Advances in Management & Ethics Research (AMER)

The National Journal of Student Research on Management and Ethics

ISSN 2642-9691 (print)     ISSN 2642-9705 (online)

The Center for Practice & Research in Management & Ethics (PRIME Center), a center of excellence in the College of Business Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy, is pleased to announce the Fall 2019 launch of Advances in Management & Ethics Research (AMER).

This double-blind, peer-reviewed biannual journal will serve as a national platform for the recognition and promotion of high-quality undergraduate research in management, broadly defined to include fields such as business ethics, organizational behavior, leadership, organizational psychology, and human resources.

The Journal is now accepting submissions for a Spring 2020 publication date.

Benefits of Publishing in AMER

  • Raise your student profile and establish your reputation as a writer and researcher.
  • Make a genuine contribution to research in the field of management.
  • Have your work distributed in hardcopy and electronic formats to colleges and universities across the United States.
  • Demonstrate your understanding of the research, writing and peer-review processes to masters and doctoral programs.
  • No submission fee or publication charge for authors.
  • Receive a publication decision faster than many other peer-reviewed journals.

Best Paper Award

One submission from each published volume will be selected to receive the Best Paper Award by the AMER student editorial team. The Best Paper Award will come with a $250 honorarium and a certificate. If the submission selected to receive the Best Paper Award has multiple authors, each author will receive a certificate, but the honorarium will be split evenly between the authors. The award recipients for Volume 1 will be notified via email no later than Feb. 15, 2020.

Information for Authors

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    AMER Editorial Staff

    Faculty Advisory Board

    Co-Executive Editor
    Dr. Evan A. Peterson
    Arnold Jarboe Chair of Business Administration
    College of Business Administration
    University of Detroit Mercy


    Co-Executive Editor
    Fr. Gerald Cavanagh, S.J.,
    Charles T. Fisher III Chair of Business Ethics
    College of Business Administration
    University of Detroit Mercy

    2019-2020 Student Editorial Board

    Editor-in-Chief
    Michael Kostuch
    College of Business Administration
    University of Detroit Mercy

    Managing Editor
    Regan Glenn
    College of Business Administration
    University of Detroit Mercy

    Articles Editor
    Vania Noguez
    College of Business Administration
    University of Detroit Mercy

    Staff Editors
    Alexander Fisher

    Raisa Moborrod

    Declan Flynn

    Luciano Marcon

    Andrew Marchetti

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    Submission Guidelines

    • The submission must pertain to some aspect of either management or business ethics. Management is broadly interpreted to include fields such as organizational behavior, leadership, and human resources, among others.
    • All undergraduate students currently enrolled in a business program at any accredited institution are welcome to submit research papers for review.
    • Submissions co-authored with other eligible students are welcome (one student should act as communicating author). Only students who have made substantive contributions to the submission may be listed as co-authors.
    • Recent graduates of an accredited institution’s undergraduate business program may submit papers for review within six months of graduation, provided that the work was written primarily during undergraduate study (revisions made in anticipation of submission to AMER are acceptable).
    • Submissions must be original student work and must not infringe existing copyrights or the rights of any third party.
    • Students may submit research conducted under the direction of a faculty member (such as a senior honors thesis), but not research co-authored with a faculty member.
    • Papers cannot have been published previously nor can they be under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.
    • Any work containing plagiarized (AMER will check all submissions for plagiarism using SafeAssign or similar software), defamatory, falsified, or otherwise inappropriate content will be formally rejected from publication, and the authors’ institutions will be notified.
    • Authors must disclose (within the body of the manuscript) any sources of financial support, as well as financial or other substantive conflicts of interest, that may affect the results or interpretation of their research.
    • Each submission to AMER must have a faculty sponsor. The faculty sponsor must submit a completed Faculty Sponsor Form (pdf) to the Editor-in-Chief as part of the submission process (the submission will not pass to the review stage until this form is received). The purpose of the Faculty Sponsor Form (pdf) is to encourage students to discuss their research with a faculty member, who can serve as a resource to help ensure that the submission is of high quality. It is not necessary that the faculty sponsor oversee the initial creation of the research paper. A faculty sponsor will not receive co-authorship credit but will be appropriately recognized as faculty sponsor should the submission be accepted for publication.
    • Authors confirm, by submitting a manuscript to AMER for publication consideration, that the submission complies with all submission guidelines.
    • If a submission is accepted for publication in AMER, all authors will be required to sign a publication agreement and transfer the copyright to AMER prior to publication.
    • Please direct submissions and Faculty Sponsor Forms to the Editor-in-Chief at AMERsubmissions@udmercy.edu.
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    Formatting Guidelines

    • Please submit manuscripts in Microsoft Word format only. We are only able to accept manuscripts written in English.
    • 12-point Times New Roman font, single-spaced, 1” margins on all sides.
    • Please include any figures or tables (if applicable) as appendices after the references page(s).
    • In text citations and references list must comply with the most recent edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) manual. Do not use footnotes to cite your sources.
    • Each submission must include a title page containing the following items for every student author:
      • Full first and last name
      • Undergraduate institution and graduation date (awarded or expected)
      • Undergraduate major(s)
      • Email address and phone number
      • Mailing address (authors whose submissions are accepted for publication will receive hard bound copies (one per author) of the journal volume containing their published work)
      • The title page must also include the first and last name, title, and contact information (email address) for the Faculty Sponsor. The Faculty Sponsor will be identified on the published paper separately from any student authors.
      • To ensure a blind review, please ensure that names of the author(s) and Faculty Sponsor appear ONLY on the title page. Do not include them anywhere else in the submission.
      • Each paper should contain the following:
        • An abstract of 100-250 words.
        • an introduction that describes the nature of the question being investigated and explains its importance.
        • a review of previous research on the question.
        • an original analysis of the question.
        • a clear and concise conclusion.
        • Each section heading should be in capital letters and bold font.
        • Use the equation editor in Word to enter equations. Double-space around equations, and number equations consecutively in parentheses at the right margin of the page.
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    Submission Timing/Deadlines

    AMER will begin accepting submissions for Volume 1 on Sept. 1, 2019. Submissions received by Dec. 1, 2019 will be given priority consideration for publication in Volume 1 (Spring 2020 publication date expected). Authors who submit by Dec. 1, 2019 will receive a publication decision no later than Feb. 15, 2020.

    AMER will begin accepting submissions on a rolling basis after Dec. 1, 2019. Submissions received after Dec. 1, 2019 will be considered for publication in Volume 1 (depending on available space) or in the next publication cycle. Volume 2 has an expected publication date of Winter 2021.

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    The Peer Review Process

    All submissions meeting the criteria established in the Submission Guidelines will undergo a double-blind, peer-review process. Two members of the AMER student peer-review team will read, rate, and provide feedback on each submission. All corresponding authors will receive peer-review comments. Submissions with the highest overall ratings will be accepted for publication in AMER.

    If your submission is accepted for publication, you will work with our student editorial team to prepare your submission for final publication in AMER. Please note that while submissions accepted for publication may be subject to formatting and/or editorial changes in preparation for final publication, author(s) will have an opportunity to review and approve any changes prior to final publication.

    If your submission is not accepted for publication, you will be provided with the peer-reviewers’ results and feedback. In addition, you will receive added feedback from a full-time management faculty member or from a practicing professional in management on how you may further improve your submission for resubmission. We invite and encourage all authors to use this feedback to revise and resubmit their work to AMER.

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    Manuscript Selection Criteria

    Submissions to AMER will be evaluated on the basis of:

    • importance, timeliness, and appeal of topic.
    • overall quality and validity of analysis
    • thoroughness and clarity of discussion.
    • extent of evidence and sources used to support conclusion.
    • grammar and punctuation.
    • adherence to APA Format (citations/references only).
    • compliance with submission guidelines.
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    Collaboration with the Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainability (IBES)

    The Center for Practice & Research in Management & Ethics (PRIME Center) at the University of Detroit Mercy and the Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainability (IBES) at Loyola Marymount are pleased to announce an important collaboration to strengthen the student experience in ethical reasoning and applied ethics research. Student authors submitting their research to Advances in Management & Ethics Research (AMER) are strongly encouraged to also participate in the International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition (IBES). The competition will be held April 22-24, 2020 at the beautiful Silicon Beach campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Participation in the competition alongside
    submission to AMER will enable undergraduate teams to strengthen management skills (and resumes), by combining the valuable experience of a business ethics case competition with the potential of a related publication. For more information on the International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition (IBES), please visit https://cba.lmu.edu/centers/ibes/eventsprograms/ibescc/

Advances in Management & Ethics Research is supported by the Center for Practice & Research in Management & Ethics (PRIME Center) housed in the College of Business Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy. The PRIME Center enhances opportunities for business students to interact; with leading business executives and thinkers, obtain real-world practical experience in management, and conduct meaningful research into managerial problems.