The most common reason is that the paper doesn’t fit with the mission of the journal. Manuscripts may be desk rejected because they don’t offer new theories or theoretical perspectives, are literature reviews, contain empirical data, fall outside the field of management, are descriptive editorials, or are aimed at practitioner audiences. In some cases the manuscript is on the right track but is theoretically underdeveloped. In such cases, the editor may send the paper back to the authors with the hope that they can address this problem. Authors are able to resubmit these types of desk-rejected manuscripts because their papers have not gone through the peer review process.
Articles in this section
- How do I know if my manuscript makes a theoretical contribution?
- Does AMR publish literature reviews or case studies?
- How does an AMR manuscript differ from a literature review?
- Does AMR publish papers using formal theory?
- Does my paper need propositions and figures with boxes and arrows?
- How do I know if my paper “fits” with AMR?
- What are the page limits for submissions? How do I format my submission correctly?
- What is the review process at AMR? Are submissions blind reviewed? When will I hear back about my submission?
- Do I need to include a cover letter with my submission? Can I request reviewers and/or an associate editor?
- Can I submit a paper to AMR that has been reviewed and rejected as a regular submission or by a Special Topic Forum?