GUIDELINES FOR REVIEWERS
A speedy, quality service to authors
We are a new journal and therefore conscious that we have to
compete for high quality articles. Our initial strength as a new journal in
being able to attract good articles in cross-cultural management is our
specialization in this area and potential to be the major reference in
cross-cultural management. It is also our ability to be able to offer a
relatively speedy yet quality service to authors. Referees should therefore aim
to review an article within a four-week period, to give positive, developmental
feedback which will help authors in this and future work even though they may
not be successful this time. In particular, we should aim to nurture relatively
new authors in order to get them to the standard where they can be successful in
publishing high quality articles in cross-cultural management.
Recognizing and encouraging diversity of approaches
We are a cross-cultural journal. This does not mean that we
simply publish articles of cross-cultural studies. It also means that we take a
cross-cultural approach to publishing good academic articles. We should allow
for diversity in approaches to theory-making and research. In fact we should
positively encourage this.
We can do this partly by using referees from different
cultures. We can do this by encouraging a wider interpretation of what
constitutes international standards of academic excellence.
We also try to do this by recognizing excellence in
contributions of three main types of articles:
- Cross-cultural Articles which help to define the area, critically
evaluate previous theory, and advocate new developments in theory and methods.
Empirical work which does not just provide simple comparison across cultures
is encouraged. These are welcome from any academic or management discipline
and from a broad spectrum of theoretical paradigms and methodologies. We
certainly do not want to restrict this to the accepted ‘western’ or
‘universal’ paradigms, and culturally diverse approaches are encouraged, as
are contributions from international and multicultural teams which draw on
diverse and pluricultural approaches. However, ultimately articles in this
section should address the questions ‘How does this work (a) contribute to the
advancement of scientific knowledge on the role of culture in management
theory and practice, and (b) help managers better manage people, organizations
and change across cultures?’
- Indigenous Perspectives. Contributions, particularly from non-western
societies, which represent indigenous management research are actively sought.
We are particularly concerned that contributions which do not take a ‘western’
or ‘westernized’ approach may be overlooked in international journals. We
encourage these contributions as long as their internal logic and external
validity is sufficiently established. Single culture work is acceptable
provided it informs and advances knowledge in cross-cultural management and
this contribution is clearly stated. The ultimate utility to cross-cultural
management practice should also be transparent.
- Commentaries and Review Articles. We would like to encourage
substantial comments on previously published work, perspectives and comments
on key issues in the subject area. We would also like to receive substantial
reviews of conferences and other activities of academic and professional
associations around the world devoted to cross-cultural work as well as more
traditional book review articles which evaluate a number of publications.
These also must make a contribution to the study and understanding of
cross-cultural management, and will be subject to a review process.
Developing work and authors in cross-cultural management
We are aiming, within a few years, to become the main
reference in cross-cultural management. We therefore should aim to develop a
longer-term relationship with authors, and to give particular help to authors
new to this area or to academia, as well as giving support to established
authors to enable them to publish good quality articles in a timely fashion and
in a journal they know will be looked on as the main source in this subject
area. We do not simply seek to publish authors’ work, but also contribute to the
further development of academic work in cross-cultural management. This is why
we particularly value the strong links we have with the International
Organization Network (ION) and the International Society for the Study of Work
and Organizational Values (ISSWOV) as well as the Centre for Cross Cultural
In feedback to authors it is therefore important to provide
quality feedback by:
- Being positive and developmental: recognize the positive aspects of
the work and build on these in order to offer constructive suggestions where
this is necessary. However, it is also necessary to make the author aware of
the weaknesses of the work, and suggest ways whenever possible, of correcting
these weaknesses. In addition, please provide full details of further
literature sources where you think these are lacking.
- Being cultural aware and sensitive to different approaches: It is
important to be aware that logic, concepts, paradigms, the role of theory and
evidence may all be different across different cultures. At the same time it
is important to help authors make more explicit the internal logic and
external validity of their approach where this is absent. Also point out where
ethnocentric or parochial assumptions of western or non-western authors are
hampering a cross-cultural perspective.
In addition you should make a judgment of the submission
- The importance of the subject: is it an area which
is under-researched, or a burning issue which scholars are trying to address?
Is it important to the understanding of management across cultures?
- The originality of the contribution: does it take a
fresh perspective, or offer innovative concepts or methodology?
- The likely interest to our readership: our readers
are mainly academics with an interest in cross-cultural management
- Its clarity, coherence and strength of argument:
does it get the point across well?
- Its writing style: but please bear in mind that for
many authors English will not be their first language. We should encourage
rather than discourage. Poor quality English may be fixable, but the quality
of the ideas contained within the submission may not be. You should be able to
Evaluation Form (Word 97)