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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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Click here to download Article Template (For Next Issue, Volume 20, Issue 1)

Review — Template for authors to read before submission (Authors can use it as a checklist)

Aims and Scope

AIUB Journal of Business and Economics [AJBE] is a publication of the Faculty of Business Administration, American International University-Bangladesh [AIUB]. This journal publishes original, empirical and innovative materials in functional and support areas of business and economics. It is primarily devoted to the extension and further development and dissemination of knowledge in the field of business and economics for the benefit of academics as well as practicing enterprise managers.


Within the boundary of the above-mentioned aims and scope, the journal covers a wide area of interest in the field of business and economics. In the backdrop of global scenario local and regional issues are picked up on a systematic manner to help develop the insight into the managerial practices and theoretical underpinnings. Although the write-ups are expected to be mainly from local and regional authors, we plan to attract authors from all over the world.

Frequency of Publication

The journal is published once a year in English in months of December. 


Notes to contributors

  1. All articles to be published are processed through a blind referral system by a panel of experts. The responsibility for opinions in signed articles, studies and other contributions rest entirely on their authors and publication does not necessarily constitute endorsement of the same by AIUB.
  2. Manuscript submitted for publication must be original. If a paper contains material reproduced from other sources it must be acknowledged or necessary permission should be submitted along with the paper.
  3. The paper should have a title page containing the title of the paper, name of the author, telephone number and e-mail address. Incase of joint authorship, correspondence will be made to the first name author only unless otherwise indicated.
  4. Footnotes should be avoided as far as possible. Essential notes should be numbered consecutively in the text and grouped together at the end in an annexure. Equations should be referenced by consecutive numbering throughout the text, on the right hand side of the page, using (1), (2) etc.
  5. AJBE follows APA system of referencing. All references in the text to an article should be author’s last name and year of publication as shown below:
  6. A letter of acknowledgement will be sent to the author(s) upon receiving the paper, and regarding the decision of the editorial board
  7. The copyright of the paper published in this journal will be reserved by AIUB.

Desk Rejection Reasons and Explanations for AJBE

Rejection reason

What it means

How we respond

How can authors avoid this?


Out of scope

Manuscript may be worthwhile, but does not meet our mission statement and would not interest our readership.

We reject the paper but encourage the author to submit to a more appropriate venue, providing recommendations where possible.

Check the mission statement and prior journal issues to ensure your article is within journal scope.


Too much overlap with other papers

Our plagiarism checker has Identified a large amount of overlap with source material or other articles, laying the manuscript open to accusations of plagiarism.

Papers flagged by the software are checked manually. If the overlap is obviously down to poor writing, we ask authors to revise and resubmit. If plagiarism is obvious and the material is unoriginal, we reject with a warning.

Never copy text from sources verbatim e learn the art of paraphrasing. Never think that you will be able to get away with recycling a paper or dataset e modern technology will identity this.


Poor quality of English

We overlook minor errors and provide language support if papers are legible, but cannot expend these resources if English is so poor that it obstructs understanding.

If errors are few and scattered, we send the paper for review and ask authors to correct it at revision stage.

All authors for whom English is not a first language should have their manuscript professionally edited before submitting to an English-language journal.

Lack of adherence to standard Scientific reporting guidelines

Scientific papers should follow the approved guidelines for scientific reporting.

The requirement to follow these guidelines is mandatory at JBMT.

Always follow these guidelines, and design your research procedure to ensure the highest quality of evidence.



Lack of adherence to Guide for Authors

Each journal has its own requirements for submissions, designed to speed up the review process and avoid common issues.

Authors are given one opportunity to correct the issues, followed by rejection if they do not comply.

Always read journal guidelines and ensure your manuscript adheres to them fully. This is part of the reality of academic publication in any field.


Inappropriate writing style

Writing in the sciences needs to be precise, unemotive, unbiased, rational, and as clear as possible.

We provide specific examples and corrections, often editing several pages of a manuscript and adding annotations to assist authors in writing to the appropriate standard expected in professional scientific publishing.

Ask a senior colleague to read your manuscript before submitting, and if you know you have difficulty expressing yourself in writing, seek professional editorial support prior to submission.


Relevance & Contribution to the Literature

Some manuscripts may be within the scope of the journal, but are either highly theoretical (and of high relevance to researchers, but not clinicians).

All manuscripts should incorporate a clear statement of the study's contribution to the literature in both the Abstract and at the end of the Introduction (accompanied by a statement of the aims of the study).

Before designing a study, consider the contribution it will make to the existing literature. Performa sound literature review before beginning and ensure your contribution is not minimal.

Fatal Flaws & Leaps of Logic

One example of a fatal flaw in a study is failure to control for confounding factors. For example, if exploring the efficacy of massage for pain reduction while subjects are taking analgesics and no control group is incorporated, one cannot possibly know whether the massage caused the pain relief or the analgesic, nor is there a measure of comparison.

Manuscripts in which such fatal flaws or leaps of logic are identified are usually rejected with no further discussion, particularly where the flaw lies in the methodology.

Take great care with study design to avoid fatal flaws in the method and execution. It is a great shame to use laboratory resources (and your own time and effort) only to complete a study with unsound scientific method.

Citations/ Reference List

Every claim or statement of fact must be accompanied by a relevant, recent citation. This should not be a secondary citation (someone citing someone else), you should cite the original. In addition, always use the most recent literature: references from the 1970s, '80s, and '90s are only acceptable if you are providing a background to the development of research or if there is truly nothing newer.

We ask the authors to revise their reference list and any unsupported claims; if there are statements that are clearly biased we highlight them and ask for modifications. Non-compliance will result in rejection. Equally, we ask authors who use old references to replace or accompany them with more.

Ensure you do a thorough literature review before beginning your study; examine published manuscripts and familiarize yourself with correct citation styles; educate yourself regarding bias and how to avoid it. Use the most recent available references. These are fundamental to correct scientific writing.


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