Guidelines & Evaluation Process

1. Submission of Papers

From Volume 8 IJBESAR utilizes a fully digitized process for paper submission and review, via its online Editorial Management Platform. Authors who wish to submit their papers for review, need to register with and go through the paper submission process. Detailed guidelines are provided on Editorial Manager website.

2. Format of Papers
IJBESAR accepts submissions in English only. The submission should include a full text paper, a cover letter and some author and paper metadata submitted in a relevant form. The title but not the author's name should appear on the first page of the manuscript, as IJBESAR uses a blind peer-review process. Therefore, all information revealing the author's identity will be removed before the paper is assigned to reviewers.

Detailed guidelines
Papers should be written in Microsoft Word format (docx). Each paper should be single-spaced with margins: 2.8 cm above, 2.5 cm bottom, 2 cm right-left. The size of the page should be A4, with pages in numbered sequence. The font used for the title, abstract, keywords and JEL should be 10 pt Book Antiqua and for main text of the paper is should be 10 pt Book Antiqua or the closest font available. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively and placed within the text. Please leave one line empty before every section.
References should appear in brackets with the author's name, followed by the year (Smith, 2001), or (Smith and White, 2001) or in the case of multiple authors (Smith et al., 2001); if the author is not known, give the title of the work and the year (Climate Change, 2009). If the same author has published more than two papers at the same year, then the papers are alphabetically separated, i.e. (Hall, 1990a; 1990b). In the case of quotation, add the page number, i.e. (Smith, 2001, p. 10). If the reference is within the body of the clause, give the author's name and only the year of the paper in brackets, i.e. In Smith (2001) it is proposed...
Figures and Tables should be placed as close to their reference point in text as possible and they should be numbered consecutively as they appear in the text. All Figures and Tables must have titles and must be referenced from within the text. We remark that, all Tables and Figures should be included in one file, and integrated into the text at the appropriate points (not in an appendix), unless they are large and interrupt the flow of the text. In this case they should be appended and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals with a descriptive caption. Appendix should be placed at the end of your paper, after the references.
Table captions should always be positioned above the Tables. The final sentence of a Table caption should end without a period.
Equations should be centered and numbered as the following example. It is preferable to use "Equation Editor" or "MathType" for the necessary equations, as it follows:

P(x) = x2 + 1 (1)

References and Citations should follow the Harvard (or author-date) system convention, in alphabetical order at the end of the paper. If a referenced paper has multiple authors, they all should be quoted. Please, check the examples below:
Book: Author's family name, Initial(s)., year, Title (in italics), Publisher, Place of publication.
Example: Papadopoulos, S., 2000, Economic development in the South-Eastern Europe, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, San Francisco, USA.
Book chapter: Chapter Author's family name, Initial(s)., year, "Chapter's Title", Book Author's family name, Initial(s)., Book's Title (in italics), Publisher, Place of publication, inclusive pages.
Example: Sigala, M. and Christou, E., 2010, "The Greek case after the crisis", Wober, K. W., Frew, A. J. and Hitz, M., Monentary Policy and Euro-system, Springer-Verlag, Wien, pp. 142 - 153.
Journal: Author's family name, Initial(s)., year, "Paper title", Journal name (in italics), Volume and Issue numbers, inclusive pages.
Example: Bodorik, P., 2008, "Prospects for the future of E.U. enlargement", International Journal of Business and Economic Sciences Applied Research, 2, 1, pp. 153 - 165.
Conference paper or contributed volume: Author's family name, Initial(s)., year, paper title, Proceedings title (in italics), City, Country, inclusive pages.
Example: Beck, K. and Ralph, J., 1994, "Corporate social responsibility in multinational companies", Proceedings of the 2nd International conference The Economies of Balkan and Eastern Europe Countries in the changed world, EBEEC 2010, Kavala, Greece, pp. 139 - 149.
Newspaper article: Author's family name, Initial(s)., year, "Title", Newspaper name (in italics), Article's publish date, inclusive pages.
Example: Miller, G., 2002, "Tourism in crisis", The Guardian, 22 June, p. 9.
PhD Thesis: Author's family name, Initial(s)., year, Dissertation's title (in italics), PhD Thesis, University.
Example: Holyoak, B., 2006, Matrix Analysis in Predicting Economic Time Series, PhD Thesis, Bournemouth University.
Webpages: Author's family name, Initial(s)., year, "Registry Title", exact URL (accessed date).
Example: The European Central Bank, 2010, "Indicators of financial integration in the euro area", (April 2016).
In Appendix section place, if needed, Tables and/or Figures that you refer to the main body of your paper, but they are large and interrupt the flow of the text.The numbering of the Tables and/or Figures must be A1, A2, A3,...

A template is a set of styles and page layout settings that determine the appearance of a document. The use of the IJBESAR template is mandatory.

Download the IJBESAR paper template (docx)
Download the IJBESAR cover letter (docx)

3. Peer Review
The aim of peer review process is to ensure that high quality and original scientific studies are published. All published manuscripts in International Journal of Business and Economic Sciences Applied Research (IJBESAR) are peer reviewed, following the procedure outlined below.

Initial manuscript evaluation
All manuscripts are submitted for publication to IJBESAR via its online Editorial Management Platform. Authors who wish to submit their papers for review, need to register with and go through the manuscript submission process. Manuscripts are firstly evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief and may be rejected without peer review if it is felt that they are not of high enough priority or not relevant to the Journal. This fast rejection process means that authors are given a quick decision and do not need to wait for the review process.

Policy of peer review
International Journal of Business and Economic Sciences Applied Research employs double blind reviewing, where both, reviewers and author, remain anonymous throughout the process. The reviewers are not members of the Journal's Editorial Board.

Peer Review Process
Manuscripts that are not instantly rejected are sent out for peer review, usually to two independent reviewers who are determined by the Editor-in-Chief. Manuscripts may be sent out for statistical review as well. The peer review process takes place entirely on IJBESAR Editorial Management Platform, where all reviewers are registered as well. Reviewers are chosen from the Journal's reviewers list or, when necessary, after online search, according to their expertise.

Reviewers are asked to evaluate the manuscript's originality, methodology, contribution to the literature, presentation of results and support for the conclusions, and appropriate referencing of previous relevant studies. They might accept the manuscript, reject the manuscript or might require a minor or major revision for style and/or content. For the publication of papers, two positive reviews are required. In case one reviewer's report is negative while the other is positive, the paper is forwarded to a third reviewer for additional evaluation.

When a revision is recommended by the reviewer or reviewers, the author(s) are obliged to proceed making those proposed adjustments to their paper, taking into consideration their specific feedback and suggestions, and then resubmit the revised version of manuscript within a week. Revised manuscripts resubmitted after this deadline of one week will be considered as a new submission and peer review process will start from the beginning. Reviewers may request more than one revision of a manuscript. Manuscripts which are not accepted for publication are not resent back to their authors.

Final Evaluation
After the favorable opinions of reviewers, the paper is accepted for publication by the Editor-in-Chief and it is placed in an Issue sequence.

Time of Peer Review Process
The peer review process that takes a long time is an important problem. Naturally, the author(s) wish to take an answer about their submissions soon enough. International Journal of Business and Economic Sciences Applied Research aims to complete this process within 4 weeks after submission (1 day for initial evaluation, 25 days for review and 2 days for final evaluation).

The author(s) that submit a paper to the International Journal of Business and Economic Sciences Applied Research are considered as accepting all above mentioned peer review conditions and procedures.

By submitting your manuscript to the Journal it is understood that this it is an original manuscript and is unpublished work and is not under consideration elsewhere. Plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author's own work, in whole or in part without proper citation is not tolerated. Manuscripts submitted to the Journal are checked for originality using anti-plagiarism software.

International Journal of Business and Economic Sciences Applied Research uses Ephorus (Turnitin) anti-plagiarism software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Ephorus (Turnitin) is an online service for screening published and submitted content for originality and highlighting potential plagiarism.

4. Copyright, Licensing, Publishing Rights
Your contribution must be original work that has not been published previously, has not been accepted for publication elsewhere and is not under consideration for publication by any publisher in any print or electronic media.

All papers published in International Journal of Business and Economic Sciences Applied Research are open-access papers, published and distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License, which permits reproduction, distribution, derives and commercial use, provided the original work is properly cited and authors and publisher are properly identified. Every reprint must contain a reference to the original publication in "International Journal of Business and Economic Sciences Applied Research", including reference to the corresponding Issue. The authors retain the copyright of their work for all papers published in this Journal. It is the author's responsibility to obtain signed permission from the copyright holder to use and reproduce text, illustrations, tables, etc., published previously in other Journals, electronic or print media. The signed permission letter must be submitted together with the signed cover letter. Authors are required to disclose any sponsorship or funding received from any institution relating to their research.

5. Publication fee/How to pay
From the first issue of Volume 8 (2015), IJBESAR will have a publication fee of €100 for each paper, payable only if the paper is finally accepted for publication. Click here for more details.

Payment can be accomplished as follows:

a) Offline, via bank transfer:
Bank details: Piraeus Bank
IBAN: GR25 0172 2460 0052 4605 8622 106
Beneficiary: Special Account of International Hellenic University (IHU).
In case of offline payment, please report your full name and e-mail us the scanned deposit document.

b) Online, via the secure payment gateway of Winbank Paycenter (powered by Piraeus Bank).

What's in About us?

Fast-track Review

Decision for publication is announced within 30 days from initial submission.

Online Management

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Proof Reading & Editing

Get the maximum out of your paper with proof reading or proof editing upon request.

Plagiarism Control

Utilization of specialized software ensures the originality and value of each published paper.

DOI Number

With the Digital Object Identifier (DOI), your paper is linked on the internet permanently.


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