Frontiers of Business Research in China

Guidelines for Authors

Editorial Policy
Frontiers of Business Research in China (FBR) provides an international forum for researchers in the broad area of business administration. The journal is committed to publishing high quality papers that advance our understanding of business administration, either in the Greater China region or beyond. The journal publishes both theoretical and empirical papers, review articles and case studies. We aim to publish papers that are useful to readers and that are innovative.
The FBR has a two-stage review process. In the first stage, at least one editor must decide that a paper should go to a reviewer. If a paper passes the first stage, the paper is sent to at least one, and usually two, reviewer(s) for comments. The final editorial decisions are based on the potential contribution and quality of the paper, and the fit with the mission of the FBR.

Submission Fees
There are no submission fees for submissions to either a regular issue or a special issue.

Ethics in Publishing
Submission of an article to the FBR implies that the work submitted has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or academic thesis), and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The submission and publication of the work should be approved by all authors.

Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a ‘Copyright Transfer Statement’. An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a ‘Copyright Transfer Statement’ form. For more information on this and copyright, see

Use of the Digital Object Identifier and Offprints
Each accepted article will be assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) by the publisher upon the initial electronic publication. The DOI consists of a unique alpha-numeric character string DOI and may be used to cite and link to electronic documents, particularly when the article is still ‘in press’.

Instruction for Submission
1. Manuscripts must be in either Microsoft Word or PDF format and submitted online at the journal’s website:
2. FBR adopts a double-blind refereeing process. Thus, when submitting your work, please separate the title page and the main text into two files.
3. The title page must contain the following information: (i) the title; (ii) the name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) of the author(s); and (iii) an abstract of no more than 200 words.
4. Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.
5. A footnote on the title page must identify the corresponding author, and provide the names and contact information of all authors, such as the phone number, E-mail, and mailing address.
6. Manuscripts must be in good English. Either American or British usage is acceptable. Authors who feel their English language manuscript may require editing are encouraged to seek help from professional English language editing services before  submission.

Style Guidelines
1. Manuscripts must be single-spaced, with the content in Times New Roman 12 font, and tables and figures in Times New Roman 11 font. All pages should be numbered consecutively.
2. Articles must be divided into clearly defined and numbered sections. Sections should be numbered 1 (then 1.1, 1.2, …), 2, 3, etc., and Section Headers should be in boldface and left-justified.
3. Displayed formulae should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript as (1), (2), etc. against the right-hand margin of the page.
4. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout the text with superscript Arabic numerals.
5. Appendices. If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc.
6. Citations appear in the text as follows: “Child (1972) suggests that . . .” or “This problem has been studied previously (e.g., Smith et al., 1989; Jones, 2011)”. The author should make sure that there is a strict one-to-one correspondence between the names and years in the text and those on the reference list.
7. The list of references should appear at the end of the main text. It should be single-spaced and listed in alphabetical order by author’s name. For direct citation in the main text, please remember to provide the page range of the citation.
A journal or periodical is cited as follows:
• Jensen, M., & Meckling, W. 1976. Theory of the firm: Managerial behavior, agency costs and ownership structure. Journal of Financial Economics, 3(1): 305–360.
• Hoskisson, R. E., Eden, L., Lau, C.M., & Wright, M., 2000. Strategy in emerging economies. Academy of Management Journal, 43(3): 249–267.
A working paper (or dissertation, etc.) is cited as follows:
• Hermalin, B., & Weisbach, M. 1995. Endogenously chosen boards and their monitoring of the CEO. Unpublished working paper. University of California, Berkeley.
A book appears as follows:
• Williamson, O. 1986. Economic organization: firms, markets and policy control. New York, US: New York University Press.
An article in an edited book appears as follows:
• Smith, C., Dess, G., & Edmond, V. 1979. Application of option pricing analysis. In Bicksler, J., & Lorhrke, F. (Eds.), Handbook of financial economics: 144–165. Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar Publishers.

For further inquiries relating to the submission of articles (including electronic submission) please visit FBRs homepage: or contact us by e-mail: