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Author Guidelines

The author should read the following guidelines carefully. A manuscript that does not go along with the guidelines could be easily rejected or returned to the author.

  1. The manuscript should be fully written in English. We recommend the author check spelling and grammar in Microsoft Word before submission to avoid any typos or grammatical mistakes.
  2. The manuscript should contain unpublished work and not be considered for publication elsewhere. However, the manuscript could be a working paper on several web pages (SSRN, ResearchGate, Academia, etc.)
  3. SMBR is a peer-reviewed journal (blind review). Therefore, the manuscript should not contain any information about the author. No need to put the author's name or institution in the manuscript. We limit a maximum of five authors in each manuscript submitted.
  4. The manuscript should be written in Microsoft Word (Times New Roman, 12 pt) with the justified format, using 1 space. The manuscript ideally contains approximately 5,000-6,000 words including references, tables, figures, and abstracts.
  5. The manuscript should be organized as follows.
  • Title – It should briefly and clearly describe the content. Avoid any abbreviation when possible.
  • Abstract – It contains 150-250 words. It should briefly state the purpose, method, and result of the manuscript. Please also provide 4-6 keywords below the abstract.
  • Introduction – The author should write an introduction in such a way that it describes the aims or purposes of the research and why the issue is important, supported by the recent literature/citations in the relevant field. It is also crucial to mention the contribution of the study concerning the prior publications. The author may also write the policy implications when applicable.
  • Literature review and/or hypothesis development – This part is optional. This means that the author could skip this part if the introduction is sufficient enough to describe related literature and expected results from the study.
  • Method or methodology – This part contains data used in the analysis, source of the data, sampling method (if any), econometrical or model specifications, variable definitions, and descriptive statistics.
  • Results and discussion – This section contains outputs of what the author has done in empirical testing. It should also contain figures, tables, and graphs that are supported by the description, interpretation, and discussion. The author should be able to explain the reasons for the obtained results as well as their relevance to the other results in the references.
  • Conclusion – It describes the short review of the paper. It looks like an extended version of the abstract. When possible, the author could discuss the implications, limitations, and suggestions for further research in this section.
  • Reference – please see point 7.
  1. We recommend authors see the article template here to apply point 5.
  2. Reference and citations.
  • We recommend the author use a third-party reference manager (Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote) so that the format could be easily changed and adjusted when needed.
  • SMBR currently adopts the Harvard style (Choose Emerald - Harvard.
  • Example of References: Nys, E., Tarazi, A. and Trinugroho, I. (2015), “Political connections, bank deposits, and formal deposit insurance”, Journal of Financial Stability, Vol. 19, pp. 83–104.
  • Example of in-text citations: Worldwide, politics remarkably influences business, particularly in countries with high levels of corruption, weak legal systems, and poor governance (Faccio, 2006). A study by Nys et al. (2015) finds that politically connected banks are able to attract more depositors than their non-connected counterparts.
  1. All manuscript submitted to SMBR, when it is suitable to the journal focus and submission guidelines, will be sent to one or two external reviewers for blind review. If the manuscript obtains positive feedback from the reviewer(s), the manuscript will be sent back to the author for revision. The manuscript will be published when the author fulfills the revision before the deadline. However, in the end, it is the journal editor who has authority to accept or reject manuscripts submitted to SMBR, either before or after the review process.
  2. A manuscript that has been submitted to SMBR and in the review process is not allowed to be submitted to any other journals.
  3. For more information and questions, please feel free to contact us at However, please note that any manuscript submission to SMBR is carried out through the online system on the website. Please do not send the manuscript to the journals’ or editors’ email.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The main submission file is in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.

3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


Privacy Statement

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.


Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Submission: 0.00 (IDR)
Authors are required to pay an Article Submission Fee as part of the submission process to contribute to review costs.

Fast-Track Review: 0.00 (IDR)
With the payment of this fee, the review, editorial decision, and author notification on this manuscript is guaranteed to take place within 4 weeks.

Article Publication: 0.00 (IDR)
If this paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee to cover publications costs.

If you do not have funds to pay such fees, you will have an opportunity to waive each fee. We do not want fees to prevent the publication of worthy work.