n Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists - Research note : an author's worst nightmare or a reviewer's lamentations?

Volume 21, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1019-567X



Academic writing and the publishing of research results are an integral part of any academic's job. It is important for the individual's academic progression as well as for the creation of knowledge. However, only rigorous research contributes to the expansion of the boundaries of existing knowledge. In South Africa, academic publishing outputs are relatively low, owing to the high rejection rate of articles by scholarly journal editors. The purpose of this paper is to provide some guidelines on typical problems, as identified by editors of scholarly journals, which result in rejection, and how to avoid them. The purpose of the paper was achieved by reviewing recent articles prepared by editors of peer-reviewed business and management journals on typical pitfalls which result in rejection. The value of discussing methodological views on typical errors found in reviewed papers should facilitate the review process and, if these guidelines are followed, should result in a decrease in the number of rejected papers and/or recommendations of major changes to manuscripts.

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