The following is an email to the editor in order to know some supplimentary information that I could not get in the website.
I would like to submit an article to your journal, and I wonder if you could give me some information. How many submissions do you receive a year? How long does it take you to get back to authors with a decision about their manuscript? What kind of backlog do you have? Who are the readers? Will you have any special or theme issues coming up? And what are the accepted styles? (i.e. APA).
I know you are very busy, but this information would be very helpful to me.
University of Ottawa, communication department
The following is a query letter to the editor of the journal that I selected.
I am considering submitting my article titled ‘A transformative perspective of CSR: the ethical identity through trust and desirability’ for possible publication in your journal, journal of trust research. I noticed that your journal has published articles on general research on trust across disciplines dealing also with specific research on trust management. I am thinking in particular of the editorial article published last year, vol 7 (1). Considering “the dimension of duality-rooted approach to framing trust as a paradox” (p. 5), since there are no published studies on CSR in business ethics, my article may fill this gap and contribute to the understanding of how trust in organization plays a critical role for sustainable development in our rapidly changing society.
Hereby the abstract that shows my argument in my article:
Background: As digital technologies facilitate stakeholders to monitor corporates’ ethical activities, communicating organizations’ contribution for society’s well-being has become a crucial task. While the commercial logic is explicitly described in work identity, only the social welfare advocacy through corporate social responsibility (CSR) is used for ethical identity. Such a dismissive attitude without explaining the specific reason for CSR is often suspected as a disguise of their economic interest. Nevertheless, little research has been undertaken exploring how the ethical identity is constructed in comparison with the work identity.
Method: This study aims to compare ways in which work and ethical identities are formed. It analyses whether the commercial logic is disguised in ethical identity. Discourse analysis on external communication allows us to understand how a pharmaceutical company has successfully implemented Corporate Social Responsibility (hereon, CSR).
Findings: Work and ethical identities are formed through an interdependent synergic relationship so that a transformative perspective of CSR is created. In the first step, to bridge commercial logic and civic responsibility, organizational discourse and commitment are aligned with organizational image and culture. It creates trust through transparency. In the second step, a flexible position on the continuum between idealism and realism inspires a desirability among stakeholders. As a result, they participate with their voluntary engagement.
Conclusion: Understanding the transformative perspective of CSR allows other organizations to have a reference about the successful CSR so as to design their own appropriate continuum model in their particular contexts.
My article is about 8000 words, double-spaced including references, tables and figures. I have never published this article, nor have I submitted in to any other journal. Would such an article interest you? Please let me know if you feel that my narrow focus on CSR, would pose a problem for acceptance in your journal. As my finding on the role of trust in CSR research is quite strong, I could recast the article to focus entirely on the trust. Thank you very much. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
University of Ottawa, department of Communication,