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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 5: Sustaining a publications career

Mike Wright

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


We live in a time of turbulence for academic researchers, perhaps especially so for those in management. Politicians question the benefits for business of encouraging management academics to publish in “obscure U.S. journals” (whether this means obscure European journals are acceptable or beyond the pale is left unsaid). Instead business school academics should offer more practical help to business. Pressures on internal resources from reductions in public funding and in income generated from executive education undermine budgets to support research. Sharply increased tuition fees for students shift the emphasis to delivering high quality teaching. At the same time, submissions to journals have been rising significantly in recent years as a result of a worldwide surge of research activity. With space in most journals remaining unchanged, acceptance rates have been falling sharply and now stand at around 5 percent for major management journals. Thresholds to get published have therefore increased, with reviewers and editors becoming more demanding (Clark et al., 2006, 2013). Publication in quality journals has, however, long been recognized to be highly skewed (e.g. Podsakoff et al., 2008); fewer scholars continue to publish in quality journals over a long period. These trends may mean that publications careers become even more highly skewed. Even though scholars may have published successfully already, they face demands for new skills and need both to be able to identify new opportunities and exploit them more efficiently if they are to sustain a publications career.

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