From submission to publication

A detailed description of the manuscript submission process for every journal we publish.

Formatting Guidelines

Please format your manuscript according to our journal formatting guidelines, detailed below. Manuscripts that closely follow the formatting guidelines will offer a smoother process to both the author(s) and the editorial board.

Please submit your manuscript in Microsoft Word/Apple Pages or a compatible format. Text should be formatted for letter size paper (8.5 x 11 inches) single-spaced at 10 points, Times New Roman, with one inch margins, left justified, and single- column. We follow American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines.

Structure of the manuscript
Title page (containing the title of the manuscript, author contact information, and a short auto-biography for each author)
Body of manuscript
Tables, figures, etc. placed where they belong
Acknowledgments (if applicable)
References (American Psychological Association style)
Appendices (if applicable)

Title Page
The title page should contain the manuscript title and each author name, affiliation, mailing address, and email address with the contact author indicated. The title page should also contain a short auto-biography of no more than 100 words for each author.

The title should be concise, descriptive, and contain the keywords or key phrases. Search engines assume that the title contains all of the important words that describe the topic of the manuscript.

The use of acronyms should be avoided in the title and keywords unless widely recognized and understood.

Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. The abstract should contain all the keywords and key phrases at least once and more than once if necessary. Search engines rank manuscripts higher if the keyword or key phrase being searched appears more often in the abstract. However, pointless repetition may result in the page being rejected by a search engine. Since most researchers read an abstract before reading the manuscript, abstracts must be written very well.

Select 3 or 4 keywords or key phrases that you would give a search engine if you were searching for your manuscript. Avoid the use of general and plural terms, abbreviations, and non-descript words such as and, of, or, the, and so on.

When selecting keywords, please keep in mind how search engines operate. A search on the key phrase “women’s health” does not yield the same result as separate searches on the words “women’s” and “health”. The ordering of keywords within a key phase is also important if quotation marks are used because you are searching for words in a particular order. For example, a search for “women’s health” is not the same as “health women’s”.

Clute Institute journal manuscripts are downloaded an average of 120,000 times a month. Approximately 70% of these downloads come from Google searches, so the proper use of keywords and key phrases is important. Many universities use journal article citation analysis to evaluate the importance of faculty research. Hence, being quoted by other authors is important.

Four levels of headings are allowed. The first level should be BOLD ALL CAPS, second level Bold, third level Italics, and fourth Underlined.

Tables & Figures
Use the Microsoft Word table function to create tables, not spreadsheets. Tables and figures should be located in the text and numbered sequentially using Arabic numerals, i.e., Table 1 and Figure 1. We print our journals in black and white; please take this into consideration when using color.

Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.

Bottom of the page footnotes are preferred to end of the manuscript endnotes.

References should be arranged alphabetically and follow American Psychological Association (APA) style. References should not be inserted as footnotes. References in the text should include name and year. For example: “According to Bangs (2012)…”

In print journal article citation:

Bangs, J. (2012). Transforming a business statistics course with just-in-time teaching. American Journal of Business Education, 5(1) 87-94.

Online journal article citation:

Salazar, R.J., & Wang, J. (2013). The evolution of strategies: multinational subsidiaries operating in china. Journal of Applied Business Research, 29(5), 1261-1280. Retrieved from

Book citation:

Calfee, R.C., & Valencia, R.R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Editing Support
The Clute Institute recommends that every manuscript be thoroughly reviewed for grammatical and spelling errors prior to submission. Many of our authors choose to have their manuscript proofread by their English department and/or submitted to an English language editing service to increase the quality of the manuscript. The use of these services is not required and does not guarantee acceptance for publication. The Clute Institute has worked with “”, “”, and “” although there are many other companies providing this service.

~Revised August 2017

Submit Your Manuscript

Have you formatted your manuscript as detailed above and reviewed the entire submission process? If you’re ready, click the button below to get started.

Submit Your Manuscript

Similar to a college application fee, submission fees are necessary to cover the cost of office staff in processing and monitoring submitted manuscripts, as well as sending the manuscripts through our plagiarism scanning software (Crossref Similarity Check, Powered by iThenticate). This fee also minimizes frivolous submissions where authors submit a manuscript for free editing and correction with no intention of publishing with us.

For more information regarding our Plagiarism Policy, as well as all of our other policies, visit our “Journal Policies” page, or click here.

The submission fee covers one submission to one journal and is non-refundable.

Submission Fee


Review Process

Every submitted manuscript proceeds through our rigorous double-blind peer review process. Our editors and review teams do their best to review manuscripts in a timely manner. Please contact our office for current review times.

The Clute Institute, its editors, and members of all editorial teams are committed to objective and fair double-blind peer reviews of submitted manuscripts for journal publication and will evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy.

For more information about our Code of Publication Ethics, as well as all of our other policies, visit our “About” page, or click here.

  • 1. After receiving your manuscript, we perform a plagiarism scan.  If the scan is passed successfully, we send your manuscript to the appropriate editor. Upon receiving it, the editor removes all author(s) personal contact information.

  • 2. The editor then verifies the manuscript’s suitability for the journal in which they serve. Manuscripts deemed unsuited will be rejected.

  • 3. If the editor finds the manuscript suitable for the journal, it is sent to two independent reviewers for their comments, which are available to the author(s).

  • 4. Based on the comments from the double-blind peer review, the editor will make a final decision to either accept or reject the manuscript.

  • 5. If your manuscript is accepted, congratulations! The editor of the journal and one of our staff members will email you with an official letter or acceptance. From there, an Article Processing Charges (APC) is due for all accepted manuscripts (more information below). Finally, if we find edits that need to be corrected, we will work with you to apply the finishing touches.

Post Acceptance/Article Processing Charges (APC)

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Remember, acceptance is valid for one year from the date indicated on your letter.

The Clute Institute charges an Article Processing Charge (APC) on all accepted manuscripts to cover the cost of hosting published work permanently online free to all readers. Article Processing Charges (APC) also offset the cost of processing and monitoring submitted journal manuscripts within our office.

The Clute Institute will determine the Article Processing Charges (APC) which is included in the letter of acceptance. Article Processing Charges (APC) are determined by a total word count of the final version of an accepted manuscript (including all tables, charts, and references). Once the Article Processing Charges (APC) is received, an estimated publication date will be set.

1 - 2,500 words


2,501 - 5,000 words


5,001 - 7,500 words


7,501 - 10,000 words


10,001 - 12,500 words

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Accepted manuscripts are typically published within three to four months (depending on the frequency of the journal).

At the time of publication the contact author will receive a PDF page proof, via e-mail. Corrections and/or approval must be received by the deadline given in the e-mail (approximately 1 full week). Publication may proceed without approval if no response is received by the deadline.

After publication, the contact author will receive a final PDF copy of the manuscript via e-mail.

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