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Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society


Guidelines for the Proceedings

Authors published in these Proceedings retain the right to reuse their Papers in other publications. However, for your paper to appear in the Proceedings you must complete the IABS Publication Agreement. This agreement does not restrict the future publication or other use of your work. Its purpose is to protect IABS against future legal claims to your paper from other publishers.

IABS has a blind-review process for conference submissions so this Paper can be identified as a “publication in a refereed conference Proceedings.” The Proceedings will be published in electronic format.

To have your work included in the IABS Proceedings, please do the following by September 1.:

1. Confirm eligibility. The paper, symposium, workshop, or discussion session must have been presented at the conference. Although many people think of proceedings as being just for papers, we strongly urge participants in symposia and organizers of workshops and discussion sessions to prepare written material for inclusion in the Proceedings as well.

2. Complete the IABS Publication Agreement.

3. E-mail your paper and publication agreement to Proceedings Editor Eshani Beddewela at [email protected] by September 1. Your file must conform to the format requirements listed below. Files that do not conform to these format requirements will be returned to the author for re-formatting.

  • Please attach the article as a Word file with the last name(s) of the author(s) as the filename. For example, VanSandt-Hendry.docx would be the name of a file for a submission with coauthors VanSandt and Hendry. Do not embed the article in the email message itself.
  • Everything related to the article should be in one file. Do not put tables, exhibits, appendices, references, etc. in separate files.
  • The maximum page length for your entire submission is 12 pages. Use 12-point Times New Roman font, and include one-inch margins all-around. The page size is 8.5 x 11 inch (U.S. sizing). Papers with more than 12 pages will be returned for editing.

4. Consistent formatting creates a professional look for the Proceedings. You must follow the formatting guidelines listed below. Files that do not conform to these format requirements will be returned to the author for re-formating.

  • Margins: one inch on all sides
  • Font: 12 point Times New Roman (shown in this document). Please be sure to use this same size and font for all tables and figures.
  • Do NOT include page headers, page footers, or page numbers.
  • Do NOT use the Microsoft Word endnotes feature as they will not format properly when additional papers are added.
  • Spacing: single space within paragraphs. Leave a blank line between paragraphs. Do not include automatic spacing before or after paragraphs.
  • Paragraph indents: Do NOT indent. The first word of each paragraph should begin at the left margin.
  • Section headings: Center major section headings in BOLD CAPITAL letters; include a blank line following them. Type secondary section headings flush with the left margin and bold; include a blank line following them. Type third-order headings flush with the left margin and underlined.

5. Special instructions for the title, author information, acknowledgements, and abstract

  • Title in BOLD CAPITAL letters and centered at the top of the page.
  • Author name(s) and contact information: Please include institutional affiliation, address, phone number, and email address FOR EACH AUTHOR, even if it is the same for more than one author.
  • Skip one line and type brief acknowledgments, if any.
  • Skip one line. Type “Abstract:” with an underline. Then provide (beginning on the same line) an abstract of no more than 150 words.
  • Skip one line. Type “Keywords:” with an underline. Then provide up to three (3) keywords or phrases, separated by semicolons.
  • Skip two lines and begin the paper.

6. Tables and figures

  • Tables and figures may be placed within the text at the appropriate place OR included at the end of the text. If the latter, be sure to mention each table or figure in the text of your document. (For example, “As shown in Table 1…”)
  • Use only black-and-white tables and figures. Do not use color, gray shading, or screening as background.
  • Use standard graphics software.
  • Type titles of figures and tables in Bold. Be sure to label appropriately. Try to use 12-point Times New Roman font; if necessary for appearance, you may use a font as small as 10-point, but no smaller.

7. References:

  • Use the format of the Academy of Management journals (see examples on next page). To save space, type the references in single space, with hanging indent.
  • If you use the Endnote software application, remove all Endnote formatting prior to submitting your paper. Refer to the Endnote user guide or help section to learn how to remove Endnote formatting.

8. Spell-check

Don't forget this last step! What you send is what gets printed in the Proceedings.

Examples of correct formatting are provided on the final page of the IABS Formatting Guidelines (pdf)