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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • This is the author(s) written statement that:
    - the results from the paper are original and have not been published previously in any medium or submitted for publication elsewhere;
    - author(s) should also state that they have complied with ethical, professional and research standards;
    the author(s) assign copyright or license the publication rights in their articles, including abstracts, to Mednarodno inovativno poslovanje = Journal ob Innovative Business and Management (MIP=JIBM);
    - author(s) retain rights under the CC BY-NC 4.0;
    - authors are responsible for all statements made in their work and for obtaining corresponding permissions from copyright owners.

Author Guidelines

The Journal of Innovative Business and Management publishes original contributions in forms of scientific and professional articles as well case-studies, book reviews and communications relevant to its scope. The authors should make sure that they have read the journal’s full informational section and that they agree to comply with editorial policy and principles.

Before sending the contributions to the addresses below, authors should make sure that they have followed the below guidelines:

  • Please prepare your paper as an MS Word document; 

Template- anonymized document

Template - title page

  • The size of the contribution should not exceed 35,000 characters including the spaces and the indication of the bibliography used. 
  • Number tables and figures should follow consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Place table titles above the table and the source of data below the table body

Desired paper structure

In your paper follow the structure following typical requirements for scientific publications – IMRAD: Introduction, Methods, Results And Discussion (please see more here).

The cover page

The cover page must contain the author(s) name, academic title or profession, institutional affiliation(s) of the author(s), country of origin, e-mail and valid home or institutional address. This is followed by the title of the paper (in English and in the original language, if the paper is written in another language) - not valid for communication and book review. In the continuation of the cover page, the author (s) statement on originality of the contribution and on compliance with ethical standards should follow.

The body of the paper 

Start the first page of the paper by giving the title of the paper in English first and in original language second (if the paper is written in another language), without the name of the author or his/hers institutional affiliation(s).

Abstract, key words, and JEL classification

Include no more than 250 characters of abstract in Slovene and in original language (if the paper is written in another language) - not valid for communication and book review. In the abstract you include main objectives, describe methods, summarize the most important results, state major conclusions, significance, and aimed benefits for a reader. Include 3–5 keywords that accurately describe the paper’s primary topic(s). Add also three-character codes of JEL classification.

The presentation of the paper (basing on the IMRAD scheme although not a compulsory plan of the paper)


In the introduction, first describe the research problem. Also prove your familiarity with the empirical phenomena. Summarize relevant research and state of the arts, provide context, key terms, and concepts so the reader gets the general picture of the research. Make clear the links between problem and solution, question asked and research design, prior researches, and your research (what unanswered question, gap, untried method in existing research does your research address? What findings of others are you challenging or extending? Briefly describe your research question(s), and hypothese(es) and present the general experimental design.


Briefly explain the general type of scientific procedure you used. What data did you use and why?  Explain the method and justify it in respect of its alternatives. Explain the steps you took in your research and provide enough detail for replication. Don't include details of common statistical procedures, don’t describe technics (equations development) if you do not use it in your research and don't mix results with procedures.


Briefly describe the main results supported by selected data. Help the reader to understand table data and functions you obtained. Point to main characteristics in quantitative presentations (tables, figures, graphs) by limited repeating of table data when applicable.


Describe the meaning of your observations and summarize the most important findings at the beginning. Explain how your results relate to expectations and to literature cited in your work. Explain what additional research might resolve contradictions or explain exceptions. State how do your results fit into a broader context. Suggest the theoretical implications or practical applications of your results. Explain to which extent did your study achieve the goal (resolve the problem, answer the question, support the hypothesis) presented in the Introduction.


Please use APA style of referencing – if in doubt please check in the manual/citation guide (APA style). We recommend using one of the computer tools for managing references such as Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote, etc. Here are some examples of referencing:


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