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Author Guidelines

Guidelinesfor Contributions to International Journal of Action Research

  • IJAR is a refereed journal (double blind reviews).
  • Manuscripts are welcomed and should be submitted by email to editor-in-chief Dr. Danilo R. Streck, e-mail:
  • Manuscripts must be written in English. Accepted papers are to be language checked by a native speaker. It is the author’s responsibility to present papers in an acceptable form, both in terms of grammar and expression, and she or he should check their manuscript for typing errors, spelling, punctuation, etc.
  • The manuscript should conform to the following requirements:
    Use 12-point type (times new roman or equivalent) double-spaced (including footnotes, references, appendixes, tables, and figures).
    The title page is page 1. Under the title of your work, list authors' names, a short biosketch (about 50 words), and complete addresses including e-mail.
    Page 2 shows the title of your article and the abstract (not your personal name or address). Your abstract should be about 100 words long. Use sequential page numbering throughout.
  • Papers should be divided in sections (i.e. 1., 2.) and, if necessary, subsections (either 1.1, 1.2 or a), b) …)
  • Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and placed automatically at the foot of the page to which they refer. They must not be used for citing references.
  • IJAR follows follows the citation rules of the APA-Style.
    For in-text citations, please include the authors' names and the year of publication in parentheses, e.g. (Williamson, 1975, 1996; Granovetter, 1985a; Cohen & Levinthal, 1990). Two or more publications by one author in the same year should have "a", "b" etc., added after the year.
    Please be as precise as possible. For direct quotation, pages must be given after the year, e.g. (Coleman, 1988, p. 98). If a publication has three or more authors please list all names (Cohen, Miller, & Levinthal, 1990) and use "et al." the next times, e.g. (Cohen et al., 1990, pp. 97-98).
  • List references alphabetically by the last name of the first author. If there is no personal author use the corporate author, e.g. New York Times. Order publications by an identical author by year, listing the earliest first.
    In doubt, please have a look at the examples.
  • Book references follow this form:
    Authors' last names, initials (year). Title. City: Name of publisher. Examples:
    Burt, R. S. (1992). Structural holes: The social structure of competition. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
    Buckley, P. J., & Casson, M. (1976). The future of the multinational enterprise. London: Macmillan.
  • Chapters in books follow this form:
    Authors' last names, initials (year): Title. editors' initials editors last names (eds.) Title of book. (edition, pp. pages). city: name of publisher. Example:
    Scott, W. R., & Meyer, J. W. (1991). The organization of societal sectors: Propositions and early evidence. W.W. Powell & P.J. DiMaggio (eds.). The new institutionalism in organizational analysis (pp. 108-140). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Periodical references follow this form: Authors' last names, initials (year): Title. Name of periodical, volume number (issue number), page numbers. Example:
    Henisz, W. J., & Delios, A. (2001). Uncertainty, imitation, and plant location: Japanese multinational corporations, 1990-1996. Administrative Science Quarterly, 46(3), 443-475.
  • If the reviewers require some revisions to be done, the authors must re-submit their revised paper to the editor–in-chief together with an accompanying letter, which explains in detail how the authors have responded to the reviewers’ comments.
  • If revised papers are accepted for publication a PDF-file will be e-mailed for proof reading. Final corrections must be returned to editor-in chief within 10 days on paper copy.
  • Authors of main articles will receive a complimentary copy of the issue and – for personal scientific use – a PDF-file of the article authorized by the publisher.