Guide for Authors

> Instructions for authors

1. Journal:

European Project Management Journal is an online Journal which contains publications and research results in the field of Project Management. The Journal includes papers in the following fields:

  • General Concept of Project Management
  • Management and Project Management
  • Strategic Management and Project Management
  • Marketing and Project Management
  • Finance and Project Management
  • Preparation and Evaluation of Capital Projects
  • Project Management Organization
  • Project Planning
  • Follow up and Control of Project
  • Methods and Techniques of Project Management
  • Project Management Risk
  • Contracting Management
  • Project Procurement Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Managing e-projects
  • Project Management Software Packages
  • Specific Fields of Project Management Application, etc.

All publications will have free access on epmj.org

2. Manuscripts:

All submissions of manuscripts should be made through e-mail: office@epmj.org
Manuscripts must be double-spaced throughout (this includes Notes and References) with 2.5 cm top and bottom, and 3 cm left and right margins. Font should be Times New Roman 11. Footnotes should not be used. Manuscripts should be sent in MS Word format. Papers submitted to EPMJ usually contain between 2,500 and 5,000 words. To permit anonymity, the author’s names should not appear on the manuscript. Instead, a cover page giving the title of the article and full identifying information (name, address, telephone and fax numbers
and e-mail addresses) must be attached separately.

The title of the manuscript should be on the first page of the paper along with the abstract and keywords. Informative abstract should consist of no more than 150 words double-spaced. A list of 4-6 keywords, in alphabetical order, should be provided below the abstract. Keywords should express the precise content of the manuscript as they are used for indexing purposes.

3. Illustrations:

Authors must provide high-quality artwork for all illustrations. Tables and figures should be numbered separately. Each table and figure should be given a title and should be presented on a separate page at the end of the manuscript. Titles for figures should be bellow and centered, titles for tables should be above with left alignment.

Figures and tables reproduced from already published work must be accompanied by permission of the original publisher (or copyright holder, if not the publisher).

4. References:

References should be listed alphabetically by author at the end of the manuscript. APA citation style should be used. APA style is available in MS Word starting version 2007 under References tab.

In the text, insert the author’s name and date in parentheses, e.g., (Mintzberg, 1985).

Multiple references should be listed alphabetically in parentheses, separated by semicolons e.g.,
(Jackson, 1996; Watson, 1986).

Page numbers, to indicate a passage of special relevance or to give the source of a quotation, should
appear in parentheses as (Willmott, 1992, p. 12).

If there is more than one reference to the same author in the same year, postscript the date with a, b, c,
etc. e.g., (Sparrow, 1998a).

5. Copyright:

Starting from 2020, EPMJ introduced a new copyright policy.
The copyright of all articles published in the Journal remains with the Authors.  The European Project Management Journal is an open-access journal and the permission of third-party reuse is defined by the applicable Creative Commons (CC). All articles in this journal are published under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license, meaning that users are allowed to share an article (i.e. copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and adapt it (i.e. remix, transform and build upon the material), on the condition that proper attribution is given and the material is only used for non-commercial purposes https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

6. Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice

European Project Management Journal (EJPM) follows the codes of conduct and international standards established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). All papers are checked for the plagiarism using the Turnitin and Grammarly software.

Duties of Editors

The editors are accountable for everything published in this journal. The editors strive to:

– Meet the needs of readers and authors
– Constantly improve the journal
– Champion freedom of expression
– Maintain the integrity of the academic record
– Preclude business needs from comprising intellectual and ethical standards
– Be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

Publication decisions

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published.

Fair play

Submitted manuscripts are evaluated for their intellectual and scientific content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Confidentiality

The Editor-in-Chief, the handling Associate Editor responsible for the submitted manuscript and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an Editor’s own research without the explicit written consent of the author(s).

Duties of Authors

Reporting standards

Authors reporting results of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the manuscript. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication

Authors must not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently.

Acknowledgement of sources

Proper acknowledgement of the work of others must always be given. Authors should also cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of a manuscript

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be named in an Acknowledgement section. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors (according to the above definition) and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the author list of the manuscript and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Data access and retention

Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with manuscripts for editorial review and should be prepared to provide public access to such data if possible.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal’s Editor-in-Chief or publisher and cooperate with them to either retract the paper or to publish an appropriate erratum. The publisher has the right to retract any published manuscript(s) with or without prior notification to the author(s).

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to editorial decisions

Peer review assists the Editor-in-Chief and the handling Associate Editor in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript.

Promptness

Any invited referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its timely review will be impossible should immediately notify the Editor-in-Chief so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.

Confidentiality

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except if authorized by the Editor-in-Chief.

Standards of objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable. Referees should express their views clearly with appropriate supporting arguments.

Disclosure and conflict of interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider evaluating manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the submitted manuscript.

Publication fees

The European Project Management Journal does not have any article processing charges (APCs) nor any article submission charges nor publication fee.

Complaints and appeals 

Complaints and appeals can be submitted to the journal’s online editorial office. For more information about a journal’s appeals procedure please contact the editor