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Central European Business Review accepts papers which fulfill the following criteria:

  • Strategic focus: Papers have to be primarily relevant for senior managers of corporations and other large companies. Especially papers in the field of management, marketing, corporate finance, human resources management, logistics and entrepreneurship are welcomed.
  • Central European focus: Only papers which are relevant for the managers of companies operating in the Central European environment will be published. Papers focusing on other parts of the world will be accepted only if their findings can be generalized or are relevant for Central European business policy-makers and researchers.
  • Research or managerial implications: Papers without clear and significant theoretical or practical impact will not be published.
  • Methodological rigor: Especially papers based on valid surveys, experiments and qualitative methods are welcomed. However, CEBR publishes also conceptual papers and literature reviews.
  • Adequate form: CEBR publishes papers which are readable, written in good English (American English is preferable) and which meet the submission guidelines.

There are no publishing fees.

Review Process

All research papers submitted to the Central European Business Review are peer-reviewed according to the following procedure:

  • Initial review: The Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Editor-in-Chief evaluate each manuscript to determine if it fulfills the all above mentioned criteria and checks the submission for plagiarism using the EPHORUS software. Manuscripts that fail to pass the initial review are treated as declined submissions.
  • Peer review: Manuscripts that pass the initial review are assigned to two independent reviewers according to their expertise in the particular field. All reviewers are Ph.D. holders in the relevant academic discipline or have a significant, long-term professional and teaching experience. The review process is double-blind - the reviewers don't know the identity of the author, and the autor doesn't know the identity of the reviewers.
  • Recommendation: Based on the reviewers' comments, the Editorial Board makes a final decision on the acceptability of the research paper and notifies the authors, along with the comments of the reviewers. The decision can be "Accept Submission", "Revisions Required", "Resubmit for Review", or "Decline Submission." If the decision is "Resubmit for Review", the manuscript has to be revised and sent to the second round of peer review.

Submission Guidelines

General guidelines

  • The usual length of papers is 20 to 30 pages (incl. references).
  • They must be in Word files (not PDF).
  • The text should be double-spaced, in Times Roman font (12 points), justified left.
  • No headers, footers or page numbers should be used.
  • Margins should be of 2.5 cm on all four sides.
  • The text should not be bolded or underlined.
  • Do not use italics (expect of variables, both in text and formulas).
  • Maximum of two levels of headings can be used.

Paper structure

  • Title
  • Author(s) name(s): only surname and the first letter of the first name should be used, e.g. (Kotler, P.).
  • Abstract: the abstract should not exceed 150 words and it should include goal of the paper, method(s) used and managerial implications.
  • Keywords: up to five keywords separated by semicolon (;)
  • JEL Classification: visit
  • Introduction: this part should include theoretical framework, clearly stated goals, research questions and hypotheses.
  • Methods: this part should describe the methods, samples and other necessary information related to data gathering
  • Results
  • Conclusion (or Managerial implications)
  • References
  • Information about author(s): full name of the author(s) incl. full titles, present position, address of author’s institution and e-mail address
  • Acknowledgment: if the paper is result of a research project, this information can be included at the very end.

Requirements on abstract

Each abstract should consist of 150-250 words. The abstract should provide a clear overview about the paper in one paragraph. Suggested structure of an abstract: opening sentence (background), goals, methods and data, results, conclusion. Abstracts must not contain references or multiple paragraphs.

Reference guidelines

  • APA referencing style is required.
  • Citation in the text has to be by the author's last name and year of publication with punctuation, e.g. (Kotler, 2011) or (Sheth and Sisodia, 2010).
  • A series of citations should be listed in alphabetical order and separated by semicolons, e.g. (Kotler, 2011; Porter, 2000).
  • If a particular page, section, or equation is cited, the page number should be indicated within the parentheses, e.g. (Kotler, 2011, p. 45).
  • If two or more works by the same author have the same publication date, they should be differentiated by letters, e.g. (Kotler, 2000a) and (Kotler, 2000b).
  • Multiple citations by the same author are separated by a comma, e.g. (Kotler, 2000, 2002).
  • For citations of up to two authors, all authors’ names should be listed. For three and more authors, the first author’s name followed by “et al.” should be used, e.g. (Kotler et al., 2000).
  • All references have to be cited in the text (uncited papers must not be included in the reference list).
  • References have to be listed alphabetically.

Formatting guidelines for specific references

  • Periodicals:

Deshpande, R., & Webster, F. E. (1989). Organizational Culture and Marketing: Defining the Research Agenda. Journal of Marketing, 53(1), 3-15.

  • Books:

Bergkvist, L. (2000). Advertising Effectiveness Measurement: Intermediate Constructs and Measures. Stockholm: Stockholm School of Economics.

  • Excerpts from books or proceedings:

Treasure, D. C., Lemyre, P. N., Kuczka, K. K., & Standage, M. (2007). Motivation in elite sport: A self-determination perspective. In M. S. Hagger & N. L. Chatzisarantis (Eds.), Intrinsic motivationand self-determination in exercise and sport (pp. 153-166). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

  • Web sites and URLs:

Andruss, P. (2012). Secrets of the 10 Most-Trusted Brands. Retrieved November 10, 2011, from

  • Newspapers:

Chen, B. X., Bilton, N. (2012). Lawmakers Ask Apple App Makers About Privacy, New York Times, March 23.

Guidelines for tables, figures, equations and hypotheses

  • Tables:

Tables should be centered and numbered consecutively. Word tables should be used only. Tables should be labeled as follows:

Table 1 Results according to sector and company size


Small companies

Medium companies

Large companies

















Source: author

  • Figures:

Figures should be centered and numbered consecutively. They have to be adjusted for black and white print. Graphs have to be in Excel only. Pictures have to be in print quality: include them into text and at the same time upload their original version as supplementary files (name the files accordingly, e.g. “Figure4.gif”). Figures should be labeled as follows:

Figure 1 Results according to sector and company size

Example figure

Source: author

  • Equations:

Equations should be centered and numbered, e.g.:

A = C + D x t.

  • Hypotheses:

Hypotheses should have left margin of 1 cm, e.g.:

H1: Consumers in Central Europe care more about environment than consumers in Southern Europe.

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Publishing Standards

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

When submitting a manuscript, authors confirm that:

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • The submission is made by own original work and there are not other copyrights of other sides or persons.
  • The submission will be accessible though unrestricted access (i.e. free for all to view and download) via the online journal website.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined above.
  • The editor may make minor editorial changes to accepted material.

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Licensing Agreement

Upon acceptation, authors grant the publisher an exclusive licence to publish. Authors may reuse their papers in their future work without first requiring permission from the publisher. However, reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the final manuscript in whole or in part by the authors requires a citation to the original article.