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GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION
All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous blind peer review, based on preliminary editor screening and anonymous refereeing by 2 referees. Based on their recommendations, the editor then decides whether the paper should be accepted as is, revised or rejected. Submitted manuscripts should not have been previously published and should not be submitted for publication elsewhere while they are under consideration by this Journal.
Submissions should be sent both through the submission system and the following email address: ijmeb@uniurb.it
The entire paper (title page, abstract, main text, figures, tables, references, etc.) must be send in one document in PDF format. To facilitate the blind review process, author and institutional identifying information must be removed from the text and sent in a separate file. The maximum length of the paper is 8,000 words (including all tables, appendices and references).

Contents
Abstract: No more than 300 words. The abstract must clearly specify the purpose of the paper and the objectives pursued by the author by his/her study.
Key words: from 5 to 10, defining the subject approached in the paper.
1. Introduction: The introduction shall be at most two pages in length, however not less than half a page. The text must provide answers for four questions. (1) What matter does the paper cover? (2) Why is the studied matter important? (3) How does the author intend to answer to this matter? (4) What is the relation between the paper and the already existent specialized literature? This introductory section shall be written clearly, and any confusion in communicating the four answers might result in paper rejection.
2. Literature review: This section must be built around the research question(s) and must comprise relevant contributions on which the author will ground his/her argumentation. This section must explain what is the gap that the paper addresses, and what are the research hypotheses to be tested.
3. Data and Method: This section presents methodological tools, including data description, data measurement and estimations/tests. This section can also present the used theoretical tools: models, calculation formula.
4. Results: In this section (or set of sections, as the case might be) the author shall present and support the results.
5. Discussion: The discussions section must provide the correspondence between the results presented in section 4 and the existing literature. This section should also include the theoretical and practical/managerial implications of the findings, presented in separate subsections. 
6. Conclusions and implications: The conclusions section shall cover three elements: (1) it shall summarize the main outcomes; (2) it shall briefly summarise the implications of the findings; (3) it shall explain the limits of the research, and provide suggestions for future improvements.
References: References are mandatory.

Formatting guidelines
Papers should contain:
• 1,5 spaced throughout;
• Numbered pages;
• Numbered lines in each page (in MS Word:on the Layout tab, in the Page Setup group, click Line Numbers. Click Line Numbering Options, and then click the Layout tab. In the Apply to list, click Selected sections.Click Line Numbers);
• A4 size page formatting;
• 2.5 cm margins on all sides;
• Title: centred, bold and times new roman 14-point font;
• Abstract: left justified, bold and times new roman 12-point font;
• Keywords: left justified, regular, italic and times new roman 12-point font;
• Main body of the paper:
1. Major headings: should be numbered sequentially, left justified and bolded;
1.1 Sub-headings: should be numbered according to the main heading, left justified, regular and in italics;
• Tables and figures: integrated within the text;
• Footnotes: at the bottom of the page should be kept to a minimum and numbered consecutively throughout the text with superscript Arabic numerals.
• References: must follow APA (American Psychological Association) style.

Examples
- Book: Author, A., & Author, B. (Year). Title of the work. Place name: Publisher.
- Book section: Author, A., & Author, B. (Year). Chapter title. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Title of the book (pp.xx-xx). Place name: Publisher.
- Journal article: Author, A., & Author, B. (Year). Article title. Title of Periodical, x(x), pp-pp
- Web page: Author, A., & Author, B. (Year). Title of the webpage. Retrieved from http://..
- Published proceedings: Author, A., & Author, B. (Year). Title of the work. In A. Editor (Eds.) Title of the proceeding (pp.xx-xx). Place name: Publisher.
- Doctoral dissertation: Author, A. (Year). Title of the work. Ph.D dissertation, University, Place name.
- A presented paper: Author, A., & Author, B. (Year, Month). Title of the work. Paper presented at name of conference, Place name

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