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To submit a manuscript, first make sure you have a Word file from which the title page and all author-identifying references have been removed. Then, go to the web site at and follow the directions. Acknowledgements of others' help in preparing the paper for submission should be included in the letter to the editor that is featured as part of the web-based submission process. If you need assistance uploading your paper, please contact the Manuscript Central helpline weekdays between 12:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. EST at 434-964-4100 or 888-503-1050 (both U.S.-based numbers). If you are a new user this will be a two step process:

  • First, you establish your account by entering name and affiliation and address details. You may also be asked to enter a few keywords describing your work. Make sure at this stage that you do NOT submit your manuscript (despite the fact that there is the opportunity to upload a file).
  • Second, you go to "Author Center" where you provide information about the current manuscript that you are submitting. The instructions are fairly self-evident.

In order to facilitate processing of submissions, please make sure that:

  • Your entire submission (including references) is double-spaced in 12-point Times-Roman font with margins of one inch.
  • Your abstract is 200 words or less.
  • Your submission contains few and only necessary footnotes (not endnotes).
  • There is nothing in your file that identifies the authors.
  • Any hypotheses are explicitly identified as such.
  • Constructs and variables are identified in words, not abbreviations. 
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Review Process

NOTE: With regard to the question, "Can I submit a paper to AMLE that has been reviewed and rejected as a regular submission or by a Special Issue?" The answer is No, unfortunately, we cannot allow authors to submit previously reviewed and rejected papers. Sometimes authors will take a gem of an idea from their rejected paper and develop it into an entirely new paper. In this case, we could consider the paper as a new submission if the authors can demonstrate that the paper involves a different theoretical framing and addresses a substantially different issue or question than the rejected paper. 

The editor will screen all manuscripts submitted to the Research & Reviews and Essays & Dialogues sections In some cases, a manuscript may be returned without peer review if it is judged to be inappropriate for publication in AMLE.  Manuscripts that are egregiously deficient in grammar, spelling, and punctuation also may be returned without review. Manuscripts judged to be consistent with the mission and standards of AMLE will be submitted for double-blind review to at least two referees as dictated by content-one referee is always an Editorial Board member. Senior authors can expect to receive first-round feedback via email in approximately 75 days, moderated by the editor or an associate editor. 

Manuscripts will be evaluated by referees on the following criteria (which will be selectively applied, based on the nature and type of the manuscript):

  • originality and importance of core ideas
  • quality of treatment of the relevant existing literature
  • quality of the presentation of ideas
  • design and execution of research methodology (if appropriate)
  • overall contribution of the article to the advancement of management education.

Authors are encouraged to solicit feedback from colleagues on early drafts. A manuscript can be improved dramatically when knowledgeable reviewers are asked for reactions in advance of submission. Manuscripts are considered with the understanding that their contents have not been published and are not under consideration elsewhere. Presentation of a paper at a professional meeting does not disqualify it from consideration.

Content Areas

AMLE publishes a wide range of materials devoted to management education in colleges and universities, and indeed, in all organizations that formally foster learning about management, in four content areas:

Research & Reviews

We seek a variety of articles, including quantitative and qualitative empirical manuscripts, theoretical discourses and models, literature reviews, and general or specific appraisals of approaches to individual learning and management education. Authors of submissions for this section are encouraged to consider prior literature as well as relevant theoretical perspectives when developing their manuscripts. At AMLE the nature of the contribution to the literature can be practical, such as when a new teaching or assessment technique is demonstrated to work better than other established techniques. Papers describing courses or curricula, or the methods used to create them, are generally not appropriate for our journal. We are not a teaching-practice journal that publishes descriptive work; instead, we are a scholarly journal that publishes rigorous logical and empirical analyses of courses, curricula, programs, and other practices within business schools.

When submitting quantitative empirical papers, authors are encouraged to include a correlation matrix of all variables, including descriptive statistics. In addition, we ask that for every significance test conducted, an effect size must be provided. There are two major classes of effect sizes appropriate for most statistical tests. The first class of effect sizes involves standardized mean differences. Effect sizes in this class include indices such as Glass' Δ , Hedges' g, and Cohen's d. Because most quantitative analyses reported in our journal are part of one General Linear Model family,variance-accounted-for effect sizes are the other option. Effect sizes in this second class include indices such as r2R2, and ŋ2.

Although there is no formal page limit, manuscripts submitted for this section are typically between 20 and 40 pages. The editor will consider papers longer than this only in rare occurrences. As always, length should reflect the value of the contribution. Submissions should follow the Style & Formatting guidelines below, and prospective authors are welcome to contact the editor at:

William (Bill) M. Foster, Incoming Editor
Academy of Management Learning & Education
Augustana Campus
Hoyme 149
University of Alberta
4901-46 Avenue
Camrose, Alberta
Canada T4V 2R3
(780) 679-1166 (voice) 
(780) 679-1129 (fax)

Essays & Dialogues

We are interested in a wide variety of provocative manuscripts on current and future issues and trends in teaching, learning, and management education for this section of the journal. Essays are original commentaries or critiques. Narrative accounts of author experiences with specific instructional technologies, techniques, courses, or program creation are not essays. Dialogues are responses to papers previously published in AMLE. Interviews are discussions with academics, educators, and business or thought leaders that would be of interest to our readership. Submissions should follow the SUBMISSION INFORMATION guidelines below, and prospective authors are welcome to discuss ideas with the associate editor listed below.

Dialogues are rooted in Exemplary Contributions, Research & Reviews, or Essays published in AMLE, and should broadly advance the state of scholarship in the area of the target paper, as opposed to being primarily critiques of the reasoning or methodology of the target paper. Authors of the target paper will not normally be allowed to respond to a Dialogue, except when the Editor and relevant Associate Editors deem that such a response could add significant value. In such instances, Dialogue, and the response from the author of the target article will appear contiguously. Although there is no formal page limit, manuscripts for this section are typically between 20 and 40 pages. The editors will consider papers longer than this only in rare occurrences.

Before developing an interview-type manuscript, prospective authors are strongly encouraged to consult with the section editor to ensure that their topic and approach is consistent with AMLE's mission and audience:

 Paul Hibbert
 Russ Vince

Exemplary Contributions

Exemplary Contributions are invited from prominent scholars and practitioners. Please do not submit uninvited manuscripts for this section. However, we encourage you to send suggestions of individuals who have made significant contributions to individual learning and management education to:

 William (Bill) M. Foster

Book & Resource Reviews

AMLE publishes reviews relevant to individual learning and management education (books, videos, simulations, exercises, etc.), which are designated and coordinated by the associate editor listed below. We welcome reviews of materials that can be used by management educators, practitioners, and researchers and are particularly interested in reviews of resources drawn from across the disciplines. Unsolicited reviews will not be accepted. We encourage readers interested in writing reviews and those who have suggestions of materials for review to contact:

 Megan Gerhardt

Style & Formatting

Overall Format

All manuscripts submitted to Research & Reviews or Essays, Dialogues, & Interviews should be double-spaced, with 12-point font and 1-inch margins. The cover page should be uploaded as a separate document; it should include the title, the name and contact information (i.e., address, telephone, and e-mail) of all authors, and any acknowledgments. This page will not be part of the manuscript sent out for blind review. The first page should include the title and an abstract of 200 words or less. All manuscripts should reflect the comments and specifications below.

Writing Style

AMLE seeks well-argued, well-written manuscripts that our audience will want to read and remember.  Toward that end, we recommend the approach to writing presented in George D. Gopen and Judith A. Swan's, "The Science of Scientific Writing" (American Scientist,  1990, 78: 550-558) and Joseph M. Williams', Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace, 6th ed. (2000, New York: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.).

Following this approach, we strongly endorse the use of first person when it accurately describes agency.  Thus, if you did something, "I" would be appropriate; similarly, if your team did something, "we" would be appropriate.  And if you are the sole agent, there is no need to disguise your contribution with a royal "we."  So, in situations where the first person accurately describes the agency, "I" and "we" are not only appropriate, they are preferred. (Speaking of pronouns, use the pronoun "he" only in reference to individuals known to be men.  Please do not use the generic "he," and refrain from using "he/she" or its variations. Vary pronouns as appropriate.)


Headings make a manuscript's structure more visible, which helps the reader understand its organization and flow.  All headings should begin flush against the left margin:


This Is a Second-Level Head

This Is a Third-Level Head

This Is a Fourth-Level Head. (Text should follow on the same line)

Please remember that a heading structure is really just a traditional outline without the Roman numerals, capital letters, and so forth, so within any section, if any headings at the next lower heading level are used, at least two such headings must be used.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures can enhance both the reader's understanding of information and the efficiency of its presentation.  But just as too many overhead slides can ruin an oral presentation, too many figures and tables can detract from the overall narrative.  Thus we encourage the judicious use of tables and figures and we discourage their overuse.  The proper construction of tables and figures is a detailed craft, so in preparing them for your manuscript, please follow the detailed instructions presented in the styles guides of the Academy of Management Journal and Academy of Management Review, both of which are published in the first issue each year.

Guidelines for submitting figures/images: 

  • Make sure you use uniform lettering and sizing of your original artwork. 
  • Number the illustrations according to their sequence in the text. 
  • Submit each figure as a separate file. Do NOT embed art files into a Word or PDF document.
  • Line illustrations should be submitted at 900 dpi. 
  • Halftones and color should be submitted at a minimum of 300 dpi.
  • Save as either TIF or EPS files. 
  • Color art must be saved as CMYK - not RGB.
  • Black and White art must be submitted as grayscale - not RGB.
  • PowerPoint or Excel files should NOT be submitted.


As with AMJ and AMRAMLE follows the referencing format and practices of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th ed. closely, although there are minor differences.  So in the text, cite the author, year of publication, and if appropriate, the page numbers within parentheses.  For example: (Gopen & Swan, 1990: 552).

An important detail when citing a reference is whether to give the exact page numbers. We ask that authors always give the exact page number(s) when they quote another source verbatim.  This is also good practice when citing a specific finding.  Page numbers are not always necessary, of course, and many times it will simply be a matter for your own judgment.  However, we ask that you put yourself in the place of a reader who would like to check the cited finding or idea.  Would your citation allow the reader to easily locate the cited material once the source was obtained?  Or would the reader have to read all of a 500-page book to track it down?

The reference list itself should be located at the end of the text before any tables or figures that accompany the manuscript.  References should be listed in alphabetical order, and if more than one reference from the same source is listed, list them in chronological order beginning with the oldest source first.  Many types of sources can be listed, of course, and we refer you to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th ed., for advice on almost any type of source you would like to cite.  However, we present models of the most common types of sources below:


A key distinction for articles is whether they are part of a page-numbering sequence that runs through the entire volume or begins anew with each issue of the periodical.  An example of each type is given below, with the form for the volume-length numbering illustrated first, followed by the form for the numbered-by-issue method.

Pfeffer, J., & Fong, C. T.  2002.  The end of business schools?  Less success than meets the eye. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 1: 78-95.

Hays, R. H., & Abernathy, W. J.  1980. Managing our way to economic decline.  Harvard Business Review, 58(4): 67-77.


Books can be authored or edited, and an example of each is given below.  The third example is for a chapter in an edited book.

Useem, M.  1989.  Liberal education and the corporation: The hiring and advancement of college graduates. Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter.

Boyatzis, R. E., Cowen, S. S., Kolb, D. A., & Associates (Eds.). 1995.  Innovation in professional education: Steps on a journey from teaching to learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Hu, L., & Bentler, P. M.  1995.  Evaluating model fit.  In R. H. Hoyle (Ed.), Structural equation modeling: Concepts, issues, and applications: 76-99.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Book and Resource Review Guidelines


The objective of the Books and Resource Review (B&RR) section of AMLE is to provide our readers with insightful and informative reviews of a diverse array of resources. We define the term "resources" broadly - such that we are interested in reviews of not only books but also software, hardware, internet sites, training programs, experiential exercises, simulations, and other tools that may assist management educators and practitioners in developing their knowledge, skills, and awareness. Additionally, the current editorial board has made a strategic decision to include reviews of resources drawn from outside of the management domain. As a result, we are particularly interested in reviews of applicable resources drawn from across the disciplines (e.g., Computer Sciences, Engineering, Education, Journalism, Humanities, Law, Medicine & Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences), as well as those specifically targeting management educators. 

Although the editors will initiate the review of both popular and classic media, we encourage editorial board members, and indeed Academy of Management members, to recommend specific reviews that AMLE should undertake. It should be stressed that AMLE will strive to address the range of interests represented by all divisions and interest groups of the Academy. In addition, we will strive to represent alternative, unique, and emerging viewpoints from across the disciplines and around the globe, both in the selection of resources and the selection of reviewers.

Please find more specific information on the format of BRR contributions, under BBR Guidelines. We encourage you to follow these guidelines, but also to consider whether an alternative approach might be appropriate given the nature of the resource and the nature of the review undertaken. If an alternative approach is preferred, please contact the B&RR section editor, Megan Gerhardt, before beginning the review, using the phrase AMLE Book and Resource Reviews in the subject line.

Special Issues

Each year, AMLE publishes a special thematic issue coordinated by guest editors. Please check out our complete list of forthcoming and past special issues.


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