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Getting published in peer reviewed academic journals in business and management: perspectives for doctoral and early career researchers

Jennifer Rowley (Faculty of Business and Law, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)

Management Research Review

ISSN: 2040-8269

Article publication date: 27 April 2022

Issue publication date: 25 January 2023




Competition for space in peer-reviewed academic journals, together with a plethora of changes in the academic publishing processes, including, for example, open access publishing, the internationalisation of the publishing community, predatory publishing and the increasing role of journal ranking systems presents challenges for early career researchers (ECRs). The purpose of this paper is to offer practical advice on getting published in business and management.


The stages in the publishing journey are identified. The journey commences with the articulation of a contribution and building relationships with supervisors and other researchers. It then moves on to the evaluation and selection of appropriate journals (including consideration of open access publishing options), publishing policies and ethics, writing and revising the article and submitting and subsequently revising your article in response to reviewers’ comments.


This paper concludes with an acknowledgement of the shifting nature of journal publication processes and contexts and the need for doctoral and ECRs to continue to monitor changes in journal publication practices.


Whilst other articles and publisher web pages offer advice on getting published in specific journals and disciplines, few provide a rounded perspective of the experience of publishing and how this can be navigated successfully.



The author is grateful to various colleagues who have offered insights that have contributed to the endeavors associated with the development of this article, including my PhD students, colleagues, and reviewers. No funding was available to support the development of this article.


Rowley, J. (2023), "Getting published in peer reviewed academic journals in business and management: perspectives for doctoral and early career researchers", Management Research Review, Vol. 46 No. 2, pp. 306-319.



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