Policies and Publishing Ethics

Policies and Publishing Ethics

Philosophy of Management Dynamics

Management Dynamics accepts empirical studies, perspectives, management and teaching cases, systematic literature reviews, and book reviews.

For more information, please see Management Dynamics Aims and Scope page.

Management Dynamics Journal requires all journal submissions to adhere to the highest of ethical standards and best practices in publishing. All writing and research submitted to Management Dynamics is expected to present accurate information and to properly cite all content referenced from other materials.

General Submission Rules

Submitted articles should not have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Management Dynamics, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Management Dynamics.

Publishing Ethics

Management Dynamics is committed to respecting high standards of ethics in the editorial and reviewing process and outlines the best practice, guidelines, and principles, which aim to achieve high standards in publishing.


Management Dynamics does not tolerate using other’s ideas, words, or work without acknowledgment. Submissions containing plagiarism in whole or part, duplicate and redundant publication or self-plagiarism will be desk rejected. Corresponding author is responsible for the manuscript through and after the evaluation and publication process with the authority to act on behalf of all co-authors. It is also unacceptable to submit manuscripts to Management Dynamics that have previously been published anywhere in any language.

Conflicts of Interest

A conflict of interest may arise when a manuscript under review puts forth a position contrary to the reviewer's published work or when a manuscript author or reviewer has a substantial direct or indirect financial interest in the subject matter of the manuscript. Authors and Reviewers and anyone who suspects an undisclosed conflict of interest regarding a work published or under consideration by Management Dynamics should inform the Editor via email.


Management Dynamics requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. For no funding, please add this statement: ‘This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors’.

Duties of Authors

  1. Originality and Plagiarism - All manuscripts must be the original work of authors.
  2. Authorship of the Paper - Authorship of a manuscript should be limited to authors who have made significant contributions. Change in authorship is not permitted after the initial submission.
  3. Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication - Authors must not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently.
  4. Acknowledgement of sources - Authors must properly and accurately acknowledge the work of others.
  5. Disclosure and Conflicts of interest and financial support - authors should disclose any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript and acknowledge individuals or organizations that have provided financial support for research.
  6. Data access and retention - Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with manuscripts for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data if possible.

Duties of Editors

  1. Publication Decisions - Editors are responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts submitted to the journal should be rejected, reviewed, or published.
  2. Fair play - Editors should ensure the integrity of the publication review process. Editors should not reveal either the identity of authors of manuscripts to the reviewers or the identity of reviewers to authors.
  3. Confidentiality - Editors must treat received manuscripts for review as confidential documents and must not disclose any information about submitted manuscripts to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher.
  4. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest - Editors and any editorial staff must not use materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript (published or unpublished) for their own research without the author’s written authorization.
  5. Investigations – Editors shall conduct a proper and fair investigation into ethical complaints.

Duties of Reviewers

  1. Confidentiality - Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential.
  2. Standards of Objectivity - Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author.
  3. Contribution to Editorial Decision - Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments and recommendations.
  4. Promptness - Reviewers should complete their reviews within a specified timeframe.
  5. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest - Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.


  1. COPE Codes of Conduct
  2. Elsevier policy on the permanence of the scientific record
  3. Elsevier policy on editorial independence
  4. Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Guidelines on Editors in Chief sharing
  5. Elsevier’s Publishing Ethics Resource Kit for Editors