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Journal of Enterprise Architecture Format Guidelines
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Submit the paper in Word or other editable format using the form below. Use a clean template, and do not use headers/footers etc. Figures and exhibits should be provided as PNG, JPG or GIF files. All graphics must be in high-resolution (min 300dpi). Please also include all figures, exhibits, and tables in the Word document. Tables, figures, and exhibits should be in Arial font.

Submissions are normally between 4000 and 6000 words.

Grammar and Style

Use of high-quality grammar and style is essential. Authors should employ the services of a professional editor if they need assistance with grammar and style.

The following guidelines should be noted:

  • When using citations in text, stress the point of what’s being cited, not who made the citation (for example, "…the Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball team was arguably the best team in the nation (Smith and Jones 1997)” rather than "Smith and Jones (1997) argue that the Golden Gophers were the best…”).

  • Authors should limit the number of citations in the text. Only those that are essential should be included.

  • Authors should limit the use of footnotes. These can be distracting to a reader who may only have a short time to scan an article.

Content and Structure

The following information should also be provided:

Page 1:

  • Paper title.

  • Abstract.

  • Keywords: Select 5 to 10 words or phrases to be used for indexing, in consultation with a thesaurus, if helpful. These might include important terms from the title, their synonyms, or related words. Authors should use neither prepositions nor hyphens unless the hyphenated parts are always treated as a unit. Authors should use terms that are as specific as possible and whose meaning is generally known.

  • Beginning of paper.

Last page should include a short (50 word) biography about author(s).

Headings should be clearly delineated. Use no more than two levels of headings in the paper.

Use the MISQ References Format

Citation ordering and format should follow the MISQ guidelines. References must be complete, i.e., include, as appropriate, volume, number, month, publisher, city and state, editors, last name and initials of all authors, page numbers, etc. Below are some general directions:



  • Sequence: Entries should be ordered alphabetically (in text and Reference section) according to authors’ or editors’ last names, or the title of the work for items with no author or editor listed.

  • References in text: These must be included in Reference section and vice versa. References in text should be of the format (Jones et al. 1995; Smith 1996).

  • References to items in periodicals: Author, year, title, journal, volume, number, month, pages. For authors, last names are given first, even for multiple instances.

  • References to reports or proceedings: Author’s name and title of report (same style as above), report number, source, editor and/or publisher as appropriate, city and state/country of publisher OR full name of conference as appropriate, including date and pages.

  • References to books: Author’s name (same style as above), year, title, city, state/country, publisher, page, or chapter.

  • Use of et al.: Authors may not use "et al.” in the list of References. The names of all authors and editors must be listed. If you are using End Notes, please check your references to ensure that the settings are correct and that all authors are listed in the references.

  • Number of references: Avoid simplistic name-dropping, but do give credit where credit is due.

A few examples are:

Ackoff, R. L. 1961. "Management Misinformation Systems,” Management Science (14:4), December, pp. 147-156.

Bonini, C. P. 1963. Simulation of Information and Decision Systems in the Firm, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Chenhall, R. H., and Romano, C. A. 1989. "Formal Planning and Control Presence and Impact on the Growth of Small Manufacturing Firms,” in Job Generation by the Small Business Sector in Australia, W. C. Dunlop and A. J. Williams (eds.), Newcastle: Institute of Industrial Economics, pp. 71-89.


Permissions to use reprinted material, adapted material, and material owned by other parties are the sole responsibility of the authors. Permission for the JEA to use the material must be obtained in writing prior to publication and provided to the Editor. Authors are responsible for payment of permission fees.

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