Submission Guidelines

The Annual Meeting’s submission guidelines for papers, Professional Development Workshops (PDWs), symposia, caucuses, and for the Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC@AOM) can be found below. Please review the guidelines prior to submitting. This page covers the following guidelines:

 

Paper Submission Guidelines

A paper refers to a fully developed manuscript on a scholarly topic. Papers represent the majority of the submissions and form the most scholarly sessions on the program. Accepted papers are organized into two types of sessions: Division (Traditional) Paper Sessions and Discussion Paper Sessions.

Submission Rules for Papers

  • The Rule of One: Each paper may only be submitted to ONE Division or Interest Group.
  • Original Work and New Work: At the time of submission, submitted papers must not have been previously presented or scheduled for presentation at AOM. Submitted papers must not have been published or accepted for publication.
  • If a paper is under review, it must not appear in print or online before the Annual Meeting, 30 July - 3 August 2021.
  • No changes in the paper title, abstract, authorship, and actual paper can occur after the submission deadline.

Formatting Your Paper

Please follow these guidelines to ensure your paper is reviewed. Papers that are not prepared according to these formatting instructions will NOT be reviewed. The entire paper submission (title page in Title Case, abstract, main text, figures, graphs, tables, references, etc.) must be in ONE document created in one of the following compatible formats.

  • Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf)
  • Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • The maximum length of the paper is 40 pages (including the title page and all figures, graphs, tables, appendices, and references).
  • Figures, graphs, tables, appendices, and references should follow the Academy of Management Journal's Style Guide.
  • Use Times New Roman 12-point font, double spaced, 1-inch (2.5 cm) margin all around, and 8.5" × 11" page setting. References may be single-spaced.
  • The 5-digit, AOM-assigned electronic submission ID number should appear in the header (upper right) on the first page of the uploaded document.
  • Be sure to number all of the pages of the paper.

To facilitate the blind review process, remove all author-identifying information, including acknowledgments, from the uploaded document as this is the document reviewers will be reading. Note: You will still include ALL authors associated with your submission during the submission process, but not on your paper. The author information provided will appear in the printed and online Program.

Make sure that the file or document uploaded is virus-free prior to submitting.

After uploading the document, it will be automatically converted to Adobe PDF format. Please make sure that the content of the submission appears and prints correctly as you intended after it has been converted by clicking on the "view" button.

If any of the above guidelines and formatting instructions are not met, the submission will not be reviewed. You will be required to type in the following information to verify that your paper meets the requirements: number of authors and number of pages.

Symposium Submission Guidelines

A symposium session is organized as either a Panel Symposium or a Presenter Symposium. 

A Presenter Symposium involves a series of authored papers on a preset theme.  

A Panel Symposium engages a group of panelists in a formal interactive discussion around a theme or question relevant to the field.  

Symposium Sponsors

A symposium that is designed for a specific audience can be submitted to as many as THREE (3) Divisions or Interest Groups that will each review the symposium independently. A symposium that relates to a specific Division or Interest Group should be submitted to that Division or Interest Group. When you submit a symposium, the electronic system will ask you to select potential sponsors and rank them in order of relevance. A symposium that would appeal broadly to AOM members in ALL divisions AND addresses the meeting theme, " Bringing the Manager Back in Management," should be submitted to the All-Academy Theme (AAT) Committee. 

Symposium Review Process

Symposia are single-blind reviewed. The reviewers see the names of the presenters, participants, and organizers. Proposals for symposia are judged based on overall quality, interest to AOM members, relevance to the sponsor being sought (Division, Interest Group, AAT Committee), innovation, and contribution. For more details about the criteria used by specific sponsors, consult the Division or Interest Group call for submissions.

Formatting Your Symposium Proposal

Please follow these instructions to ensure your symposium proposal is reviewed. Proposals that are not prepared according to these instructions will NOT be reviewed.

A symposium submission must include the following and be organized in the following order:

A title page that includes:

  • AOM-assigned submission number
  • An explicit designation if it is a presenter or a panel symposium
  • Title of symposium (in Title Case)
  • Complete formal names and affiliations of all participants
  • List of potential Division and/or Interest Group sponsors

A 3-6 page overview of the symposium that includes an explanation of why the symposium should be of interest to EACH of the specified sponsors.

Proposed format of the symposium.

Symposia should be designed to fit a 90-minute session.

  • Presenter symposia: An additional 2-5 page synopsis of EACH presentation, not including references. Each presentation may include a maximum of two additional pages of tables and figures. Tables and figures must be clear and legible, and should be no smaller than 10-point font. 
  • Panel symposia: An additional up to 5-page summary of the panelists' discussion. There may be no formal paper presentations within a panel symposium.

Use Times New Roman 12-point font, double spaced, 1-inch (2.5cm) margin all around, and 8.5"x11" page setting. References may be single-spaced. The entire submission must be in ONE document created in one of the following compatible formats:

  • Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf)
  • Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)

Be sure to number all of the pages of the submission. Make sure to check that the file or document uploaded is virus-free prior to submitting.

After uploading the document, it will be automatically converted to Adobe PDF format. Please make sure that the content of the submission appears and prints correctly as you intended after it has been converted by clicking on the "view" button.

The Rule of Three for Papers and Symposia

No one may submit to or be associated with more than three scholarly submissions (papers and/or symposia) to an AOM Meeting. No one may appear on more than three sessions during the refereed scholarly program.

Scholarly Program appearances include all roles that are listed on the scholarly program such as chairs, organizers, special guests, discussants, speakers, presenters, co-authors, and so on.

Professional Development Workshop (PDW) Submission Guidelines

In contrast to the refereed scholarly program that has standardized time blocks and formats; the PDWs include a wide variety of session formats with various session durations.

PDW Sponsors

PDW proposals can only be submitted to ONE sponsor (that is, ONE Division, Interest Group, or Affiliate).

Formatting your PDW

Please follow these instructions to ensure your PDW proposal is reviewed. Proposals that are not prepared according to these instructions will NOT be reviewed.

A PDW submission must include the following and be organized in the following order:

  • PDW Proposals must be a minimum of four-pages
  • Title page that includes:
    • AOM submission system-assigned five-digit submission number
    • Title of the workshop (in Title Case)
    • Name of the primary sponsor and a list of other sponsors who might be interested in the workshop
    • Up to 250-word abstract of the workshop
  • One-page explanation as to why the workshop should be of interest to the specified sponsor
  • One-page description of the workshop format
  • One-to-three-page overview of the workshop

    Use Times New Roman 12-point font, double spaced, 1-inch (2.5cm) margin all around, and 8.5"x11" page setting. References may be single-spaced. The entire submission must be in ONE document created in one of the following compatible formats:

    • Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf)
    • Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)
    • Rich Text Format (.rtf)

    Be sure to number all of the pages of the submission. Make sure to check that the file or document uploaded is virus-free prior to submitting.

    After uploading the document, it will be automatically converted to Adobe PDF format. Please make sure that the content of the submission appears and prints correctly as you intended after it has been converted by clicking on the "view" button.

    NOTE: If any of the above guidelines and formatting instructions are not met, the submission will not be reviewed.

    Caucus Submission Guidelines

    Questions to guide you as you prepare your caucus proposal.

    • Does the proposal encourage the development of new ideas or address emerging topics?
    • Does the proposal appeal to and interest a broad audience of AOM members?
    • Does the proposal encourage collaboration and the free exchange of ideas?
    • Does the proposal address the conference theme?
    • Does the proposal clearly express goals and desired outcomes?

    Formatting your caucus proposal

    Please follow these formatting guidelines to ensure your Caucus proposal is reviewed.

    The entire submission must be in ONE document created in one of the following compatible formats:

    • Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf)
    • Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)
    • Rich Text Format (.rtf)

    The Caucus submission includes the following:

    • Title of the caucus (in Title Case)
    • Name, email address, and phone number of up to TWO (2) Caucus organizer(s)
    • Abstract or short program description of 50-words
    • Short description (up to 500 words) of the topical content and delivery plan, including two bold-font keywords.  Figures, graphs, tables, references, etc. should be included as necessary
    • Names, affiliations, and contact information of 5 (FIVE) AOM members, in addition to the organizer(s), who support the submission. Note that these five names will NOT be listed in the program and will not be counted in the Rule of Three + Three. We ask that you include them as a way to verify that the topic is one that is likely to appeal to at least several AOM members.

    Be sure to number all of the pages of the submission. Make sure to check that the file or document uploaded is virus-free prior to submitting.

    After uploading the document, it will be automatically converted to Adobe PDF format. Please make sure that the content of the submission appears and prints correctly as you intended after it has been converted by clicking on the "view" button.

    Note: If any of the above guidelines and formatting instructions are not met, the submission will not be reviewed.

    Teaching and Learning Conference Submission Guidelines

    Important: If any of the below guidelines and formatting instructions are not met, the submission will not be reviewed. 

    Page 1- Cover Page includes:

    • The title of presentation (in Title Case)
    • AOM-assigned 5-digit submission number
    • Statement to indicate that ALL presenters on the proposal agree to register and attend the 2020 TLC@AOM Conference should the submission be accepted.
    • Identification of the theme(s) for the proposal (see list of “Themes for the 2020 TLC Conference”).

    Pages 2-5 include:

    • Topic: Describe the topic of your presentation. What you are planning to do? How does the topic fulfill the theme(s) identified on the Cover Page?
    • Interest: Why would this topic be of interest to conference attendees?
    • Method: Describe your presentation methods – lecture, visual aids, video, etc.
    • Audience Involvement: Describe how you will involve the audience.
    • Takeaways: Be explicit about what the audience will be able to take away from your presentation. In other words, how can attendees apply the information to improve their teaching?
    • Time Management:  Indicate the presentation time requested: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Also provide a breakdown of how the time will be utilized with minutes for each segment of the presentation and explain how each presenter will be involved in the presentation of the materials.

    Proposals must not exceed 5 pages.

    To facilitate the blind review process, remove all author identifying information, including acknowledgments, from the uploaded document. Note: You will still include ALL authors associated with your submission during the submission process, but not in your uploaded proposal. Given the length of the sessions, the number of presenters included should be limited to a maximum of six. The author information provided will appear in the printed and online Program.

    Note: Any proposal that appears to market a product or service is not suitable for AOM Teaching and Learning Conference and will be rejected.