Philosophy of Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

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Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

JCBA does not charge article submission or article processing fees.

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General Submission Rules and Guidelines

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy.

General Guidelines

  • APA style formatted manuscript in a Word file. Please include the full name, job title, organizational affiliation, and email address of each author (Personal information will be removed prior to manuscript peer review).
  • Brief abstract (200 words or less)
  • Biographical note and high-quality JPEG photo for each author
  • Germane supplementary files (e.g. definitions, tables, figures, audio clips, video clips, simulations, data that can be analyzed by the reader). Add each file as a supplementary file to your submission.
  • As general guideline, article length of 1,500 to 2,500 words, not including abstract or references is suggested. Length should be sufficient to elucidate the article's thesis. This means that longer articles can be accepted for review. Authors are encouraged to expand and illuminate key concepts via use of supplementary materials. Supplementary materials do not count in the word limit noted above, however please note that they should add meaning to the content rather than just repeat it.
  • Conference presentations will be considered, including those published in conference proceedings. Disclose conference information at the end of the manuscript, imitating this example: [This article was modified from a presentation at the Annual Conference of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education in New York City, April 2005.] If possible, provide hyperlinks for the presentation file (if available in Web conference proceedings), the sponsoring organization, and the conference homepage.
  • Submitted manuscripts may be checked using originality detection software at the discretion of the editors.

If you have concerns about the submission terms for Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy, please contact the editors.

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Review and Revision Process

Promising manuscripts enter a double-blind review process involving at least two members of the editorial board. Reviewers comment on an article’s strengths and weaknesses, provide suggestions to authors, and make general recommendations about publication. If the two publication recommendations are not unanimous, a third review is sought. The editors consider manuscript review comments and appends them to the originally submitted manuscript and returns them to the submitting author along additional guidance as appropriate.

Authors are free to respectfully disagree with any element of the critiques, but they should provide justification for not complying with major revision requests. Productive, collegial interaction among authors, reviewers, and editors ultimately results in professional and readable articles that contribute meaningfully field of academic collective bargaining. After the editor approves an article for publication, it is assigned to a future issue. We retain an electronic copy of every original submission and subsequent reviewed and revised drafts; we encourage authors to do the same. These documents become useful references as the manuscript evolves.

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Formatting Requirements

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and the National Center

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to the National Center all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption requires credit to the National Center as copyright holder (e.g., National Center © 2024).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from The Keep provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the The Keep website and/or software agree not to misuse the The Keep service or software in any way.

The failure of The Keep to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between The Keep and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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