Submission Guidelines for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Translational Research and Working Papers

Before submitting a manuscript to the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Translational Research and Working Papers digital collection, please be sure that all necessary permissions have been cleared. You retain the copyright to your article and grant us the nonexclusive right to publish this material, meaning that you may also publish it elsewhere.

  1. What types of articles will be considered?
  2. What are general rules for submission?
  3. How should I format my manuscript?
  4. What do I need know when I am ready to submit?
  5. What am I agreeing to when I submit?
  6. How do I submit?
  7. How do I choose a Creative Commons License?
  8. What happens after I submit?
  9. How do I make revisions?

What types of article will be considered?

Only high-quality manuscripts will be published in this digital collection. All manuscripts included here have practical implications for one or more specific occupational contexts and should be written with the mindset of translating theory and empirical evidence from I-O and related areas of social and behavioral science into managerial-relevant information.

This digital collection is also designed to host working papers, which are research/technical reports or position/discussion papers written to develop and propose new ideas or concepts, and/or encourage discussion about a timely or understudied topic within the I-O psychology domain. Such papers may include: (a) preliminary write-ups of research that are perhaps not ready for publication in a peer-reviewed journal outlet, (b) small side analyses that do not stand fully on their own in a traditional outlet, or (c) examinations of topics, theories, applied challenges that may not lend themselves to a typical journal outlet. This collection is also designed to host papers delivered at conferences when such conferences do not also include their own proceedings.

Note that although this digital collection is a home for working papers, such papers may not be rough drafts or poorly written manuscripts. It is also the case that all papers included in this collection are not excerpted from previously published materials that exist in some other published form (e.g., book, journal, website). All papers based on or reporting results from data gathered from human subjects must come from a study that was approved by an appropriate Institutional Review Board.

Are working papers "official" publications?

Sort of... Working papers in this collection have a formal citation and are included in this series so they can be accessed by individuals who may be searching for information via internet search engines. As is common practice in the academic domain, a working paper published in this type of collection is not prevented from being revised and/or expanded before submission to another outlet. Making working papers available before pursuing these more formal publication routes makes it possible to share ideas and concepts with a wide audience, and potential benefit from their feedback more quickly and directly than is possible through journal-based publications.

A suggested citation for papers included in this series would be as follows (with the actual publication # being assigned at the time of acceptance of your submission):

Author, J. & Writer, A (2018). This is the title of our paper. Industrial and Organizational Psychology Translational Research and Working Paper #201. Chattanooga, Tennessee: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of Psychology. Retrieved from

What are the general rules for submission?

All manuscripts in this digital collection will have been authored or co-authored by faculty, students, and/or alumni of the UTC I-O Psychology M.S. degree program. Work that includes co-authors/collaborators from other institutions or organizations will be considered as long as this primary submission requirement is met.

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published elsewhere in identical or substantially similar form, nor be forthcoming in a journal or book (print or electronic). In addition, by submitting material to this digital collection, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print). However, research that has been presented at a conference is acceptable for submission. If you have concerns about the submission terms for this digital collection, please contact the administrator of this collection.

How should I format my manuscript?

All submitted manuscripts should conform to APA Style, as indicated by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition. During the submission process, you will be required to provide author names and the manuscript title through the UTC Scholar system. Your document should include this information on the first page. An executive summary or abstract should be included that does not exceed 200 words (this deviates slightly from APA guidelines). Please include page numbers in the top right corner and a running head (short title in all caps) in the top left corner.

Tables and Figures

Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (MS Word or RTF files are accepted). Tables and figures should be included as appendices after the references section.

Page Limit

Submissions should not exceed 10 double-spaced pages, including references.

References and Appendices

References should conform to APA Style (and include doi information whenever possible). Please refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition. Any professional acknowledgments should be included before the references section, and any additional tables or figures should be included as appendices after the references section.

Language Requirements

The language of your article should be Standard American English, except for common foreign words and phrases or when foreign words/phrases are relevant to manuscript content. Authors should follow APA style guidelines for nondiscriminatory language regarding gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, disabilities, and age.

Permission Requirements

It is the author’s responsibility to secure permission to use copyrighted materials (e.g., lengthy quotations of approx. 400+ words from one source, previously published tables/figures, etc.). A copy of the publisher’s/copyright holder’s written permission must be submitted to the editors of this digital collection upon acceptance for publication.

What do I need know when I am ready to submit?

Before you submit, make sure you have the following information and files ready. Most of the information you will need can be found within your manuscript.
  1. Title
    The title of your article
  2. Abstract
    The abstract of your article
  3. Keywords
    Keywords, tags, or phrases that describe the content of your article.
  4. License
    The Creative Commons License you want for your thesis or dissertation. More information about choosing a Creative Commons license may be found below.
  5. Upload Full Text
    Have an electronic copy, preferably in Microsoft Word (DOC) or (DOCX) format, ready.
  6. Additional Files
    Have electronic copies of any supplemental materials, such as audio and video files or datasets, on hand.

What am I agreeing to when I submit?

You agree to our Non-Exclusive Distribution License. Basically, you retain copyright and give us permission to disseminate your work as widely as possible.

How do I submit?

  1. Make sure your paper is in an acceptable format. We can accept papers in Microsoft Word (DOC) or (DOCX) or Rich Text Format (RTF).
  2. Create a new account by clicking on My Account and clicking on the Sign up button. If you already have an account, sign in and skip ahead to step 5.
  3. Complete the user account form. Be sure to enter your UTC email address and choose a password you will remember. Click Sign up.
  4. After you have created or logged into your account, you will see a page directing you to check your email. Check your email and click on the link in the email. This will take you back to UTC Scholar.
  5. Once you have successfully logged in to UTC Scholar, click Submit Research.
  6. Choose Industrial and Organizational Psychology Translational Research and Working Papers.
  7. Check the box to agree to the Non-Exclusive Distribution License.
  8. Fill out the form and upload your file. Required fields are indicated by a red flag.
Now you are ready to SUBMIT RESEARCH.

How do I choose a Creative Commons License?

When you submit research, you will be asked to select a Creative Commons License. Here is a little information about each license:

  • Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
    This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.
  • Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0
    This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to "copyleft" free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.
  • Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0
    This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.
  • Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0
    This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.
  • Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0
    This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.
  • Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
    This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.
Need more help deciding? Visit Choose a Creative Commons License.

What happens after I submit?

After you submit your manuscript, it will be reviewed by the editorial team for this collection. Any feedback from this team will then be shared with you via an e-mail, which will also include instructions for making any necessary revisions to your manuscript. Feedback from the editorial team will also include any remaining formatting guidelines you must follow when finalizing your submission before inclusion in this collection.

How do I make revisions to my submission?

If the submission has been submitted, but not yet posted, you may revise it via your My Account page:
  1. Locate the article on your My Account page, and click the title.
  2. Click Revise Submission from the list of options in the left sidebar.
  3. Enter your changes in the Revise Submission form, and click Submit at the bottom of the page to submit your changes. (You only need to modify the portion of the form that corresponds to the changes you wish to make.)
Once a submission has been posted to UTC Scholar, you will need to contact us at to request edits.