Submitting Your Full Article for Review

Once your proposal has been accepted, you can submit a full article for potential publication

Step-by-Step Guide

This guide will lead you through the process of submitting your full article for potential publication, after your proposal has been accepted.

Please Note: If you do not have an accepted proposal, you will need to first submit a proposal before you are able to submit a full article for potential publication.

Step One:

Navigate to your accepted proposal in CGPublisher by first logging in at, then selecting the proposal that directly correlates to the full article you would like to submit:

Step Two:

Once you have navigated to your accepted proposal, there should be a button on the right-hand side that says “Add a Paper” – select this button:

Please Note: This button will not be available if your proposal has not yet been reviewed, if it has been set to "resubmit requested," or if it has been rejected. The button will also not be available if paper submission for the volume year has closed. You can find article submission deadlines here.

Step Three:

The following screen will be “Confirm Paper Details” – here, you will select all of the authors who have contributed to the full article from the list at the top of the screen. The rest of the details are extracted from your proposal, you may update these details on this screen before proceeding to the next step:

Step Four:

Once you have confirmed your details, select “Continue”. You will then be routed to a workspace that you have just created. Please note that at this point you have not yet completed your article submission. To submit your full article, select “Upload Paper File” button:

Step Five:

On the following screen, select the “Choose File” button:

Find your document on your computer, and select “choose” (this stage in the process may vary for PC users):

A description is not necessary. Once you have added your document on this screen, click the “Submit Document to Publisher” button:

Step Six:

Your “Paper Publication Status” will now read “Paper Received”:

We will then verify that your article meets our submissions and template guidelines; if there are any issues, we will ask you to resubmit your article. You will receive a confirmation email when you submit your article as well as when it has been verified and sent to referees.


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 research network 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 network member. We will accept multiple submissions across multiple research networks, as long as the author joins each network.

How do I make changes to my submitted article?

Please make sure you double-check all of your documents before submitting them. If you find that you must make changes to your submitted work, please contact us with your revised documents and we will be happy to assist you.

May I modify the terms of the publishing agreement?

The terms of the publishing agreement may be modified on a case-by-case basis. When your article has reached the Contract Negotiation stage, you will have the opportunity to submit changes to the proposed publishing agreement. These changes would then be reviewed by the Managing Editor.

How long will it take to publish my article?

We strive to ensure that every article is published in a timely manner. However, there is simply too much variability in the submission process, such as the willingness of reviewers to evaluate a paper on a particular topic, for us to guarantee a specific timeframe for article publication. We do, however, publish journal articles online first, as soon as they're ready, with a full citation. Complete issues follow at regular intervals.

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.

What is the Impact Factor of this journal?

We're working on having this journal included in the ISI citation index, but we don't have an impact factor established at this stage. We would hope to have a high impact factor based on the quality, web visibility, and accessibility of the collection. However, we would like to point out that the impact factor is a seriously flawed measure, both methodologically and statistically. For a thorough analysis of the impact factor and acceptance rate, see the introductory chapters of The Future of the Academic Journal (2nd Edition, 2013) by Common Ground's Director, Dr. Bill Cope.

May I volunteer as a reviewer?

Yes. To apply to become a reviewer please visit our support center guide “Become a Reviewer”.

Will I be able to reproduce my article elsewhere?

Under the terms of Common Ground's publishing agreement, copyright is retained by the author. If you do wish to reproduce your article, we ask that you properly cite Common Ground and the journal in which it was published

What are the formatting and citation guidelines?

Please go to the Author Guidelines support article in order to view a complete list of our author submission guidelines. National variations in spelling and usage are embraced. Article citations should follow the guidelines in the Chicago Manual of Style.

Why do I have to have a research network membership in order to have an article published?

Common Ground’s sustainability model includes a modest research network 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.