Author Guidelines

What’s your mission?

MIT Sloan Management Review leads the discourse among academic researchers, business executives and other influential thought leaders about advances in management practice that are transforming how people lead and innovate. MIT SMR disseminates new management research and innovative ideas so that thoughtful executives can capitalize on the opportunities generated by rapid organizational, technological and societal change.

Who reads it?

Monthly Online Readership: 175,000 unique visitors and 400,000 page views
Quarterly Journal Circulation: 30,000 (total readership 71,300)
77% are business executives
66% of readers have a master’s or doctoral degree
46% are top management (founder, owner, CEO, president, chairman)
10% are management consultants
10% are academics

What are you looking for?

We aim to find the most potent, useful and directly applicable management insights developed by researchers, academic scholars and influential thought leaders, and translate these new ideas for business executives and management teams who can put them to work. This is our editorial core focus. In pursuit of our mission, we seek manuscript submissions within a wide range of management disciplines that offer new research and insights about the most important and transformative management topics (today and in the future), with a focus on innovation.

So we’re looking for great new ideas. We emphasize the “new”: if you merely have an observation on a mainstream management trend of the moment, this isn’t the right place for that. We continue to look for the next transformative management ideas and methods. If that’s what you have to offer, and you want to share your discoveries and insights with the best of the best, we welcome your article submission.

MIT SMR began publication in 1959 as a scholarly journal. Today, MIT SMR remains a trusted and highly respected source of valuable management information guiding thoughtful executives and business leaders. MIT SMR’s content consists of:

  • Research-based, full length, feature articles that translate the best academic ideas and thought leader insights into “nuggets of wisdom” for management leaders;
  • Shorter “Intelligence” articles that deliver snapshots of the latest in management research, ideas and execution;
  • “Big ideas” online editorial content, representing multi-year, research-based initiatives exploring the latest advances in disruptive topics that are changing the way we all work, live and innovate;
  • MIT SMR’s blog;
  • Online-only articles, interviews, videos and other digital content related to topics of interest to our audiences.

What are your submission guidelines?

All submissions must follow these guidelines:

  1. Submit articles to smrsubmissions@mit.edu. We do not accept articles submitted by fax or physical mail. No calls, please.
  2. All articles should be in Word format (.doc or .docx files). No PDFs, please.
  3. Submissions intended as full length feature articles for MIT SMR should not exceed 5,000 words, including references, tables, and figures, but excluding research methodology.
  4. Submissions intended as shorter-length “Intelligence” articles for MIT SMR should range between 1000 – 2000 words, including references, tables, and figures.
  5. Submissions other than full-length features and “Intelligence” articles should identify the appropriate topic. For example, a blog or case study proposal submitted for a “Big Ideas” initiative should designate: Sustainability; Data & Analytics; or Social Business.
  6. When applicable, please include a research methodology section in your work.
  7. Include the name, address, phone, affiliations, and email for ALL authors. This information should be included on the title page and in the cover letter.
  8. All cover letters should include a statement that the paper has not been published elsewhere and will not be sent to another publication, of any kind, unless it has been declined by MIT SMR.
  9. End notes and reference must follow the format below.
  10. Authors should be prepared to assign copyright to MIT SMR upon acceptance.

What happens to my article after you receive it?

We understand that your ideas are important, and we attempt to respond to them in a timely fashion. Upon receipt of your article, SMR will acknowledge receipt within one week. After that, your submission will be reviewed internally and may be sent out for peer review.

If your submission is approved, it will be assigned to an editor. Because most of our readers are business executives, we work with authors to ensure that research-based articles with complex technical ideas have the greatest possible influence on actual management practice. We work collaboratively, but we do edit and rewrite substantially in order to reach our primary audience.

How should I handle endnotes?

Although scholars often do, we do not identify references by date and author’s last name in parentheses in the text, with a bibliography at the end of the article. Instead, we ask that authors place in the text superscripted numbers that refer to a list of endnotes assembled at the end of the article. These endnotes should be presented in our style.

Each enumerated endnote may contain several related items. It may be possible to group several citations or explanatory notes that occur in a single paragraph under one number.

We use “The Chicago Manual of Style” (CMS), 16th ed., as our guide for endnotes, but because we adhere to the “Associated Press Stylebook” for everything other than endnotes, there are some exceptions:

Do not spell out the first name of authors in endnotes.

Do not italicize book or magazine titles. Enclose book titles in quotation marks.

Do not place within quotes or italicize magazine names.

Other AP style conventions apply as well. For example, the AP abbreviates most months when used with a specific day (Jan. 1, 2004; but January 2010).

As a rule of thumb, AP trumps Chicago, and our AP-approved dictionary is “Webster’s New World College Dictionary,” 4th ed.

Books
G. Hollenback and W. Vestal, eds., “Developing Leaders at All Levels” (Houston: American Productivity and Quality Center, 1999).
J. March and H.J. Simon, “Organizations,” 2nd ed. (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1966), 4-13.

Usage note: “The Chicago Manual of Style” advises against the use of op. cit. and loc. cit. (See 15.256, p. 583, in CMS.) If another page from a previously cited book is mentioned several endnotes later, follow the short-title approach:
March, “Organizations,” 23.

Usage note: The use of ibid. is acceptable when referring to a single work cited in the endnote immediately preceding.

Article Cited in Anthology; Chapter Cited in Book
M. Shaw, “Communication Networks,” in “Advances in Experimental Social Psychology,” ed. L. Berkowitz (New York: Academic Press, 1964), 131-153.
S.M. McKinnon and W.J. Bruins, Jr., “Information for the Longer View,” chap. 3 in “The Information Mosaic” (Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1992).

Newspapers
W. Robbins, “Big Wheels: The Rotary Club at 75,” New York Times, Sunday, Feb. 17, 1980, sec. 3, p. 3.
“Poverty in the U.S.,” International Herald Tribune, Sept. 29, 2000.

Journals
D. Kenny and J. F. Marshall, “Contextual Marketing: The Real Business of the Internet,” Harvard Business Review 78 (November-December 2000): 119-125.
T.J. Allen and S. Cohen, “Information Flow in R&D Labs,” Administrative Science Quarterly 14 (December 1969): 12-19.
M.C. Jensen and W.H. Meckling, “The Nature of Man,” Journal of Applied Finance 7, no. 2 (1994): 4, 15-19.
“GM Powertain Suppliers Will See Global Pricing,” Purchasing 124, no. 2 (Feb. 12, 1998): 10-11.

Popular Magazines
S. Spencer, “Childhood’s End,” Harper’s, May 1979, 16-19.
E. Neuborne, “E-Tailers, Deliver or Die,” Business Week, Oct. 23, 2000, 16.
“To Have and To Hold,” Economist, June 16, 2001, 9-11.

Internet Sources
Usage note: Internet sources are those that exist solely online. A print publication that has an Internet incarnation is not considered to be an “Internet source.”
D. McCullagh, “ACLU Loses Digital Copyright Battle,” April 9, 2003, news.com.com
“Toyota Expanding China Links,” April 9, 2003, edition.cnn.com
A. Huffington, “Corporate America’s ‘Most Wanted’,” April 2, 2003, www.salon.com

Working Papers
N. Repenning and J. Sterman, “Capability Traps and Self-Controlling Attribution Errors in the Dynamics of Process Improvement,” working paper 4372-02, MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 2002, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=-320380.
McKinsey & Co., Inc., “Succeeding at Cross-Border Alliances: Lessons From Winners,” working paper, London, 1991.
D. Ready, “Developing Global Capability – Project Overview,” working paper, International Consortium for Executive Development Research, Lexington, Massachusetts, June 1997.

White Papers
“The Road to Recovery,” white paper, Sibson Consulting Group, New York, November 2001, p. 2.

Dissertations
J. P. Voges “Supply Chain Design in the Volatile Semiconductor Capital Equipment Industry”(Ph.D. diss., MIT Sloan School of Management and MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2002), http://theses.mit.edu/

Forthcoming Books
M. Tushman, “Managing Innovation and Change” (New York: McGraw-Hill, in press).

Forthcoming Articles
M. Tushman, “An Information Processing Approach,” Academy of Management Review, in press.

MIT Sloan Management Review Special Style: Multiple Citations in One Reference
G. Farris, “Managing Informal Dynamics in R&D,” Harvard Business Review 64 (January-February 1986): 5-11; and F. Andrews and G. Peters, “Personnel Psychology” (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1986).

No Author Specified
“Federal Express Uses a Three-Level Recovery System,” Service Edge (December 1990): 5.
“Poverty in the U.S.,” International Herald Tribune, Sept. 29, 2000.

Papers and Presentations at Meetings
J. Donehey and G. Overholser, “Capital One” (presentation at the Ernst & Young Embracing Complexity Conference, Boston, Aug. 2-4, 1998).
J. Kluge, “Simply Superior Sourcing” (paper presented at the Fifth International Annual International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association Conference, Eindhoven, Netherlands, April 2, 1996).

Case Studies
R.M. Kanter, “FCB and Publicis (A): Forming the Alliance,” Harvard Business School case no. 9-393-099 (Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing, 1993).

Organization, Association or Corporation as Author
International Monetary Fund, “Survey of African Economies,” vol. 7, “Algeria, Mali, Morocco, and Tunisia” (Washington, D.C.: IMF, 1977).

Government Reports
Securities and Exchange Commission, “Annual Report for the Securities and Exchange Commission for the Fiscal Year” (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1983), 42.

Personal Communications
D.B. Johnson, interview with authors, Nov. 11, 1997.