In order to submit a paper to the PL&NB 2014 main track you must register as an author at the conference management system:

You must upload a ZIP file including:

  1. a signed Copyright Form **PDF format**, see below.
  2. the final version of your paper (**MS-WORD**)
  3. a document stating the changes performed taking into account the reviews


  1. Log into EasyChair. Confirm your role. This should be 'NB&PL'14 (author)'. Do the following for each accepted paper.
  2. Go to menu 'My submissions->Paper NN' (for multiple submissions) or menu 'Paper NN'. Note that NN is a submission number.
  3. Click on 'Submit a new version' link at the upper right corner.
  4. Specify the file name and click on 'Submit a New Version' button to upload.


Please, remember that for the accepted version of your paper you must fill out and sign the copyright form and send it back.

The copyright's data for the NB&PL'14 volume are:

  • TITLE: Advances in National Brands & Private Labels in retailing. First International Symposium
  • EDITORS: Juan Carlos Gázquez-Abad (U. of Almería, Spain), Francisco J. Martínez-López (U. of Granada, Spain), Irene Esteban-Millat (Open U. of Catalonia, Spain), and Juan Antonio Mondejar-Jiménez (U. of Castilla La Mancha, Spain)
  • Download pre-filled form for NB&PL'14 main track

Types of submissions

All papers must be formatted according to the following Springer template, with a maximum of 8 pages in length, including figures and references. All proposed papers must be submitted in electronic form (PDF format) through the conference management system.

All submissions will be refereed by at least two experts in the field based on originality, significance, quality and clarity. Every submitted paper to the conference will be reviewed by at least two members of the Program Committee.

Submitting papers

All papers must be formatted according to the Springer template. This template can be downloaded Here. All proposed papers must be submitted in electronic form (PDF format).

Review process

The submitted contributions will be examined first by the organizers to decide its suitability with the symposium’s scope. All contributions fitting the scope will undergo a thorough review process. They will be refereed by at least two experts in the field based on relevance, originality, significance, quality, and clarity. The reviewers will be mainly chosen from the Program Committee.

If manuscripts are accepted, or conditionally accepted, the authors will have several weeks to eventually revise, when requested, their first draft submitted manuscripts based on the reviewers’ comments and send a camera-ready paper and other files required for accepted papers (accurate information about the final files will be provided upon acceptance).


Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings, to be published by Springer.

A selection of the best papers presented at the conference will be invited to prepare extended, full paper versions to eventually appear in a special issue to be published in Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, and co-edited by Professor James Brown (West Virginia University, USA), and the conference and program chairs.

At least one of the authors will be required to register and attend the symposium to present the paper in order to include the paper in the conference proceedings.

Every scholar attending the conference will have a complimentary hard copy. Also, and more interesting for their international diffusion, papers will be worldwide available at the Springer’s online platform and related journals’ databases.