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Author Guidelines

In order to be able to distribute papers published in Greenleaf journals, we need signed transfer of copyright from the authors.  We are committed to a liberal and fair approach to copyright and accessibility, and do not restrict authors’ rights to reuse their own work for personal use or in an institutional repository. Please fill out the Journal Submission Pack available here and submit it online, as a supplementary file, with your paper.

Please make sure to include in your submission pack an abstract outlining the title, purpose, methodology and main findings. It’s worth considering that, as your paper will be located and read online, the quality of your abstract will determine whether readers go on to access your full paper. We recommend you place particular focus on the impact of your research on further research, practice or society. What does your paper contribute?

In addition, please provide up to six descriptive keywords.

Papers submitted for publication in ‘Peace Dialogues’ should include reference to this in the title. This is the non peer-reviewed section of BPSD, designed for publishing short essays and thought pieces on the role of business in enhancing peace and sustainable development. In addition to the main section of BPSD, in which we publish academic papers and empirical articles, essays in the PD section focus on the practice of business and peace (e.g. tools, examples or case studies) philosophical essay (e.g. new ideas and approaches), as well as on analyses of the role of businesses in contemporary conflicts and current affairs. Essays for PD do not need to be long (5-10 pages would be appropriate) and do not need to cite sources at the same level of full academic articles, although it would be useful to refer to some literature and data.

Formatting your paper

Headings should be short and in bold text, with a clear and consistent hierarchy.

Please identify Notes or Endnotes with consecutive numbers, enclosed in square brackets and listed at the end of the article.

Figures and other images should be submitted as .jpeg (.jpg) or .tif files and be of a high quality. Please number consecutively with Arabic numerals and mark clearly within the body of the text where they should be placed.

If images are not the original work of the author, it is the author's responsibility to obtain written consent from the copyright holder to them being used. Authors will be asked to confirm the status of images, tables and figures in the journal submission pack. Images which are neither the authors’ own work, nor are accompanied by the necessary permission, will not be published.

PLEASE NOTE: The wide availability of an item on the internet does not imply that it is not subject to copyright restrictions. Please supply evidence that the item is legally available to use. For example, it may be posted online with a “Creative Commons” attribution. Or it may be taken from one of your earlier works, for which you hold the copyright. Please provide evidence.

If you do not have permission, it must be sought as a matter of priority. Otherwise we cannot publish and the content will have to be removed. If required, the editor will provide guidance on identifying and approaching the copyright holder. If you are currently seeking permission but are yet to receive it, please indicate this next to the relevant content in the permissions section of the journal submission pack. Please note that the process of seeking permission can take several months.

Tables should be included as part of the manuscript, with relevant captions.

Supplementary data can be appended to the article, using the form and should follow the same formatting rules as the main text.

References to other publications should be complete and in Harvard style, e.g. (Jones, 2011) for one author, (Jones and Smith, 2011) for two authors and (Jones et al., 2011) for more than two authors. A full reference list should appear at the end of the paper.

  • For books: Surname, Initials (year), Title of Book, Publisher, Place of publication.
    e.g. Author, J. (2011), This is my book, Publisher, New York, NY.
  • For book chapters: Surname, Initials (year), "Chapter title", Editor's Surname, Initials, Title of Book, Publisher, Place of publication, pages (if known)?
  • For journals: Surname, Initials (year), "Title of article", Title of Journal, volume, number, pages,
  • For conference proceedings: Surname, Initials (year), "Title of paper", in Surname, Initials (Ed.), Title of published proceeding which may include place and date(s) held, Publisher, Place of publication, Page numbers.?
  • For newspaper articles: Surname, Initials (year) (if an author is named), "Article title", Newspaper, date, pages.?
  • For images: Where image is from a printed source – as for books but with the page number on which the image appears.
  • Where image is from an online source – Surname, Initials (year), Title, Available at, Date accessed. Other images - Surname, Initials (year), Title, Name of owner (person or institution) and location for viewing.



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.

  1. 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).
  2. The Journal Submission Pack is completed, signed and ready for upload as a supplementary file.
  3. The content of the paper does not breach any confidentiality agreements binding on the author(s).
  4. The paper does not contain any unlawful material or statements or material that infringes existing copyright.
  5. Where appropriate the necessary permission to publish/distribute has been obtained from the copyright owner. This includes figures, images and any content which does not belong to the author(s).
  6. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  8. The text is single-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.
  9. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  10. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

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