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Author Instructions

Submit your papers for consideration by the Production and Operations Management (POM) Journal to an appropriate Department Editor or to the Editor-in-Chief electronically (preferably a pdf file) at the journal's Manuscript Central site. Use the following link:

We follow a double-blind review process, and therefore please remove your name and any acknowledgment from the manuscript before submitting it.


Although there is no page limit on initial (i.e., first-round) submissions, authors should strive to keep their papers to no longer than 38 pages double-spaced in a size 11 font. The page limit on the final version is 38 pages. The Department Editors can relax the page limit in exceptional cases. In addition, some proofs, lemmas, supporting tables, etc., may be included in an online companion. There is no page limit for the online companion.. A page limit is imposed because papers should focus on their main contribution and short papers are more likely to be read and cited.

Spacing and Formatting

The manuscript, including the abstract and references, should be double-spaced in size 11 font, and it should have one-inch margins on all four sides of the page. Each page of the manuscript should be numbered.

The first page of the manuscript should include the title of the paper and an abstract of 100-250 words. The title should be concise and descriptive, not exceeding 12 words. The abstract is a mini paper, and it should summarize important contents of the paper. It is not a roadmap of the paper, and it should not contain formulas, references, or abbreviations. Please list up to four key words at the end of the abstract.

Cite references in the text by enclosing the authors' names and the year of publication in parentheses. List references alphabetically in a reference section at the end of the paper in the following style:

Hayes, R. H., G. P. Pisano. 1996. Manufacturing strategy: At the intersection of two paradigm shifts. Production and Operations Management, 5 (1), 25-41.

Submission of a paper to Production and Operations Management for possible publication implies that the author is certifying that the manuscript is not copyrighted; nor has it been accepted for publication or published by another refereed journal; nor is it being refereed elsewhere at the same time. If the paper or any version of it has appeared or will appear in a non-refereed publication, the details of such publication must be made known to the editor at the time of submission so that the suitability of the paper for publication in Production and Operations Management can be assessed.

Prior to submitting a paper, the authors should review the ethical guidelines of Production and Operations Management at Upon submission, they will need to certify that the manuscript submission meets the POM Ethical Guidelines.
Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors are asked to sign a copyright transfer agreement and to supply quality artwork for any figures.

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