Guidelines to Authors

Criteria for Publication

All articles published in the Great Lakes Herald must make strong empirical contributions. Purely conceptual papers or submissions that do not offer an empirical contribution will not be reviewed

All articles published in the Great Lakes Herald must also make strong theoretical contributions. Meaningful new implications or insights for theory must be present in all articles, although such insights may be developed in a variety of ways (e.g., falsification of conventional understanding, theory building through inductive or qualitative research, first empirical testing of a theory, meta-analysis with theoretical implications, constructive replication that clarifies the boundaries or range of a theory). Submissions should clearly communicate the nature of their theoretical contribution in relation to the existing management and organizational literatures. Methodological articles are welcome, but they must contain accompanying theoretical and empirical contributions.

All articles published in the Great Lakes Herald must also be relevant to practice. The best submissions are those that identify both a compelling management issue and a strong theoretical framework for addressing it. We realize that practical relevance may be rather indirect in some cases; however, authors should be as specific as possible about potential implications.

Style Guide

Manuscripts should be written in a clear, concise, and logical manner. The text should appeal to a wide audience by avoiding the use of jargon whenever possible. The common theme of this journal, regardless of type of article, discipline, or philosophy, is business and management.

The manuscripts should normally be less than 8000 words in size. Single-space between all lines. Leave uniform margins of 1 inch (2.54 cm) at the top, bottom, left, and right of every page. Do not justify lines. Instead, use the flush-left style, and leave the right margin uneven, or ragged. Indent the first line of every paragraph by half inch (1.27 cm). Use 12-point Times New Roman font and A-4 size paper. Use 6 pt spacing after every paragraph. Place page numbers in the upper right corner. Do not underline; use your italics option where necessary.

Do not use sexist or biased language. Avoid language that might be interpreted as denigrating to ethnic or other groups. Be particularly careful in dealing with gender, where long-established customs, such as the use of "he" as a generic pronoun, can imply gender-based discrimination. Sexist bias can occur when pronouns are used carelessly, like for example when the masculine pronoun "he" is used to refer to both sexes. Using plural pronouns is preferred.

Put sentences in the active voice instead of the passive to make it easy for readers to see who did what. Use the first person ("I" or "we") to describe what you did.

To maintain anonymity, only the title should appear on the manuscript. Attach a separate cover page with the title of the manuscript, the author(s), affiliation(s), and complete contact details including postal address, phone number and e-mail address for the corresponding author.

Also, include an abstract of 120 words or less and include 3-5 key words. The manuscript should not contain footnotes and endnotes.

Great Lakes Herald uses only three levels of headings. Use "bold" typeface for all headings. Main headings (first-level headings) designate the major sections of an article; three or four main headings should be enough for most articles. Don't use an initial heading like "Introduction." Center your main headings and type them in all capitals. Second-level headings designate the minor sections within a section of an article. Type these headings, in italics, flush with the left margin, beginning only major words with capitals. Third-level headings are paragraph headings in italics at the start of paragraphs. Capitalize only the first letter and first letter after a colon and end the heading with a period and continue with the text of your paragraph. Sections with main headings precede those with second-level headings, which precede those with third-level headings. Do not launch directly into second-level headings. When you divide a main section into second-level sections, use two or more of the latter. When you divide a second-level section, use two or more sections with third-level headings. Second-level sections should be at least half page long.

Set hypotheses off from your text. Fully and separately state each hypothesis you tested separately. Give it a distinct number or number-letter label.

Useful tables and figures do not duplicate the text; they supplement and clarify it. Each figure and table should appear soon after its first citation in the text. All tables and figures should be numbered consecutively (one series for tables, one for figures), with brief descriptive titles. The table or figure number and the title should be treated as a second-level heading. Each table or figure should have a sentence in your text that introduces it. Illustrations and charts should be referred to as "Figures" in the text. They must be camera-ready, not needing further artwork or typesetting. Use more than one page if a table needs them; do not squeeze material onto one page. Each table should report one type of analysis, which is identified in the title. Each vertical column and horizontal row should have only one type of data. Use ordinary words and not abbreviations. Report only two decimal places for statistics. In correlation matrices, the correlations should fill the lower-left corner of the table. For general footnotes to tables, use superscript small letters. For significance levels, use this format: † p < .10
* p < .05
** p < .01
*** p < .001

Note that each level is to be mentioned on a separate line just below the table.

Citations are your in-text identifications of others' research. All sources should be cited in the text of the paper according to the author's last name/year system and a list of those references sorted alphabetically should be placed as a separate appendix titled "REFERENCES" at the end of the manuscript. This list should include all the work and only the work you have cited. The title "REFERENCES" should be treated as a first-level heading. All lines other than the first line in each reference entry should be indented half inch (1.27 cm); use the hanging option under indentation in your word processor. Given below are examples of a book, a chapter in an edited book, a journal article, and an unpublished paper presented at a meeting.

Cameron, K. S., & Whetten, D. S. (1983). Organizational effectiveness. Princeton, NJ: Van Nostrand.

Bass, B. M., & Avolio, B. J. (1993). Transformational leadership: A response to critiques. In M. M. Chemers & R. Ayman (Eds.), Leadership theory and research: Perspectives and directions (pp. 49-80). New York: Academic Press.

Trivers, R. L. (1987). The evolution of reciprocal altruism. Quarterly Review of Biology, 46 (3), 35-47.

Whittington, J. L., & Goodwin, V. L. (2001, August). Transformational leadership, goal difficulty, and task design: Independent and interactive effects on employee outcomes. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Washington, DC.

For more examples and other details, consult The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th edition

Submission of Manuscripts

Authors are responsible for making sure that they have not duplicated an article already published or accepted. Authors should certify while submitting the manuscript that the material is not published, copyrighted, accepted or under review elsewhere.

Manuscripts must be submitted by email as an attachment in Microsoft Word to

In case you need more information or have queries, mail us at

Alternately, you could get in touch with

Dr. Bharadhwaj S
Chief Editor - Great Lakes Herald
Great Lakes Institute of Management,
1st Floor, Prince Info City II,
283-284, Old Mahabalipuram Road,
Chennai - 600096.
Tel. : +91 44 6699 9300 | Fax. : +91 44 6699 9301

Authors, whose contributions are accepted or rejected will be informed by e-mail only.

Submission of a manuscript to the Journal also carries an implicit quid pro quo: willingness to review for the Great Lakes Herald. The cornerstone of the editorial process at Great Lakes Herald is the willingness of colleagues to provide each other feedback through the peer review process. Authors who submit manuscripts to Great Lakes Herald for review are expected to reciprocate by reviewing for Great Lakes Herald if called upon to do so.


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