How to get Published in the Best Management Journals
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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.
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Chapter 32: Publishing at the interfaces of psychology and strategic management

Gerard P. Hodgkinson


Every leading journal has a clear mission and attendant set of foci. Manuscripts falling across the desks of busy editors and reviewers are evaluated first and foremost in terms of the extent to which they fall within the thematic purview of the target journal. The craft of addressing messages to appropriately targeted audiences is thus an essential skill cultivated by all successful academic writers. Drawing on a range of examples, in this short chapter I offer my personal reflections on how in practice I have implemented this advice in positioning my own work and, in so doing, anticipated the likely reactions of potentially critical reviewers. In a highly insightful book, Huff (1999) introduced the metaphor of ‘conversation’ as a means of analysing the all-important question of how to position scholarly journal articles for particular audiences. It is a metaphor that I have found to be rather helpful when reflecting on the relative successes and failures of my own work.

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