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  1. May I submit more than one article?
  2. May I modify the terms of the publishing agreement?
  3. How long will it take to publish my article?
  4. Do you accept material published in other journals?
  5. What is the Impact Factor of this journal?
  6. May I volunteer as a reviewer?
  7. Will I be able to reproduce my article elsewhere?
  8. What are the formatting and citation guidelines?
  9. Why do I have to be a member to have an article published?

May I submit more than one article?

As a matter of fairness, authors may submit only one article on which they are listed as the first author per community per year. However, we will accept multiple submissions from a single individual as long as that individual is the primary author on only one article and each other author is also a community member. We will accept multiple submissions across multiple communities, as long as the author joins each community.


May I modify the terms of the publishing agreement?

The terms of the publishing agreement may be modified on a case-by-case basis. When your article has reached the Contract Negotiation stage, you will have the opportunity to submit changes to the proposed publishing agreement. These changes would then be reviewed by the Managing Editor.


How long will it take to publish my article?

We strive to ensure that every article is published in a timely manner. However, there is simply too much variability in the submission process, such as the willingness of reviewers to evaluate a paper on a particular topic, for us to guarantee a specific timeframe for article publication. We do, however, publish journal articles online first, as soon as they're ready, with a full citation. Complete issues follow at regular intervals.


Do you accept material published in other journals?

We cannot accept articles that have been previously published in other journals. However, we do understand that many submissions may be evolutions of previously published works. For this reason, we allow submissions to consist of no more than 30% previously published material.


What is the Impact Factor of this journal?

We're working on having this journal included in the ISI citation index, but we don't have an impact factor established at this stage. We would hope to have a high impact factor based on the quality, web visibility, and accessibility of the collection.

However, we would like to point out that the impact factor is a seriously flawed measure, both methodologically and statistically. For a thorough analysis of the impact factor and acceptance rate, see the introductory chapters of The Future of the Academic Journal (2nd Edition, 2013) by Common Ground's Director, Dr. Bill Cope.


May I volunteer as a reviewer?

We would be glad to have you review articles for potential publication. If you would like to do so, please send your CV and a brief statement of your research interests to support@ontheuniversity.com. Reviewers are credited as Associate Editors of the journal for that year.


Will I be able to reproduce my article elsewhere?

Under the terms of Common Ground's publishing agreement, copyright is retained by the author. If you do wish to reproduce your article, we ask that you properly cite Common Ground and the journal in which it was published.


What are the formatting and citation guidelines?

Please click here to view a complete list of our author submission guidelines. National variations in spelling and usage are embraced. Article citations should follow the guidelines in the Chicago Manual of Style.


Why do I have to be a member to have an article published?

Common Ground’s sustainability model includes a modest knowledge community membership fee, which includes a number of benefits, including the opportunity to publish one article per year in the journal collection connected with the knowledge community. Conference registration includes a membership fee from the date of registration until one year after the conference. If you are not attending but wish to publish an article, we offer a stand-alone membership, which also lasts from the date of registration until one year after the conference.