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Author Guidelines

General information for preparing manuscripts 

PMRP does not charge any type of article processing charge (APC) or any type of article submission charge. 

The journal serves as a platform for demonstrating the connection between valuable project management research and its practical applications. It focuses on the most pressing, practical questions of project managers and finding the best research-based answers for them. In your submission, you should carefully consider how you can reach these goals by maximizing the evidence, originality and usefulness of the material.

Specific guidelines are available for research articlesteaching cases and practitioner cases. Please consult with the section descriptions for clarification on the different article types. Do not hesitate to email if you have questions.

In addition to those templates, the following general authorship guidelines should be followed.

  1. Article length: Article length is dependent on the type of submission. 
  2. Submission title: A title of not more than eight words should be provided.
  3. The work is original, and all sources are accurately cited.
  4. Authorship is accurately reflected, meaning that all individuals credited as authors legitimately participated in the creation of the work and have given consent for publication.
  5. Author details: All contributing author details should be added to the submission but in a separate file. Once approved for publication, photographs will be needed.
  6. Figures created in MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, Illustrator should be supplied in their native formats. Electronic figures created in other applications should be copied from the origination software and pasted into a blank MS Word document or saved and imported into an MS Word document or alternatively create a .pdf file from the origination software. Photographic images should be submitted electronically and of high quality. They should be saved as .tif or .jpeg files at a resolution of at least 300dpi and at least 10cm wide. Digital camera settings should be set at the highest resolution/quality possible.
  7. Tables: Tables should be formatted and included at the end of the main article with the position of each table should be clearly labeled in the body text of article. 
  8. Format: Article files should be provided in both Microsoft Word and PDF formats.  
  9. Headings: Headings must be concise, with a clear indication of the distinction between the hierarchy of headings. The preferred format is for first level headings to be presented in bold format and subsequent sub-headings to be presented in medium italics.
  10. Keywords: Authors should provide appropriate and short keywords to a maximum of 10 words in total.
  11. Notes or Endnotes: Should be used only if absolutely necessary and must be identified in the text by consecutive numbers, enclosed in square brackets and listed at the end of the article.
  12. References: References to other publications must be in Harvard style and carefully checked for completeness, accuracy and consistency. This is very important in an electronic environment because it enables your readers to exploit the Reference Linking facility on the database and link back to the works you have cited through CrossRef.
  13. Research Funding: Authors must declare all sources of external research funding in their article and a statement to this effect should appear in the Acknowledgements section. Authors should describe the role of the funder or financial sponsor.
  14. Conflictng and/or competing interests are disclosed on the submission.
  15. Structured abstracts: Submissions vary in their use of abstracts. Specific instructions are available for research articles, teaching and practitioner cases


In addition to the above, the PMRP journal generally follows the American convention as a rule of thumb.


The American style applies double quotes (“) for initial quotations, then single quotes (‘) for quotations within the initial quotation.
American: “Quote”
UK: ‘Quote’

American: “All right,” said Jane. “He said ‘Move’—so let’s move.”
UK: ‘All right’, said Jane. ‘He said “Move”—so let’s move.’

The example above shows that the American style places commas and periods inside the quotation marks, even if they are not in the original material.

• Use serial comma.

Hyphens and En Dashes:
• Except as noted in Word List below, close up prefixes.
• Use an en dash in compound adjectives with at least one open compound (e.g. post– World War II).
• Use en dashes in number spans.

• Prepositions of any length are lowercased.


US: color, center, program, license, traveler, traveling, organize, enroll/ment, aging, judgment, tires, esthetic
UK: colour, centre, programme, licence, traveller, travelling, organise, enrol/ment, ageing, judgement, tyres, aesthetic


Figures: Numbered 1, 2, 3, etc., sentence case, bold, no end punctuation, e.g.:
Figure 1 Organizational structure of JHHG (2005–2007)

Source line: “Source:” in bold, no initial cap in phrase following, no end punctuation, e.g.
Source: developed by the author for this paper

Tables: Numbered 1, 2, 3, etc., sentence case, bold, no end punctuation, e.g.:
Table 1 Variable coding

Callouts: There should be a callout for all figures and tables, and these are lowercased, e.g.
figure 1, table 2


Words and terms used as such: Italicize a word that is being used as a word.
For emphasis: E.g. . . .to accept that some aspects of professional practice could not be changed
• Italicize titles of books, journals, magazines, newspapers, films, television shows, ships, and works of art. Do not italicize titles of sacred works, books of the Bible, documents, laws, poems (use quotes), or chapters (use quotes).


Cardinals and ordinals: Spell out numbers 1 through 10. Use numerals for numbers 10 and above.
Large numbers: E.g. AU$1 million to AU$100 million
Percent: Use numeral and symbol (%), e.g. 62%
Scale: Use numerals, e.g. 4-point Likert scale
Numbers in a mixed list: Use numerals if like items are being described, e.g., . . . the proportion of municipal councils in Australia that had taken up a corporate membership of the Australian Institute of Project Management in 2012: only 7 out of 565
Centuries: Use numerals, e.g. the 21st century


Please use the Harvard UTS style for all in-text citations and references. The condensed Harvard UTS Referencing style guide can be found here: EndNote users – Link to download the Harvard UTS Style:

– Spell out up to three authors at first mention; subsequent citations are “Author et al.”
– No comma between author(s) and date
– Examples: (Costantino, Di Gravio & Nonino 2015) and (Costantino et al. 2015)

Authors are encouraged to conduct their own copy-editing. We recommend the use of
Grammarly as an efficient way of checking one’s own papers:

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics. We expect all prospective authors to read and understand our Ethics Policy before submitting any manuscript to this journal. Complaints will be investigated according to recommendations by the Committee on Publication Ethics (see COPE Flowcharts). If complainants are unsatisfied with the response they may contact the Publisher, 

Issues of suspected misconduct, possible corrections and retractions will be handled in accordance with the guidelines set out by the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors, with individual questions being sent to the Editor, Beverly Pasian  (

The views presented in this journal are those of the author(s) and do not represent those of the University of Technology Sydney or UTS ePress.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Supports PMRP mission: Demonstrates or contributes to socially responsible project management research and/or practice.

  2. Immediately useful: Provides immediate meaning and use for project and program managers.

  3. Qualitative or Mixed Method Design: Has been researched using a qualitative or mixed method design strategy.

  4. Clearly communicated: Has been written clearly and persuasively to capture the attention of the reader.

  5. Proper documentation: separate documents have been prepared for the main submission, author details and supplementary files.
  6. Has followed relevant Author Guidelines and followed our Ethics Policy before submitting any manuscript.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms: 

a)              Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share and adapt the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

b)              Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

c)              Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Open Access Citation Advantage Service). Where authors include such a work in an institutional repository or on their website (ie. a copy of a work which has been published in a UTS ePRESS journal, or a pre-print or post-print version of that work), we request that they include a statement that acknowledges the UTS ePRESS publication including the name of the journal, the volume number and a web-link to the journal item.

d)              Authors should be aware that the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) License permits readers to share (copy and redistribute the work in any medium or format) and adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the work) for any purpose, even commercially, provided they also give appropriate credit to the work, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. They may do these things in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests you or your publisher endorses their use.


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