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Guide for Authors

The Rady Business Journal (RBJ) is a student-run publication that seeks to provide business leaders with insights to assist in the development of innovations in the marketplace.

The primary goal of the Rady Business Journal is to promote the entrepreneurship and managerial acumen of the Rady community, with the supporting aim of communicating the research and innovation that is occurring at UC San Diego and in San Diego at large. To that end, our preference is to publish articles that reflect this mix; we give priority to articles authored in whole or in part by Rady students, faculty, staff, and alumni, followed by articles authored by individuals who are members of the larger UC San Diego family.

Articles are accepted on a rolling basis and are published online as soon as any necessary editing is completed. Printed issues are currently produced annually, and the editorial board selects the articles that will be included. Please see our publication guidelines below for additional information, including how to contact us. Thank you for your interest in the RBJ.

 

Submission process

Writing a thoughtful, well-cited article is a substantial undertaking. We welcome short pitches which outline a proposed article, both in order to assess whether the article idea is a good fit for the RBJ and to give constructive feedback at an early stage in the process.

 

The publication process at RBJ is often collaborative between editors and authors, and you may be asked to perform a number of revisions before final acceptance and publication.

 

If you would like to submit an article or a pitch idea, please contact us at rbj@rady.ucsd.edu

 

If you are a Rady PhD student or faculty member, please directly contact the academic editor Austin Henderson at austin.henderson@rady.ucsd.edu

 

Article Types

The RBJ accepts submissions across many article types, with suggested word counts noted:

  • Research in Brief (2,000-5,000 words): This article type is a summary of the author’s research. The piece must explain the hypothesis, how testing was performed, the findings, and how the research fits into the previous body of knowledge in the area. Additionally, it should explain the real world relevance of the research, or how it may lead to later impacts.
  • In the News (1,000-2,000 words): This article type takes a current event and summarizes it without taking a position, although it is expected that the piece will reference (with citations as appropriate) different views that are relevant to the topic. Please note that these articles are less suitable for publication in a compilation edition and other article types are given preference over this type of article and Rady Recap articles.
  • Opinion (750–2,000 words): This article type takes an explicit position on a topic or issue based on the author’s experience or other extensive knowledge of the subject. The author is expected to bolster his or her position by citing research or other relevant sources.
  • Review (1,000–3,500 words): This article type is a critique (that is not completely one sided) of a recent scholarly article or a trend in scholarly research. It must have meticulous citations. A shorter subtype is a book review; this article of 500 to 800 words would review a book (or the latest version of a heavily revised version of the book) that has been published within the previous six months.
  • Competitive Insight (1,500–5,000 words): This article type is like a light case study. The goal is to present a business that is doing something innovative, highlighting how what the business is doing is different from what others do in the industry and how that gives the business a competitive advantage.
  • Rady Recap (300–750 words): This article recounts an event that has taken place at Rady with an emphasis on what the event contributed to the promotion or development of innovation or other entrepreneurial thinking. The event must have occurred within the month prior to submission of the article. The author must have attended the event. Please note that these articles are less suitable for publication in a compilation edition and other article types are given preference over this type of article and Rady Recap articles.
  • Update (500–1,500 words): This article revisits the topic of an article published not less than six months earlier. The article must be on a topic that is simple enough to explain that only a few sentences are needed to orient the uninformed reader before diving into what is new about the topic.

Any article received by the RBJ—including types not discussed above and articles shorter than the word counts above—will be evaluated for possible publication.

Selection Parameters

Articles will be judged based on whether they provide unique, valuable information in accordance with the aims of the journal. With the exception of Opinion and Review articles, the articles should be generally neutral in tone, though Opinion and Review articles should still seek to provide some balance to the particular viewpoint or critique presented.

Before an article is published, two editorial board members must review the work and approve it. It may be the case that even after several revisions it is decided that an article is not be a good fit for the RBJ. To avoid that possibility, we strongly recommend reaching out to our editorial board before beginning an article.

Additional Guidance for Authors

When submitting an article to the RBJ, the author must warrant that citations have been properly provided, with the citation formats consistent with the RBJ citation guidelines. The RBJ adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style citation formats[1] and AP Stylebook guidelines. The author also must provide the RBJ with a brief bio (50–150 words) for him or her to help the RBJ understand the source of the author’s expertise.

The RBJ seeks a variety of topics and types of articles and prefers to publish articles that have not previously been published elsewhere. Authors must make the RBJ aware of any other submissions or planned submissions at the time of the submission of the article to the RBJ and it is up to the author to notify RBJ of any changes in that information or the publication status of the article elsewhere if the article is selected for publication by the RBJ.

Authors submitting content to the RBJ must not plagiarize others’ work and cannot make up information. To avoid plagiarism, we recommend that authors familiarize themselves with UCSD’s resources on the topic.[2]Articles submitted to the RBJ must properly cite all assertions of information not commonly known (including facts).

An exception occurs when an interview subject has attested to the validity of his or her assertions. When conducting an interview for possible publication in the RBJ, it is important that the author tell the subject that the interview is being conducted with the possibility of having it be published and the author must take seriously any comments that something is “off the record”; nothing that is said “off the record” can be used in an article unless it is also found in a public source that can be cited. In addition, if a source says something is only for “background” or is “not for attribution,” then the content cannot be cited to that individual. The RBJ asks that individuals do not present themselves as conducting an interview on behalf of the RBJ without prior permission.

Publication Parameters

The publication of an article on the RBJ website or on another Rady website does not guarantee that the article will be promoted in any other way, such as through social media or any printed edition of the RBJ. Publication of articles in any Rady-controlled form of media is at the sole discretion of the RBJ editorial staff and Rady administrators. If an article is selected for publication on the RBJ website, the author will grant the Rady School of Management and the Rady Business Journal the nonexclusive right to publish and to promote the article in perpetuity in any medium currently known or unknown. The author may be asked to sign a document regarding the copyright rights of the article; the terms of that document take precedence over this document.

Contacting the RBJ

Please email us at rbj@rady.ucsd.edu with any article pitches or questions about the RBJ—including opportunities for advertising in the printed issues.