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How to get Published in the Best Management Journals

How to get Published in the Best Management Journals

Edited by Timothy Clark, Mike Wright and David J. Ketchen Jr.

This much-anticipated book is a comprehensive guide to a successful publishing strategy. Written by top journal editors, it introduces the publishing process, resolves practical issues, encourages the right methods and offers tips for navigating the review process, understanding journals and publishing across disciplinary boundaries. As if that weren’t enough it includes key contributions on open access, publishing ethics, making use of peer review, special issues, sustaining a publications career, journal rankings and increasing your odds of publishing success. This will be a must read for anyone seeking to publish in top journals.

Chapter 1: Publishing in management – exhilaration, bafflement and frustration

Timothy Clark, Mike Wright and David J. Ketchen Jr.

Subjects: business and management, corporate governance, entrepreneurship, international business, marketing, organisational behaviour, research methods in business and management, strategic management


This book offers a series of chapters intended to help demystify the journal publishing process. The chapters provide practical advice on a wide range of important topics. A quick look at the table of contents reveals that our author list contains leading academics in the management discipline. You may wonder why these very busy and experienced people have taken the time to share their thoughts on the publication process. Simply put, because advancing knowledge by publishing in leading journals is at the heart of the academic enterprise. Promotion systems for academics in management in universities around the world stress the significance of an individual scholar’s contribution based on her/his published work, primarily in journals. Thus, career advancement, scholarly reputation and pay are intimately tied to being able to publish in journals. Scholars find the journal publishing process exhilarating, baffling and frustrating in equal measure. The professional joy and excitement of receiving an acceptance letter following a long-drawn-out process in which you have diligently responded to successive rounds of reviewers’ comments is probably only matched by a letter awarding a research grant. Contrast this to the sense of dejection and distress that accompanies a rejection letter. This is further exacerbated if the reviewers’ comments and decision appear to be harsh and make little sense. It is even more disappointing if the paper appears to have been progressing through different rounds of reviewing only to be rejected late in the process.