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Author Guidelines

The Journal of Corporate Citizenship aims to publish the best ideas integrating the theory and practice of corporate citizenship in a format that is readable, accessible, engaging, interesting and useful for readers in its already wide audience in business, consultancy, government, NGOs and academia.

It encourages practical, theoretically sound, and (when relevant) empirically rigorous manuscripts that address real-world implications of corporate citizenship in global and local contexts. Topics related to corporate citizenship can include (but are not limited to): corporate responsibility, stakeholder relationships, public policy, sustainability and environment, human and labour rights/ issues, governance, accountability and transparency, globalisation, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as multinational firms, ethics, measurement, and specific issues related to corporate citizenship, such as diversity, poverty, education, information, trust, supply chain management, and problematic or constructive corporate/human behaviours and practices.

In addition to articles linking the theory and practice of corporate citizenship, JCC also encourages innovative or creative submissions (for peer review). Innovative submissions can highlight issues of corporate citizenship from a critical perspective, enhance practical or conceptual understanding of corporate citizenship, or provide new insights or alternative perspectives on the realities of corporate citizenship in today’s world. Innovative submissions might include: critical perspectives and controversies, photography, essays, poetry, drama, reflections, and other innovations that help bring corporate citizenship to life for management practitioners and academics alike.

JCC welcomes contributions from researchers and practitioners involved in any of the areas mentioned above. Manuscripts should be written so that they are comprehensible to an intelligent reader, avoiding jargon, formulas and extensive methodological treatises wherever possible. They should use examples and illustrations to highlight the ideas, concepts and practical implications of the ideas being presented. Theory is important and necessary; but theory — with the empirical research and conceptual work that supports theory — needs to be balanced by integration into practices to stand the tests of time and usefulness. JCC aims to be the premier journal to publish articles on corporate citizenship that accomplish this integration of theory and practice. We want the journal to be read as much by executives leading corporate citizenship as it is by academics seeking sound research and scholarship.

JCC appears quarterly and the contents of each issue include: editorials; peer-reviewed papers by leading writers; reviews; case studies; think-pieces; and an agenda of conferences and meetings. A key feature is the ‘Turning Points’ section. Turning Points are commentaries, controversies, new ideas, essays and insights that aim to be provocative and engaging, raise the important issues of the day and provide observations on what is too new yet to be the subject of empirical and theoretical studies. JCC produces occasional special issues dedicated to a single theme. All special issues can be purchased individually as PDFs or in paperback from 

To discuss ideas for contributions, please contact the General Editor: David Murphy, Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS)
 University of Cumbria; email:

Research papers should be between 5000-10000 words. Turning Points should be between 1000-4000 words.


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.

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. Place of Publication: Publisher.
    e.g. Author, J. (2011). This Is My Book. New York, NY: Publisher.
  • For book chapters: Surname, Initials. (year). Chapter title. Editor's initials, Editor's Surname (Ed.), Title of Book (pp. X-Y). Place of publication: Publisher.
  • For journals: Surname, Initials. (year). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume(issue number), pages.
  • For conference proceedings: Surname, Initials. (year). Title of paper. in Initials, Surname (Ed.), Title of published proceeding which may include place and date(s) held, Place of publication: Publisher.
  • For newspaper articles: Surname, Initials (year, month, day). Article title. Newspaper, pages OR Retrieved from: web address
  • 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. You have completed and signed the Journal Submission Pack, ready to upload as a supplementary file.
  2. 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).
  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.

Copyright Notice

All written material, unless otherwise stated, is the copyright of Greenleaf Publishing Limited. Views expressed in articles and letters are those of the contributors, and not necessarily those of the publisher.

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