure of a manuscript.

5. Plagiarism check: The authors are informed that all submitted manuscripts go through a similarity check and if the similarity score is 15% or more (including authors’ own publications), the manuscript would not be considered for the peer-review process. This check is done as soon as the manuscript is received and hence the authors must ensure that the similarity index is less than 15% for their submitted manuscript.

6. Ethics policy: Contributors to the Journal are advised to be careful as not to violate any of the provisions of the Copyright Act and the Rules made thereof as regards the material used in the papers or their sources. JPI will not be responsible for any violations or lapses on the part of the contributors in this regard. For more information, please refer to our detailed Ethics policy.

7. Copyright and licensing: On acceptance of a paper, the author will be required to electronically submit a ‘Copyright Form’ (on JPI online submission portal), which is an exclusive license agreement that grants JPI the sole and exclusive right and license to publish the article. Sample Copyright Form

The ‘Copyright Form’ would also require the author/s to warrant the following:

  • The manuscript is solely submitted to this journal and is not currently under submission to, or consideration by, any other journal or publication.
  • The manuscript has not been published before in its current or a substantially similar form.
  • The article is the original work of the author/s and does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity and cannot be considered as plagiarising any other published work.
  • The author/s have obtained the necessary written permission from the appropriate copyright owner or authorities for the reproduction in the article and in the journal of any text, illustration or other material.
  • The authors have declared any potential conflict of interest in the research.
  • Any support from a third party has been noted in the Acknowledgements.
  • Sources of funding, if any, have been acknowledged.
  • The author/s have not previously assigned or licensed the article to any third party.
  • The article contains no statement that is abusive, defamatory, fraudulent, or in any other way unlawful or in violation of applicable laws.
  • Anyone who has made a significant contribution to this article been listed as an author. Minor contributors have been noted in the Acknowledgements section.
  • The authors will not permit others to electronically gather and save their article to a separate server.
  • The authors acknowledge that the publisher would publish the article in the above-specified journal and that it reserves the right to make such editorial changes as may be required to make the article suitable for publication.

8. Peer-review Policy:  All papers submitted to the journal would be subject to JPI's online review system. JPI follows a double-blind peer review system (may take around 10-12 weeks) for selecting articles to be published. The decsision regarding acceptance/rejection/re-submission etc. would be communicated only after the completion of peer-review process.

For more information, please refer to the detailed peer-review process.

9. The Editorial Team reserves the right to make suitable editorial changes in the papers submitted and accepted for publication.

10. The author/s can check the status of their submitted manuscript at any time by logging in to their Dashboard (on the JPI online submission system).

11. For any further queries, the author/s can send an email at


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