Instructions for authors

1. General information

All articles submited to the Dynamic Relationships Management Journal are double-blind reviewed. There is no article processing fee (APC) – publication in the DRMJ is free of charge.

The manuscript should be saved in Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and submitted per e-mail to the editor ( Send two files: one that contains author contact information along with the text, references, tables, figures, and exhibits; and one where author contact information will be deleted. Authors should keep an exact, extra copy of the manuscript for future reference.

Manuscripts are reviewed with the understanding that they are original, not under consideration by any other publisher, have not been previously published in whole or in part, have not been previously accepted for publication, and will not be submitted elsewhere until a decision is reached regarding their publication in the Dynamic Relationships Management Journal.

Manuscripts must be written in English. Author is responsible for the quality of written English and proof reading of the text is required.

Manuscripts should be double-spaced (including references) in 12 point font, with pages numbered consecutively throughout the entire paper. (The title page is page one.) Text alignment should be justified. Margins should be one inch (2.5 cm) at the top, bottom and sides of the page. Manuscripts inclusive of all text, references, tables, figures, appendices etc. should be no longer than 30 pages and should not exceed 60.000 characters including spaces. Authors should provide longer summary(1-2 pp, depending on lenght of article), which will be published in Slovene (for foreign authors, translation will be provided by editors).

Manuscripts that report quantitative analyses of data should typically include descriptive statistics, correlation matrices, the results of statistical tests and so forth. If these items are not included in the manuscript, they should be reported in a separate technical appendix. Authors of manuscripts that report data dependent results also must make available, upon request, exact information regarding their procedures and stimuli (excluding data).

If we receive files that do not conform to the above requirements, we will inform the author(s) and we will not begin the review process until we receive the corrected files.

The author(s) submitting the manuscript for review should clearly indicate to the editor the relation of the manuscript under review to any other manuscripts

2. General instructions
  1. First page: Name of author(s) and title; author(s) footnote, including present positions, complete address, telephone number, fax number, email address, and any acknowledgment of financial or technical assistance.
  2. Second page: Title of paper (without author’s name) and an abstract of no more than 250 words substantively summarizing the article. Also include up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing and for web searches in your manuscript.
  3. Next: Text alignment justified with major headings and subheadings flush with the left margin. The introduction should state clearly the objective of the paper as well as the motivation and the context of the research. The literature review should be limited to the articles, books and other items that have a direct bearing on the topic being addressed. In empirical papers, details of the empirical section tests should not be included in the paper itself. The conclusion should summarize key findings and state their importance to the field. Footnotes should be kept to an absolute minimum and must be placed at the foot of the page to which they refer. They should not be used for citing references.
  4. Then: Tables, numbered consecutively, each on a separate page. If tables appear in an appendix, they should be numbered separately and consecutively, as in Table A-1, A-2, and so on.
  5. Next: Figures, numbered consecutively, each placed on a separate page. If tables appear in an appendix, they should be numbered separately, as in Figure A-1, A-2, etc.
  6. After conclusion: Longer summary (1-2 pp, depending on lenght of aricle) in Slovenian language (for foregin authors, translation will be provided by editors).
  7. Last: References, typed in alphabetical order by author’s last name and in APAstyle.
3. Tables
  1. The table number and title should be centered and placed above the table.
  2. Source(s) should also be provided and centered below the table: i.e. Mabey & Gooderham, The impact of management development on perceptions oforganizational performance in European firms, 2005: 136.
  3. Designate units (e.g., %, $) in column headings.
  4. Align all decimals.
  5. Refer to tables in the text by number only. Do not refer to tables by “above,””below,” and “preceding.”
  6. If possible, combine closely related tables.
  7. Clearly indicate positions of tables within the text on the page where they areintroduced: e.g. Table 1 about here.
  8. Measures of statistical significance should be reported within the table.
4. Figures, photographs and camera – ready artwork 
  1. For graphs, label both vertical and horizontal axes. The ordinate label should be centered above the ordinate axis; the abscissa label should be placed beneath the abscissa.
  2. Place all calibration tics inside the axis lines, with the values outside the axis lines.
  3. The figure number and title should be typed on separate lines, centered and placed above the figure.
  4. When appropriate, source(s) should also be provided and centered below the figure (see example under the Tables section).
  5. Clearly indicate positions of figures within the text on the page where they are introduced.
  6. Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, complex tables and all figures must be submitted both electronically and as camera-ready (hard) copy. Do not embed figures in the Word file; instead, submit them separately in the program in which they were created (i.e., PDF, PowerPoint, Excel).
  7. Lettering should be large enough to be read easily with 50% reduction.
  8. Any art not done on a computer graphics program should be professionallydrafted in India ink.
  9. Do not submit photographs or camera-ready art until your manuscript has beenaccepted. If the photograph or artwork is completed, submit copies.
5. Mathematical notation
  1. Mathematical notation must be clear and understandable. Since not all journal readers are mathematically proficient, the authors should ensure that the text (i.e., words) also conveys the meaning expressed by the mathematical notation. We recommend that extensive mathematical notation (e.g., proofs) should be provided in a separate technical appendix.
  2. Equations should be centered on the page. Equations should be numbered; type the number in parentheses flush with the left margin. If equations are too wide to fit in a single column, indicate appropriate breaks.Unusual symbols and Greek letters should be identified by a note.
6. Reference citations within the text 

Cite all references at the appropriate point in the text by the surname of the author(s), year of publication, and pagination where necessary. Pagination (without ‘p.’ or ‘pp.’) to give the source of a quotation or to indicate a passage of special relevance, follows the year of publication and is preceded by a colon, i.e. Parsons (1974: 238). Page numbers should be given full out, i.e. 212-230 not 212-30. When providing quotes, these should be in italics. In general, references to published works must be cited in text according to the guidelines for APA style (for more see the following examples).

  1. A work by two authors: Name both authors in the signal phrase or in the parentheses each time you cite the work. Use the word “and” between the authors’ names within the text and use the ampersand in the parentheses.Research by Wegener and Petty (1994) showed… (Wegener & Petty, 1994)
  2. A work by three to five authors: List all the authors in the signal phrase or in parentheses the first time you cite the source.(Kernis, Cornell, Sun, Berry, & Harlow, 1993)In subsequent citations, only use the first author’s last name followed by “et al.” in the signal phrase or in parentheses.(Kernis et al., 1993)
  3. Six or more authors: Use the first author’s name followed by et al. in the signal phrase or in parentheses.Harris et al. (2001) argued… (Harris et al., 2001)
  4. Unknown author: If the work does not have an author, cite the source by its title in the signal phrase or use the first word or two in the parentheses. Titles of books and reports are italicized or underlined; titles of articles and chapters are in quotation marks.A similar study was done of students learning to format research papers (“Using APA,” 2001).
  5. Organization as an author: If the author is an organization or a government agency, mention the organization in the signal phrase or in the parenthetical citation the first time you cite the source.According to the American Psychological Association (2000),…
  6. Two or more works in the same parentheses: When your parenthetical citation includes two or more works, order them the same way they appear in the reference list, separated by a semi-colon.(Berndt, 2002; Harlow, 1983)
  7. Authors with the same last name: To prevent confusion, use first initials with the last names.(E. Johnson, 2001; L. Johnson, 1998)
  8. Two or more works by the same author in the same year: If you have two sources by the same author in the same year, use lower-case letters (a, b, c) with the year to order the entries in the reference list. Use the lower-case letters with the year in the in-text citation.

    Research by Berndt (1981a) illustrated that…
  9. Personal communication: For interviews, letters, e-mails, and other person-to-person communication, cite the communicators name, the fact that it was personal communication, and the date of the communication. Do not include personal communication in the reference list.(E. Robbins, personal communication, January 4, 2001).A. P. Smith also claimed that many of her students had difficulties with APA style (personal communication, November 3, 2002).
  10. Citing indirect sources: If you use a source that was cited in another source, name the original source in your signal phrase. List the secondary source in your reference list and include the secondary source in the parentheses.

    Johnson argued that…(as cited in Smith, 2003, p. 102).
  11. Electronic sources: If possible, cite an electronic document the same as any other document by using the author-date style.

    Kenneth (2000) explained…
7. Reference list style
  1. Single author: Last name first, followed by author initials.Berndt, T. J. (2002). Friendship quality and social development. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11, 7-10
  2. Two authors: List by their last names and initials. Use the ampersand instead of “and.”Wegener, D. T., & Petty, R. E. (1994). Mood management across affective states: The hedonic contingency hypothesis. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 66, 1034-1048.
  1. Three to six authors: List by last names and initials; commas separate author names, while the last author name is preceded again by ampersand.Kernis, M. H., Cornell, D. P., Sun, C. R., Berry, A., & Harlow, T. (1993). There’s more to self-esteem than whether it is high or low: The importance of stability of self-esteem.Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 65, 1190-1204.
  2. More than six authors: If there are more than six authors, list the first six as above and then “et al.,” which stands for “and others.” Remember not to place a period after “et” in “et al.”Harris, M., Karper, E., Stacks, G., Hoffman, D., DeNiro, R., Cruz, P., et al. (2001). Writing labs and the Hollywood connection. Journal of Film and Writing, 44(3), 213-245.
  3. Organization as author American Psychological Association. (2003).
  4. Unknown author Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary (10th ed.).(1993). Springfield, MA: Merriam- Webster.
  5. Two or more works by the same author: Use the author’s name for all entries and list the entries by the year (earliest comes first).Berndt, T.J. (1981).
    Berndt, T.J. (1999).When an author appears both as a sole author and, in another citation, as the first author of a group, list the one-author entries first.Berndt, T. J. (1999). Friends’ influence on students’ adjustment to school. Educational Psychologist, 34, 15-28.Berndt, T. J., & Keefe, K. (1995). Friends’ influence on adolescents’ adjustment to school.Child Development, 66, 1312-1329.References that have the same first author and different second and/or third authors are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the second author, or the last name of the third if the first and second authors are the same.Wegener, D. T., Kerr, N. L., Fleming, M. A., & Petty, R. E. (2000). Flexible corrections of juror judgments: Implications for jury instructions. Psychology, Public Policy, & Law, 6, 629- 654.

    Wegener, D. T., Petty, R. E., & Klein, D. J. (1994). Effects of mood on high elaboration attitude change: The mediating role of likelihood judgments. European Journal of Social Psychology, 24, 25-43.

  6. Two or more works by the same author in the same year: If you are using more than one reference by the same author (or the same group of authors listed in the same order) published in the same year, organize them in the reference list alphabetically by the title of the article or chapter. Then assign letter suffixes to the year. Refer to these sources in your essay as they appear in your reference list, e.g.:“Berndt (1981a) makes similar claims…”Berndt, T. J. (1981a). Age changes and changes over time in pro-social intentions and behavior between friends. Developmental Psychology, 17, 408-416.Berndt, T. J. (1981b). Effects of friendship on pro-social intentions and behavior. Child Development, 52, 636-643.

For other examples follow the guidelines for APA style (see e.g.