Submitting an Article to the Journal

How to submit your article to our academic journals.

Step-by-Step Guide

Unsure how to begin with submitting your work to our Journals? This step-by-step guide will assist you along the way.

Step One:

Is your Article Submission related to a Conference Presentation?
(i.e., is the content of the article similar to something you'll be presenting at a Common Ground Conference?)

  • —NO—
    Please proceed to Step Two
  • —YES—
    If you are attending a conference and you submitted a conference proposal this is not the guide for you. Your journal article submission must be submitted through the conference proposal page. The guide linked here will show you the steps to follow for submitting to the journal for using your conference proposal: Article Submission for Scholar Event Attendees

Step Two:

Have you read the "Article Submission Requirements" and revised your initial submission to meet the listed criteria?

  • —NO—
    Please read the "Article Submission Requirements" and revise your initial submission to meet the listed criteria. Articles which do not meet the criteria will be returned for revision.
  • —YES—
    Please Proceed to Step Three

Step Three:

Do you know which journal or Research Network you plan to submit your journal article?

  • —YES—
    Using the Proposal Form (linked below) you will submit your article proposal to the by filling in the article's Title, Subtitle, Short Description, Longer Description, Keyword Set, and Knowledge Focus. In the final section of the form, labeled "Presenter Theme Selection," select the box which corresponds to the Journal or Journal Collection where you would like to submit your article. Please disregard any text/instructions which are specific to conferences, presentations, or presenters. This form is designed for use with conference presentations as well as journal articles.

Article Submission & Proposal Form

*Note: Select only ONE journal/collection. Submitting an article to multiple journals or collections is prohibited.

Step Four:

After entering the proposal information (and after additional account creation steps for new users) you will be asked to confirm your proposal details. When prompted, please select "Submit Presentation Proposal to Conference."

This will submit your article proposal to our staff. After the proposal has been accepted, you will be notified by CG Publisher via email. After receiving confirmation that your article proposal has been accepted, login to your CG Publisher account. To the right, you will see a link to your proposal got to your proposal and select "Add a Paper."

After confirming the details of your article's title, abstract, and other information, select continue and CG Publisher will create a workspace for your article. Now, when you login to your CG Publisher page, you will see a new category in the top right corner labeled "Your Works." Go to your works and select "Paper Not yet received"

Then select, "Upload Paper File" to upload your article for submission.

Step Five:

After submitting your full paper, you will receive a confirmation message from CG Publisher via email. Your article submission will then be checked for the Article Submission Requirements. Article submissions which meet the criteria will be verified by CGRN Staff and then enter peer review process. For additional information about peer review and the entire publication process, please visit the link below.


May I submit more than one article?

As a matter of fairness, authors may submit only one article on which they are listed as the first author per community per year. However, we will accept multiple submissions from a single individual as long as that individual is the primary author on only one article and each other author is also a community member. We will accept multiple submissions across multiple communities, as long as the author joins each community.

Do I have to submit separate proposals for article submission and presentation at the conference?

No. If you have an accepted proposal for the conference, and you would like to submit a paper for potential publication on the same topic, you may submit your paper under your already accepted proposal.

Is there a publishing fee?

Common Ground’s sustainability model includes a modest knowledge community membership fee, which includes a number of benefits, including the opportunity to publish one article per year in the journal collection connected with the research network. Conference registration includes a membership fee from the date of registration until one year after the conference. If you are not attending but wish to publish an article, we offer a stand-alone membership, which also lasts from the date of registration until one year after the conference.

Do you accept material published in other journals?

No, we cannot accept articles that have been previously published in other journals. However, we do understand that many submissions may be evolutions of previously published works. For this reason, we allow submissions to consist of no more than 30% previously published material.