Submissions

BizEd Submission FAQs

 

What types of articles are most likely to get published by BizEd?

We look for three kinds of articles:

1. Those that detail a program, approach, or initiative at a school that could serve as a model for other schools facing similar challenges. Articles must offer useful information and guidance to readers at other business schools, not just celebrate a business school and its programs.

2. Those written by deans, faculty, or thought leaders about trends in business or business education that could have a widespread impact on the industry.

3. Those that provide empirical data that highlight important trends in business education.

Our content is focused on highlighting trends, sharing perspectives, and offering valuable ideas related to the delivery and continuous improvement of business education. 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.

When prospective authors are considering what type of articles to submit to BizEd, we ask them to consider their schools' strengths and specialties, as well as the specific ideas or issues about which they are most passionate. The strongest articles also honestly describe how authors or schools have addressed their greatest challenges—not just focus on their biggest successes.

 

What types of story pitches are unlikely to be published?

Submissions are generally rejected for the following reasons:

1. They are written as academic papers. BizEd's tone is more journalistic and descriptive than scholarly. Articles for BizEd should be written in a largely narrative and persuasive style; focus on specific issues; and include points that are well-supported by firsthand experiences, personal observations, real-world examples, and data where appropriate.

2. They are directed to audiences other than business educators. We do not consider pitches and submissions that do not pertain to business education.

3. Their authors lack strong connections, experience, and authority related to the topic.

4. They are too generally written or broadly focused, lacking specific illustrations and examples.

5. They are too promotional. We reject any article whose main purpose is to promote a school, business, product, or individual. If promotional language appears in an accepted submission, we will remove it. Generally speaking, if a submission's language is suitable for a school's website, it's not suitable for BizEd.

 

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

Our digital editorial calendar includes a feature focus each month, but it is not necessary to link a pitch to our calendar. We welcome pitches that keep the following considerations in mind:

1. We typically begin working on a featured topic about three to four months in advance. So, for example, if you have a story idea for the March issue, let us know about it by December.

2. We often have sources in mind when we put the calendar together. Even if your idea fits the theme, we might not be able to use it in that particular issue.

3. Do not constrain your pitch ideas to our editorial calendar. We look for content on a wide range of topics relevant to business education.

 

Should I submit an article idea before I create or send a draft?

We consider proposals, drafts, or finished submissions. We are happy to offer feedback on proposals so that finished submissions are more likely to match our publication criteria. However, even if we express interest in a proposed idea, we do not make a final publication decision until after we have the article in hand and review its quality.

 

How long should a feature article be?

Features are generally between 1,000 and 1,500 words. We edit all accepted submissions for conciseness and clarity.

 

Does BizEd have a preferred formatting style?

We do not have a preferred font or margin setting for submissions, but we ask that articles be submitted as Word files, not PDFs. Because BizEd is not a scholarly journal, we prefer that submissions do not include abstracts or footnotes. In addition, our format generally does not accommodate lists of references. Brief source attributions should be worked into the copy where appropriate.

 

What are BizEd's requirements for images?

Images submitted with articles should be saved in JPEG or TIFF format at a resolution of at least 72 dpi. Head shots used in departments such as Research + Insights or People + Places should be saved at a size of at least 1.4 inches x 1.4 inches. Other images should be saved at a size of at least approximately 4 inches x 5 inches.

 

How does BizEd review submissions for publication?

Submissions are reviewed for depth, quality, and potential interest to readers. We make publication decisions within six weeks of receiving a submission.


Do you have submission requirements for BizEd sections?

Here are our requirements for submitting content to our Your Turn, Research + Insights, Bookshelf, Teaching + Learning, or People + Places departments:

Your Turn

Our op-ed section features essays written by business school deans, faculty, practitioners, and students that explore personal perspectives on topics important to business education. Submissions should be approximately 1,300 words and include a photograph of the author.

Research + Insights

This section showcases new sources of knowledge by and about management education by summarizing recent faculty research, survey results, conference highlights, and new business books. To share insights from your school, submit press releases or short articles about the events or findings to bized.editors@aacsb.edu.

Bookshelf

Mail review copies of books to Sharon Shinn, BizEd, 8677 Litzsinger Road, Brentwood, MO 63144 (USA), or email digital galleys to sharon.shinn@aacsb.edu. Because of the high volume of requests we receive, we cannot review or acknowledge receipt of every book submitted. We give preference to books written by deans and business faculty.

Teaching + Learning

This section highlights innovative ideas, approaches, or technologies that business schools have adopted in their courses, programs, admissions, career services, or other aspects of their operations. Submit printed materials, a website link, relevant photos and illustrations, or other written descriptions related to the topic. Submissions are selected based on the originality of the idea presented and the quality of materials provided.

People + Places

This section contains news 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 used. Why not?

We cannot include every news announcement we receive, and we generally do not use releases that pertain to rankings or that highlight news that is primarily of local interest. We always include dean appointments, dean retirements, and major gifts above 5 million USD. We also include as many new program and partnership announcements as possible. With limited exceptions, we do not include announcements for new faculty or department chair appointments.

That said, we encourage every AACSB-member school to include BizEd on its regular press release mailings. This is the best way to keep us informed of news from your school and to have your news included in our departments.

 

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

For direct story pitches and submissions, please allow at least 24 hours before contacting us to confirm receipt. Once again, because of the high volume of messages we receive, we do not acknowledge 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.

 

We look forward to hearing your stories—thank you for your interest in BizEd!