Guidelines for authors

  • Papers should not have been previously published.
  • Authors are responsible for checking their spelling and grammar, and should ensure that their paper meets formatting requirements.
  • The authors are reminded that if they wish their papers to be included in the proceedings it is necessary that the final paper is received no later than the deadline mentioned under “Submission deadlines and procedure”
  • Please make sure there is no identifying information in the submission file to ensure a double-blind review process.


  1. General structure for extended abstracts and final papers

Make sure that both extended abstracts and final papers are written according to the following arrangement:

  • Short title (up to 40 characters including spaces); subtitle (if applicable)
  • Self-contained summary of up to 100 words outlining in a single paragraph the aims, scope and conclusions of the paper; acknowledgements (if any). Up to three keywords or phrases (maximum 10 words in total) to facilitate access and indexing
  • Submission category: competitive, working, practitioner paper
  • Main body of text, divided under headings
  • References
  • Appendices
  • Tables and illustrations should be placed into the text, not at the end of the paper

Additional requirements for formatting the papers:

  • All submissions must be in PDF format (*.pdf).
  • A4 paper size (no US Legal or other)
  • Font Times New Roman, 12 pt. (across the whole document)
  • Single-spaced
  • Left-hand and right-hand margins of 25 mm
  • Top margin and bottom margin of 25 mm
  • Justify text to both margins
  • Section headings; first level in bold, second level in italics – no section numbering
  • No page numbers
  • No headers or footers
  1. Paper length (including all references, figures, tables, etc.), max.:
  • Extended abstract for Working papers and Practitioner papers: 3 pages
  • Working paper (final paper): 10 pages
  • Competitive paper (final paper): 15 pages
  • Practitioner paper (final paper): 5 pages
  1. References

Papers and abstracts including footnotes, summary and references must be prepared according to the following guidelines, which are similar to the ones used by the Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management. Please, follow the guidelines below.

Citations in the text

  • (Author1 and Author2, Year). Example: (Yin, 2003) or (White and Poynter, 1990)
  • For works with more than two authors, use: (Author1 et al., Year), except when citing the publication for the first time, when all authors should be listed: (Author1, Author2 and Author3, Year). Example: (Harland et al., 2005)
  • Multiple works within one citation are to be ordered alphabetically by first author and separated with a semi-colon. Example: (Van Raaij et al., 2007; Yin, 2003)

Reference list

  • Reference to a journal publication: Harland, C., Knight, L., Lamming, R., Walker, H., 2005. Outsourcing: Assessing the risks and benefits for organisations, sectors and nations. International Journal of Operations & Production Management 25 (9), 831-850.
  • Reference to a book: Yin, R.K., 2003. Case Study Research: Design and Methods. Third ed. Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Reference to a chapter in an edited book: White, R.E., Poynter, A.T., 1990. Organizing for world-wide advantage. In: Bartlett, C.A., Doz, Y., Hedlund, G. (Eds.). Managing the Global Firm. Routledge, New York, NY, pp. 95–113.
  • Reference to conference proceedings: Van Raaij, E.M., Brandon-Jones, A., Reunis, M.R.B., 2007. The impact of e-procurement quality factors on user acceptance of e-procurement systems. Proceedings of the 16th IPSERA Conference, 1–4 April 2007, Bath UK.
  • References should be arranged alphabetically by first author name. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters “a”, “b”, “c”, etc., placed after the year of publication, example: (Harland et al., 2005a).

The text should be organized under appropriate section headings, which, ideally, should not be more than 600 words apart. All measurements should be given in metric (SI) units.

  1. Submitting your files

All submissions (abstracts and full papers) should be done as described under “Submission deadlines & procedure”.