Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Academe, the magazine of the American Association of University Professors, welcomes proposals for feature articles and book reviews as well as submissions of articles and opinion columns. Academe explores a wide range of topics in higher education. Our readership includes faculty members, academic professionals, and graduate students from many different disciplines as well as academic leaders, policy makers, and media professionals involved in higher education issues and policy. Academe seeks to publish compellingly written, rigorous, salient, and original articles on the critical issues facing higher education. In addition to longer articles and review essays, Academe editors encourage submissions to Faculty Forum, our members’ opinion column. Commentary on higher education news and other pieces that may become quickly outdated should be submitted to Academe Blog.

Submission of an article, column, or book review (including by invitation) does not guarantee its acceptance; Academe is under no requirement to accept any submission. Submissions should not include defamatory statements or raise other significant legal concerns. Promotion or criticism of candidates running for office in local, state, or national AAUP elections is not allowed in the magazine; neither is misrepresentation of AAUP policy.

Academe discourages the following:

  • Submissions primarily devoted to specific ongoing disputes involving individuals and their colleges or universities, except in cases of national significance. In such cases, submissions should focus on the wider implications and lessons.
  • Submissions that are primarily focused on another national higher education group or union.
  • Submissions primarily devoted to specific ongoing disputes involving individuals and AAUP entities including chapters, conferences, or affiliates. However, productive self-reflection and critique of an AAUP entity’s successes and failures are welcome.
  • Submissions of material previously published elsewhere. Such submissions must be clearly marked as previously published material.

Article Submissions

If you have a topic in mind, please prepare a brief proposal detailing your specific qualifications to write on the topic, what your tone and approach will be, and how your article will distinguish itself from other coverage of the issue. You may also submit completed manuscripts.

Editing: Submissions are first reviewed for content and substantive changes by Academe's faculty editor and occasionally by a member of Academe’s advisory board. Submissions are then sent to the managing editor for final editing.

Length: We accept submissions of a variety of lengths, from 500 to up to 4,000 words.

Style: Academe follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition.

Biographical Statement: Include a one- or two-sentence biographical statement and indicate whether you would like your e-mail address published with the statement if your submission is accepted.

Notes: If and when possible, identify cited works in the text of the article; endnotes should be kept to a minimum and are allowed only when needed citations cannot be worked into the text. Avoid bibliographies and lengthy parenthetical references.

Illustrations: If your manuscript is accepted for publication, we welcome accompanying photographs or other graphics.

Contact Information: Please submit home and office addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses at the time that copy is submitted. It is important for Academe to have these details in one place so that authors can be contacted in a timely manner.

Article proposals and submissions should be sent to Aaron Barlow, Academe's faculty editor, at abarlow@aaup.org. Please allow two months for a response.

For further information, contact Michael Ferguson, Managing Editor, Academe, AAUP, 1133 Nineteenth Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036. (202) 737-5900. E-mail: academe@aaup.org.

Book Review Submissions

Academe does not accept unsolicited book review submissions, but proposals for book reviews can be sent to academe@aaup.org.

Review copies should be sent to Michael Ferguson, Managing Editor, Academe, AAUP, 1133 Nineteenth Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036.

Opinion Column Submissions

Academe’s Faculty Forum is a one-page opinion column open to all faculty members, academic professionals, and graduate students who belong to the AAUP. Nonmembers may submit columns but will be expected to join the Association before publication.

Contributions to Faculty Forum should address issues of concern to a wide range of Academe readers, including academics from many different disciplines and others interested in higher education issues and policy. Submissions should adopt a clear point of view and be written in a lively, nontechnical style. They must maintain a collegial tone and be interesting, insightful, and original. In evaluating submissions, the editors will seek a broad representation of institutional types, regions of the country, and ranks in the profession, giving priority to voices that are often marginalized within the profession.

The Faculty Forum column has a 700-word limit. This limit will be strictly enforced, because the column must fit on a single page of the magazine. Opinion columns cannot have subheadings, endnotes, tables, or similar attributes.

Individual writers can be published in Faculty Forum once every six issues. Submit columns to academe@aaup.org.