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Information for Authors

The journal supports and encourages the inclusion of material in Electronic Companions.
Please also note that the journal now encourages authors to complete their ‘copyright licence to publish’ form online.

Requirements for publication

Manuscripts accepted for publication must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Scientific rigour: the scientific contribution of the manuscripts should be of the highest quality and rigour and all experimentations (either with theoretically generated or empirical data) should be described in a way that facilitates their reproducibility.
  • Managerial relevance: all manuscripts must contain a section or sub-section on the managerial implications and impact of the research for real world practices.
  • Value-to-length relationship: the value/contribution of the manuscript must be proportional to its length. Please consider complementing your submission with an Electronic Companion.
  • Language: the language and presentation must be of high quality: where they are not, manuscripts will be rejected regardless of the value of their scientific content.
  • Title: The title must be interesting, clear and concise, and relevant to the general audience of the journal.
  • Abstract: The abstract must be written in language that the general audience can understand, appreciate and relate to. That is, the use of heavy technicalities and jargon should be avoided, and the abstract must contain statements covering explicit managerial implications and relevance.

Submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted through the website

IMA Journal of Management Mathematics operates a double-blind refereeing process. The main text of any submission should therefore exclude the name(s) of the author(s), affiliations, and any directly personal references, as well as acknowledgements to those who have read the paper. Instead, a separate title page should give the name, affiliation and both postal and email addresses of the author (or the lead author in the case of jointly-written papers), as well as acknowledgements.

It is the policy of the journal that the email address of the corresponding author on published articles is an institutional affiliation email address. Therefore, on the title page of your submitted manuscript, please provide your institutional affiliation email address.

The Editors will correspond directly with the authors on the acceptability of their papers. Authors may not submit manuscripts that are under consideration for publication elsewhere.

This Journal takes publication ethics very seriously. If misconduct is found or suspected after the manuscript is published, the journal will investigate the matter and this may result in the article subsequently being retracted and the author(s) being barred from future publication in the journal.

Language Editing Pre-Submission

OUP offers pre-submission language editing through Oxford Language Editing, a service for researchers all over the world. Language editing, particularly if English is not your first language, can be used to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by the journal editors and reviewers. Visit to find out more about the freelance editors available and the different services offered. Please note that edited manuscripts will still need to undergo peer-review by the journal.

Suggested reviewers

Corresponding authors will be required during the submission process to provide the names of 4 potential reviewers for the manuscript, including their respective institutions and e-mail addresses. Suggested reviewers should not include members of the Editorial Board. The corresponding author should not provide the name of a potential reviewer with whom any author of the manuscript has a conflict of interest (COI), such as: (i) a former supervisor; (ii) a former research student; (iii) a person working at the same institution; (iv) a co-author on work completed or in progress. If it is absolutely necessary to include a potential reviewer with a COI, then the corresponding author must clearly identify in the covering letter the nature of the COI with that particular person and explain the reason for the person's inclusion. Finally, the editorial board shall reserve the right not to use the reviewers suggested by the corresponding author.

Form of manuscript

Each page of the manuscript should be numbered. The front page should contain the article titleand an abstract. Authors must be creative in coming up with a paper title that is short, concise and attention-grabbing to the general audience. The abstract should not exceed 200 words and should be intelligible to general readers without recourse to the main text. It needs to be written in a language that the general audience can understand, appreciate and relate to. That is, the use of heavy technicalities and jargon should be avoided, and the abstract must also contain statements covering explicit managerial implications and relevance. Authors should provide up to six keywords. Footnotes and a list of notation should be avoided.

For specific information regarding style, please refer to the IMA style guide.

Articles should, in general, begin with an introduction which adequately covers the literature and scope of the paper. Each section in the paper should be numbered and each equation should be numbered sequentially. Each article should have a Managerial Implications (Insights) section or sub-section and a Conclusion or Discussion section. Any appendices should precede the Reference section. Equations should be typed wherever possible and punctuated to conform to their place in the syntax of the sentence. When appropriate, authors are expected to make available electronically by web reference data and algorithms referred to or used in articles.


References must be indicated in the text by the Harvard system, citing the authors' names and date of publication. References should be listed at the end of the manuscript in alphabetical order of lead name. References by the same author should be in chronological order. The normal form of listed reference is author's surname, initials, years of full publication, article title, journal name (abbreviated in accordance with the World List of Scientific Periodicals 4th Edition), volume number (underlined), inclusive page numbers.


Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear before the 'Acknowledgements' section.

The following rules should be followed:

  • The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’
  • The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. ‘National Institutes of Health’, not ‘NIH’ (full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies) Grant numbers should be given in brackets as follows: ‘[grant number xxxx]’
  • Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: ‘[grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]’
  • Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus ‘and’ before the last funding agency)
  • Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number 'to [author initials]'.

An example is given here: ‘This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [AA123456 to C.S., BB765432 to M.H.]; and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [hfygr667789].’

Preparation of Figures and Tables

Figures must be submitted in the best possible quality and should allow for editing during the typesetting phase. Figures should be set within the document at their most appropriate location and not collected at the end of the document. Figure titles must be provided as text, must be separate from the figure object itself, and should immediately follow the figure. For figures produced using MS Excel, the "Chart Title" box should be empty. The use of "Gridlines" should be avoided. Lines and fonts for figure labels and axes’ labels should be sufficiently large to retain clarity when published in print at a standard 40x40mm size. The use of a figure border and grey or coloured background areas should be avoided.

All figures submitted to the journal in colour will be published in colour online at no cost (unless the author specifically requests that their figures be in black and white online). Authors may choose to also publish their figures in colour in the print journal for £350 per figure: you will be asked to approve this cost in an e-mail after your article is accepted for publication. Colour figures must have a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch at their final size. Authors, who opt to publish black and white in print, should submit just one figure legend that works for both colour and grayscale. You will be issued an invoice at the time of publication.

Tables should again be positioned within the document at their most appropriate location and not collected at the end of the document. A table title should immediately proceed the table. The use of vertical dividing lines in tables should be kept to a minimum.

Table and figure titles should, within reason, be sufficiently detailed to allow the reader to understand and interpret the quantities represented therein without recourse to the main text of the manuscript.


Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

The publisher will supply free electronic access to the corresponding author of an article. Offprints may be ordered at extra cost at the proof stage using the offprint order form. Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge.

Submission of LATEX files to the IMA Journal of Management Mathematics

In preparing the paper, please use the standard article.cls file. When uploading the source file for submission onto ScholarOne Manuscripts, please ensure that all the macros used to write your manuscript accompany the manuscript.
Please follow all the usual instructions to authors as detailed above. However, text width should be set to 30 picas (126 mm) and the page depth to 46 picas (195 mm). It is very important to follow the correct referencing system - see point 3 in the instructions to authors. For class files please click here

Open Access Options for Authors

Authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in IMA Journal of Management Mathematics can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:

• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1750/ $2800 / €2275
List B Developing country charge* - £875 / $1400 / €1135
List A Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.