Instructions to Authors

Journal of Business Thought, an annual refereed publication of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, invites original, exploratory, conceptual and empirical contributions having strategic policy implications on a broad spectrum of multi-disciplinary topics, such as corporate governance, economic policy, business policy, finance, marketing, international trade and finance, organisational behaviour, and management practices.

While sending the articles, the following guidelines must be strictly followed:

1. Manuscript should be around 5000 words, typed in 12-point sized font (Times New Roman) with 1.5 line spacing. Matter should be typed with 1.5 inch margins on all sides with all pages duly numbered. A soft copy of the manuscript in MS Word format should be submitted

2. The manuscript should follow the following order of presentation:

  • The first page of the article should contain the title of the article, the author’s name, profile, address and contact numbers. In case of multiple authors, the cover page should indicate the author to whom correspondence should be sent.
  • The second page should include an abstract of maximum 100 words and keywords (up to six) along with JEL classification.
  • The text of the article must begin from page three.
  • The references, strictly written in Vancouver format (refer point 3 below) should follow on the next page after the article.
  • The appendices should be clearly numbered and specified on separate pages after the references.
  • Too many heading/ sub-headings must be avoided. These are to be used only to designate major sections of the articles.
  • Each table, figure or illustration should have a number and title. It should be referred to in the body of the text at appropriate places. The source of the same must also be specified below it.

3. Journal of Buisness Thought follows the Vancouver style of referencing.

a. In Referencing
  • References within the text of the article should be represented by numbers and should be superscripted.
  • The number originally assigned to a reference should be re-used if that reference is cited again later in the text.
  • In case of multiple references, separate the numbers with a hyphen. E.g. 2-5, and commas in case of non-inclusive numbers. E.g.3, 9, 14.
  • As a general rule, reference numbers should be placed outside of full-stops and commas, and inside of colons and semicolons.
  • E.g. Hoppert M. Microscopic techniques in biotechnology. Weinheim:Wiley-VCH; 2003. Gillespie NC, Lewis RJ, Pearn JH, Bourke ATC, Holmes MJ, Bourke JB, et al. Ciguatera in Australia: occurrence, clinical features, pathophysiology and management. Med J Aust. 1986;145:584-90.
b. Reference List
  • References which are cited in the text should be mentioned here.
  • It should appear at the end of your text.
  • It should be arranged numerically by citation number.
c. Referencing Journal Articles
  • Elements of the Citation: Author(s) – Family name and initials. Title of article. Title of journal – abbreviated. Publication year, month, day (month & day only if available); volume(issue):pages. E.g. 10. Halpern HD, Yadav GA, Caplan KL. Treatment of human brucellosis: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. BMJ. 2005 Mar 24; 336(7646):701-4.
d. Referencing Books
  • Elements of the Citation: Author(s) – Family name and initials, Multiple authors separated by a comma. Title of book. Place of Publication: Publisher Name; Year of Publication. E.g. McKenna DJ, Jones K, Hughes K. Social care practice in rural communities. New York: Oxford University Press; 2000.
For Edited Books
  • Elements of the Citation: Author(s) – Family name and initials, Multiple authors separated by a comma. In name of book editors followed by a comma and editors. Title of book. Edition of book if later than 1st ed. Place of Publication: Publisher Name; Year of Publication. E.g. Rowlands TE, Haine LS. Acute limb ischaemia. In: Donnelly R, London NJM, editors. ABC of arterial and venous disease. 2nd ed. West Sussex. Blackwell Publishing; 2009.

4. Papers should not have been simultaneously submitted for publication to any other journal, magazine or newspaper. A declaration about the same should be given in the format of the ‘Declaration Form’ that can be downloaded from the college website. The signed declaration form should be sent to the editor at the college address (mentioned on website) or its scanned copy can be emailed by the author/s at,

5. The articles will be sent to the editorial board and/or advisory board for Journal’s refereeing process.

6. For book reviews, the details of the publisher, year of publication and number of pages should be written along with the name(s) of author(s), editors and reviewers.

7. The corresponding author will be informed of the acceptance/rejection/modification of the manuscript within two months of the submission of the manuscript.

8. Authors should ensure that the submitted manuscript is original. Further, the work and/or words of others in the work should be appropriately cited or quoted. The originality of articles is also checked through ithenticate software. The Journal follows the Delhi University guidelines regarding plagiarism and unacceptably high level of plagiarized content is not published.

9. A complimentary copy of the particular issue of the Journal will be sent to the corresponding author.