Category Archives: Editorial policies

Termination of editorship

Will Hughes’ role as Editor-in-Chief of Construction Management and Economics comes to an end this year. Continue reading

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Publication rights and sharing your work

We often get enquiries from authors who have posted a pre-publication draft of their work in an institutional repository, or some other on-line repository of work-in-progress, such as SSRN or REPEC. These services invite authors to place working papers and … Continue reading

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Invitations from unknown sources to join referee panels and editorial boards

It is with increasing frequency that scam organizations are attempting to set up open access journals with the aim of making money from charging authors for publication. Many of these are springing up around the world and their progenitors are … Continue reading

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Major revisions or minor revisions? That is the question…

There is an increasing tension around the question of the distinction between major and minor revision decisions on papers. When I started as an academic, there seemed to be a fairly consistent view among those with experience, that a major … Continue reading

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Why computer screen dumps are not a good idea in publishing CM work

From time to time, students or authors ask me why I never want to see their computer screen dumps in their papers . It may be useful to share some of the reasons behind my views on this. In my … Continue reading

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How to write informative abstracts

Abstracts are frequently the least informative part of a paper. They should be the most informative part. Continue reading

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Authors’ Charter

To help authors to understand the editorial process, which has developed over the years, and which we intend to continue improving, this document makes explicit our policies and procedures. As soon as we receive your paper in our on-line submission … Continue reading

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What editors look for in referee reports

A recent discussion in orgtheory.net sparked some interest. I was particularly interested in the views from editors of various journals such as Organization Science, Organization Studies, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, American Sociological Review, and Administrative Science Quarterly. If … Continue reading

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How to write an informative and critical book review

A book review should be more than a flattering summary of the content. Many book reviews are not particularly useful in terms of positioning the book in relation to the literature or engaging with the contribution that the book makes … Continue reading

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Why does it take so long to get my paper refereed?

While most referees are very diligent in taking less than two weeks to review papers, authors often experience a sense of frustration when they have to wait much longer than this to get the first decision and feedback on their … Continue reading

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