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International Journal of Management Sciences and Humanities (IJMSH) hereby invites scholars, researchers and practitioners to submit research papers for consideration and
publication in
Vol. 4, No. 1 edition of the Journal. Please click here for author guidelines and other details.
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Paper contributors to the International Journal of Management Sciences and Humanities (IJMSH) are required to read and comply with the following guidelines in writing and submitting their research papers. Any paper that fails to comply with the requirements may be returned back to the authors for minor or major corrections or for outright rejection.

  1. Topic: A paper title/copy must include two or more relevant variables and should not be unwieldy.
  2. Author’s names and addresses: Author’s names and addresses should be listed immediately after the title. The addresses should include office and email addresses, and possibly phone numbers. Where there are two or more authors, there is a need to indicate the Corresponding Author.
  3. Abstract: An abstract of about 200 words should be written in ‘10’ font size and times new roman font, in past tense, a single line space and has a maximum of 6 key words. It should include the following components:

    • A general statement about the research. For example, foreign direct investment (FDI) has been acknowledged as one of the major contributions to poverty alleviation in the developing countries.

    • Objective of the study. For example, the objective of the study was to examine the contribution of FDI to poverty alleviation in Nigeria.

    • Method of collecting data

    • Findings

    • Conclusion and recommendations

    • Managerial and/or policy implications, if any

    • Suggestion for further studies, if any.

  4. The main paper: The main research paper should be written in good English (American or British). Mixture of the two is not permissible. The paper, which should not be more that 20 pages, A’4 size paper, should be written in ‘12’ size and times new roman font and in double space. The research paper is classified into 2 categories, reviewed paper and empirical paper.

    • (a) A reviewed paper, should be structured into the following:
      (i) Introduction
      (ii) Literature review
      (iii) Conclusion and recommendations
      (iv) References
      (b) An empirical paper, should follow the following structure:
      (i) Introduction
      (ii) Literature review
      (iii) Methodology
      (vi) Discussion of findings
      (v) Conclusion and recommendations
    • Contents, sections and sub-sections of the paper: Based on the structure highlighted above, the research paper should be presented in sections and subsections. This is highlighted below:
    • 1. Introduction: Introduction should give detail background of the study and contain the following:
      Brief discussion of each of the variables in the research topic
      Relate the two or more research variables/constructs together
      Show a gap in the literature, if any to be filled and the contribution of the study to knowledge. A good research should identify a gap yet to be filled by the extant studies, and this enables the research to contribute to/expand the frontier of knowledge.
      Formulate the problem(s) to be investigated
      State the objective(s) to be achieved
      Highlight the structure of the paper, i.e. the paper has 4 structures, namely …..

2.   Literature review: Authors should do a critical review of the avalanche of extant (existing) literature in their study areas. The best practice is to undertake a literature review under the following sub-headings and sub-sections, especially where the study is empirical.
2.1 Conceptual Framework: The review should cover the relevant concepts of the study and show any conceptual model of the study.
2.2 Theoretical Framework: This sub-section of the review should include one or two relevant or adapted theories that are useful in explaining the study constructs/variables.
2.3 Empirical Framework: This sub-section should report the findings of the previous and related empirical studies. This is very crucial where the present study is empirical as it provides the basis for a robust discussion of the findings of the present study in the section on the discussion of findings. The findings may be consistent or not consistent with the findings of earlier research. However, where the study is a review work, empirical framework may be optional, i.e. at the discretion of the researcher.
3.  Methodology: This section is required if the research is empirical and gives details of the methodology employed for collecting and analyzing data for the study. It may or may not be in sub-sections, but must include the following:

  • Research model and hypotheses development
  • Research design
  • Location of the study
  • Study population
  • Sample size and sample techniques
  • Method of data collection
  • Research instruments(s)
  • Validity and reliability tests
  • Method(s) of data analysis (authors are implored to use SPSS for their analysis)

4.  Discussion of findings: Based on the analysis of data, the findings of the results are presented and analyzed. This section is very important in empirical studies, and such authors are advised to take it very serious.
5.   Conclusion and Recommendations
This is the last paragraph of the study and emphasizes or stresses the main thesis, key points or ideas that have been earlier presented in order to make the reader understand the findings of the study. Where necessary, the conclusion should highlight the study limitation(s), managerial and/or policy implications and make suggestion(s) for future research direction.
The recommended referencing style for the conference papers is APA 6, i.e. 6th and current edition of APA.
Examples of APA 6 are given below:
Journal Referencing
Pucher, J., Peng, Z., Mittal, N., & Korattyswaroopam, N. (2007). Urban transport trends in China and India. Transport Reviews, 27(4), 379-410.
Textbook Referencing
Kotler, P., & Kelvin, L. (2009). Marketing Management. (12th ed.). New York: Prentice-Hall.
Published Conference Proceedings Referencing
Hoe, H. Y., & Vinayan, G., Abdullah, M., & Khan, N. (2012). A study of hybrid car adoption in Malaysia. Proceedings of 2nd Annual Summit on Business and Entrepreneurial Studies, held between 15th-16th October, 2012 at  Hilton Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. 285-297.

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