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We are an Open Access Journal. Open Access refers to free and unrestricted access via the Internet to the articles we publish. This free access has usage limitations as stipulated in the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial (CC-BY-NC) license. The license allows noncommercial redistribution and reuse of all articles on the condition that Organizational Aesthetics is appropriately credited.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Organizational Aesthetics provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors remain the owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Organizational Aesthetics, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Organizational Aesthetics. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Organizational Aesthetics, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Organizational Aesthetics has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. To preserve anonymity in the blind-review process, authors should avoid revealing their identity in text through obvious self-references to previous work or in footnotes. This is NOT to say that authors shouldn’t use the first person voice if appropriate. If authors cite their own published work or work in progress, however, these references must be included in the references with full bibliographic information. Authors should reference their own work as they would the work of any other scholar. Reviewers will ask what the contribution of a manuscript is above what has already been published and must have this information.

Use the active voice whenever possible, but use “we” only for multiple authors. Use the past tense for discussing earlier studies or presenting methods, samples, data, findings, results, and conclusions. Use the present tense for discussing tables or figures as they are presented in text. Define a term accurately when it is first used and use it consistently with that meaning throughout. Find the best way to express an idea once, rather than repeating the same idea in different words. Do not use a clause where a phrase will do or a phrase where a word will do. Avoid jargon; do not mistake it for technical terminology. Authors must avoid terms or usages that are or may be interpreted as denigrating to ethnic or other groups. Authors should be particularly careful in dealing with gender, where long-established customs (e.g., “usually if the employee is given an opportunity, he will make the right choice”) can imply the acceptance of inequality where none exists. Using plural pronouns (e.g., changing the “client . . . he” to “clients . . . they”) is preferred. If this is not possible, the phrase “he or she” can and should be used.

There are rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality Microsoft Word file (that can be converted to a PDF file.)

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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The failure of DigitalCommons@WPI to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between DigitalCommons@WPI and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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