South Asian Journal of Management (SAJM) is a refereed international journal that publishes management and administration related research papers, especially those with a South Asian/SAARC regional context. The journal was started in the year 1993 by the Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA) with a view to providing a forum for management researchers in the geo-political region of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) to publish their high quality research output. In order to ensure the quality of papers published in the journal, we have been following the ‘double-blind peer-refereeing process’ for accepting the papers for publication. (The Review Format is available at this link, which could be checked by potential authors so that they are clear about the standards expected by SAJM).
While the focus on the SAARC region was a much-needed initiative in the early years for helping researchers in the region to publish even their ‘contextualized’ research output, the quality standards built up by the journal over the years have helped it to transcend the regional boundaries and thereby become truly international. It is now getting several good-quality papers from countries outside the SAARC region, such as Australia, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Canada, the USA and the UK. The journal is being indexed in two leading data-bases (ProQuest from December 2004 and EBSCO from September 2006), which has also significantly enhanced its international visibility.
SAJM publishes only original contributions, which may belong to any of the following four categories: (1) Empirical papers that test logically sound theoretical propositions by the rigorous analysis of primary and/or secondary data; (2) Conceptual papers that expand the theoretical frontiers of the field by developing new and interesting theoretical propositions and paradigms (which can be empirically tested by other researchers subsequently) based on a comprehensive and rigorous review and integration of the existing literature in the field; (3) Research notes, which are relatively short papers that test simple hypotheses, develops exploratory hypotheses, and/or explains the use of newer research methods and techniques of data-analysis in management research; (4) Comprehensive case-studies that focus on specific problems, processes, strategies, structures, etc. being experienced/implemented by real organizations, which should bring out interesting insights about different styles of managing organizations, especially through the ‘Teaching Notes’ supplied with the case-studies where appropriate. More details on these four types of typescripts are available in the highlighted links.
As the journal is gradually growing in its image and reputation, we experience two major problems on account of the large number of submissions received. We do admit that there are delays in the refereeing process, which is legitimately causing some concern for our esteemed authors, some of whom have been patronizing this journal right from its inception. We hope to tide over this problem with our on-going efforts to significantly increase the number of reviewers. The second problem (which is obviously a matter of pride for any journal) is that we are able to accept only a small proportion of the papers submitted to us. Our rejection rate now is as high as 90%! We request our authors to kindly bear with us on both these issues and continue to support and patronize SAJM.
Mathew J Manimala