JOURNAL SUBMISSION CHECKLIST
Ensure that you use this guide for final check of your submission before you send it to the journal for the review process. This check list provides more details related your paper submission. A sample paper is also provided for reference: SAMPLE PAPER
1. Important considerations before submission:
- It is vital that one author has been assigned as the corresponding author and correct contact details (email address and full postal address) need to be provided.
- Manuscript need to be professionally proof-read. More specifically, manuscript need to 'spell checked' and 'grammar checked'.
- All references cited in the text are mentioned in the Reference List, and vice versa.
Authors will be asked to complete a “Copyright Transfer Form” upon acceptance of an article. The corresponding author will receive an email from the journal publisher confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a “copyright Transfer Form”. It is corresponding authors responsibility to correctly complete the form and get signatures from all the authors listed on the manuscript.
Our online submission system is easy to use as it efficiently guides you stepwise through the process of entering your article details and as well as uploading relevant files. Once files are submitted, the online system converts your article into a single “PDF” and “HTML” versions which are used for peer-review process. Ensure that you submit a “Word” version of the manuscript. Submit your article via Make A New Submission
4. Double-blind Review
All papers will undergo a double-blind review process. In order words, author details are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa. Thus, we request corresponding author to include the following separately while submitting your paper:
- Title page: this should include the paper title, authors full name(s), affiliations, and complete address for the corresponding author (including an email address).
- Blinded Manuscript: this includes main body of the paper (including the references, figures, tables and any acknowledgments). Be mindful of not including author details, such as author names or affiliations.
BMEB has a network of well-established and experienced researchers who act as reviewers. BMEB, in return for receiving high quality reviewer reports, offers reviewers an honorarium of US$100 if reports are returned within 21 days of reviewer’s acceptance to review.
5. Editing and General points
- Use “Times New Roman” font type throughout the paper.
- Use font size 12 for main body and font size 10 for footnotes, tables/figure notes, and for results reported in the table.
- Use double-line spacing for main body and reference list. Use single line spacing for footnotes and table/figure notes.
6. Paper Structure
A. Section subdivision
The paper requires clear division and numbered sections.
- Sections need to be numbered as follows: I, II, III, …
- Sub-sections need to be numbered as follows: A (then A.I. A.II, A.III, …) B, C, etc.
- Abstract is not included in section numbering.
- Provide appropriate heading for all sections and sub-sections (each heading should appear on separate line).
Authors are encouraged to use the following suggestions in order to write introduction section.
- Clearly state your research question/hypothesis
- Clearly state whether your research question is new or innovative (different from literature)
- Provide well-articulated motivation for the research question.
- Support your research question with appropriate theory.
- Explicitly explain the approach taken to address research question in one paragraph.
- In one paragraph, provide summary of the findings.
- In two-three paragraphs, discuss the contribution of the paper in detail and be sure to cite appropriate studies.
- It is compulsory to conduct robustness tests and provide a summary of robustness check approach and findings.
C. Literature Review (not necessary that all papers will have a separate section on this but if you do then …)
- Literature review should summarize the key features of the literature (see example document). It should not be detailed study by study story telling.
- Authors are encouraged to use recent literature (papers published since 2017).
- Identify the gap in the literature that your study is filling.
D. Data and Econometric Model
- Data should be well described in tables and in graphs.
- Ensure to use econometric model consistent with those used in the related literature.
- Use recent methods (out-dated econometric methods on their own will not be considered).
- Methods (already published) should be summarised and supported by proper reference. Any modification to existing methods should be described and motivated in detail.
- Provide detailed discussion of results including elaborating the meaning of numbers reported in tables.
- Make a clear comparison of the results to the literature and identify the similarities and differences.
- Explain whether results relate to the theory and in which way.
- Provide a short conclusion section outlining the main conclusions of the study.
- Conclusion section should stand alone and should not form a subsection of result discussion.
G. Other considerations
a) Abstract: provide a concise and factual abstract in a maximum of 100 words.
b) Keywords: provide a maximum of five keywords immediately after abstract.
c) Classification codes: Provide up to four standard JEL codes.
d) Footnotes: should be consecutively numbered throughout the article.
e) Econometric model and Math Formulae: should be numbered sequentially throughout the paper as (1), (2), …
f) Tables and Figures:
1) submit editable text and not as images.
2) Tables/figure need to be placed on separate page(s) at the end of document.
3) Tables/figures need to be numbered consecutively in same order with their appearance in the text.
4) Place table/figure notes below table title and above the table.
5) Ensure using consistent table style (see tables provided in sample paper as an example).
g) Reference Style:
1) References to publication in the body of the article should be as follows: “Sharma (2019)
examines the …” and “Our empirical approach is consistent with past studies (e.g., Sharma et al.,
2) The list of references should appear at the end of the main text (after conclusion section, but before
tables and figures).
3) References need to be double-spaced and listed in alphabetical order by authors surname (last)
4) Reference should appear as follows: “Sharma, S. S., (2016). Can consumer price index predict gold
price returns? Economic modelling, 55, 269-278.”