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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 proposal has not been previously published or presented to another journal (or an explanation is given in the Comments to the editor).
  • The file submitted is in Microsoft Word (.doc) format.
  • The text complies with the bibliographic and stylistic requirements indicated in the Author Guidelines, which can be found in the “About > Submissions” section.
  • You have made sure you have followed the instructions in Ensuring a correct blind review.
  • All authors and their metadata will be submitted during the submission process. I also declare, as a responsible for the submission, that this paper has not more authors. The journal is not responsible for the authors omitted during the process of submission.

    Please be careful and add all authors during the submission process.
  • If the paper is written in poor English or in Spanish:
    The author/s will hire an external accredited and professional revision/translation service (certificate required) or
    The author/s may hire OmniaScience's language services.

    Therefore, I accept to do the revision/translation on my own (hiring a professional revision/translation service) or to hire OmniaScience's revision/translation services.

    Note: If your paper has been correctly written in English, please also accept this point, although HDBR will not apply the above considerations regarding paper revision/translation.

Author Guidelines

Step-by-step submission video (Available in Spanish and English)

Acceptance of articles

Guidelines for submission

Ensuring blind peer review


Step-by-step submission video, Spanish version



Step-by-step submission video, English version



Acceptance of articles

Harvard Deusto Business Research will publish exclusively original, unpublished articles that consider different topics in the area of business administration from an academic perspective. Authors must submit their work, which abides by the style guidelines of the journal, using the following platform. The submitted work must be accompanied by a contact telephone number. All works must be submitted in electronic “.doc” format, never in PDF. Manuscripts are accepted in English, which if deemed necessary, may pass through a process of correction and editing for which Harvard Deusto Business Research is responsible. Manuscripts will also be accepted in Spanish, but if they are accepted for publication, they must be translated into English at the authors' own expense prior to publication (a certificate must be presented with the translation) or hire the OmniaScience's linguistic services. HDBR will not assume the cost of this translation, this should be assumed by the authors. If you are interested in OmniaScience's services, please contact them using this link.

The works must be sent with the following information:

  • A brief academic introduction to the author (100-200 words), which includes the following information: name and surname(s), highest academic degree, professional job title, professional postal address, telephone number and email address.
  • Title of the article in English.
  • Abstract (125-200 words) in English.
  • Keywords (between 4 and 6) in English.
  • Body of the article (3,000-6,000 words), divided into sections, subsections and sub-subsections (maximum of three divisions).
  • References.
  • If the works contain graphs or images, they must appear numbered with a caption identifying the content and a clear indication of where they are to be inserted.

Harvard Deusto Business Research will not charge any amounts for submissions or publication.


Guidelines for submission

In this section you will find information related to main rules for the submissions such as formal aspects, divisions and lists, bibliographic references, citations, footnotes and figures

1. Formal aspects

1.1. Paragraphs

The text must be structured into paragraphs without any initial indentation, unjustified and with a line spacing of 1.5 lines. Each paragraph must be separated by a blank line; only in the case of in-text citations that occupy more than five lines is it recommendable to represent them as a separate single-spaced right- and left-indented paragraph to set them apart from the rest of the text.

1.2. Font

A 12-point Times New Roman font is to be used for the main text (body of the text), with a 9-point size for the rest of the text (footnotes and captions). In the case of especially long in-text citations in separate paragraphs, a 10-point letter size must be used. The use of other letter types and sizes (bold type or italics, for example) to highlight parts of the text is to be avoided.

1.3. Length

The articles must have a length of between 3,000 and 6,000 words.

2. Divisions and lists

2.1. Main divisions

A maximum of three levels may be used for the main text divisions (sections, subsections and sub-subsections), numbered with Arabic numbers, followed by a final period and with periods between the numbers to indicate their hierarchy:

1. Section title (bold type, 14-point size)
1.1. Subsection title (bold type, 12-point size)
1.1.1. Sub-subsection title (italics, 12-point size)

The numbering of the different sections must always begin with the number 1, and never with 0.

2.2. Lists

For series or lists that do not contain paragraphs, numbers must not be used to avoid any confusion with the previous divisions. In all cases, it is necessary to use hanging indentation and mark the elements of the series with graphic signs, such as hyphens, dots (•) or asterisks. The start and end of each series must be separated by a blank line from the text preceding and following it, but a line is not to be inserted between the different points that make up the series.

2.3. Call-outs

Several call-outs (highlighted phrases from the article that contain important ideas) must be included at the end of the article. There must be one for every 500 words. The call-outs cannot contain more than 15 words, including articles and prepositions, and must be organized in order of priority.

3. Bibliographic references

3.1. Bibliographic reference citations 

The in-text citations must be written according to the format established in the last edition of the APA Publication Manual. The most important rules of this format can be found below. If you need more information about this format, you can consult the complete guide by the American Psychological Association (APA) on the following website http://www.apa.org/

The work of one author:
Example: Research by Barney (1991) showed...
Example: (Barney, 1991)

The work of two authors:
Example: Research by Wegener and Petty (1994) showed...
Example: (Wegener & Petty, 1994)

The work of 3 to 5 authors:
List all the authors in the first citation in the document:
Example: Research by Kernis, Cornell, Sun, Berry and Harlow (1993) showed...
Example: (Kernis, Cornell, Sun, Berry, & Harlow, 1993)

Then in the following citations, only cite the first author, followed by the words "et al.":
Example: Research by Kernis et al. (1993) showed ...
Example: (Kernis et al., 1993)

The work of 6 or more authors:
Use the name of the first author, followed by the words "et al.":
Example: Research by Harris et al. (2001) showed ...
Example: (Harris et al., 2001)

The work of an unknown author:
If the work does not have an author, cite the source by its title or use the first word or the first two words in the parentheses. The titles of books and reports are written in italics or underlined; the titles of articles and chapters are written between quotation marks.

Two or more works between the same parentheses:
Separate by semicolons:
Example: (Berndt, 2002; Harlow, 1983)

Two or more works by the same author in the same year:
Add lowercase letters to the year:
Example: Research by Berndt (1981a) illustrated that...

3.2. Bibliographic references

A list of the cited bibliography must be included at the end of the article. The bibliographic references must be written in the format set out in the last edition of the APA Publication Manual. The most important rules of this format can be found below. If you need more information about this format, you can consult the complete guide by the American Psychological Association (APA) on the following website http://www.apa.org/

Journal article:
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of the article. Name of the journal, Volume (Issue), pages.
Example: Scruton, R. (1996). The eclipse of listening. The New Criterion, 15(30), 5-13.

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of the book: Subtitle of the book. Place: Publisher.
Example: Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Article or chapter in a book:
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year). Title of the chapter. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of the book (pages of the chapter). Place: Publisher.
Example: O'Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men's and women's gender role journeys: Metaphor for healing, transition, and transformation. In B. R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107-123). New York: Springer.

Conference presentation:
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year, Month). Title of the presentation. Paper presented at Name of conference: Place.
Example: Lanktree, C., & Briere, J. (1991, January). Early data on the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, San Diego, CA.

Web document, website or web report
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year). Title of the document. Consulted on the day, month and year, at http://Web address
Example: Chan, L. et al. (2002). Budapest Open Access Initiative. Consulted on May 6, 2008, at http://www.soros.org/openaccess/read.shtml.

The name of the cities in which the publisher is located must be indicated in the language of the work.

4. Citations

All in-text citations must be accompanied by their corresponding biographical reference.

Citations are to be placed between double curved quotation marks (" "), and if it is necessary to use another set of quotation marks within them, single quotation marks (` ') are to be used.

When an unnecessary passage is omitted from the citation, an ellipse inside brackets ([...]) is used to indicate said omission.

5. Footnotes

The footnote reference mark (superscript numbers inside the body of the main text that refer to the footnotes) must be located immediately after the idea or the last word of the sentence to which the footnote refers.

Footnotes must be numbered consecutively throughout the article and appear at the bottom of the page on which the reference mark appears. The first time that a bibliographic reference is mentioned, it must be cited completely.

When the same work is cited one or more consecutive times, it is sufficient to put: Ibid., p. When the same work is cited for a second time, but not consecutively: LAST NAME(S), First initial (year): op. cit., p.

If the citation is not literal, use “Cfr.” followed by the necessary information. The titles of book chapters and articles published in journals and newspapers must be written between quotation marks.

6. Figures

All illustrations, charts, tables, figures, graphs, etc. must be accessible in the text and must not appear embedded as an image, graphic or object. Likewise, they must be centered after the paragraph they refer to, with a space of one blank line between the paragraphs before and after them.

They must be numbered consecutively in Arabic numbers and placed in the corresponding part of the text. They must always be referred to explicitly in the text.

All illustrations, charts, tables, figures and graphs must be identified with the word "figure". Figures must include a title, which must not be excessively long, in 10-point size and without a final period.

Only when the source of the information in the figures is not the "author's own work" should this be indicated, centered at the bottom (immediately underneath the title of the illustrations) with the following format:

Source: name of the source, year, if applicable (size: 8-point). 


Ensuring blind peer review

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  1. The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
  2. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file.

    For Microsoft 2003 and previous versions, and Macintosh versions of Word:

    • Under the File menu select: Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.

    For MacIntosh Word 2008 (and future versions)

    1. Under the File menu select "Properties."
    2. Under the Summary tab remove all of the identifying information from all of the fields.
    3. Save the File.

    For Microsoft 2007 (Windows):

    1. Click on the office button in the upper-left hand corner of the office application
    2. Select "Prepare" from the menu options.
    3. Select "Properties" for the "Prepare" menu options.
    4. Delete all of the information in the document property fields that appear under the main menu options.
    5. Save the document and close the document property field section.

    For Microsoft 2010 (Windows):

    1. Under the File menu select "Prepare for sharing."
    2. Click on the "Check for issues" icon.
    3. click on "inspect document" icon.
    4. Uncheck all of the checkboxes except "Document Properties and Personal information".
    5. Run the document inspector, which will then do a search of the document properties and indicated if any document property fields contain any information.
    6. If the document inspector finds that some of the document properties contain information it will notify you and give you the option to "Remove all," which you will click to remove the document properties and personal information from the document.
  3. For PDF files:

    With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.