Organization Development Journal: Author Guidelines 

The Organization Development Journal  is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles related to Organization Development (O.D.) for a targeted audience comprised of experienced practitioners and academics. 

The journal has an international scope and includes submissions from countries all over the world.  If you have an interesting research, theory or practitioner-oriented manuscript we would like to hear more about it.  Send submissions to the Organization Development Journal for consideration, using the submission guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines

Please read these guidelines carefully to ensure a smoother publication process.

Submission Requirements

Email delivery:

Email two copies of your manuscript to Joanne Preston, each in a separate file, one for a blind review and one for editing.

Contents of the two copies

For the blind review copy: 
Include the article; all figures; tables; and a list of references.  Please make sure references to authors are at a minimum in the content.

For the edited copy:
To the blind review copy, add a title page, which contains your name, title and degrees, mailing address, telephone number, fax, email address, short biography of all authors (50-75 words, approximately), and a photo.  Correct contact information is critical to editors who might need to clarify or confirm information. 

Please note: The ODJ publishes all contact information for all authors unless an author directs us to do otherwise.  Traditionally, readers use contact information to engage in dialogue with authors.

Microsoft (MS) Word doc. (not a PDF)

Text styles:
Body text should be Times New Roman, 12 points, double spaced, 2 spaces following period at the end of each sentence.  

Mark headings by level from the style menu: i.e., Heading 1, Heading 2, and Heading 3.

Style guide:
Follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association [APA], 7th Edition.

Manuscript length:
Limit the article content to 25 double-spaced pages.  Include tables, figures--which might be single spaced--—and no more than 5 pages of references.

Include an abstract limited to 150 words with 5-7 keywords. 

Title page:
Include a title page in only the edited file, not the blind copy, as described above.

Create attractive, telling visuals.  Unless critical to the clarity of your submission, limit figure size to half a printed page in portrait format.  Eliminate color that will not duplicate well in black and white.  Make the lines bold enough to be clear; use good alignment.  Make lettering legible; check spelling.  Add a caption.  Number the figures.  Include figures in the text.  Cross reference each figure in your discussion.  

All Figures need to also be submitted singly (one page per figure) in PDF format.  

NOTE: If the figure is not your own creation you must have authorized permission to use the figure as well as showing original creators name under the image.  

Follow APA 7 guidelines for tables.  Use captions, and number the tables.  Include tables in the text. Cross reference each table in your discussion.  

Tables are also submitted in PDF format for easy manipulation, submitted singly (one page per table).

NOTE: If the Table is not your own creation you must have authorized permission to use the figure as well as showing original creators name under the table.  

Limit your and co-authors' biographies to approximately 50-75 words each.  Each biography may include: as word limit permits--your name; affiliation; academic and/or corporate experience in O.D.; professional focus in O.D. such as, professional or theoretical approach; honors; publications; and associations.

A photo that is a clear, in-focus, digital, mid-chest-and-head image, saved in a jpeg format with no fewer than 300 dpi or 1 megabyte in size.  Photographs taken by a mobile phone are usually not acceptable.  Paper photographs will not be accepted.  Consider that copied photos lose clarity in the final publication and may be rejected.

Citations and references:
 Maximum 5 pages of references.  Follow the APA 7 style guide format.  To reduce the number of editorial inquiries, follow these tips:

1. In the "Reference" section, list only the sources cited.

2. Check the spelling of authors' names.

3. Include page numbers for all direct quotations.

4. Make clear whether discussion is your commentary or that of the authors you cite.

5. Reread your article carefully for misstatements, omissions, and other errors.

Feel free to submit articles presented at a conference that have not been published in a proceeding.  Manuscripts that are placed in public view on the internet are considered published; such as in a blog, a website, SSRN, Goggle Scholar or the like.  Manuscripts under consideration by another journal will be rejected without future consideration.

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