Instructions to Authors


The Journal of Management & Administration is published by the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) and is an international, multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed and Open Access journal offering high quality research across the management discipline. The journal aims to provide African perspectives on management and administration to benefit scholars, educators, students, practitioners, policy-makers and consultants worldwide.

To be considered for the Journal of Management & Administration, manuscripts should be academically sound and must make strong empirical and/or theoretical contributions highly relevant to the management practices in the VUCA world. The Journal of Management & Administration is published primarily electronically and accepts original research articles, as well as review papers and smaller contributions. It is understood that manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Management & Administration have not been offered to any other printed or electronic journal for prior or simultaneous publication.

The corresponding authors should sign the Journal of Management & Administration Submission Declaration and forward it along with the manuscript.

Preparation of manuscripts

All manuscripts should be written in clear English (British or American standard). Authors are requested to consult the latest issue of the journal as a guide. Authors whose mother tongue is not English are strongly urged to have their papers reviewed linguistically before submission; inadequately prepared manuscripts will be returned without consideration.

Authors must not use Reference Managers and text styles other than unmodified Normal style when preparing their manuscripts for submission. All field codes must be removed from the manuscript.

The manuscript should be written in Times New Roman 12 pt font and 1.5 lines-spaced, with a 2.5 cm margin on all sides. Number manuscript pages consecutively beginning with the title page. Insert neither line numbers nor page or section breaks in the main text of the manuscript.

Give full details of the title of the manuscript, name(s) of author(s), affiliation/postal address and e-mail address, each on a separate line. The title of the paper should be informative but concise. A short running title (for page headlines) should be provided.

The abstract, summarising the contents of the paper and indicating the relevance of the work, should not usually exceed 30 typewritten lines. Avoid abbreviations and references in abstracts. Select a set of up to 10 keywords (index terms). Authors are encouraged to provide a translation of the abstract and keywords in any other language of their choice.

The suggested order of sections for original papers is: Introduction (including a literature review), Methodology, Results and Discussion (these two may be combined), Recommendation(s) or Conclusion(s), Acknowledgements, References, *Footnotes, *Tables, *Figure legends. Begin the asterisked sections on new pages. Use footnotes sparingly, and number them consecutively throughout the text.

Use up to three heading levels:


Level 2 (e.g. 3.1. Statistical analysis)

Level 3 (e.g. 3.1.1. Results from TIMMS 2015)

All headings must be formatted using unmodified Normal style, not Heading styles.


(a) Within the text: (Martin 1968, 1970; Dewale et al. 2000); Palmer (1997); Artigas and Papavero (1988); (Artigas & Papavero 1988a, b); Herbert et al. (2003). Use ‘et al.’ for more than two authors in the text but not in the reference list. Note that references in the text should be arranged chronologically. Reference to a page number/figure(s) is cited as follows: (Collin 1930:83, pl. 3, fig. 7). All publications referred to in the text must be cited in full in the list of references. Unpublished information should be cited as ‘personal communication’ (e.g. Green, pers. comm., 2019), ‘personal observation’ (pers. observ., 2019), or article in press (Brown, in press); the last category must appear in the list of references, together with the name of the journal (or publisher, if a book) in which that work has been accepted for publication. Authors must not use Reference Managers, i.e. all field codes must be removed from the manuscript.

(b) Under References: Arrange authors in alphabetical order, with multiple papers by the same author(s) arranged chronologically. Cite all authors and full titles. Give names of periodicals in full. Journal and book titles should be italicized. Titles of papers published in languages other than Romano-Germanic should be replaced by an English translation, with an explanatory note at the end, e.g. [in Arabic, English abstr.]. Titles of periodicals should also be translated if they appear in languages other than Romano-Germanic; they may also be given in transliteration in square brackets. Conference proceedings and dissertations should be cited as books (i.e., with place and publisher), not as periodicals.



Peters, E. 2012. Beyond comprehension: The role of numeracy in judgments and decisions. Current Directions in Psychological Science 21(1), 31–35.

Visser, M., Juan, A. & Feza, N. 2015. Home and school resources as predictors of mathematics performance in South Africa. South African Journal of Education 35(1), Art. 1010 [1–10].

[Note the compulsory article number for articles that are published electronically.]


Cohen, L., Manion, L. & Morrison, K. 2007. Research methods in education. 6th ed. New York: Routledge.

Dewey, J. 1963. Experience and education. New York: Macmillan.

Chapters in books:

Dass, S. & Rinquest, A. 2017. School fees. In: Veriava, F., Thom, A. & Fish Hodgson, T. (Eds), Basic education rights handbook: Education rights in South Africa. Johannesburg: Section 27, pp. 141–159.

[Note the compulsory page ranges for book chapters.]


Gaffoor, A. 2018. Factors influencing programme completion of National Certificate (Vocational) students at a college in the Western Cape, South Africa. MTech Thesis. Cape Town: Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Conference abstracts & articles in conference proceedings:

Simasathiansophon, N. 2019. Educational marketing strategy through online platform: A case of SSRUIC, Thailand. In: ICEMT 2019: 2019 3rd International Conference on Education and Multimedia Technology, Nagoya, Japan, July 22–25, 2019. New York, NY: Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 287–290.

[Note the compulsory page ranges for conference abstracts & articles in conference proceedings.]

Online articles and resources:

Gray, P. 2008. A brief history of education. Psychology Today, 20 August 2008. [Accessed 2.04.2020].

Willige, A. 2017. How do we make sure our children are fluent in digital? [Accessed 2.04.2020].

WEF [World Economic Forum]. 2015. New vision for education: Unlocking the potential of technology. [Accessed 25.10.2021].

Illustrations and tables:

When preparing illustrations and tables, consider the journal’s page size, which is 120–170 mm. Illustrations (including graphs) and their captions or legends should form a separate, self-explanatory unit. Explain abbreviations in the captions, or (if too numerous) collect them elsewhere in a list (preferably under Methodology). Multipart figures should be labelled as A, B etc. Use sans serif font (12–14 pt, bold face) for labels, preferably Arial or Helvetica. If the editor is to insert the final lettering, provide an overlay showing your requirements. When preparing illustrations in Adobe Photoshop authors are advised to retain a copy of unflatten image with labelling on separate layers.

Tables should include headings and explanations, and should be numbered consecutively; tables must not be submitted as MS Excel files or graphic files (.CDR, .JPG, .PNG, .TIF etc.). Approximate positions of figures and tables may be indicated in the text. References in the text to illustrations and tables: Fig. 1; Figs 13–33; Table 1 (Note: Do not capitalise fig., figs, table, pl., pls, when referring to items reproduced in someone else’s work). Number figures and tables consecutively, starting with Fig./Table 1. The format for figure and table captions is as follows:

Figure 1: Mean achievement scores (PIRLS Literacy). Source: Howie et al. (2017:48).

Table 1: South African Grade 4 achievement in the PIRLS literacy 2016 by quintile.

Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from the publisher to reproduce any previously published tables or figures unless the source materials are in Open Access. Sources of reproduced materials are to be properly credited in all instances.

Initial Submission

An electronic version should be submitted to the Chief Editor via email. Attachments to e-mail messages should not exceed 20 MB, larger documents must be submitted using file transfer services (e.g., WeTransfer). The manuscript, including tables, should be saved as a MSOffice Word document (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) file. Tables must not be submitted as MSOffice Excel files. Low-resolution graphics must be embedded in the text file in appropriate places, and the graphics must still be of sufficient quality for evaluation by reviewers. Manuscripts submitted in unsuitable formats will not be processed and the authors will be asked to resubmit them in an appropriate form.

Final submission

The final text accepted for print must be supplied in an editable electronic format. Easily transferable formats such as MSOffice Word document (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.RTF) are preferred. Mac users should submit the text in a format directly transferable to PC. Graphics is to be provided as LZW-compressed TIF (.TIF) files. Vector graphic files (.AI) are acceptable only for line drawings, graphs, schemes etc., but must never contain photographs; consult the editor prior to submitting vector graphics. Never import graphics into the final text document (i.e., .doc or .rtf files). Refrain from mixing black-and-white (line) drawings and half-tone (grey)/colour illustrations in one file. Required modes and minimum resolutions for graphic files: colour in 8-bit per channel RGB mode, 300 dpi at print size (120–170 mm); half-tone in 8-bit greyscale mode, 300 dpi at print size; line art in 1-bit black-and-white mode, at least 600 dpi at print size (120–170 mm). However, it is advisable to submit figures prepared with a higher resolution.

Ethical clearance

The Journal of Management & Administration accepts manuscripts on the condition that the reported research follows relevant national and international ethical guidelines and legislation, including (but not restricted to) personal data protection laws. The authors are responsible for obtaining a formal ethical clearance from relevant authorities where applicable, and should provide a proof thereof when they submit their manuscripts to the Journal of Management & Administration. The authors are responsible to ensure and, when possible, document (e.g., in the Acknowledgements) that legal requirements pertaining to their work are fulfilled.

When preparing manuscripts, authors must also consult the Journal of Management & Administration Editorial Policy & Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement.


Proofs will be sent as a low-resolution PDF file to the corresponding or first author for correction. Authors may be charged for substantial alterations of the original text. High-resolution PDF files are available to authors immediately upon publication of their articles.

Article processing charges

Neither page charges nor submission fees are currently levied on authors, who publish in the Journal of Management & Administration. This includes an unlimited number of colour pages.


Correspondence regarding submission of manuscripts should be addressed to the Editor.