IMC Association

The IMC Association is the only global professional body focused on Action Learning based management and leadership training and development.

Action Learning:

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”

Confucius (551-479BC)

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Guidelines and support when submitting your article...

Who may submit

The IMCA publishes contributions from IMCA Business School Associates as part of their diploma or degree requirements. It also welcomes contributions from accredited IMCA members worldwide as invaluable contributions to the body of knowledge about Action Learning.

If a contribution is collaboratively written, at least one of the  coauthors must be an accredited IMCA member.

Types of submissions accepted
The IMCA's several professional journals, which include Action Learning Outcomes (ALO), Continuing Professional Development, The International Journal of Action Learning, Management Literature in Review and Virtual University Journal, are the forefront of research, innovative thinking and practice in the fields of management, leadership, learning and personal development in the workplace.

IMCA journals accept research papers, dissertations, essays and articles covering a wide range of topics relating to different industries, organisations, management issues and geographic locations. They share a focus on the proven efficacy of Action Learning as a practical, real-life learning method that produces many personal and corporate benefits.

Length of submissions  
Submissions should be between 5,000-6,000 words in length, with an upper limit of 20,000 words. It is unlikely that submissions of under 2000 words will be accepted for publication.

Submissions in English only
All submissions must be written in UK English. As a guide to the IMCA’s preferred style for submissions, contributors should refer to The Oxford Guide to Style, Oxford, 2nd ed., (2002) and to The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors (2000).

Translations from other languages
The IMCA Editorial Committee will consider submissions translated into English from other languages. Preference will be given to material that has not been previously published in other languages. Details of any previous part-, abridged or full publication of the submission must be supplied at the time the submission is sent.

If short quotations (no more than three lines) from other languages are included in a submission, a translation of the quotation must be supplied.

Formatting of submissions
Submissions may be single or double-spaced, but should be clean and simple in presentation to facilitate the editing process. Authors should avoid the unnecessary use of line, page and chapter breaks, excessive use of bullet or number points or other elaborate forms of formatting. Tracking changes in text are not permitted.

Approval of submissions
All submissions are subject to approval by the IMCA’s Editorial Committee, which reserves the right to reject or edit submissions. All contributions will be edited and formatted for online publication.

Submissions for IMCA journals must not be previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere. Any submission found to have been simultaneously submitted elsewhere will not be published in IMCA journals even if it has already been accepted for publication by the IMCA Editorial Committee.

Disclosure of interest
Authors are required to advise the IMCA at the time of submission of a paper or article etc, of any financial relationship they may have with companies or other organisations cited in their paper or article. This may be, for example, a consulting relationship or service on a board of directors.

Copyright of the finished form of all submissions published in IMCA online journals rests fully and unrestrictedly with the IMCA, including the right of reuse in other publications and media formats. Authors continue to own the underlying ideas in the material and are free to reuse their ideas elsewhere.

Republication and reuse by authors
Papers and articles etc appearing in IMCA journals may be republished in other media, provided that permission to do so is sought from the IMCA by the author(s) in advance of any subsequent publication and is obtained in writing. Any republication of material from IMCA journals must include a full acknowledgement of the IMCA journal in which the material first appeared.  

In keeping with the IMCA’s academic affiliations, contributors are recommended to refer to The Oxford Guide to Style, Oxford, 2nd ed., (2002) and The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors (2000).

As a basic guide, the following points may be of assistance:

  • Titles
    The title of each article or paper should be brief, yet as factually informative of the contents of the contribution as possible.
  • Name and full contact details of author
    The name and full contact details of the author should be supplied at the end of the submission, to assist solely with any queries during the editing process. Authors’ may rest assured that their contact details will not be published in the online journal.
  • Attributions  
    The IMCA’s online journals are respected academic publications and authors should be scrupulous about giving credit to all direct quotations, paraphrased statements and borrowed ideas that they use in their submissions. It is vital that readers understand exactly which ideas and words are yours, and which ones are drawn from someone else.

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from the relevant authorities for the reproduction of any illustration or extract, for both print and online formats. Authors are responsible for any reproduction costs or permission fees incurred. Authors must ensure that all permission enquiries and copyright forms are completed before sending their submission to the IMCA.

    For a copyright prose work, it is recommended that permission be obtained for the use of extracts of longer than 400 words; for a series of extracts totalling more than 800 words, of which any one extract is more than 300 words, or an extract or series of extracts comprising one quarter of the work or more.

    If the contribution includes any materials, e.g. quotations that exceed fair use, illustrations, charts or other graphics that have been taken from another source, the author must obtain written permission to reproduce them in print and electronic formats.
  • Use of quotations
    If quotations form part of the text and do not exceed about three lines, they should run on in the text within single quotation marks. Any reference given should follow immediately either as a number corresponding to the citation of the source in the References section at the end of the submission, or in parentheses, e.g. (XXXXX). 

    For simple quotation, single quotation marks are used. For quotation within a quotation, use double quotation marks.   

    When a quotation has no final punctuation mark of its own, the closing quotation mark should precede the punctuation mark of the clause or sentence.   

    Longer quotations should be broken off from the text and placed in italics. 

    Editorial insertions should be within square brackets, e.g. [XXXX].
  • Numbers and dates
    In references to pagination, abbreviate as follows: p.10; pp.10-11; pp.100-125.

    For dates, write 1997-98. Do not contract dates involving different centuries, e.g. 1998-2009, not 1998-009. In displayed matter (e.g. titles), all dates should be in full, e.g. 1990-1991. Exact dates should take this form: 16 May 2008 (without comma). Both A.D. and B.C. should follow the year referred to.
  • References (footnotes)
    These appear at the end of the submission in a section named ‘References’ and should be numbered consecutively. In the body of the submission, the presence of a reference should be marked by the consecutive number that it corresponds to in the references, e.g. (1), (2) and etc. 

    When citing a book: First name (or initials) and surnames of author; comma; title (italic); comma; editor, translator, etc.; publisher, comma, place, comma, and year of publication; comma; volume number (in large roman numerals); comma; p (p); number of page(s) (in Arabic numerals) on which reference occurs; full stop.

    Example: J. W. Bloggs, Life of William Bloggs, Grubb Street Press, London, 1999, I, p.52.

    Note: When a work is anonymous, alphabetise the entry by title (ignoring any initial A, An, or The).
  • When citing a journal: First name (or initials) and surname of author; comma; title of article (in single quotation marks); comma; title of journal (in italics); comma; volume number; year of publication (in parentheses); comma; p(p); page number(s); full stop.

    Example: J. L. Smith, `Building a better business’, MLR, 4 (2008), pp.344-45.
  • When citing a website, url or e-book:
    Web documents generally do not have fixed page numbers or any kind of section numbering. If you have the option of viewing a PDF version of an article or book chapter, do that – these documents have the same pagination as the print version and you can cite it exactly like an article in print format.

    If your source includes fixed page numbers or section numbering (such as numbering of paragraphs), cite the relevant numbers.

    If your source lacks numbering, write: ‘n.pag.’, indicating that page numbers are inapplicable or unavailable.

    Website: "Joe Bloggs." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009. Web. 21 October 2009.
    The word ‘Web’ indicates the electronic medium; or you can write the www. address of the site and the date of the posting of the article, if available.

    Journal article from Web, with print publication data:
    Example: Reynolds, Bart, ‘Psychology and Brainwashing: What is the Difference?’ Australian Psychology Review, 41 (2007), n.pag. Australian Psychology Review. Web. 15 March 2009.

    e-book: Norman, Richard. The Moral Philosophers. Oxford University Press, New York, 1998. NetLibrary. Web. 23 July 2009.

    Scholarly project: Willett, Perry, ed. 19th Century Mid-Western Social Reformers Project. Iowa University. April 2009. Web. 14 July 2009.

How to send submissions
The IMCA prefers to receive submissions for its online journals by email in the form of a Microsoft Word attachment. Submissions may also be made on disk file, but the disk file will not be returned. Send all submissions and enquiries in the first instance to: Lisa Ritchie, IMCA Global Media Coordinator, email:

And finally…
The IMCA deeply appreciates the time and energy required to prepare submissions for our publications and we are grateful to you for that investment. We are always looking for contributions which advance the body of knowledge relating to Action Learning and look forward to working with you to bring your publishing projects to fruition.

Feel free to contact us about proposed articles and ideas: you will always receive an interested hearing. Thank you again for your interest.

Address all IMCA journal submissions and enquiries to:
Lisa Ritchie

IMCA Global Media Coordinator


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