132 October/November 2016 ■ Project Management Journal
Project Management Journal ®
Project Management Journal® publishes research relevant
to researchers, reflective practitioners, and organizations
from the project, program, and portfolio management
fields. Project Management Journal® seeks papers that are
of interest to a broad audience.
Due to the integrative and interdisciplinary nature of
these fields, Project Management Journal® publishes the
best papers from a number of other disciplines, including,
but not limited to, organizational behavior and theory,
strategic management, marketing, accounting, finance,
operations research, technology and innovation management, entrepreneurship, economics, political science, history, sociology, psychology, information science, decision
science, systems theory, and communication theory.
Project Management Journal® publishes qualitative
papers as well as quantitative works and purely conceptual or theoretical papers, including diverse research
methods and approaches. Our aim is to integrate the various types of project, program, and portfolio management
Project Management Journal® neither approves nor
disapproves, nor does it guarantee the validity or accuracy of any data, claim, opinion, or conclusion presented
in either editorial content, articles, From the Editor, or
Project Management Journal® is a journal to disseminate and discuss project management research. It is not
a platform to discuss the content or quality of PMI standards, credentials, or certifications, and those of other
Papers published in Project Management Journal® must
relate to research and provide new contributions to project
management theory and/or project management practices. Each paper should contain clear research questions,
which the author should be able to state in one paragraph. Authors are expected to describe the knowledge
and foundations underlying their research approach, and
theoretical concepts that give meaning to data or to proposed decision support methods, and to demonstrate how
they are relevant to organizations in the realm of project
management. Papers that speculate beyond current thinking are more desirable than papers that use tried-and-true
methods to study routine problems, or papers motivated
strictly by data collection and analysis.
Authors should strive to be original, insightful, and
theoretically bold; demonstration of a significant value-
added advance to the understanding of an issue or topic
is crucial to acceptance for publication. Multiple-study
papers that feature diverse methodological approaches
may be more likely to make such contributions.
Authors should make contributions of specialized
research to project, program, and portfolio management
theory and to the theory of the project-oriented
organization or project network. They should define any
specialized terms and analytic techniques used. Papers
should be well argued and well written, avoiding jargon
at all times. Project Management Journal® does not prefer
subjects of study, as long as they are in the project, program, or portfolio management field, or in the field of the
project-oriented organization or project network, nor do
we attach a greater significance to one methodological
style than another does.
Avoid Use of Commercialism
Papers should be balanced, objective assessments that
contribute to the project management profession or provide a constructive review of the methodology. Papers
that are commercial in nature (e.g., those that endorse or
disparage specific products) will not be published.
Editing the Paper
Make sure papers adhere to the theme or question to be
answered. Write in clear and concise English, using active
rather than passive voice. Manuscripts should not exceed
12,000 words, inclusive of figures, tables, and references.
Count each figure and table as 300 words.
All manuscripts submitted for consideration should meet
the following guidelines:
•;All papers must be written in the English language (Ameri-
•;Title page of the manuscript should only include the title
of the paper.
• To permit objective double blind reviews by two referees, the abstract, first page and text must not reveal
the author(s) and/or affiliation(s). When authors cite
their own work, they should refer to themselves in the
third person. Any papers not adhering to this will be
Formatting the Paper
Papers must be formatted in an electronic format using
a current version Microsoft Word. For Mac users, convert
the file to a Windows format. If the conversion does not
work, Mac users should save files as Word (.doc) files.