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Call for Manuscripts for Business Education Forum


Members of NBEA are encouraged to submit articles for publication in Business Education Forum. Here's what you need to know about writing for your association's journal.

Writers' Guidelines for Manuscripts Submitted to Business Education Forum

NBEA encourages members to share what they know and what they are exploring about teaching business education by writing an article for publication in Business Education Forum. Writing for publication not only hones your skills as a professional communicator but also brings you a sense of professional accomplishment and recognition, strengthens your résumé, and offers you a chance to make a difference in the form of a lasting contribution to your profession.


Business Education Forum is a professional journal, written by practitioners, for practitioners. Articles published in the Forum aim to:
• interest teachers in the field of business education;
• improve learning for students by making teaching more effective and creative; and
• be the kind of article you yourself like to read—one that brings something new to the table.


NBEA actively seeks the following types of articles:


• Business education content articles (in the traditional business education disciplines) of 1500–2000 words each double spaced using a 12-point font. Consult recent issues of Business Education Forum for examples.


• Planbook articles (written like a lesson plan of 450–900 words). These articles are how-to pieces that share successful lessons or teaching approaches. They should include a brief overview, time required, grade level, learning objective(s), targeted NBEA standard(s), materials and equipment, procedure, evaluation/summarization/enrichment, and accommodations as applicable.


• CTSO News. These are upbeat, inspirational articles of 250–400 words that share the special achievements of student organizations such as FBLA, Business Professionals of America (BPA), DECA, etc., or communicate strategies for student engagement.


• C-Suite View. Articles (450–600 words) written by a business person on a topic or issue germane to or trending in the workplace.

In general, articles should be original and written in clear, accessible prose. Specifically:

• Business Education content articles can be “academic” in nature—i.e., include references to previously existing discourse—yet written in
concise, specific, and plain language that uses active rather than passive voice. Look at recent issues of Business Education Forum, particulary February 2016, for examples.


• Planbook articles should strive to be clear, concise, logical, and specific. These are “how-to” pieces. Write them in such a way that any business educator can easily and reliably reproduce the activity in his/her classroom.


• CTSO News should be upbeat and friendly—as if you are sharing your idea with a teaching friend across the lunch table. Use clear, concise, even colloquial language and active voice.


• C-Suite View articles are typically written in a tone or style similar to those published in leading business publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Inc., or Fast Company. They focus on specific cases, incidents, or issues (e.g., ethics) and contain a takeaway useful to business educators preparing students for the workplace.

Here is how to prepare your article for submission:

Double-space your text using MS Word and limiting any special coding.  Simpler is better.  Then consult the following checklist before considering your draft final:

• Your article has a TITLE and the word count is the appropriate for the kind of article you are submitting.

• You have included subheads as needed for readability.

• At the end of your article, you have included a one-sentence bio in this format: Your Name (phone number; email address) is (job title) at School
or Institution, City, State.

• You have labeled any illustrations (photos, graphs, tables, charts) and saved them as separate files, in electronic format suitable for print
reproduction (e.g., PDF, TIFF, JPEG, EPS). Please include any legends, captions, and/or photo credits at the end of the article, after the bio.

• You have proofread for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and readability.


• You have named your manuscript file in this format: Forum Submission_Last name_Article keyword or title


• You have named your illustration files in this format: Forum Submission_Last name_Illustration label (e.g., Figure 1, photo 1, etc.)

• You have provided attribution for any content that you are quoting from another source.

• If you have cited references, you have formatted them according to style guidelines in The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (sixth edition).

• You have obtained copyright permission for reproducing any content that is not original (such as photos, graphs, illustrations, etc.).

Now submit your article in three easy steps:

1. Email “Business Education Content” articles to Email “Planbook,” “CTSO News,” or “C-Suite View” articles to


2. In the message header, type FORUM Submission (type of article, i.e., “Business Education Content” or “Planbook” or “CTSO News” or “C-Suite View”). Here is an example: Forum Submission (Planbook)


3. Attach your files, include a brief message if you like, and press “send.”

Here is what you should know: To accommodate review, editing, layout, and production timelines, manuscripts are requested approximately four months in advance of month of potential publication. Deadlines are as follows: June 30, August 30, October 30, and January 15.

What happens next? You will receive confirmation that your email was received. You will be notified if your article is accepted (please allow 4-6 weeks) and be given an opportunity to review any edits prior to publication. You will also be asked to sign a copyright release verifying that the content is original and not published elsewhere.

What to do when your article is accepted:

1. List it on your résumé (be sure to note it is “forthcoming” and upon publication, update the title, which sometimes changes between acceptance and production, and the issue date, volume, and number.


2. Create buzz by sharing your good news with friends, colleagues, administrators, and yes—students (you are a role model, after all!).


3. Encourage your colleagues to contribute to the body of knowledge by writing an article. You did it—so can they—and all contributions enrich the profession.

Need more information? Here are some FAQs.

Who can write for NBEA?  In order to publish a manuscript in Business Education Forum, the author(s) must be a member of NBEA. Articles must also be submitted exclusively to Business Education Forum; each author may publish one article per editorial calendar year.


How long until a manuscript is accepted? Please allow approximately four to six weeks for your manuscript to be reviewed. Articles are reviewed by professional educators and NBEA staff.


How much is an article edited? Editors often make suggestions for revisions to manuscripts accepted for publication. These suggestions can include cutting or adding material, as well as stylistic changes. Editors work in conjunction with the author(s) to make these changes, and, if time permits, changes are reviewed and approved by the author(s) before publication.


Are there any disclaimers regarding publication? NBEA does not endorse any products or services and so authors should refrain from mentioning commercial entities unless there is no other way to present the information under discussion. In such cases, authors are encouraged to take a balanced, objective position regarding such mentions. Authors also must disclose any affiliation between themselves and any commercial entity with a financial interest in the article topic—or any financial affiliation the author has with a named commercial entity.


NBEA does not assume responsibility for the points of view or the opinions expressed by the author(s) unless such statements have been established by a resolution of the Association.

Photographs and Graphics. Tables, graphs, diagrams, and photographs should be used if they contribute to the article and enhance its clarity. Graphics, such as illustrations or photographs, may not be embedded in the word processing file; they must be submitted as separate files (PDF, EPS, JPG, or TIFF) in a high-quality resolution appropriate for print.

Author Photos. Business Education Forum generally does not require author photos to be submitted with bylines, with the following exceptions: contributors to the Mentoring Minute, Colleague to Colleague, CTSO News, and C-Suite columns.

Copyright Permission. Obtaining permission to use charts, photographs, or any book, magazine, or newspaper excerpts in an article is the author's responsibility.

Bylines. Authors should include their names, titles, and contact information. Follow this format: Author name (phone; email) is (title) at (name of school or institution, city, state).

References. In general, authors should cite references in alphabetical order.


Here is a basic template for a print reference:
Author(s) with last name first, then first initial(s). (Year of publication). Article name. Journal title (in italics), Volume (Issue), Page number(s).

Here is a basic template for an online reference:
Author(s) with last name first, then first initial(s). (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Online Periodical, volume number (issue number if available). Retrieved from

Here is a sample references citing an NBEA Yearbook article:
Brown, B. (2003). Business foundations and management. In M.H. Rader (Ed.), Effective methods of teaching business education in the 21st century (pp. 186-207). Reston, VA: National Business Education Association.

If there is any question as to how a reference should be cited, consult guidelines in The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (sixth edition).

Sending Your Manuscript.

Please email your word processed document as an attachment to the appropriate individual (see “Now submit your article…,” above). Remember to include your name, address, and phone number, as well as fax number if available. For further information, call NBEA at 703-860-8300.