Guest Editors Guide

Thematic or Special Issue

Basic Principles

Guest editors must make sure that peer reviews are done rigourously and with respect. The integrity of the whole process depends on this. In particular, rigour implies:

  • Reviewers must be chosen in such a way as to avoid any possible conflict of interest (for example, avoid reviewers who belong to the same university as the author or who may know the author);
  • Diversify the affiliation and interests of reviewers;
  • Do everything possible to protect confidentiality through the double-blind system (the author does not know the reviewers and vice versa). Also, reviewers should not know who the other reviewers are until the end of the process;
  • Manage relations between reviewers and authors in order to maintain civilized conduct among all concerned. In particular, reviewers must be encouraged to write their comments constructively;
  • Maintain a high level of respect among reviewers and authors at all times;
  • If the guest editor perceives a conflict of interest between any of the persons concerned, he or she should inform the Editor-in-Chief of the journal for a decision that protects the quality of the process.

Role of Guest Editors and IM During the Process

IM sees to all correspondence with authors and reviewers during the manuscript review process. The publication and distribution assistant is responsible for sending selected manuscripts for review. IM also assumes responsibility for the standardization of texts, linguistic reviews, translation of abstracts, obtaining copyrights, proofreading and distribution of the thematic issue.

Guest editors ensure compliance with the journal’s practices, receiving support and advice from the Editor-in-Chief and the publication and distribution assistant.

Respect for deadlines is essential. Any delay may create problems in publishing the thematic issue and be detrimental to the IM journal’s reputation.

A decision to accept or reject an article may be based on two or three double-blind reviews. Some special situations may occur however and will be resolved with the help of the IM journal’s Editor-in-Chief.

Guest editors or any of their colleagues who submit an article for the thematic issue they are coordinating cannot act as manager of the review of this article. They must entrust this task to the Editor-in-Chief of International Management (IM). Guest editors are authorized to invite well-known authors to write an article. The articles obtained by invitation may or may not undergo the review process.

Finally, guest editors write the Word from the Editor that summarizes the content of the issue, they approve the commentaries and book reviews to be included in the issue and they decide the order of publication of the articles.

To contact us:

Bachir Mazouz, Editor-in-Chief

(514) 340-6187

Patrick Cohendet, Editor-in-Chief

(514) 340-6909


Telephone: (514) 340-6806

Fax: (514) 340-7814

Mailing address:

International Management Journal

HEC Montréal

3000 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine

Montréal, Quebec H3T 2A7


Street address:

International Management Journal

HEC Montréal

5255 Decelles, Suite 6.111

Montréal, Quebec H3T 1V6

Phases of the Process

Phase 1: Invitation to submit articles

  • Formulation of selection criteria
  • Setting of a production schedule
  • Distribution of calls for papers

Phase 2: Reception of submitted articles

  • Gathering of manuscripts submitted to IM
  • Transmission to guest editors
  • First reading by guest editors and decision to reject or send for peer review
  • Selection of three reviewers for each manuscript retained after first reading

Phase 3: First round of reviews

  • Transmission of manuscripts retained to designated reviewers (seven weeks are accorded to the first round of reviews)
  • Reception of review reports and transmission to guest editors
  • Analysis of review reports by guest editors and initial editorial decisions
  • Transmission of decisions to authors and reviewers

Phase 4: In case of request for revisions, additional round of reviews 

  • Reception of reworked manuscripts and transmission for second round of reviews
  • Second editorial decision

Phase 5: Final decision (reject or ok for publication)

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