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South Asian Journal of Human Resources Management

South Asian Journal of Human Resources Management


Editor-in-Chief
Mohan Thite Griffith University, Australia

Other Titles in:
Human Resource Management

eISSN: 23495790 | ISSN: 23220937 | Current volume: 5 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Bi-annually

South Asian Journal of Human Resources Management (SAJHRM) is a peer-reviewed scholarly outlet for publications on HRM in and out of South Asia. It includes countries that are members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), namely, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. In terms of the discipline focus, all articles broadly focusing on the theory and practice of managing human resources for the benefit of individuals, firms and community at large will be acceptable.

In view of the contemporary focus on Strategic HRM, the journal coverage would also include comparative research and other related management disciplines as long as one of the key aims of the manuscript is on harnessing the potential of human capital. Considering the uneven economic
development within the South Asian region, the journal encourages potential authors to explore broader implications of their scholarly views and findings on the region as a whole.

A distinguishing feature of the journal is its focus on “HR in Practice”. Apart from theory, it will pay significant attention on how HRM is practiced in and out of South Asia. The journal features conceptual and empirical research papers, research notes, interviews, case studies and book reviews. In short, to be considered for publication, a manuscript should broadly focus on managing people and contextualised within one or more South Asian countries at the firm, regional, national and international levels.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

SAJHRM is a peer-reviewed scholarly outlet for publications on HRM in and out of South Asia. It includes countries that are members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), namely, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. In terms of the discipline focus, all articles broadly focusing on the theory and practice of managing human resources for the benefit of individuals, firms and community at large will be acceptable.

In view of the contemporary focus on Strategic HRM, the journal coverage would also include comparative research and other related management disciplines as long as one of the key aims of the manuscript is on harnessing the potential of human capital. Considering the uneven economic
development within the South Asian region, the journal encourages potential authors to explore broader implications of their scholarly views and findings on the region as a whole.

A distinguishing feature of the journal is its focus on “HR in Practice”. Apart from theory, it will pay significant attention on how HRM is practiced in and out of South Asia. The journal features conceptual and empirical research papers, research notes, interviews, case studies and book reviews. In short, to be considered for publication, a manuscript should broadly focus on managing people and contextualised within one or more South Asian countries at the firm, regional, national and international levels.

Associate Editors - India
Anjali Chaudhry Professor of Management, Dominican University, USA
Ritu Tripathi Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India
Associate Editor - Sri Lanka/Maldives/Nepal/ Bhutan
Pavithra Kailasapathy Senior Lecturer in HRM, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Associate Editor – Pakistan/ Afghanistan/ Bangladesh
Mir Mohammed Nurul Absar Professor of HRM, Chittagong Independent University, Bangladesh
Associate Editor - Book Reviews
Sudhir Saha Professor HRM & OB, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Associate Editor - Practitioner Perspectives
Gopal Mahapatra Professor of Practice, OB & HRM, IIM Bangalore, India
Editorial Advisory Board
Ilan Alon Professor of Strategy and International Marketing, School of Business and Law, University of Agder, Norway
Jyotsna Bhatnagar Chairperson - Post Graduate Program in HR, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, India
Md Musharrof Hossain President, Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resources Management (APFHRM); President, Bangladesh Society for Human Resources Management (BSHRM) & Head, Human Resources Management, icddr,b, Bangladesh
Janaka Kumarasinghe Director Kent Ridge HR Consultants, (Past President IPM), Sri Lanka
Santrupt Misra CEO, Carbon Black Business and Director, Group Human Resources, Aditya Birla Group, India
Jamal Nasir President, Pakistan Society for Human Resources Management & Head of Human and Organizational Development, Habib Bank Limited (HBL), Pakistan
Sasmita Palo Centre for Human Resources Management, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India
Sumita Raghuram Pennsylvania State University, USA
T V Rao Adjunct Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad (IIMA) & Chairman, TV Rao Learning Systems P/L, India
Debashish Roy Vice President, Human Resource, Africa, Eurasia & Middle East Division, Colgate Palmolive, Switzerland
E S Srinivas Professor - Organizational Behaviour, School of Business & Human Resources, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur, India
Vasanthi Srinivasan Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India
Glenda Strachan Professor of Employment Relations, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Australia
Phil Taylor Professor of Work and Employment Studies, Associate Dean International, University of Strathclyde, UK
Dave Ulrich Ross School of Business, University of Michigan & Partner, RBL Group, USA
Adrian Wilkinson Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing, Griffith Business School, Griffith University
Board of Reviewers
Aloysius Sequeira National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, India
Amy Warren Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Amitabh Anand SKEMA Business School, France
Anupam Singh National Institute of Technology, Bhopal, India
Arosha Adikaram University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Ashish Malik University of Newcastle, Australia
Chung-Jen Wang National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Dianne P Ford Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Djamel Eddine Laouisset Nottingham Business School, UK
Domingo Ribeiro-Soriano University of Valencia, Spain
Ekundayo Akinlade Saint Xavier University, USA
Gary Chaison Clark University, United States
George Tsogas University of Buckingham, UK
Khasro Miah North South University, Bangladesh
Lakshman Chandrashekhar University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA
Laxmikant Manroop Eastern Michigan University, USA
Lhawang Ugyel ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Lin Xiu University of Minnesota Duluth, United States
Mohammad Azim King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
Monowar Mahmood KIMEP University, Kazakhstan
Mousumi Padhi Xavier University, India
Muhammad Ali Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Muttukrishna Sarvananthan Point Pedro Institute of Development, Point Pedro, Northern Province, Sri Lanka
Neha Gangwar (GGSIPU) Periyar Management and Computer College, India
Payal Kumar Professor (OB/HR), BML Munjal University, India
Prajya R Vidyarthi University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Rohit Dwivedi Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, India
Rotumba Arachchige Ishanka Chathurani Karunarathne Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
Samir Shrivastava Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Sandip Anand XIMB, India
Sangita De Department Employment Relations & Human Resources, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia
Saroj Koul O P Jindal Global University, India
Shamala Kumar University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Shruti Tewari Indian Institute of Management, Indore, India
Snigdha Pattnaik Xavier University Bhubaneswar, India
Sunita Rani Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, India
Srinivasa Rao Associate Professor & Head, Management, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
Satvir Singh Angelo State University, USA
T T Rajan Selvarajan California State University, East Bay, United States
Taimur Sharif ALHOSN University, UAE
Tanuja Agarwala University of Delhi, India
Tracy Porter Cleveland State University, United States
Upasna A Agarwal National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, India
Veena Vohra Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, (NMIMS), Mumbai, India
Vishal Gupta University of Mississippi, USA
Yunhyung Chung University of Idaho, United States
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  • Submission Guidelines for South Asian Journal of Human Resource Management

    South Asian Journal of Human Resource Management is hosted on SAGE Peer Review, a web based online submission and peer review system. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then visit https://peerreview.sagepub.com/sajhrm to login and submit your article online.

    1. All editorial correspondence should be addressed to sajhrm@sagepub.in
       
    2. Articles submitted to SAJHRM should be original unpublished work and should not be under consideration for publication anywhere else.
       
    3. The corresponding author will receive a link for the copyright form once a contribution is accepted for publication. The submission will be considered as final once the author submits the copyright form.
       
    4. Please submit a blinded text file for your manuscript. Articles should be written in MS Word, Times New Roman font, and should be electronically submitted at https://peerreview.sagepub.com/sajhrm.

    Format of Manuscripts:

    Research Articles

    This section contains full-length research articles, both conceptual and empirical, including papers submitted for special issues. The word limit for manuscripts is between 6,000 to 9,000 words. All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 150-200 words and up to six keywords. All the manuscripts submitted for this section will undergo double blind review process after being vetted by the Editor-in-Chief.

    Practitioner Perspectives

    This section includes:

    •  ‘interviews’ with senior HR/General Management practitioners and policy makers
    • HR practice oriented ‘commentaries/essays/research notes/case studies’ by HR academics/practitioners and
    • ‘Current Affairs in HR’ (Analytical reviews of events and management trends that are of significance to HRM in South Asia)

    The word limit is between 2,000 to 5,000 words. The submissions for this section will not be subject to double blind review process but will be vetted jointly by the Editor-in-Chief and the Associate Editor (Practitioner Perspectives).

    Book Reviews

    Critical reviews of HR/Management related books, preferably with particular reference to South Asian countries. The word limit is between 1,000 to 2,000 words. The submissions for this section will not be subject to double blind review process but will be vetted jointly by the Editor-in-Chief and the Associate Editor (Book Reviews).

    In addition to the above sections, authors are also encouraged to submit proposals to the Editor-in-Chief as guest editors for “Special Issues” on topics of relevance to the journal.

    Manuscript Submission:

    Each submission should include:

    A cover letter to the Editor-in-Chief in which the author(s) need to indicate the section to which the submission belongs to, the title of the manuscript, abstract and author information (names, affiliation, address, phone number, fax number and email). The name of the corresponding author should be clearly identified with an asterisk symbol (*) next to the relevant author’s name. The cover letter should also include three suggested referees (name, affiliation and email address) whom the authors think are best suited to conduct the review of the paper being submitted. While the suggested referees will be taken into account, the final decision rests with the editorial team. It is also expected that submitting authors undertake to act as reviewers for the journal (up to a maximum of three papers per year). Therefore, ‘each’ submitting author should clearly indicate up to three HRM disciplinary areas from the following list in their cover letter that they consider as their areas of expertise and hence willing to review papers in those areas: HR Planning, Recruitment & Selection, Learning & Development, Performance Management, Remuneration & Reward Management, Employment/Industrial Relations (ER/IR), HR Strategy, International HRM, HR Technology (e-HRM), Occupational Health & Safety (OHS), Career Management, HR Metrics, HR Roles, HR & Emerging Markets, HR & Cross-Cultural Management, HR & Knowledge Management, HR & Leadership, HR & Ethics/ Corporate Social Responsibility, HR & Sectoral Differentiation (Manufacturing/ Services; Public/Private; Profit/Non-Profit, Large/SMEs), HRM Education, Future of HR.

    A “blind” copy of the manuscript by deleting author identification. The manuscript should include title, abstract, keywords, manuscript text and references. Figures and tables (if any) should be placed at the end of the manuscript in camera-ready form and their placement in the text should be marked with the words ‘Insert Figure/Table No. X about here’. Figures and Tables may also be submitted as a separate document.

    All the manuscripts should:

    • be in Microsoft Word Format (doc or docx)
    • double spaced with one inch (2.5 cms) margin throughout
    • use 12 inch Times New Roman font
    • use British spellings

    Submission of a manuscript to SAJHRM expressly implies that the paper has not been published elsewhere and that it is not under consideration by another publication. If the work is officially sponsored, it should have been released for publication by the sponsoring organisation.

    Reference Styles:

    References should be indicated in the main text by the name of the author and the year of the publication (for example, “According to Sharma (1982) .... This is supported by other studies (Smith & Watson, 1981; Wilson, 1983).”

    All references within the text are to be placed at the end of the manuscript in alphabetical order and should conform to the referencing style recommended in the 6th edition of American Psychological Association (APA).

    Use double quotes throughout. Single quotes only to be used within double quotes. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. Quotations of 40 words or more should be separated from the text and indented with one space with a line space above and below.

    Use 'twentieth century', '1980s'. Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurements, use only figures (3 km, 9 per cent, not %). Use thousands and millions, not lakhs and crores.

    Use of italics and diacriticals should be minimised, but used consistently.

    When directly quoting from a work, include the page number in the citation (e.g., Sharma, 2008, p. 35).

    The detailed style of referencing is as follows:

    Journal Article
    Scruton, R. (1996). The eclipse of listening. The New Criterion, 15(30), 5–13. Doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx.

    Book
    Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

    Article in an edited book
    O'Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men's and women's gender role journeys: Metaphor for healing, transition, and transformation. In B.R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107-123). New York: Springer.

    Conference Proceedings
    Schnase, J. L., & Cunnius, E. L. (Eds). (1995). Proceedings from CSCL '95: The First International Conference on Computer Support for Collaborative Learning. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

    Article from the web
    Bernstein, M. (2002). 10 tips on writing the living Web. A List Apart: For People Who Make Websites, 149. Retrieved Month, Date, Year, from http:/www.alistapart.com/articles

    Newspaper Article
    Schultz, S. (2005, December 28). Calls made to strengthen state energy policies. The Country Today, pp. 1A, 2A

    Citation styles:

    One Work by One Author: (Walker, 2000)

    One Work by Multiple Authors: (Walker & Wasserstein, 2000)

    One Work by Three, Four or Five Authors: Cite all the authors the first time the reference occurs, for example, (Vecchio, Hearn, & Southey, 1996); then for subsequent citations: (Vecchio et al., 1996)

    One Work by Six or more Authors: (Rodgers et al., 1992)

    Works with No Author: Cite the first few words of the reference list entry (usually the title) and the year, for example, ('Study Finds', 1982).

    Two or More Works by Different authors in One Citation: (Balda, 1980; Kamil, 1988; Pepperberg & Funk, 1990)

    Two or More Works by the Same Author(s) in One Citation: (Edeline & Weinberger, 1991, 1993)

    Two or More Works Published in the Same Year by the Same Author(s): (Johnson, 1991a, 1991b, 1991c)

    Authors with the Same Last Name: To prevent confusion, use initials with the last names: (E. Johnson, 2001; L. Johnson, 1998)

    Work discussed in secondary source: In the text, name the original work, and give a citation for the secondary source. For example, if Seidenberg and McClelland's work is cited in Coltheart et al. and you did not read the original work, list the Coltheart et al. reference in the References. In the text, use the following citation: In Seidenberg and McClelland's study (year as cited in Coltheart, Curtis, Atkins, & Haller, 1993).

    Review & Publication Process
    Once submitted, a manuscript goes through the following stages.

    • The Editor-in-Chief first conducts the desk review of the manuscript to check whether there is an obvious reason to reject it, for example, if it does not fit well with the aims and scope of SAJHRM.
       
    • Once the preliminary checks are done, the manuscript is passed on to the relevant Associate Editor to initiate the peer-review process which usually takes 4-6 weeks, but may take longer time in some cases. SAJHRM follows a typical double-blind review process, meaning that the author does not get to know who reviews the manuscript and similarly, the reviewer does not know who wrote it.
       
    • Depending upon the reviewers’ recommendations, the manuscript is accepted or rejected or, most likely, rewriting suggestions are given to the author by the Editor-in-Chief, who then modifies the manuscript as per the requirement and sends a revised manuscript.
       
    • The production process at SAGE begins with the copyediting of the manuscript, following which, queries (if any) identified by the Production Editor are sent to the relevant Associate Editor of SAJHRM, who then forwards the query documents to the concerned authors. Queries could be about any missing information, ambiguous statements, or about missing citations and references in the article.
       
    • The Production Editor at SAGE works in close coordination with the relevant Associate Editor of SAJHRM in resolving queries with the authors. Based on the clarifications sent by the authors, the Production Editor incorporates the suggested corrections in the article.
       
    • Several rounds of quality checking are done at the publisher’s end, during which, the Production Editor may choose to send further queries (if necessary) to the authors. The authors are shown the typeset proofs of their articles, so that they can review their articles and send proof corrections (if any), before the final version goes into print.

    Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

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