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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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Contributions to DBS Business Review must be submitted via the journal’s online submission system. DBS Business Review accepts article submissions on a rolling basis. Please contact Managing Editor, Trevor Haugh ( if you have any difficulty submitting online.

Please note the following review and publishing criteria for reviewed articles:

  1. Authors grant the right of first publication to DBS Business Review including publication in print and electronic media.
  2. A descriptive abstract (max. 350 words in length) is required for articles.
  3. Articles should not exceed 8000 words, exclusive of references and should be a minimum of 3000 words.
  4. The manuscript is in single-spaced Arial 12-point font; section headings are in bold Arial 18-point font; sub-section headings, figure headings and table headings are in bold Arial 12-point font; block-quotes are in Arial 11-point font. The submission file is in .doc or .rtf file format. Please click here to see a sample manuscript template.
  5. The submission adheres to the bibliographic requirements of the Harvard referencing style (Cite them Right, 12th Edition by Pears and Shields, 2022). Please see the DBS Library guide to this style of Harvard referencing here.   Authors are welcome to use Zotero, which is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organise, cite, and share your research sources in one place. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself. The quick-start guide can be accessed here.
  6. The editors reserve the right to edit manuscripts for style, clarity, consistency and length.
  7. The review/feedback process takes between four to six weeks.
  8. Articles are submitted through Ourginal plagiarism software.
  9. Article submission/processing charges do not apply.
  10. Authors retain the copyright in their work under a Creative Commons Share and Enjoy Licence.
  11. DBS Business Review is an open access journal.

If authors would like to submit a review, report or interview for publication with DBS Business Review, please email for relevant submission guidelines.

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