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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 Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Submission of Manuscripts

The Journal of Business Anthropology do not charge publication fees from authors.

Three types of manuscripts may be submitted to the Journal of Business Anthropology: theoretical articles, case studies, and field reports. The first two will be sent out for blind peer review; the last will be reviewed by the journal’s editors prior to acceptance for publication.

Theoretical articles should be written in plain English and address the kinds of issues outlined in the journal’s scope and vision. They should address theoretical issues in business anthropology and/or related disciplines, and may include ethnographic data. The language of communication should be English and either British or American spelling may be used (but used consistently!). Authors are expected to conform to the Chicago Manual of Style.

References in the text should be as simple as possible (i.e. Braudel 1992: 123). Cited works should be listed in alphabetical order, with surname first and following initial(s), followed by date of publication, title of work cited, cited work, and in the case of books or book chapters, the place of publication and publisher name. Thus:

  • Garsten, C. 2004 ‘Market missions: negotiating bottom line and social responsibility.’ In C. Garsten and M. Lindh Montoya (eds.) Market matters: exploring cultural processes in the global marketplace, pp. 69-90. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Krause-Jensen, J. 2010 Flexible firm: the design of culture at Bang & Olufsen. Oxford: Berghahn.
  • Moeran, B. 2006 ‘More than just a fashion magazine.’ Current Sociology 54 (5): 725-44.

Please, check for Digital Object Identifier (DOI) links and add these links to the references before submitting. You can check for DOI's here:

Submissions should be no more than 8,000 words in length. Endnotes, rather than footnotes, should be used under the heading Notes.

Case Studies, presenting ethnographic case studies of business, will be published from time to time as they are submitted and reviewed. They should follow the basic style and format outlined above, and no more than 8,000 words in length.

Field Reports are shorter articles of 5,000 words reporting from the ‘trenches’ on fieldwork in business situations. They should be informative (along the lines of articles in, for example, Anthropology Today) and are not expected to include references or footnotes.

Submission of Reviews, Review Essays and Journal Annotations

Book reviews, review essays and journal annotations should be sent to the journal editor. Please refer to the ‘Books and Reviews’ section for further instruction on submissions.

JBA Style Instructions

  • Use Cambria 11 point throughout your article except for the article title, which should be in 13 point.
  • Use the upper case for the first letter of each wordof all headings and subheadings, which should all be flush to the lefthand side of the page.
  • Ensure a 6 point spacing between all paragraphs, which should be indented one inch except after a (sub)heading or indented quotation.
  • Ensure that your Reference List is consistent.
  • Include an Abstract, which should be limited to no more than 150 words.
  • Include 5 “keywords.”
  • Use footnotes, rather than endnotes.
  • Include a short biography — no more than 150 words.

Research Articles

Articles that will be double-blind peer-reviewed and are based on original research.

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