Aims and Scope

The SCMS Journal of Indian Management is a blind peer-reviewed Journal. The Journal’s mission is to submit to the readers, fresh fruit of management thoughts and rich cream of current innovative research. The format of the Journal is designed reader-friendly. The academia and the corporate have an easy access to the Journal. The Journal looks for articles conceptually sound, at once methodologically rigorous. The Journal loves to deal knowledge in management, theory, and practice individually and in unison. Journal caters to the needs of b-students and b-faculty.

Clear Editorial Policy

Articles submitted to the journal for publication are subject to a double-blind peer review. On the strength of the recommendation of the reviewers, articles are selected. All the articles provisionally selected for one number of the journal will be further perused and scanned by an editorial committee.

The journal deals with articles on management theory and practice prepared by authors individually and in unison. The Journal has target readership comprising both the academia and the corporate. The format of research is reader-friendly. The academia and the corporate have an easy access to the journal. The journal looks for articles conceptually sound, at once methodologically rigorous.

Submission of articles that demonstrate clear and bold thinking, fresh and useful ideas, accessible and jargon-free expression, and unambiguous authority are invited.

Selection Process

On receipt of the article, the editor checks it and confirms if the article can fit in the subject and treatment w. r. t. minimum requirements for an article: abstract, general format and references.
The editor assigns the review work to two peer reviewers. They are given the full text of the paper and a review sheet for filling in.

On receipt of both the reviews the editor categorizes 1) Both reviews recommending the paper for publication, the paper will be provisionally chosen and the author will be informed. 2) One review is in favour of selection and the other does not, the paper will be given to third reviewer and decision will be taken. 3) If the review suggests an improvement, the matter will be intimated to the concerned author giving the author time frame and will wait until the time limit. If the improved version is received subject to the approval of the reviewer the paper will be accepted. Still, if there is any difference of opinion, the final decision will be taken by the editor. d) Whether or not a paper is selected, reviewers note will reach the author as soon as the review is over. E) As stated earlier the author is allowed to resubmit the paper correcting the lapses and casualties as noted by the reviewers.

Guidelines and Ethical Obligations for Authors

What is the central message of the article you propose to write? Moreover, what is new, useful, or important to your idea?

What are the real-world implications of the proposed article? Can the central message be applied in businesses today, and if so, how?

Who is the audience for your article? Why should a busy manager or an academician read it?

What kind of research have you conducted to support the argument or logic in your article?

What academic, professional, or personal experience will you draw on to make the argument convincing? In other words, what is the source of your authority?

The manuscript should accompany the following separately:

  • An abstract of about 100 words,
  • A brief biographical sketch of author/authors describing designation, affiliation, specialization, number of books and articles published in the refereed journals, membership on editorial boards.
  • A declaration to the effect that the work is original and it has not been published earlier.
  • Tables, charts and graphs, typed in separate sheets and numbered as Table 1, Graph 1 etc.
  • References, listed at the end of the text (follow MLA Handbook).
  • The editor reserves the right to modify and improve the manuscripts to meet the Journal’s standards of presentation and style.
  • The editor has full right to accept or reject an article for publication. Editorial decisions will be communicated within a period of four weeks on receipt of the manuscripts.
  • The author shall present an accurate and complete account of research performed with data collected or used and objective discussion of the relevance of research.
  • The corresponding author shall have obtained the approval of all co-authors of the paper before submission.
  • Ghost authorship and Gift authorship are not allowed.
  • The material submitted in the form of the paper shall be original.
  • Paper-based on prior research work shall be honestly attributed.
  • The manuscript shall contain figures or materials copied from other sources with proper written permission for such use.
  • The author shall find and cite the original publications that have presented similar work.
  • The author shall not make a personal reference to an earlier author.
  • The author shall disclose all personal, professional, financial conflicts related to the paper to the editor along with the submission.
  • The author should have conducted the research leading to the paper, in accordance with the generally accepted ethical standards.
  • The author has the ethical obligation to notify the editor, should any of the statements to the above list cease to be true.

Guidelines and Ethical Obligations for Peer Reviewers

  • The peer reviewer should agree to review manuscripts for which they have the subject expertise.
  • The peer reviewer should respect the confidentiality of peer review and should not reveal any details of the manuscript or its review.
  • The peer reviewer should not use the information from the paper for personal gains.
  • The peer reviewer should disclose all potential conflicts of interests (Personal, Professional, and Financial) to the editor.
  • The peer reviewer should not allow his views to be influenced by the origins of a manuscript; by nationality, religion, political belief, gender, or other characteristics of the author.
  • The peer reviewer shall be objective and constructive in his views and avoid derogatory remarks in reviews.
  • The peer reviewer shall ensure meticulous timeliness in forwarding the review to the editor.
  • The peer reviewer should keep all manuscripts and review details confidential.

The Journal’s Policy towards Piracy and Plagiarism

The journal does not permit misconduct like piracy and plagiarism on the part of author/s. The unauthorized reproduction or use of ideas, data, or methods from others without adequate permission or acknowledgement is piracy and it will not be allowed.

Plagiarism is a form of piracy that involves the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language (including figures, images, or tables) and thoughts of others. The author is forbidden to use the representation of these as one’s own original work without permission or acknowledgement by the original author of the source of these materials. This is a serious commitment on the part of the author of the paper submitted for publication. Such a paper will be rejected. Plagiarism also applies to researchers’ duplication of their own previously published reports without acknowledgement.

The journal never allows instances of piracy and plagiarism. The journal will take legal or other steps to curb this menace and this anti-academic activity.

Keep Image Integrity

The image shall be properly kept. It is not acceptable to enhance, obscure, move, remove, or introduce a specific feature within an image. Manipulating images for improved clarity is accepted, but manipulation for other purposes could be seen as scientific ethical abuse.

Suspect Manuscript Reporting

SCMS Journal of Indian Management identifies manuscripts as a suspect through the following means:

Screening for image manipulation,

Recognizing the text/ data from a prior text,

Google searching of portions of text, and

Screening for plagiarism, using software Turnitin.

Suspect Manuscript Identifying

SCMS Journal of Indian Management identifies suspect manuscript through the services of Editors, Reviewers, Third-party observers, Editorial Staff, or Anonymous sources.

Action on Discovery of Misconduct

SCMS Journal of Indian Management takes action as misconduct is alleged against any paper submitted by an author:

The journal suspends peer reviews internally.

The journal soon after notifies others also on the issue.

The editor informs the author/authors of the paper on the misconduct involved.

The editor notifies the institution that employs the author/authors on the misconduct involved.

The editor informs the funding agency of the project too, in case there is a funding agency behind the project leading to the publication of the paper.

Journal’s Archiving Policy

Copy of every quarterly issue of the journal is kept for display in the Library of SCMS Cochin School of Business, and all the back copies of the journal since its inception in 2004, are archived in the library store. The digital copy of every journal since its inception in 2004,  is in the and on our server.

Archiving by local and international databases

Journal is stored in EBSCO, Pro Quest, Ulrich’s, ICI, and J-Gate Databases. It is also available in SCMS Journal web site, accessible to all.

Legal requirements

The Journal has been registered with The Registrar of Newspapers Society of India as per Reg. No. KERENG/2009/32718.

ISSN listed in Paris Print

The Journal has been listed as ISSN-0973- 3167.

Copyright of journals:

Copyright of all contents in the journal including articles published therein will be the right of SCMS Journal of Indian Management.


Address for Submission

Electronic Submission:

E-mail: [email protected]
The electronic submission must be in the form of an attachment with a covering letter to be sent as an e-mail.