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Author Guidelines

Interested in submitting to this journal? Style instructions are listed below. Email a file of your submission in Microsoft Word to editor-cbar@cbfa.org. 

Each article is sent to 3 reviewers. It usually takes 7 weeks to complete the initial review process. There are no article processing charges for submission or publication.

CBAR is published annually in the spring.  The preferred submission deadline is December 1.

Style Instructions

     When submitting articles, please use the following style instructions: 

     Citation styleArticles in the CBAR should follow the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style. For example, articles should be written using textual citations rather than footnotes. Authors can refer to the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for any questions regarding this style. References should be noted in the body of paper in parenthesis, e.g. (Goltz, Hietapelto, Reinsch, & Tyrell, 2008). All references should appear alphabetically by author’s last name in the references section in APA format (see example below).

Goltz, S., Hietapelto, A., Reinsch, R., & Tyrell, S. (2008). Teaching teamwork and problem solving concurrently. Journal of Management Education, 32(5), 541-562.

     Cover sheet and abstract. Manuscripts should include a separate cover page (cover sheet) with the title, authors, their affiliations, and contact information. If multiple authors participated in the paper, identify who is the primary contact for the editor. The first page of the paper should include the paper title, followed by an abstract of not more than 75 words, and then followed by the first section.

     Spacing. Manuscripts should be double spaced. One-inch margins should be used.

     Headings and subheadings[1].  APA Style uses a three level headings system to separate and classify paper sections. Use the headings in order, beginning with level 1. The format of each level is illustrated below (and in this document):






Left-aligned, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading


              Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase heading with a period. Begin body text after the period.

     Illustrations. Tables and figures should be numbered, starting with 1.  Do not place tables and figures in the body of the paper. Rather, note in the body of the paper approximately where tables or figures should be placed using double lines with “Insert Table 1 here” between the double lines. Place tables, figures, and appendices after the reference section at the end of the paper.  Tables and figures should be in portrait orientation with 1 inch margins on all sides. 

     Endnotes. Use endnotes, not footnotes, and avoid excessive use of endnotes.  The endnotes section should appear at the end of the paper but before the references section. 

     Electronic file formatsManuscripts should be submitted electronically as an email attachment in Word® file, doc. or docx. format. Do not use the PDF file format for submissions.

     Personal identifying informationAn author’s name or other identifying information (such as title or institutional affiliation) must be removed from the body of the paper, including appendices, footnotes, headings, footers and the electronic file “properties.”

Policy Regarding Previously Published Material (including CBFA meeting presentations)

     The CBAR does not normally publish manuscripts (or book reviews) that have been previously published in other journals, books, or magazines. The CBAR will consider manuscripts of papers presented at regional or national meetings (including those presented at the CBFA national meeting). In this regard, authors should note that the CBAR is a blind peer-reviewed academic journal. The CBAR’s standards for manuscript acceptance may be quite different from those of acceptance for meeting presentations. Frequently, regional and national meetings are forums for early versions of ideas, as well as for discussing issues related to a particular discipline’s pedagogical, organizational, and political concerns. Therefore it is the position of the CBAR that papers presented at meetings should be substantively changed for consideration as manuscripts for the CBAR. While it is not practical to quantify the required degree of change, it would be expected that the author(s), in a letter accompanying the manuscript, would be able to document the substantive changes made in development of the manuscript for review by the CBAR. The CBAR reserves the right to not publish material considered to be insufficiently developed as a journal manuscript. Authors who do submit manuscripts developed from previous paper presentations should recognize that they may forfeit some of the “blindness” in the blind review process. While all identifying information will be deleted in manuscripts sent to board of review members, one or more members of the board may have knowledge of the paper as a presentation. Such papers are often published in meeting proceedings and these may well be known to reviewers (especially from the CBFA’s own national meeting).

Submission Email

     In your submission email provide the following:

  • An abbreviated version of the title of the article in the email subject line and the full title of the article in the body of the email.
  • A short description of the particular contribution that the paper makes to the on-going scholarly dialogue.
  • Specify the focus area for your manuscript (i.e. Research in Business Education, Creative Instruction, Curriculum Development or Professional Issues).
  • Email a file of your submission in Microsoft Word to Lenie Holbrook, editor-cbar@cbfa.org

[1] From Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue (owl.english.purdue.edu)