Submission and Format Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

  • Papers must be written by students (either individual or groups) enrolled at the institution.
  • Graduating students may submit papers up to 30 days after graduation.
  • Each paper must have a faculty sponsor, who may be the course instructor, lead for the course, or a faculty member from the College of Business List of Sponsors.
  • Papers must be original.
  • Papers cannot have been previously published, nor be currently under consideration or accepted for publication in print or electronic form.
  • Multiple submissions by a single author are accepted.
  • All types of research-based papers excluding case studies are eligible for consideration.
  • It is recommended that student authors consult the College of Business Writing Rubric for writing guidelines. Students are also encouraged to consult the Athens State Writing Center for advice on any questions regarding APA format, grammar, etc.
  • All papers must be checked through Safe Assign (or an equivalent anti-plagiarism program), with this check verified by the faculty sponsor, before submission.
  • Student authors retain copyright privileges.
  • All research involving human subjects must have received approval from the Institutional Review Board prior to being conducted.
  • The author is responsible for guaranteeing that no material in the paper infringes on existing copyrights.
  • Each paper must be submitted by a faculty sponsor and must be accompanied by a completed Faculty Sponsor Form.
  • Papers must be submitted by email to Dr. Charles R. Roberts.
  • Include contact information including name, phone number, email address and mailing address of each student author.
  • Papers will be reviewed by three reviewers using a double-blind process.
  • Papers will be evaluated based on strength of the thesis, clarity of concepts, demonstrated knowledge, quality of empirical/documentary research, use of relevant visuals, grammar, and format.
  • Students and faculty sponsors will be contacted when each paper is received and again after the review process is complete.
  • The faculty sponsor will be identified on the published paper, separately from the student author(s) and any co-authors.

Format Guidelines

  • Papers are limited to no more than 25 pages, not counting the title page, abstract page, and list of references.
  • Papers must be typed, using 12 pt. Times Roman, and double-spaced, with 1” margins on all sides, using Microsoft Word.
  • Papers must conform to APA format.
  • Each paper must include an abstract (150-250 words).
  • All pages must be numbered and have a running head (shortened form of title).
  • The title page must include the paper title, full name of each author with email address, phone number, and mailing address, and name of the faculty sponsor with contact information.
  • Names of the author(s) and faculty advisor should appear ONLY on the title page.