Submissions FAQs

What story pitches are most successful when it comes to getting published in BizEd?

We look for two kinds of articles:

•   Pieces that detail a program, approach, or initiative at your school that could serve as a model for other schools facing similar challenges. Articles must offer useful information to readers, not just celebrate something distinctive about your school. Good examples of stories that strike that balance successfully are "Game On" and "Building B-Schools," which both appeared in the November/December 2012 issue accessible through BizEd's archives.
•   Articles written by deans, faculty, or thought leaders about trends in business or business education that could have a widespread impact on the industry.

What kinds of pitches do BizEd's editors find less useful?

We don't find it useful when schools simply say, "We want to contribute to BizEd. What are you looking for?" Articles written merely to suit BizEd's needs, without thought for the strengths and specialties of your school or the specific ideas you have to share, will rarely offer valuable content for our readers.

We do not respond to pitches that are intended to promote or raise the profile of your school. If the language is suitable for a school's website, it's not suitable for BizEd. Also, keep in mind that BizEd's tone is more journalistic and descriptive than scholarly.

Our content is focused on highlighting trends, sharing perspectives, and offering valuable ideas related to the delivery and continuous improvement of business education. Finally, we reject material that is directed to audiences other than business educators. Our mission is "to provide information, ideas, and insights related to international management education," so all pitches and story submissions should be crafted with that in mind.

Should I tailor my pitch to BizEd's editorial calendar?

You certainly can! The editorial calendar includes a feature focus for each issue. However, please keep the following in mind:

•   We typically work on an issue about four months prior to publication. So if you have a story idea for the March issue, we need to know about it by November.
•   We often have sources in mind when we put the calendar together, so even if your idea fits the theme well, we might not be able to use it in that particular issue.
•   You shouldn't be constrained by the editorial calendar. We often publish only one or two stories related to our editorial focus in each issue.

Should I query you with an article idea before I submit a finished draft?

We are happy to consider article proposals or finished submissions. By approaching us first with an idea, you can discover whether it's something we would pursue. You should know that even if we express interest in a proposed idea, we cannot guarantee publication. But our feedback on an initial query could help you direct an article idea that is more likely to get published.

How long should a feature article be?

Feature articles should be approximately 1,500 to 3,000 words in length. Include all relevant information, such as detailed descriptions and examples that highlight your points. We prefer to receive an article that exceeds the word limit but includes all the pertinent information and incorporates vivid examples. We can edit articles to meet our length requirements.

Does BizEd have a preferred formatting style?

We do not have a preferred font or margin setting for submissions. Since BizEd is not a scholarly journal, our format doesn't accommodate footnotes and lists of references, although we do work such information into the text when necessary during editing.

What are BizEd's requirements for images?

Images submitted with articles must be saved in JPEG or TIFF format at a resolution of at least 300 dpi at a size large enough to be published. (Head shots used in departments such as Short Takes or Research must be at least 7/8" x 1.25". Other images must be approximately 3" x 4" or larger.)

How does BizEd review submissions for publication?

Submissions are reviewed by BizEd editors and members of BizEd's advisory council based on three criteria:

•   The article or idea is of potential interest to readers.
•   The article conveys your enthusiasm about the topic.
•   The depth and quality of the writing is evident.
In general, you will receive our publication decision about six weeks after we receive your submission.

Once my submission is accepted, how will it take to appear in print?

It takes between six to 18 months before an accepted submission appears in print. However, if we accept a submission that is a perfect fit to something we're currently working on, we might decide to publish it sooner.

If we accept your submission for our rotating departments such as Headlines, Technology, and Research, it will appear in an issue approximately three to four months later. Accepted submissions for our article-based departments such as Your Turn and Idea Exchange will appear in an issue approximately six to 12 months later.

Do you have submission requirements for BizEd departments?

Yes. Here is important information for you to know when submitting an item to Headlines, Your Turn, or Idea Exchange.

Your Turn

This section, written by business school deans, faculty, practitioners, and students, explores personal viewpoints on business education topics. Submissions should be approximately 1,000 to 1,500 words and include a photograph of the author.

Idea Exchange

This one-page feature highlights a business school's course, program, event, or initiative. Submit printed materials, a website link, or other written descriptions related to student and faculty activities, awards, funding, research, etc. Four to six 4-color images that depict the school's facility, curricula or course, event, or location must be included with the submission. Submissions are selected based on the uniqueness of the program or initiative and the quality of materials provided (images, descriptions, etc.).

Headlines

This section contains school and faculty news from around the world regarding new programs/collaborations, honors/awards, new leadership appointments, student activities, grants/donations, new facilities, research initiatives, technology, and other b-school announcements.

I send you many press releases from our school, but I never see them in Headlines. Why not?

Unfortunately, we have limited space in Headlines, so we cannot include every news announcement we receive. We always include dean appointments, dean retirements, and major gifts above 5 million USD.

Do you publish Letters to the Editor?

We do! We always welcome your feedback and reactions to the content we publish.

Our dean has written a business book. How can we get it reviewed in BizEd?

We receive dozens of books to consider, and we have room for about eight in every issue. We give preference to books written by deans and business faculty. We also try for a wide mix of topics, authors, and publishers in every issue. Send a review copy to: Sharon Shinn, BizEd, 8677 Litzsinger Road, Brentwood, MO 63144.

We cannot acknowledge receipt of books because of the high volume that we receive and we cannot be sure if a book will make it into a particular issue until late in the production cycle. We do, however, send complimentary copies of the issue to the publishers or public relations representatives who send us the review copies, which is notification that a book has been reviewed.

What's the best way to follow up on materials that I've e-mailed to the BizEd editors?

For direct story pitches and submissions, please allow at least 24 hours before contacting us by email for confirmation of receipt. It takes up to six weeks to review a submission and make a decision.

We don't confirm receipt of general press releases on appointments, donations, books, and other news.

What is the best way to get in touch with BizEd's editors?

Email us at bized.editors@aacsb.edu.




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