Author Guidelines

Our Mission

MIT Sloan Management Review leads the discourse among academic researchers, business executives, and other influential thought leaders about advances in management practice, particularly those shaped by technology, 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.

Our Readers

  • Monthly Online Readership: 258,000 unique visitors and 546,000 page views
  • Quarterly Journal Circulation: 27,000 (total readership 64,200)
  • 82% are business executives
  • 77% of readers have a master’s or doctoral degree
  • 36% are top management (founder, owner, CEO, president, chairman)
  • 17% are management consultants
  • 14% are academics

What We Want

We look for the most potent, useful, and directly applicable new management insights and translate them so business executives and management teams can put them to work. While we seek manuscript submissions within a wide range of management disciplines, we have a particular interest in research and analysis that demonstrates the role of technology in transforming the practice of management.

We’re looking for great new ideas with an emphasis on “new.” If you have an observation on a mainstream management trend of the moment, MIT SMR 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 practical wisdom for leaders;
  • Shorter articles for our Frontiers section that deliver new insights on how technology is transforming the practice of management;
  • Big idea initiatives, representing multi-year, research-based programs exploring the latest advances in disruptive topics that are changing the way we all work, live, and innovate;
  • MIT SMR’s frequently updated blog, which features fresh thinking across a range of topics;
  • Online-only articles, interviews, videos, and other digital content related to topics of interest to our audience.
  • NEW: We have launched a book series co-published with MIT Press.

Article Proposal Guidelines

Article proposals should include a clear description of the article’s purpose, its core thesis, and the evidence to support it, a specific description of value the article will deliver to our audience of business professionals, and a short summary of the research upon which the article will be developed.

Most article proposals range from 1 to 5 pages.

We will respond to article proposals as quickly as possible. Any indication of initial interest based on a proposal should not be taken as a sign of commitment to publish.

Article proposals should be submitted via the same process described for submissions using the Article Proposals option via our online submissions interface.

Book Proposals

MIT SMR is partnering with MIT Press to publish a book series focused on management’s digital future.

Download Book Proposal Guidelines (PDF)

What Happens Next

We understand that your ideas are important, and we intend to respond to them in a timely fashion. MIT SMR will acknowledge receipt of your article or proposal immediately upon submission. After that, submissions 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.

Endnotes Style

Although scholarly publications often do, we do not identify references by date and author’s last name in parentheses in the text, followed by 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 (see samples below).

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 always use the latest version of “The Chicago Manual of Style” (CMS) 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 names of authors in endnotes.

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

Do not italicize magazine names or place them within quotes.

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 the online Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary for spelling, or you can use the equivalent print edition, which is Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (but please always use the most recent edition of the print version).