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Cross-Cultural Management

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of submissions will Cross Cultural & Strategic Management (CCSM) entertain?


  1. Article
  2. Research Note
  3. Perspective

During the submission process, ScholarOne will ask submitters to select one of these three options from a drop-down menu.

  1. Article (preferred): Manuscripts that make a substantial contribution to the international business literature. Full-length articles should be between 8,000 and 14,000 words, depending upon the strength of the contribution to the literature. The word count includes everything contained in the manuscript.
  2. Research Note: Manuscripts that are of a more limited (smaller or narrower in scope) nature than Articles. They may be empirical or theoretical and may also be replications of previous studies. Research Notes should be approximately 4,000 words in length, including everything, and they should be of the same rigor as Articles.
  3. Perspectives: Manuscripts that take unique or controversial views that may challenge the current thinking in the literature. Perspectives should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words, including everything, depending upon the strength of the contribution to the literature.

Additionally, CCSM will from time to time publish Distinguished Scholar Essays as part of a journal issue. These are by invitation only from the Editor-in-Chief.

In what format should the manuscript be submitted?

Answer: You may submit a new manuscript in any style that includes the fundamental elements of a manuscript. You may want to consider using one of the traditionally accepted styles (e.g., APA, MLA).  Once a paper reaches the R&R stage, authors must format to CCSM’s housestyle.

What should be included in the abstract?

Answer: The abstract should provide an overview of the entire paper, including its topic, its methodology, its findings and its contribution to the literature. An abstract should be no longer than 250 words. See Emerald’s guide to writing a structured abstract.

What is the review procedure at CCSM?

Answer: Submitted manuscripts first go to the Reviewing Editor. Manuscripts that are desk rejects are promptly returned to the author(s). Those that are desk accepts go to the Deputy Editor, who assigns them to an Area/Consulting Editor, who in turn sends the manuscript to three reviewers for comment. When the Area/Consulting Editor receives the reviewers’ comments, he/she prepares a decision letter, with the three reviews attached. The Area/Consulting Editor sends this letter to the author(s). It is the goal of CCSM to have manuscript decision sent to the author(s) within 90 days, depending on the specific circumstances on a particular submission.

May I submit a manuscript to CCSM that has been published in a conference proceeding?

Answer: Yes. However, conference proceedings are the only place where a manuscript submission may have been previously published. When submitting a manuscript to CCSM, please identify where the manuscript, or an earlier version of it, has been published.

Is there a procedure for appealing a ‘reject’ decision?

Answer: Yes. An appeal should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief. In the appeal explain why you believe the rejection was unjustified and respond, point-by-point, to the decision letter. In your letter, where relevant, please indicate that you have undertaken a comprehensive review of the literature pertaining to the topic at hand, why the methodology used to collect and analyze the data is appropriate, why the presentation of the findings is adequate, and how your paper has made important contributions to the international business literature.

What can I do if my paper was rejected on the grounds that it was not a proper fit with the objectives of CCSM, but I feel that it was?

Answer: You may write a letter to the Editor-in-Chief clearly articulating why you believe that your paper is a proper fit for CCSM. Your letter and paper will be reviewed by the EIC, and you will be provided with a decision on whether your paper will or will not be entered into the review process.

Is there a possibility to revise and resubmit a manuscript that has been rejected by CCSM?

Answer: No, if the decision was based on the Area Editor’s and reviewers’ comments that the paper could not be sufficiently revised to meet the standards of the journal in terms of focus, quality and contribution. 

Answer: Yes, if the decision was based on the Area Editor’s and reviewers’ comments that if the authors were to reorient their paper, reframe the research questions/hypotheses, including the collection of new data, undertaking of additional analysis and further literature review, the paper may contribute to the field of international business.  If the authors were to pursue this very substantial and major revision, they must first inform the Area Editor of their intention to do so within a stated time period.  When the revision is ready for resubmission, they will click onto “Create a resubmission” under the same manuscript ID number.

What is the CCSM process for proposing a special issue for the journal?

Answer: CCSM publishes 1-3 (typically 2) special issues each year. The proposal should include a concise (2-3 page) description of the proposal. Additionally, it should identify the proposed Guest Editorial team, including the credentials (CV) of each member of the proposed Guest Editorial team. The annual deadline for submission is January 30th. Special Issue proposals should be sent to the Editor-in Chief. The Editorial Team will review the submissions. Decisions will be made by February 28th.

Under what conditions may I place a paper that I have submitted to CCSM on another website?

Answer: Please see Emerald’s page on author rights.

I am a member of the ERB.  How do I notify the editorial office that I will be away and unavailable to undertake reviews for a given period of time?

Answer: You can inform the editorial office of your unavailability by logging into your CCSM account at and setting your available/unavailable dates in your reviewer account.

What procedure should I follow if I am interested in joining the Consulting Editors Board (CEB) or the Editorial Review Board (ERB)?

Answer: While membership in the CEB or ERB is by invitation only, you may email the Editor-in-Chief a letter expressing your interests and identifying your areas of expertise. A copy of your CV should be attached to your letter.

What procedure should I follow, if I am interested in becoming an ad hoc reviewer for CCSM?

Answer: Email the Editor-in-Chief a letter expressing your interest in becoming an ad hoc reviewer. In it, identify your areas of expertise (keywords) and attach a copy of your CV to your letter.