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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.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • Have you prepared an abstract of up to 300 words in English to enter at the next step in this submission?
  • Have you prepared up to 6 key words in English to enter at the next step in this submission?
  • The text provides all available DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) to each source used as a reference. For assistance on locating the DOIs, please go to the free service http://www.crossref.org/SimpleTextQuery to retrieve all available DOIs to add to the references.
  • Have you prepared a brief biographical statement to enter at the next step in this submission?


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

Organisational Project Management (OPM) invites authors to submit manuscripts that fall within the Focus and Scope of the journal. Acceptance of an article for publication in OPM is made on condition that authors accept the parameters described in About the Journal. Submitted articles must not be under consideration elsewhere and must be previously unpublished. Copyright for articles published in OPM is retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. By virtue of their appearance in this open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings. The names and email addresses entered in the OPM site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


After an assessment of the manuscript’s suitability for publication in OPM, the editors will send it electronically to two referees, who will decide whether to recommend rejection or publication with or without changes. The process is tracked electronically, including any communication with the author. Authors and reviewers remain anonymous. Authors should not identify themselves in any way in their article.


Accepted articles, when in final form, are assigned to an issue of OPM, copyedited and formatted for publication. On the date of publication, the issue will be announced and subscribers notified. Subscribers can read articles as published or retrieve them later through searches. 


Articles will generally be between 6000 and 8000 words in length including references and should use the modified Harvard referencing style


Harvard UTS: https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/sites/default/files/attachments/page/UTS_Interactive%20Harvard%20Guide.pdf

References done in EndNote should be converted to a text file and style according to the style guide above. In-text references should not link to the EndNote file.


All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of up to 300 words and a list of up to six keywords.


All authors are required to prepare up to 6 key words in English that best describe their article.


Submissions that do not conform to the journal’s author and style guidelines will be returned to authors for modification; no review will be undertaken if authors have not followed these guidelines. Articles must be in English. Australian, British or American spelling is acceptable, but have to be consistent within the article.


Please use the typeface Times New Roman throughout your article. The main text of submissions should be typed in 1.5 spacing in a font size of 12pt. The title, subheadings, and the text should be justified on the left margin only.


The Reference List should be single-spaced 10pt, with distinctions between references marked by single carriage returns and hanging indents. References are to be in the modified Harvard style as mentioned above, but where notes are necessary please use footnotes rather than endnotes. Footnote text is to be single-spaced 10pt.

Use a single (not a double) space after full stops and other punctuation. The beginning of a new paragraph should be indicated by a line space (not an indent). Insert page numbers on the bottom right hand corner of each page.

Limit headings to three levels but avoid numbering the levels. The first level (for the title of the paper) should be 16pt bold. The second level (for subheadings) should be 12pt bold, and if a third level is necessary use 12pt italics text. 

Use sentence style for titles and headings, that is, only the first letter and proper nouns should be in capitals.

Subheadings should be separated from the preceding paragraph by a space, but do not put a space before the paragraph immediately following the subheading. Avoid several levels of subheadings one after the other without any intervening text.

Multimedia files

Any graphics that go in the paper must be submitted as separate files. The highest quality master (e.g. TIF) is preferred. Please note that any graphics created in Microsoft Word must also be submitted as separate files. Filenames for figures must be clearly labelled as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc., at the bottom of the figure, left justified, numbered in sequence, and must be referenced within the text of the article. Authors should provide tag text for any graphics used as links to audio or videos.

All videos must be submitted in a web-optimised format to allow for progressive download. The preferred format is Windows Media. Videos should be identified in the text as “Video 1, Video 2” etc, and video filenames should include the corresponding video numbers. Authors must clearly indicate the location of the link to the video within the article. This link could be a text link (e.g., “Video 1”) or a still frame from the video (i.e., a .GIF, .PNG or .JPG file). 

Audio files must also be submitted in a web-optimised format in either Windows Media, Real, or Quicktime formats. Audio files should be identified in the text as “Audio 1, Audio 2” etc, and audio filenames should include the corresponding audio numbers. Authors must clearly indicate the location of the link to the audio within the article. This link could be a text link (e.g., “Audio 1”) or a related graphic.

2.5 MB is the recommended maximum multimedia file size. If it is essential to have files that are larger than this, two different versions of the files must be made. One version, less than 2.5 MB in size, will serve as a low-resolution or truncated version. The other version can be up to 15 MB in size. If a multimedia file has both a smaller and larger version associated with it, the smaller version will be the standard option and the larger version will be available from a link in the journal. OPM takes no responsibility for the functioning of external websites.


The Editorial Committee will return submissions to authors who fail to provide any of the above information or follow the above guidelines. The review process will not be initiated until such documents are modified in line with the journal’s guidelines and resubmitted.