GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS


B>QUEST POLICIES

In order to serve as an interface between different academic disciplines and between academicians and practitioners, B>Quest (Business Quest) publishes highly readable articles in the various business disciplines and economics whose subject matter is of interest to either or both academicians and practitioners. Particularly welcome are articles of an interdisciplinary nature. There is no print version of B>Quest.

Manuscripts are invited from both academic and non-academic sources. Academicians can request peer review for their articles. Papers previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere are not acceptable.

Today a great many of the articles appearing in academic journals in business and economics cannot be understood except by those who specialize in a narrow area. To help prevent this being true of articles in B>Quest, avoid using jargon and advanced mathematics and statistics other than in footnotes.

Because B>Quest is a journal of applied topics, purely theoretical subjects are not acceptable. Starting in 2001, B>Quest is divided into three sections: Research, Pedagogy, and Commentary. All the articles in the first section are peer reviewed, academic articles. Articles in the Pedagogy section may not be peer reviewed because they only provide academicians materials, such as case studies, and strategies or techniques that they can use in their classes. Articles in the Commentary section are very seldom peer reviewed.

Each article submitted to B>Quest should be accompanied by an abstract. If peer review is desired, this should be requested. When an article is published it will be noted if it has been peer reviewed. Blind, peer review is utilized.

Copyright to the contents of B>Quest is vested in the publisher, the University of West Georgia, Richards College of Business. Upon request by its author(s), the copyright to an article will be transferred to its author(s).

Those writing articles in which material appearing in B>Quest is relied upon are expected to cite the relevant article appearing in B>Quest.

Although manuscripts will be rejected for recognized inaccuracy or plagiarism, the authors of articles appearing in B>Quest are responsible for the content of their articles. Views expressed in B>Quest articles may not correspond to those of the staff of B>Quest or the administration and faculty of the University of West Georgia.

You may benefit from reading an article in the 2004 issue of B>Quest that provides potential B>Quest authors some useful advice: http://www.westga.edu/~bquest/2004/gatekeepers.htm.


MANUSCRIPT GUIDELINES

Although manuscripts of 2,500 to 3,500 words are preferred, up to 8,000 words are acceptable. Submissions may be made at any time. Please contact us if you do not get an email saying that we have received your article within a week when we should have received it. Papers may be sent on a disk via snail mail or. preferably, as an email. Please check your document with a virus checker before submitting it either by email or on a disk! Your document should be either a Microsoft Word document. (DO NOT create it in Microsoft Word and then save it as an HTML document!) Although we will publish papers sent to us as Microsoft Word documents as PDF documents, DO NOT SEND your paper to us as a PDF document. If it is accepted, your paper will be published much faster if you also comply with the following instructions. Do not use numbers and letters of the alphabet to "tag" each section of your paper. Footnotes as well as references should appear at the end of the paper. (This means that when typing your paper, you DO NOT use the footnote feature in Microsoft Word.) Avoid using superscripts and subscripts whenever this is feasible. This means that source notes and footnotes should not be indicated by superscripts. (Their numbers should be in line with the text: [1].) Avoid using Greek letters whenever this is feasible. Obviously,in statistics some use of Greek letters is unavoidable, just as are superscripts in some equations. Where possible, do not include equations with superscripts within a paragraph. If you use the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word to keep track of revisions you have made in your paper, when B>Quest receives your paper it will be difficult to read because of all the strikethroughs, underlining, and balloons off to the side! Turning off the Track Changes feature WILL NOT get rid of this material once and for all. (Turning off Track Changes removes them from view, but they are still there and will show up when your paper is converted to pdf.) To learn how to get rid of this material once and for all, please refer to Help in Microsoft Word and send it to B>Quest only after you have removed it.The only kind of graphics we can use are JPGs and GIFs.

You can either insert your article in an email or send it as an attachment. (If you are using Outlook Express click within the message field of the email. Then scroll down the "Insert" menu and click on "Text from file" or "Picture" depending upon what kind of file it is. Then scroll to where the file is [say drive A] and click on the file. At the bottom of the screen scroll to whatever kind of file it is [say html] and then click on "Open". Another alternative is to open the file in whatever program you created it in, click on "Select all" and "Copy". Then paste it into your email to B>Quest.) Rember, graphics must be either GIFs or JPGs! Insert tables and figures within the text where they are first mentioned. Before discussing what they show say something like this: "As can be seen below in Table One..." At the top of each table or figure identify it like this: "Table One (next line) Annual Income Percapita (next line) 1980 - 2010..." DO NOT double space your document. When composing an article please specify the Arial font, rather than accept the Times-Roman default. Do not underline any text. Excel documents can be submitted. Do not use any effects that cannot be viewed by recent versions of such browers as Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Please use Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007. When we download your article, neither deleted text with lines drawn through it nor "boxes" in the right margin containing text that records changes that have been made in the article are to appear.

Please follow the MLA (Modern Language Association) Writer's Guide, 4th edition. (For footnotes MLA does not utilize superscripts.) Send manuscripts and address queries to:

Carole E. Scott, Editor

Richards College of Business

University of West Georgia

Carrollton, Georgia 30118

Email B>Quest

Each submission should have a title page on which also appears the name(s) of the author(s), the author(s) institutional affiliation and position, mailing address, voice mail number, and, if available, a FAX number and E-mail address. (This information should appear nowhere else in the manuscript.) 

Manuscripts should be in English and written in a clear and concise style suitable for an international audience of academicians and practitioners. Footnotes should be held to a minimum. Tables and graphs should have titles which make clear what they contain and be numbered consecutively. Terms should be written out when first used along with their abbreviations, which can subsequently be used in place of the terms.

Authors are expected to be familiar with and comply with copyright law.


REVIEW PROCESS

Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged; subsequently there will be notification of their acceptance or rejection. After being reviewed by the editor for general acceptability, non-invited articles submitted by academicians will be blind reviewed by two reviewers, at least one of whom is not on the West Georgia faculty. Blind, peer-reviewed manuscripts will be identified as such when published in B>Quest. The acceptability of other manuscripts will be determined by the Editor.

That an article has been peer reviewed will be indicated by this icon.

Manuscripts will either be accepted as they are; returned with reviewers' comments for revision; or rejected. Turn around time will probably be much shorter than that of the average non-electronic, academic journal. Manuscripts will be published on the as they are accepted. Therefore, articles are published continuously throughout the year.


COPYRIGHT

B>Quest (Business Quest) is copyrighted by the Richards College of Business, University of West Georgia. Anyone wishing to republish any or all the articles published in B>Quest must obtain the written permission of the Editor of B>Quest. The same principles of fair use applicable in regard to printed material applies.

Articles in B>Quest may be read online or downloaded for personal use, and the B>Quest URL may be linked to a page at another URL. The text itself may not be published commercially (in either print or electronic form), edited, or otherwise altered without the permission of the Editor of B>Quest. When excerpting from or referencing an article in B>Quest, great care must be taken not to misrepresent the views, opinions, and arguments of the author(s). Neither the staff of B>Quest or the administration and faculty of the University of West Georgia shall be held responsible for any use made of information found in any issue of B>Quest, including that provided at other URLs linked to B>Quest.


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