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Author Guidelines

Submissions to the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management (DJIM) are welcome from all graduate students in the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University.

The editors welcome contributions in the following areas: Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Organization of Information, International Perspectives, Marketing Management, Information Policy, Organizational Designs, as well as Management and problem solving issues within a socially and environmentally sound framework.

Only original, unpublished manuscripts will be considered for publication. Students are not required to write something new, but may submit papers that have been written as part of their course work. Articles of a highly speculative nature, which are not adequately supported by the literature or by usual methods of research, may not be accepted for publication.


The Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management has adopted the style guidelines and reference format outlined by the American Psychological Association. Please familiarize yourself with this format prior to submitting any articles. A quick-start guide to this format is provided by the Killam Library.

Copies of the complete APA Guide are available on reserve at all of the Dalhousie Libraries .

Official Style Guide

For general style and usage not addressed here, consult Editing Canadian English 2nd Edition.

Official Dictionary

For questions related to versions of spelling, consult the Canadian Oxford English Dictionary.


Submit one complete copy of your manuscript by following the directions above in Online Submissions. Papers may only be submitted electronically in either Word or RTF format. PDF or HTML submissions will not be accepted. There are currently no length requirements; however, papers may be edited for length at the discretion of the Editing Committee.

Each manuscript should include the following elements (if applicable):

 A title
 Name of author(s) and institutional affiliation(s) with email address(es);
 An abstract
 Clearly labelled contents that include an introduction, discussion, and conclusion;
 In-text citations
 Brief biographical statement
Notes (if applicable)
 Ethical standards procedures (if applicable)
 Identification of statistical techniques (if applicable)
 Statement of intent and affiliations

Title and Author(s)

Place the title of the paper at the top of the first page of the manuscript followed by the full name of the author(s), institutional affiliation(s) and email address(es). In the case of multiple authors, please indicate who will function as the primary point of contact for questions or comments.


All papers submitted must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 150 words. The abstract should give an overview or synopsis of the entire paper. It should not be a simple conclusion, which requires reading of the paper in its entirety in order to be understood.

Biographical Statement

Each submission should be accompanied by a short (100 words) biographical statement, written in the third person. Please relate the biographical statement to the submission and, if the paper was originally written for a class, please state the relevant class in the biographical statement.


Acknowledgements should include only persons who have made substantive contributions to the study. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from those acknowledged because readers may infer their endorsement of the data and conclusions.


Manuscript notes, as applicable, should be consecutively numbered and collected at the end of the paper before the References.

Ethical Standards

When reporting on research using human subjects, researchers should indicate that procedures conformed to the ethical standards of the author's institutional review board, the Helsinki Declaration, or are in accord with Canada's Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC). If subjects are identified, permission must be obtained from the subject by the author.

Statistical Techniques

All statistical techniques must be identified and, when appropriate, referenced. Levels of statistical significance must be stated. All individuals responsible for statistical evaluation must be identified.

Statement of Intent

Each manuscript submitted must be accompanied by a letter requesting consideration for publication; signed, if possible, by the author or any and all co-authors if any. In the absence of any statement to the contrary, the Journal assumes a manuscript has not been published nor submitted for publication elsewhere.

Authors are expected to disclose any commercial associations that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article. All funding sources supporting the work should be acknowledged in a footnote on the title page. All affiliations with or financial involvement in any organization or entity with a direct financial interest in the subject matter or materials of the research discussed (eg, employment, consultancies, stock ownership or other equity interest, patent-licensing arrangements) should be cited in the cover letter. This information will be held in confidence by the Editor during the review process. If the manuscript is accepted, the Editor will discuss with the author(s) how best to disclose relevant information.

Word-Processing Guidelines

  • All illustrations, tables, and figures should be imbedded in the manuscript in their logical locations.
  • All pages should be numbered, and there should be no title page, table of contents, headers or footers.
  • The entire document should be double-spaced.
  • Use widely available fonts, such as Arial, Times New Roman or Courier 12 point.


Statements and/or opinions expressed directly, or implied, in articles are those of the author and not Dalhousie University, the Faculty of Management nor the Journal; publication herein does not necessarily mean that Dalhousie University, the Faculty of Management or the Journal, or the Editorial Board endorses such statement or opinion.

The Journal reserves the right through its Editor(s) to refuse to publish or print any articles that, in its opinion, may cast disrepute on any practice, product or individual. Any error or omission will be corrected in a subsequent issue of the Journal, by notice to the Editor on terms and conditions determined by the Journal.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. All citations adhere to the guidelines of the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
  7. The submission includes no additional title pages, table of contents, headers or footers.
  8. The submission is accompanied by a 100-word author bio and a 150-word abstract.

Copyright Notice

Papers published in the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management must be the original, unpublished work of the author. Contributors are responsible for obtaining any copyright clearances required in relation to their work.

Authors submitting a paper to the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management automatically agree to grant a limited licence to DJIM if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication. This licence gives permission for DJIM to publish the paper in a given issue and to maintain the work in the electronic journal archive. DJIM also submits issues to institutional repositories and Open Access repositories.

Contributors agree to each reader accessing, downloading, or printing one copy of their article for their own personal use or research. All other copyrights remain with the author, subject to the requirements that any republication of the work be accompanied by an acknowledgement that the work was first published in the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management and that the DJIM Editorial Chair must be notified of any republication of a work first published in DJIM.

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