Instructions for Authors

 

The Journal of Sustainable Marketing (JSM) is an international, double-blind, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing and diffusing cutting-edge research and conceptual thinking in the field of sustainable marketing. The journal publishes three issues annually. Please see the “Aims and Scope” section on this website for more information regarding JSM’s mission and areas of interest. 

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  1. General information

Authors are requested to electronically submit their papers using the journal's online manuscript processing platform – Manuscript Manager. All submitted files must use MS Word or Rich Text Format (RTF). PDF files cannot be accepted. All correspondence will occur through email.

The Journal of Sustainable Marketing accepts the following types of articles

  • Original Articles
  • Review Articles
  • Commentaries
  • Case Studies

1.1. Submission Declaration

Manuscript submission implies that the material contained therein has not been previously published, is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and is approved for JSM’s review by all authors. In addition, if the manuscript is accepted and published, the author(s) understands that it may not be re-published elsewhere including electronically in equivalent form, in English or any other language, without the written consent of the copyright owner.

1.2. Publication Ethics

The Journal of Sustainable Marketing is committed to upholding the highest standards of publishing ethics. All authors must declare that the submission is original and has not been wholly or partially copied or plagiarized. The authors must acknowledge that there are no actual or potential conflicts of interest associated with their work. Likewise, the journal is committed to conducting double-blind, peer reviews to prevent potential conflicts of interest between author(s) and reviewer(s).

1.3. Plagiarism Policies

JSM utilizes iThenticate to identify possible instances of similar text in submitted manuscripts. You may rest assured that JSM is committed to combating plagiarism and publishing original research. Authors are expected to adhere to the JSM Code of Ethics outlined in this section.

1.4 Quality of Manuscript Writing

Manuscripts published in the Journal of Sustainable Marketing are expected to use standard American English writing that is free from spelling and grammatical errors. Many authors, regardless of their first language, find that copyediting services are helpful. The JSM editors recommend that author(s) seek such assistance prior to submitting a manuscript. However, given the cost of professional copyediting services, the editors understand that this may not be feasible in all cases. In such cases, the editors recommend that the author(s) ask colleagues to look over drafts prior to submission as simple spelling and grammatical errors are more likely to be noted by readers who are not familiar with a given manuscript.

 

  1. Submission checklist

The following checklist is provided to assist author(s) as they prepare their manuscript for submission. To submit your manuscript, please create three files:

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    2.1. File 1: Title Page
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The complete manuscript title (not to exceed 12 words) and the name of the author(s) and professional/academic affiliation/s should be placed only on the title page. In addition, the author(s) should include their address, telephone number, email address, author(s) note (if any), and financial disclosure (if any). Furthermore, the corresponding author should be identified on the title page. In addition, subsequent pages should not have authors' names, but may contain an abbreviated “running header” at the top.

 

  • 2.2. File 2: The Main Document (Unidentified Title, Abstract, and Manuscript)

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Page 1 should feature the title (with no author identifying information), the Abstract (12 point font, Times New Roman, single space format, no longer than 250 words), and Keywords (up to 8). The Abstract should summarize: 1) the purpose of the research; 2) if applicable, the research design and method/s; 3) the main results; and 4) the major theoretical and managerial implications.

The Abstract is frequently featured separately from the main manuscript in search engine results and/or databases. Thus, the Abstract must communicate central information in a clear and concise manner. Please do not use abbreviations or acronyms in the Abstract, unless this is unavoidable. In such cases, be sure to provide full descriptions prior to use.

The formal manuscript should begin on page 2. The manuscript (12 point font, Times New Roman, double space with standard margins, maximum 10,000 words including main manuscript, references, tables, and figures but not appendix items, if any) should be divided into multiple sections. First level headers should be centered and the first letter of each word capitalized in bold. Second level headers should be flushed left, with each letter of the first word capitalized, and all words in bold italics. Third level headers should be indented one space and should capitalize only the first word. Place a period at the end of third level headers, skip a space and begin the section thereafter on the same line.

The first section should focus on the contribution that the author(s) expect to make to the field of sustainable marketing. Writing should be clear and easy to understand without excessive jargon or abbreviations. Copyediting prior to submission is encouraged but not required.

The second section should review key research and/or conceptual papers on which the current manuscript is based. The literature review should be sufficiently detailed to provide a solid basis for the author(s) hypotheses/research questions in the case of empirical manuscripts or conceptual framework in the case of theoretical, non-empirical manuscripts.

The third section should present hypotheses (typically, quantitative analyses) or research questions (typically, qualitative investigations) and the conceptual model/s in the case of theoretical, non-empirical manuscripts. Hypotheses, research questions, and/or conceptual models presented in this section should draw on key information presented in the literature review, but should not excessively repeat material in the previous section. For empirical manuscripts, the fourth and fifth sections should present Methods and Results, respectively. If equations are included, please be sure to type them in MS Word and place them in the center of the page.

For conceptual manuscripts, the fourth section should provide a detailed discussion of the implications of the proposed framework presented in section three. An important aspect of this discussion involves outlining specific hypotheses/research questions that follow from the proposed conceptual framework. Such hypotheses/research questions should provide a roadmap for future empirical tests of the proposed model. A brief conclusion highlighting key points from the conceptual manuscript can also be included in the last section using a second-level header.

For empirical manuscripts, the sixth section should provide a detailed discussion of the findings that highlight both theoretical and applied implications. Included in this section using second-level headers should be a section that describes research limitations and future directions. A brief conclusion highlighting key findings and implications can also be included in this section using a second-level header. 

References should follow the main text beginning on a new page that is labeled, References. All references included in the manuscript must be formatted using APA style (Sixth edition). Please use the following links to see examples of appropriate reference formats for JSM:

General Format:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Author's Last Name, year)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Author's Last Name, year, page number)

References

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Article title: Subtitle. Journal Title, Volume(issue), page range. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx

Examples:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Milligan, 2006)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Milligan, 2006, p. 185)

References

Milligan, C. K. (2006). Yoga for stress management program as a complementary alternative counseling resource in a university counseling center. Journal of College Counseling, 9(2), 181-187. doi:10.1002/j.2161-1882.2006.tb00105.x

General Format:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Author's Last Name & Author's Last Name, year)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Author's Last Name & Author's Last Name, year, page number)

References

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Article title: Subtitle. Journal Title, Volume(issue), page range. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx

Examples:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Meier & Welch, 2016)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Meier & Welch, 2016, p. 465)

References

Meier, N. F., & Welch, A. S. (2016). Walking versus biofeedback: A comparison of acute interventions for stressed students. Anxiety, Stress & Coping: An International Journal, 29(5), 463-478. doi:10.1080/10615806.2015.1085514

General Format:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Author's Last Name, Author's Last Name, & Author's Last name, year)/p>

(Author's Last Name et al., year)/p>

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Author's Last Name, Author's Last Name, & Author's Last Name, year, page number)

(Author's Last Name et al., year, page number)

References

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (repeat for all author's unless more than six). (Year). Article title: Subtitle. Journal Title, Volume(issue), page range. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx

Examples:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

First time mentioned: (Bass, Enochs, & DiBrezzo, 2002)

Written all subsequent times as (Bass et al., 2002)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

If first time mentioned: (Bass, Enochs, & DiBrezzo, 2002, p. 52)

If referenced prior: (Bass et al., 2002, p.52)

References

Bass, M. A., Enochs, W. K., & DiBrezzo, R. (2002). Comparison of two exercise programs on general well-being of college students. Psychological Reports, 91(3), 1195-1201. doi:10.2466/PR0.91.8.1195-1201

General Format:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Author's Last Name et al., year)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Author's Last Name et al., year, page number)

References

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (repeat for next five authors)... & Last Author's Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Article title: Subtitle. Journal Title, Volume(issue), page range. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx

Examples:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Perera et al., 2016)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Perera et al., 2016, p. 2200)

References

Perera, K. S., Vanassche, T., Bosch, J., Swaminathan, B., Mundl, H., Giruparajah, M., ... & Yoon, B. W. (2016). Global survey of the frequency of atrial fibrillation–associated stroke embolic stroke of undetermined source global registry. Stroke, 47(9), 2197-2202. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1161/STROKEAHA.116.013378

General Format:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Author's Last Name, year)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Author's Last Name, year, page number)

References

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Book title: Subtitle. Location of publication: Publisher.

Examples:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Gabriel, 2016)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Gabriel, 2016, p. 52)

References

Gabriel, J. (2016). Touching bellies, touching lives: Midwives of Southern Mexico tell their stories. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.

General Format:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Author's Last Name & Author's Last Name, year)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Author's Last Name & Author's Last Name, year, page number)

References

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial., & Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Book title: Subtitle. Location of publication: Publisher.

Examples:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Thanavaro & Moore, 2017)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Thanavaro & Moore, 2017, p. 52)

References

Thanavaro, J., & Moore, K. S. (2017). Clinical decision making for adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

General Format:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Author's Last Name, Author's Last Name, & Author's Last name, year)/p>

(Author's Last Name et al., year)/p>

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Author's Last Name, Author's Last Name, & Author's Last Name, year, page number)

(Author's Last Name et al., year, page number)

References

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial., Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial., & Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Book title: Subtitle. Location of publication: Publisher.

Examples:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

First time mentioned: (Ledlow, Manrodt, & Schott, 2017)

Written all subsequent times as (Ledlow et al., 2017)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

If first time mentioned: (Ledlow, Manrodt, & Schott, 2017, p. 52)

If referenced prior: (Ledlow et al., 2017, p.52)

References

Ledlow, G. R., Manrodt, K. B., & Schott, D. (2017). Health care supply chain management: Elements, operations, and strategies. Burlington, MA: Bartlett & Jones Learning

General Format:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Author's Last Name, year)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Author's Last Name, year, page number)

References

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Title of book: Subtitle(ed.). Location of publication: Publisher.

Examples:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Clayton & Willihnganz, 2017)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Clayton & Willihnganz, 2017, p. 52)

References

Clayton, B. D., & Willihnganz, M. J. (2017) Basic pharmacology for nurses (17th ed.). St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier.

General Format:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Book title- or shortened version if applicable, year)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Book title- or shortened version if applicable, year, page number)

References

Book title in its entirety. (Year). Location of publication: Publisher.

General Format:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Author or Editor's Last Name, year)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Author or Editor's Last Name, year, page number)

References

Author or Editor's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Book title: Subtitle [version]. doi: number or URL of homepage of the e-book provider

Examples:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Kierszenbaum & Tres, 2012)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Kierszenbaum & Tres, 2012, p. 52)

References

Kierszenbaum, A.L., & Tres, L.L. (2012). Histology and cell biology: An introduction to pathology (3rd ed.) [ProQuest ebrary version]. Retrieved from http://www.proquest.com/products-services/ebooks/ebooks-main.html

General Format:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Author's Last Name of Chapter, year)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Author's Last Name of Chapter, year, page number)

References

Chapter Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Chapter or article title. In Editor First Initial. Second Initial. Editor Last Name (Ed.). Book title: Subtitle (edition number if not the first, pages of chapter). Location of publication: Publisher.

Examples:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Murphy, 2014)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Murphy, 2014, p. 52)

References

Murphy, D.J., Jr. (2014). Coarctation of the aorta. In D.S. Moodie (Ed.).Clinical management of congenital heart disease: From infancy to adulthood (pp. 142-170). Minneapolis, Minnesota: Cardiotext Publishing.

General Format:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Author's Last Name or Corporation Name, year)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Author's Last Name or Corporation Name, year)

References

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial or corporation name if no author(s) are named. (Date webpage was last updated). Title of webpage. Retrieved from URL.

Examples:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

First time: (American Physical Therapy Association, 2016)

All subsequent times: (APTA, 2016)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Murphy, 2014, p. 52)

References

American Physical Therapy Association. (2016). Clinical judgment in physical therapy practice. Retrieved from http://integrity.apta.org/ClinicalJudgment/

General Format:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Government or Corporation Name, year)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Government or Corporation Name, year, page number)

References

Government or corporation name. (Year). Title of publication. Location of publication: Publisher. Retrieved from URL.

Examples:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014, p.8)

References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). National diabetes statistics report: Estimates of diabetes and its burden in the United States. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/statsreport14/national-diabetes-report-web.pdf

General Format:

In-Text Citation:

(Producer Last Name & Director Last Name, year)

References

Producer Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (Producer). Director Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (Director). (Year). Title of motion picture or video [format]. Country of origin: Studio.

Examples:

In-Text Citation:

(fitne, 1990)

References

fitne (Producer). (1990). The nurse theorists: Portraits of excellence-Florence Nightingale: life and work [Video file]. Available from https://www.fitne.net/index.jsp

General Format:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Creator's Last Name, year)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Creator's Last Name, year, page number)

References

Creator's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Title of image: Subtitle. [Online image]. Retrieved from URL

General Format:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Author's Last Name, year)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Author's Last Name, year, page number)

References

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year, Month Day). Article title. Magazine title, volume(issue), page range.

Examples:

In-Text Citation:

(Krajewski, 2005)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Krajewski, 2005, p. 1376)

References

Krajewski, R. L. (2005, April). Medline plus: Men's health topics. Choice, 42(8), 1376.

General Format:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Author's Last Name, year)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Author's Last Name, year, page number)

References

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year, Month Day). Article title. Newspaper Title, page range.

Examples:

In-Text Citation:

(Mitchell, 2009)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Mitchell, 2009, p. B3)

References

Mitchell, T. (2009, June 5). Men's health. USA Today, pp. B1, B3.

General Format:

In-Text Citation:

(Interviewed Person's First Initial. Second Initial. Last Name, personal communication, year)

References

Interviewed Person's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. ( year, month date format). Interview by First Initial. Second Initial. Last Name [Format of recording]. Title of interview, Organization Name archiving interview. Publisher: Location of archive.

Examples:

In-Text Citation:

(M.B. Smith, personal communication, 1989)

References

Smith, M.B. (1989, August 12). Interview by C.A. Kiesler [Tape recording]. President's Oral History Project, American Psychological Association. APA Archives, Washington, DC.

Please do not use Footnotes. Tables and figures should not be included within the main document. The maximum number of tables and figures in a given manuscript is eight in total, e.g., 6 tables and 2 figures. 

Tables and figures should be numbered separately, e.g., Table 1, etc. and Figure 1, etc. Please indicate table and figure location within the text by stating, “Insert Table 1 about here” or for figures, “Insert Figure 1 about here.” Be sure to order tables and figures in the same order as they appear in the manuscript. Tables provide easy-to-understand summaries information such as relevant past literature, hypotheses, methods, and/or results. Figures are used to present different types of information such as line drawings or graphs, photos, maps, charts, etc.

Formulae and equations must be given unique alphanumeric identification such as A1, A2, etc. Appendix items should use alphabetical headers such as Appendix A, etc. If only one appendix is provided, then it should be listed simply as Appendix.

Information in the text, citations, references, or footnotes that facilitate identification of the author(s) should not appear in the manuscript file. The author(s) may include such information following manuscript acceptance.

 

  1. Additional information

3.1. If Invited to Revise

Authors of manuscripts that receive “revise and resubmit” invitations should pay close attention to the reviewers’ and editors’ recommendations for strengthening the submission’s contribution to the field of sustainable marketing. In this regard, authors are asked to provide a detailed set of notes to reviewers and editor/s that number each recommendation that has been copied/pasted from the original notes to author(s). Please also upload a clean version of the revised manuscript as well as a version that included “tracked changes.” Also, please be sure to avoid inclusion of any self-identifying information in the notes to reviewers/editor/s. Notes to reviewers/editor/s should be written in 12-point, Times Roman font using single space formatting with standard 1” margins and double spaces between major points. 

Reviewers are asked to provide helpful comments/suggestions. While author(s) may not always agree with this advice, the editors hope that author(s) will give reviewers’ thoughts very careful consideration and carefully explain changes made in response or reasons for not making changes. In all exchanges, collegial expression is an important guideline to keep in mind. 

 

3.2. If the manuscript is accepted for publication in the Journal of Sustainable Marketing:

If JSM accepts the manuscript for publication, the corresponding author will receive a set of page proofs (as PDF files) or a link that will enable direct downloading of the file. Author(s) are asked to list corrections (including replies to the Query Form) and return the proof file. The proof should be used only for checking typesetting correctness of the text, tables and figures. Significant changes are not possible at this stage without initiating additional anonymous reviews. JSM will make every effort possible to publish accepted articles in a timely manner. Proofreading is the author(s)’ responsibility and the Publisher may proceed with the publication of your article even if no response to proof queries is received

 

  1. Publishing in the Journal of Sustainable Marketing is free of charge

The Journal of Sustainable Marketing does not charge submission and acceptance fees for the publication. Also, there are no hidden costs for article processing. JSM is an open-access journal that does not charge fees for downloading articles, nor is there any financial contributions from the author (s). All manuscripts are processed free of charge, and the author (s) does not bear any hidden costs or costs for publication. JSM believes that removing obstacles to scientific publishing and providing access to scientific articles serves global scientific progress. There is also no subscription fee to access content or conduct an advanced search within the journal. Luminous Insights and JSM’s sponsor, the Shidler College of Business, University of Hawai‘i covers the costs incurred by open access publishing, processing, fees for downloading articles, securing full texts in several permanent archives and cross-references, and enabling electronic citation in other journals that are electronically available.

 

  1. Offprints

The corresponding author, at no cost, will be provided with a PDF file of the article via e-mail. For an extra charge, paper offprints can be ordered via the offprint order form, sent if the manuscript is accepted for publication in JSM.