- Aims and Scope
- Manuscript preparation
- Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations
- Author Copyright & Licensing
- Publication Process After Acceptance
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- Aims and Scope
The Management of Sustainable Development (MSD) journal provides an academic forum for the publication of theoretical and empirical research papers on all issues related to the evolution and management of sustainable development in all fields of studies. In order to manage sustainable development, it is necessary to compare and integrate environmental, social and economic objectives and to address long-term issues. It is also necessary to use tools and management practices that can be used to implement sustainable strategies into action and ensure that micro and macroeconomic performance is balanced in terms of the economy, society, and the environment.
We are looking for original, valuable scientific papers on the following topics:
- environment patterns and environmental economy; sustainable resource utilization, new and renewable resources;
- socialpatterns of sustainability: social development, ethics, wellness (welfare, wellbeing); changing consumption and production patterns; developments in cultural diversity, tradition, social systems, globalization, immigration and their impact on cultural or social sustainability; sustainable development’s ethical and philosophical dimensions; education for sustainable development; work life quality; health-related aspects of sustainability;
- patterns of sustainable economicsprocesses: globalization’s impact on local, national and regional sustainability and stability; economic crises, economic globalization, economic development; sustainable finance, corporate finance, globalized financial markets; organizational management, organization culture and sustainable behaviour; microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis; sustainable strategic management; human resource management policies and practices; knowledge and innovation management;
- other topics related to sustainability: measuring and monitoring sustainability; sustainability instruments and applications; sustainability policies and regulations (creation and implementation of national policies and international treaties for sustainable development, implementation and monitoring of policies for sustainable development); integrated approaches to sustainable development; quality management; corporate social responsibility.
The target readership of the journal: by addressing to professional managers and academics, this journal focuses on the latest thinking and research in the areas of management of sustainable development and related subjects.
- Manuscript preparation
MSD journal accepts research articles and reviews with a 8,000-word limit. Please format your manuscript according to the template available here for a simplified and streamlined submission process. In accordance with MSD journal’s double-blind review process, you must ensure the following prior to submitting:
- Your blinded manuscript (main text file): this should be one editable file which includes all the key elements (text, references, figures, and tables etc). All required sections should be contained in your manuscript, including abstract, introduction, methods, results, and conclusions. Figures should be uploaded in the highest resolution possible. Supporting information should be submitted in separate files. If the manuscript, figures or tables are difficult for you to read, they will also be difficult for the editors and reviewers, and the editorial office will send it back to you for revision. Your manuscript may also be sent back to you for revision if the quality of English language is poor. As papers are double-blind peer reviewed the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors.
- The title page of the manuscript: this should be one editable file which includes title, all co-author details, including affiliation, email address and ORCID ID, freely available at https://orcid.org (Why is this important? Your article, if accepted and published, will be attached to your ORCID profile. Institutions and funders are increasingly requiring authors to have ORCID IDs).
Important: the journal operates a double-blind peer review policy. Please anonymise your manuscript (main text file) and supply a separate title page file.
Once you have prepared your submission in accordance with the Author Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/msdj.
Abstract and keywords
Please provide an abstract of no more than 250 words, followed by 3-5 keywords.
Footnotes should be avoided and replaced with endnotes. Their purpose is not to reference, but to give extra information. Please refer to the References section for further information.
Displayed equations should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript as (1), (2) etc. against the right-hand margin of the page. Preferably, use Microsoft Equation to edit the formulas. Letters used as symbols should be set in italics unless they represent vector quantities. Do not use bold or italics for numerals and abbreviations for math functions (such as In, Σ). Use italics for names of statistical tests (such as t-statistics, t-test, t = 4.68, F-test). Variable labels should be in italics (e.g., EARN, SIZE, MTB). Variable labels should be kept as short as possible.
Reference citations within the text
References to the literature in the main text should use the form:
- Porter (1998) and Stiglitz (1997a) suggests that…;
- There are 128 companies using this accounting method (Green, 1995, p. 38; Stiglitz, 1996).
Co-authored publications with three or more authors should be cited by first author and ‘et al.’, for example (Taylor et al., 2018).
MSD journal uses APA reference style.
The list of references should appear at the end of the article in alphabetical order. Please provide both volume and issue number for journal references. For page reference numbers use p. 21, pp. 406–571.
Kong, F., Gao, Z., & Oprean-Stan, C. (2023). Green bond in China: An effective hedge against global supply chain pressure?. Energy Economics, 128, 107167. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eneco.2023.107167
Wang, X., Sun, X., Oprean-Stan, C., & Chang, T. (2023). What role does global value chain participation play in emissions embodied in trade? New evidence from value-added trade. Economic Analysis and Policy, 80, 1205-1223. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eap.2023.10.018
Peykani, P., Sargolzaei, M., Botshekan, M. H., Oprean-Stan, C., & Takaloo, A. (2023). Optimization of Asset and Liability Management of Banks with Minimum Possible Changes. Mathematics, 11(12), 2761. https://doi.org/10.3390/math11122761
Dinga, E., Oprean-Stan, C., Tănăsescu, C. R., Brătian, V., & Ionescu, G. M. (2022). Financial market analysis and behaviour: the adaptive preference hypothesis. Taylor & Francis.
Contributions to collective works (Book Chapter)
Dinga, E., Oprean-Stan, C., Tănăsescu, C. R., Brătian, V., & Ionescu, G. M. (2023). Binomial Co-evolution in the Financial Market—Mechanisms. In Co-Evolution of Symbolic Species in the Financial Market: A Framework for Economic and Political Decision-Making (pp. 119-171). Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland
Coulton, J., Ruddock, C., & Taylor, S. (2012). The informativeness of dividends and franking credit. AFAANZ Annual Conference, Melbourne
Caulfield, J. (2023, December 04). Citing a Conference Paper in APA Style | Format & Examples. Scribbr. Retrieved February 1, 2024, from https://www.scribbr.com/apa-examples/conference-paper/
Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2021, January 29). Protecting workers: Guidance on mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/safework
Rutte, M. (2021, January 15). Statement by Prime Minister Mark Rutte on the government’s resignation. Government of the Netherlands. https://www.government.nl/documents/speeches/2021/01/15/statement-by-prime-minister-mark-rutte-on-the-government%E2%80%99s-resignation
Tables should appear and be numbered consecutively in the main text in Arabic numerals. It is necessary to cite all tables in the main text.
Figures should appear and be numbered consecutively in the main text in Arabic numerals. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations. It is necessary to cite all figures in the main text.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
All funding must be declared in the ‘Funding’ Statement. You may insert funding in the paper if available before the conflicts of interest section. Example of funding statement: This work was supported by the … grant number xxx.
Data sharing and reproductibility policy
MSD journal applies policies regarding data sharing and reproductibility to promote transparency and accountability in research.
Authors submitting manuscripts to MSD journal are required to share the raw data underlying their findings publicly. This data should be deposited in a recognized and accessible repository before the manuscript’s publication. Exceptions may be granted in cases where data sharing is not feasible due to ethical or legal constraints. Authors must provide clear instructions on how to access and retrieve the shared data. This information should be included in the manuscript or supplementary materials to facilitate transparency and reproducibility of the reported research.
- Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations
All listed authors should have contributed to the manuscript substantially and have agreed to the final submitted version. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status.
Submitting authors must provide an ORCID and we encourage all authors to provide one. Submissions by anyone other than one of the authors will not be considered.
Anyone who contributed to the research or manuscript preparation, but is not an author, should be acknowledged with their permission in the ‘Acknowledgement’ Statement.
Those submitting papers to the journal must accept responsibility for preparing papers to a level suitable for review. Manuscripts should be written in a clear, concise, direct style.
The acceptance criteria for all papers are the relevance to our readership, the quality of the research, the significance of its contribution to the literature, the originality of analysis, and the clarity of presentation as judged by the Editor-in-Chief, considering but not bound by the advice of referees and associate editors. Papers will only be sent to review if the Editor-in-Chief determines that the paper meets the appropriate quality and relevance requirements. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are double-blind peer reviewed by anonymous reviewers in addition to the Editor. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editor-in-Chief, who reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.
Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication, the editor and the publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between author and reader.
The authors have the option to suggest a reviewer or request the exclusion of a reviewer. Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:
- The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors
- The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper.
Intellectual property and reproduction of Copyright Material
If excerpts from copyrighted works owned by third parties are included, credit must be shown in the contribution. The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining written permission to reproduce the material “in print and other media” from the publisher of the original source, and for supplying MSD journal publisher with that permission upon submission.
Conflicts of Interest
Authors must declare all potential interests in a ‘Conflicts of interest’ section, which should explain why the interest may be a conflict. If there are none, the authors should state “The author(s) declare(s) that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.” Submitting authors are responsible for coauthors declaring their interests.
Authors must declare current or recent funding and other payments, goods or services that might influence the work. All funding, whether a conflict or not, must be declared in the ‘Funding’ Statement.
The involvement of anyone other than the authors who 1) has an interest in the outcome of the work; 2) is affiliated to an organization with such an interest; or 3) was employed or paid by a funder, in the commissioning, conception, planning, design, conduct, or analysis of the work, the preparation or editing of the manuscript, or the decision to publish must be declared.
Declared conflicts of interest will be considered by the editor and reviewers and included in the published article.
This journal follows the core practices of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and handles cases of research and publication misconduct accordingly.
The editorial board of MSD Journal shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. In no case shall the journal or its editors encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. In the event that the journal’s editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article in this journal, the board may take appropriate actions, including corrections, retractions, or sanctions, in cases of ethical violations.
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. CheckForPlagiarism.net will be used to check for plagiarism in all of the articles submitted.
For further information see the Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement.
- Author Copyright & Licensing
If the paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author will receive an email prompting them to complete a copyright transfer agreement on behalf of all authors of the paper. All research articles published in Management of Sustainable Development journal are fully open access: immediately freely available to read, download and share.
Authors retain copyright and publishing rights without restrictions and grant the journal right of first publication. Authors grant Management of Sustainable Development journal a license to publish and distribute the work under a Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in Management of Sustainable Development journal.
- Publication Process After Acceptance
Once your paper is typeset you will receive email notification of the URL from where to download a PDF typeset page proof, associated forms and full instructions on how to correct and return the file. Please note that you are responsible for all statements made in your work, including changes made during the editorial process and thus you must check your proofs carefully.
Post-publication discussions and corrections policy
If errors or inaccuracies are identified in a published article, the journal will issue correction notices. Authors are responsible for promptly addressing and rectifying errors, and the correction notice will be linked to the original article to ensure transparency. Authors are encouraged to submit corrections for minor errors directly to the editorial office. Corrections will be reviewed, and if deemed appropriate, implemented in the online version of the article. Major corrections may undergo editorial review.
In cases of serious ethical concerns or irreproducible research, the journal may issue retractions or expressions of concern. These actions will be accompanied by a detailed explanation of the reasons, and the status of the article will be updated accordingly. Authors have the right to appeal decisions related to corrections. Appeals should be submitted in writing, providing a detailed justification. The editorial board will review appeals and make decisions based on the merits of the case.
The journal will promptly notify relevant databases and indexing services of any corrections, retractions, or expressions of concern to ensure the accurate representation of the research in scholarly databases.
MSD archives the contents of this journal in the Keepers Registry.