Submission Guidelines

Organization Science

Organization Science publishes fundamental research about organizations and their processes, structures, technologies, identities, forms, and people. Our research portfolio includes papers grounded in a range of fields and disciplines that include organizational behavior and theory, psychology, sociology, economics, political science, strategic management, information systems, innovation, entrepreneurship, and cognitive science. Papers can focus on different levels of analysis, including human behavior, teams and groups, networks, and the organizations themselves. Diverse methods and approaches are welcome, with the goal of implementing best practices with respect to each. We are receptive to a broad range of theoretical perspectives and particularly appreciate papers that connect them, and welcome papers on understudied yet important settings and populations and on topics and settings that significantly impact the wellbeing and welfare of large populations.

We are committed to providing a fair, inclusive, and efficient review process that is respectful to both authors and reviewers, and cognizant of the publication process’ impact on their lives. In addition to the original research reports at the core of the journal, we occasionally publish peer-reviewed “Perspectives”—conceptual papers and essays that direct attention to emerging organizational phenomena or redirect a line of research.

Author Portal (for additional author support)

The INFORMS Author Portal is a resource to support authors as they move through peer review and production. Visit the Author Portal for detailed information regarding INFORMS publication policies, accepted author support, resources (including pre-submission editing services), and journal metrics.


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Preparing Your Manuscript


Authors should strive to keep manuscripts to 35 pages for quantitatively based research and 45 pages for qualitative research.


Submissions must be double-spaced, with 11-point font and 1-inch margins all around, in PDF or MS Word format.

Double Blind

Organization Science conducts double-blinded reviews, meaning that both the authors and the reviewers are ‘blind’ to the identity of the other. Authors must remove explicit indications of the authors’ names and institutions and all acknowledgments must be removed. The paper should be written in such a way that it does not reveal an author’s identity (e.g., “I extend the work in my dissertation (Norman 1995)” should be written in a neutral manner like “This work extends the research in Norman (1995)”). Proper attribution of prior work, especially work done by the authors, is a must and takes precedence over maintaining anonymity. Author names, institutions, and acknowledgments will be returned to the printed manuscript upon acceptance for publication).


References should be listed alphabetically by author name at the end of the paper in conformance with journal style. In-text citations should be indicated by the author’s last name and year of publication, e.g., (Norman 1977) or Norman (1977). Click here for examples of reference style.

Endnotes and Footnotes

Endnotes and footnotes should be avoided. If the note is necessary, it should be indicated within the text.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively and grouped together after the references. Tables and figures should complement arguments presented in the text, and the position of tables and figures should be cited in the text. The Author Portal contains detailed instructions for figure composition.

Submitting Your Manuscript

All papers for publication consideration by Organization Science should be submitted electronically through ScholarOne Manuscripts at the ScholarOne Manuscripts site for Organization Science.

IMPORTANT NOTE: By submitting a manuscript to or reviewing for this publication, your name, email address, and affiliation, and other contact details the publication might require, will be used for the regular operations of the publication, including, when necessary, sharing with the publisher (INFORMS) and partners for production and publication. The publication and the publisher recognize the importance of protecting the personal information collected from users in the operation of these services, and have practices in place to ensure that steps are taken to maintain the security, integrity, and privacy of the personal data collected and processed. You can learn more here.

The ScholarOne Submission Process

There are seven steps for uploading a manuscript in the ScholarOne system:

Step 1: Type, Title, & Abstract: Enter your manuscript type (ie, Original Manuscript, Perspectives, or Crossroads). Provide the manuscript title and a running header. Add the abstract (not more than 250 words).

Step 2: Attributes: Authors should select 3–10 keywords to describe their paper’s theoretical and methodological orientation.

Step 3: Authors & Institutions: All authors and their institutions must be identified. Please note that the submitting author is required to provide their ORCID iD (more information about ORCID iDs can be found here).

Step 4: Organization Science Conflict of Interest (COI) Statement: Organization Science endeavors to provide submissions with a fair and equitable review process with impartial evaluations from reviewers and editors. As such, we strive to minimize conflicts of interest among the involved parties.

Author COI: Authors are encouraged to suggest potential deputy editors, senior editors, and reviewers for the submission. Authors should not suggest editors or reviewers with whom they have any conflict of interest, and in turn editors will try to avoid reviewers who qualify as such. We recognize that perfect objectivity is impossible to legislate, but define rules and recommendations below:

Formally, an author has a conflict of interest with (a) their advisor or advisee from graduate school; (b) people working or studying at the same institution in the last five years, (c) and coauthors on work completed or in progress during the last five years. Any of these criteria should be automatically disqualifying for editors and reviewers. It is the responsibility of submitting authors to coordinate with coauthors to avoid recommending any such parties.

We further encourage authors to consider whether any past colleague or coauthor more than five years ago can objectively evaluate their manuscript, or if any close personal relationship might bias a reviewer’s judgment.

Authors will be required to confirm the following statements upon submission:

  • No requested editor or reviewer has collaborated or coauthored on a research project/paper with any of the submission’s authors in the five years preceding submissions.
  • No requested editor or reviewer has worked or studied in the same institution as any of the authors in the five years preceding submission.
  • No requested editor or reviewer has served as a formal advisor or advisee with any of the authors during graduate school.

Exceptions may be granted in unusual circumstances such as large-scale projects that have dozens of authors. Any questions or requests for exceptions should be directed to Lamar Pierce at [email protected]

Editors Submissions COI: Lamar Pierce will not submit any new manuscripts while serving as Editor-in-Chief, with the exception of editorials on behalf of the journal. The editor-in-chief will directly handle all new submissions by any of the deputy editors, while the deputy editors will handle all new submissions by senior editors. All pre-existing editor submissions will remain with the previously assigned senior editor throughout the remaining review and revision process.

Step 5: Details & Comments: Authors can include their cover letter either in the text box or as a separate file. This information will be viewed by the Editor-in-Chief and the Senior Editor but will not be viewed by the reviewers. Authors will denote funding in this section. Last, authors will certify that they are complying with the journal's ethical policies.

Step 6: File Upload: Authors will upload as many files as needed for their manuscript. These files will be combined into a single PDF document for the peer review process. For revisions, authors should include only the latest set of files.

Step 7: Review & Submit: As the final step, authors will review the previous six steps for completeness and view the PDF proof generated by the ScholarOne system (this is required). Be sure to select “Submit” when done.

Ethical Statements Authors Will Certify

As part of Step 5 (above), authors will certify the following ethical statements within the ScholarOne System (Note: Papers may be submitted to a conference at the same time as they are being reviewed with Organization Science):

Ethical Guidelines

I acknowledge that I am aware of Organization Science's guidelines for ethical behavior in publishing ( and all INFORMS policies referred to therein and that this submission conforms to those policies. I have disclosed (in my cover letter and in any related submission questions) any possible perceived conflicts of interest and noted all of my work that has substantial overlap to prior publications, conference proceedings, book chapters, and papers submitted to this journal or any other journals. I also certify that the copyright for all portions of this paper can and will be transferred to INFORMS upon acceptance.

Plagiarism & Copyright

I acknowledge that in submitting this paper I am aware of INFORMS policy on plagiarism and copyright ( Further, I acknowledge that I will report to the editor(s) of the journal all of my manuscripts (e.g., prior publications, conference proceedings, book chapters, papers submitted to other journals) that have substantial overlap with the submitted paper. I also certify that the copyright for all portions of this paper can and will be transferred to INFORMS upon acceptance.

Prior Submission

Has another manuscript from this same database been accepted by or previously published in Organization Science or another journal? Has another manuscript from this same database ever been previously submitted to Organization Science, or is one currently under review at this or another journal? If yes to any of these, please note this in your cover letter and explain how this paper differs from the previous one. If another paper from this database has been published in this or another journal, please also include the full citation in your cover letter.

Other Ethical Questions

  • Do you affirm that your manuscript conforms to the submission policy of Organization Science?
  • Do you certify that your manuscript is original material and not copyrighted?
  • Do you certify that your manuscript is not being reviewed elsewhere simultaneously (Please note: the manuscript may be submitted to a conference at the same time as it is being reviewed for Organization Science).
  • Do you certify that your manuscript has not been accepted for publication, nor published in, a refereed journal or book?
  • Is your manuscript published in, or in the publication process, at a non-refereed journal?
  • Is your manuscript posted on a working paper website?
  • If your manuscript is posted on a working paper website, do you agree to transfer copyright from the working paper site to INFORMS?
  • Is your manuscript's research supported by a government grant or funding? (This information will not be seen by the reviewers.)


For additional training and support for using the ScholarOne Manuscripts submission system, please visit ScholarOne’s Author Resources page.

Contact Your Managing Editor

Chris Asher
5521 Research Park Drive
Suite 200
Catonsville, Maryland 21228
[email protected]

The Review Process

Organization Science has a decentralized editorial structure composed of Senior Editors and an Editorial Review Board committed to working with authors to develop interesting ideas into publishable papers. Each Senior Editor has the autonomy to accept or reject a paper for publication or to request that the author revise and resubmit the paper. Authors are invited to nominate up to three reviewers (with suitable expertise and no conflict of interest with the author(s) or the paper being reviewed). Organization Science will make every effort to select one author-nominated reviewer. Manuscripts are reviewed in a double-blind process by at least two reviewers. The Senior Editor integrates his or her comments with those of the reviewers to arrive at a decision about the suitability of the manuscript for publication in Organization Science.


If a revision of a manuscript is invited, authors should resubmit the manuscript within 6 months from the date a revision is requested.

Appeals Process

Organization Science is committed to a fair and just review process. Consistent with this, appeals are only considered under two conditions: 1) Where the author(s) believe that one or more significant technical errors by the reviewers/editors were on their own determinant of the final decision; 2) Where some gross procedural unfairness or injustice occurred in the review process. Errors appeals are not for cases where the author(s) believe that the reviewers/editors did not sufficiently appreciate the paper, nor for cases where there are editorial errors that would not have changed the decision. Editors and reviewers are not always correct about every single point, which is why decisions are based on holistic evaluations of manuscripts. Procedural appeals must be based on formal violations of journal policy, significant ethical transgressions, or other major procedural issues.

In such cases, the author(s) may appeal by email to the Editor-in-Chief (EIC), who will share the appeal with the INFORMS publication team for formal documentation. Appeals sent directly to senior and deputy editors will not be considered. Appeals should be filed at least four weeks after the final decision was transmitted to the author(s), but not more than eight weeks. The EIC will consider the merits of the alleged error after consultation with the decision editor and, if necessary, an additional editor with related expertise. The EIC will then choose a path of action which is generally among the following (1) Uphold the decision made; (2) Return the paper to the decision editor for reevaluation; or (3) Adjust the decision. If necessary, the EIC will personally handle the paper moving forward.

All authors on an appealed paper are not allowed to file any additional appeals for the following two years, except in extreme circumstances (e.g., significant editorial impropriety). Please consider carefully before appealing a decision. There are valid reasons for appeals, but spurious appeals detract from important editorial resources that might be used to benefit the field and its scholars. Appeals will be evaluated on merit alone, and evocations of high status, power, seniority, or historical accomplishments will not be tolerated.

After Acceptance

We respectfully request that authors upload their final files to the submission site within 14 days from receipt of the acceptance decision letter. The decision of accept is not considered binding until final files have been received.

As a condition of final acceptance for publication in Organization Science, the author(s) must indicate if their paper is posted on a working paper website. If so, authors are responsible for ensuring that, if any part of their paper has been copyrighted for prepublication as a working paper, the copyright can and will be transferred to INFORMS when the paper has been accepted. This includes both print and electronic forms of the paper. On acceptance, the working paper should be updated to include the DOI link to the final published version of record on the Organization Science website.

Final Files

A decision of accept will cause the manuscript to appear in the “Manuscripts Accepted for First Look” section of the submitting author’s Author Center, where the author will submit the following files:

  1. A source file of the manuscript in Microsoft Word (or LaTeX), with a cover page that includes full author contact information, keywords, and any acknowledgments;
  2. A PDF file of the main paper;
  3. A PDF file of online appendixes (‘e-companions’; these are not edited, so source files are not needed);
  4. Figure source files;
  5. A signed copyright transfer form;
  6. The completed editorial checklist;
  7. A brief “author biography” that will appear at the end of your paper; and
  8. A media promotion form (optional).


Color figures will publish online in color but be converted to black and white for the print journal unless the authors agree to pay the additional expense associated with printing color.

Open Access

The INFORMS Open Option (IOO) provides an Open Access alternative for articles accepted in any INFORMS journals that would have otherwise been available only through subscriptions or pay per view. Please be advised there is a $3,000 (US) fee to make an article Open Access. If you would like to make your article Open Access, you do not need to complete the regular copyright transfer form. Additional details for IOO as well as other types of Open Access can be found here.

Publication Forms

Contact Your Production Editor

After receipt of final files from authors, manuscripts are sent to production for copy editing and layout. Questions about the publication status of an accepted manuscript should be directed to [email protected].