Author guidelines

This journal only publishes commissioned content, please do not submit speculative manuscripts.

Submit to the journal 

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Registering on ScholarOne Manuscripts 

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Submitting an article to Annals in Social Responsibility on ScholarOne Manuscripts

  • Please log on to Annals in Social Responsibility at with your username and password. This will take you through to the Welcome page (To consult the Author Guidelines for this journal, click on the Home Page link in the Resources column)
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  • Complete all fields and browse to upload your article
  • When all required sections are completed, preview your .pdf proof
  • Submit your manuscript

Proposal Submission

Annals in Social Responsibility does not accept article submissions without the initial submission of a proposal.

The objective of the proposal process is to be efficient in the processing of articles. We want to know "what" you are going to say, "to whom" you are going to say it, "why" what you are saying is important, and "how" you are going to convince your audience of the veracity of your argument. This allows the editorial team to provide author(s) with information that facilitates the review process, while allowing us to be proactive in working with authors. Proposals should be no longer than 5 pages single‐spaced with standard 1‐inch margins and in a 12‐point font.

The proposal must include the following information with the following headings:

The idea: The specific important and innovative idea that is going to be the focus of the article.  This should not be long‐winded literal description but be a clear and concise statement of the big/new idea that is at the core of what you are doing.

To whom is the article speaking: While ASR is clearly speaking to other scholars interested in issues of social responsibility, it is important to frame your paper in a specific topical and disciplinary area in the first instance.  Hence, you need to outline who might be the primary audience for your article.  For instance, is it the legal community, anthropologists, or marketing scholars (i.e., to what extent is it disciplinary?)?  Is it those interested in human rights, CSR performance, or social innovation (i.e., to what extent is it phenomenon or topic based?)?

The importance of the idea: Why is your paper important? This needs to be understood as you address how you are going to take your specific knowledge and frame it in a way that resonates with your audience.  In other words, why is it important to your readership and not just to you?

How are you going to justify, defend and communicate your idea: What is the theoretical and/or empirical evidence the article will be presenting in order to convince your audience of the veracity and importance of your idea? If you have specific data sources, outline what these are.  If you are building a theoretical argument, then outline how you are going to logically justify and defend that argument.  If your paper is empirical, provide a brief New Journal Call for Manuscript Proposals Annals in Social Responsibility overview of your methods (e.g., experimental design, econometric model, statistical testing, etc.).

Review process

Each paper is reviewed by the editor and, if it is judged suitable for this publication, it is then sent to two independent referees for double-anonymous peer review.

Editorial team
  • Editor-in-Chief

  • Publisher

  • Journal Editorial Office (For queries related to pre-acceptance)

  • Supplier Project Manager (For queries related to post-acceptance)

  • Editorial Board

    • Professor Ruth Aguilera
      D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University - USA
    • Professor Herman Aguinis
      George Washington University School of Business - USA
    • Professor Pat Auger
      Melbourne Business School - Australia
    • Professor Pratima Bansal
      Ivey Business School, Western University - Canada
    • Professor Michael Barnett
      Rutgers University Newark Business School - USA
    • Russell W. Belk
      Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
    • Professor Gordon Clark
      Oxford University - UK
    • Professor Jonathan Doh
      Villanova University - USA
    • Professor Giana Eckhardt
      Royal Holloway University of London - UK
    • Professor Jeffrey Harrison
      University of Richmond - USA
    • Professor Stuart Hart
      Cornell University - USA
    • Professor Michael Hiscox
      Harvard University - USA
    • Professor Ans Kolk
      University of Amsterdam - Netherlands
    • Professor Ted London
      Michigan Ross School of Business - USA
    • Professor Jeff Malpas
      University of Tasmania - Australia
    • Professor Anita McGahan
      University of Toronto - Canada
    • Professor Joachim Schwalbach
      Humboldt University - Germany
    • Professor Donald Siegel
      Arizona State University - USA
    • Professor Craig Smith
      INSEAD - France
    • Professor Tom Sorrell
      University of Warwick - UK
    • Professor David Vogel
      University of California at Berkeley - USA
    • Professor Richard Wilk
      Indiana University Bloomington - USA
    • Professor Cynthia Williams
      York University - Canada
    • Professor Maurizio Zollo
      Bocconi University and Sloan School MIT - Italy and USA
Indexing & metrics

This journal is abstracted and indexed by

  • The Publication Forum (Finland)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics)

Annals in Social Responsibility (ASR) focuses on a range of topics from work in primary disciplines – accounting, economics & finance, management, operations & marketing, sociology, psychology, philosophy, law – that pertain to the social impact of the actions of individuals and organizations.

ISSN: 2056-3515

Aims and scope

Topics covered in Annals in Social Responsibility (ASR) include major theoretical and methodological developments as well as current research in the aforementioned disciplines. Articles typically pertain to issues of corporate social responsibility, environmental and organizational sustainability, economic, corporate, social and political development, corporate, institutional and societal governance, property rights, social institutions and NGOs, and global issues of peace, conflict and human rights.

Articles published in ASR appeal to a broad intellectual audience in their respective fields. To be accepted for publication a paper must make a significant contribution to advancing knowledge about social responsibility through new theoretical insights, managerial application, methodology/ data – or some combination thereof. 

ASR has a particular interest in publishing the following types of manuscripts: 

  • Comprehensive, state-of-the-art literature reviews that integrate diverse research streams and identify promising directions for future investigations
  • Analytical essays that offer new conceptual models or theoretical perspectives and use these frameworks as a foundation for developing research propositions
  • Empirical articles that report results from exploratory or hypothesis – testing studies based on quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies
  • Methodological papers that refine existing methodologies or develop new ones for investigating particular issues or topics central to the fields of inquiry listed above.