Editorial Policies


Philosophy of the Journal

The Journal of Management for Global Sustainability (JMGS) is an internationally peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal on management and global sustainability, published semi-annually by the John Gokongwei School of Management of the Ateneo de Manila University for the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools (IAJBS).

JMGS defines global sustainability as the broad set of interconnected issues that include, but are not limited to, the achievement of environmental preservation, social entrepreneurship, poverty eradication, social justice, desirable production and consumption patterns, species preservation, and spiritually rich lives at this time in our species’ history on this planet. It seeks to publish articles on how productive enterprises contribute toward realizing and achieving global sustainability so as to create socially just and spiritually whole ways for all species to go on thriving indefinitely.

JMGS welcomes submissions from all management disciplines (e.g. international business, accounting, marketing, finance, operations) and from related disciplines (e.g., economics, political science, psychology) so long as the manuscript contributes to our academic understanding of the role of management in achieving global sustainability. In particular, the journal looks for articles that help readers “contribute more effectively in moving toward a more sustainable world” (Stoner, J.A.F. 2013. What We Want This Journal To Be. Journal of Management for Global Sustainability 1(1): 1-6) through:

  • Useful, practical, and accurate information that increases awareness of the globally unsustainable nature of our world
  • Constructive ways to understand or interpret the situation that could lead to action
  • Valuable and constructive actions that can be taken to improve the situation

The manuscript should be original/ novel in terms of findings, discourse, or courses of action, among others. These manuscripts shall be subject to a double-blind review process overseen by the editorial board.

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Individuals who participated in the development of a manuscript but do not qualify as an author should be acknowledged. Organizations that provided support in terms of funding and/or other resources should also be acknowledged.

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Affiliations must be an accurate reflection of where the study was approved and/or supported and/or conducted. For non-research articles, the affiliation should be listed as the place the author(s) was based at the time of submission. Misrepresentation of affiliation is a form of misconduct and the journal will deal will such cases by contacting all relevant institutions to assist with our investigation.

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Appeals and complaints

All complaints, concerns, or appeals regarding authorship issues or the peer-review process, including concerns raised post-publication, should be addressed to the Co-Editors, who shall investigate the claims by first, requesting information from all parties involved and second, propose a course of action in line with academic ethical principles as outlined by the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE; https://publicationethics.org/). Submissions can be halted in the review or publication process until the issue are resolved. In situations, when Co-Editors are involved in the complaint, the Editorial Board members, led by the most senior member, investigate the claims and propose a course of action.

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Article Publishing Charges

There are no required fees for submissions of manuscripts. However, the author is obliged to secure all necessary permissions for any parts of the article, such as the use and reproduction of text, tables, illustrations, etc., the copyright of which is owned by someone else, to pay any fees that may be involved, and to furnish the publisher copies of the license / written authority and proof of payment of related fees.

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Authorship is reserved for those who made a significant contribution to the manuscript; others who have contributed should be acknowledged. For articles with sensitive information, JMGS may require proof of approval information by the authors’ university ethics committee or its equivalent, which includes proof of informed consent, statement regarding potential conflict of interest and source of financial support.

The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.

Each contributor should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content of the manuscript. Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to each of the three components mentioned below:

  • Concept and design of study or acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data;
  • Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
  • Final approval of the version to be published.

The order of naming the contributors should be based on the relative contribution of the contributor towards the study and writing the manuscript. Once submitted the order cannot be changed without written consent of all the contributors. The journal prescribes a maximum number of authors for manuscripts depending upon the type of manuscript, its scope and number of institutions involved (vide infra). The authors should provide a justification, if the number of authors exceeds these limits.

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Research and non-research articles must cite relevant, timely, and verified literature (peer-reviewed, where appropriate) to support any claims made in the article. Excessive and inappropriate self-citation or prearrangements among author groups to inappropriately cite each other’s work must be avoided, as this can be considered a form of misconduct called citation manipulation.

Read the COPE guidance on citation manipulation for further information.

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It is a requirement to maintain confidentiality and integrity of the peer review and editorial decision-making process at all stages, complying with data protection regulations (including GDPR). The invited reviewer should declare any competing interest before submitting their report to the journal. If they wish to involve a colleague as a co-reviewer for an article, they should ask the journal editorial office before sharing the manuscript and include their names, affiliation and any relevant competing interests in the comments for Editors when they return their report.

In the process of investigating an ethical query, the submitted manuscript, author, reviewer, and any other person (including whistleblowers) involved will be treated in confidence. During an investigation it may be necessary for the Editor to share information with third parties, such as the ethics committee and/or the authors’ institution.

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Conflicts of Interest/ Competing interests

All authors of articles must disclose any and all conflicts of interest they may have with publication of the manuscript or an institution or product that is mentioned in the manuscript and/or is important to the outcome of the study presented. Authors should also disclose conflict of interest with products that compete with those mentioned in their manuscript.

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Author Rights: In consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to the publisher all copyright in the article in order to disseminate the work. The publisher has the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute and publish the accepted articles, including translations, in whole or in part, throughout the world during the full term of copyright and all renewals and extensions thereof, if any is allowed by law at present or in the future, as well as exclusive rights, without limitation, for the mechanical, electronic and visual reproduction; electronic storage and retrieval; and all other forms of electronic publication or any other types of publication.

The author(s) need not obtain the publisher’s prior written consent for the following non-commercial acts pertaining to the work, provided that the journal and the publisher are cited as the original source:

  • use the work, in a pre-published version, for personal or professional use or distribution;
  • place the work on your own website and/or on your institution’s website; and/or
  • reprint the work in whole or part in any noncommercial scholarly publication of which you are the author/s.

For any other use of the work, the author must secure a written permission from Ateneo de Manila University through the Journal’s Managing Editor.

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

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Contribution Details

Contributors should provide a description of contributions made by each of them towards the manuscript in the journal’s Author Information sheet. Description should be divided in following categories, as applicable: concept, design, definition of intellectual content, literature search, data acquisition, data analysis, manuscript preparation, manuscript editing and manuscript review.

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Corrections, expressions of concern, and retractions

Changes to an article after it has been published may be done after careful consideration by the Editors to ensure these are done in accordance to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Any necessary changes will be accompanied with a post-publication notice which will be permanently linked to the original article. This can be in the form of a Correction notice, an Expression of Concern, a Retraction and in rare circumstances a Removal. The purpose of this mechanism of making changes which are permanent and transparent is to ensure the integrity of the scholarly record.

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Data falsification/fabrication

Submitted manuscripts that are found to have either fabricated or falsified experimental results, including the manipulation of images, will incur data fabrication and falsification sanctions. When submitting a manuscript to the journal, authors must ensure all data contained within their manuscript is accurate and correctly represents their work.

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Desk rejection policy

JMGS reserves the right to immediately reject manuscripts that do not fall under the Aims and Scope of the journal, do not adhere to international standard ethics guidelines and plagiarism.

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Duplicate submission/publication

Manuscripts that are found to have been published elsewhere, or to be under review elsewhere, will incur duplicate submission/publication sanctions. If authors have used their own previously published work, or work that is currently under review, as the basis for a submitted manuscript, they are required to cite the previous work and indicate how their submitted manuscript offers novel contributions beyond those of the previous work.

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The journal requires that authors declare all the sources of funding including financial support in their manuscript. The authors should describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in any of the stages from study design to submission of the manuscript for publication. They should also state if the sponsor(s) had no such involvement. Please ensure that this information is accurate and in accordance with your funder’s requirement.

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Images and figures

Images and figures should be used only if they are relevant and valuable to the work reported. Permission to use third party materials must be obtained and submitted to the Journal.

The journal expects all images contained within manuscripts to be accurate and free from manipulation. Specific features within an image may not be enhanced, obscured, moved, removed or introduced without adequate notification of what the alteration is. Adjustments to the brightness, contrast or color balance of an image are acceptable if they do not obscure, eliminate or misrepresent information present in the original.

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The journal takes all forms of misconduct seriously and will take all necessary action, in accordance with COPE guidelines, to protect the integrity of the scholarly record.

Examples of misconduct include (but are not limited to):

  • Affiliation misrepresentation
  • Breaches in copyright/use of third-party material without appropriate permissions
  • Citation manipulation
  • Duplicate submission/publication
  • “Ethics dumping”
  • Image or data manipulation/fabrication
  • Peer review manipulation
  • Plagiarism
  • Text-recycling/self-plagiarism
  • Undisclosed competing interests
  • Unethical research

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Open Access Policy

User Rights: The Journal of Management for Global Sustainability is an Open Access journal. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles under the following conditions: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND). For non-commercial purposes, it is possible for others to distribute and copy the article, and to include it in a collective work (such as an anthology), as long as they credit the author(s) and provided they do not alter or modify the article.

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The journal has a strict policy against plagiarism, where the journal does not tolerate using others’ ideas, words, or work without acknowledgment. Submissions containing plagiarism in whole or part, duplicate and redundant publication, or self-plagiarism (same or a different language), will be rejected. The Preprint archive will not be considered a duplicate publication. The corresponding author is responsible for the manuscript through and after the evaluation and publication process with the authority to act on behalf of all co-authors. All submitted manuscripts are checked for plagiarism using professional plagiarism-checking software. Submitted manuscripts with an unacceptable similarity index resulting from plagiarism are rejected immediately.

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Publication Ethics Statement

The journal and its editorial board fully adhere and comply to the policies and principles of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The publishers, editors, reviewers, and authors of the journal are committed to upholding high standards of quality and academic integrity. Submission of a manuscript to the journal implies that all authors have read and agreed to its content and that the manuscript conforms to the journal’s policies.

To this end:

  • We exert our best effort in checking submissions using available tools;
  • Main articles are subjected to double blind peer review;
  • Editors continue to build a wide base of peer reviewers and endeavor to give authors feedback/result of peer review in a timely manner;
  • Interview transcripts are given to interviewees prior to publication to allow for corrections;
  • Authorship credits are based on substantial contributions to the manuscript which include: planning, conducting and concluding the research; drafting and revising majority of the article; and finalizing the version to be published;
  • To discourage/avoid plagiarism, authors are required, upon acceptance of their article, to sign the Consent to Publish and Transfer of copyright form, in which the author attests that he or she is the author of the article about to be published by the journal;
  • In case of publication fraud, discovered either prior to or after publication, the editors are committed to confronting the author with/informing the author of the discovery, reporting the fraud to the institution to which the author is affiliated, and informing the wronged party (following the Committee on Publication Ethics or COPE decision tree).  Should the plagiarism/fraud be discovered after publication, the journal shall publish a retraction;
  • All relevant cases shall be handled according to the University Code of Ethics in Research and the Code of Academic Integrity of the Loyola Schools; and
  • Changes in editorial policies or structure are agreed upon by the board and communicated accordingly to all stakeholders.

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Review Process

A submitted manuscript is evaluated by the Managing Editor (ME) to check if it is consistent with the nature of the Journal and if the Author Guidelines were followed. When deemed consistent, it shall be subject to a double-blind review process overseen by the editorial team. To ensure fair and timely review of the manuscript, two to three independent reviewers who have suitable expertise and without conflict of interest are selected.

The reviewers are sent the anonymized manuscript and the JMGS Review Sheet, which was developed in accordance with the philosophy of the journal. The reviewers send back their reviews, and the ME, upon consultation with Co-Editors, decides if the manuscript will be accepted or rejected, or if it needs to be revised.

The reviewed manuscript is sent back to the author(s) together with the consolidated review, without the names of the reviewers. The author(s) of a manuscript with positive reviews may submit the revised manuscript, together with a summary of responses to address the specific comments of reviewers.

The revised manuscript is sent back to the reviewers together the authors’ responses. The reviewers send back their second reviews. In cases when the reviews are ambiguous, the ME, upon consultation with Co-Editors, decides if the manuscript will be accepted or rejected, or if it needs to be revised. The ME informs the author(s) of the decision.

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Reviewer Guidelines

Reviewers deem a manuscript is acceptable for publication if it meets the following qualities:

  1. It should be original/ novel in terms of findings, discourse, or courses of action, among others.
  2. It should give readers information and insight to contribute more effectively in moving toward a more sustainable world (Stoner, 2013) through:
    • Useful, practical, and accurate information that increases awareness of the globally unsustainable nature of our world
    • Constructive ways to understand or interpret the situation that could lead to action
    • Valuable and constructive actions that can be taken to improve the situation
  3. It should include a clear statement of the following:
    • Purpose of the study/statement of the problem
    • Design/methodology/framework of the study
    • Findings/results/discussion, e.g., thoughtful and meaningful discussion of the situation in light of possible valuable and constructive action
    • Novelty/originality/value/contribution of the study

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The journal is currently offered as a free service. Articles and issues may be downloaded from this JMGS website as well as the IgnitEd website of the IAJBS (https://www.ignited.global/publications/journal-management-global-sustainability). Print copies of the journal are available upon request; there are minimal charges to cover printing and mailing of hard copies.

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