Edited by Timothy Clark, Mike Wright and David J. Ketchen Jr.
Chapter 27: Publishing in management journals: how is it different from economics journals?
This chapter will try to identify the key differences between reporting empirical research in journals belonging to the fields of Economics and of Management. Our focus will be restricted to empirical papers; we will not consider purely theoretical research in either field. In the case of theory papers, the differences are equally pronounced, but are somewhat different. We also focus attention on top journals in Economics and Management respectively, by which we mean either leading general journals or top field journals. The differences are similar in more lowly ranked journals but less sharply drawn. The structure of this chapter is as follows. We will first outline the principal differences between the expectations of the two types of journal for submitted papers in terms of structure and content, at a general level. We will then illustrate these arguments with reference to several of our own works published in both Economics and Management journals. There is, of course, considerable latitude in how papers are organized and structured in both Economics and Management. However, in practice many papers in each field follow a fairly standard format, and many of the differences in expectations about the papers follow from this difference in structure. In this section, we will compare a stylized form of the standard structure in Management and Economics papers respectively, before going into greater detail as to differences in content within each section.
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