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OD Practitioner Submission Guidelines

Journal Information

The OD Practitioner (ODP) is published by the Organization Development Network. The purpose of the ODP is to foster critical reflection on OD theory and practice and to share applied research, innovative approaches, evidence based practices, and new developments in the OD field. We welcome articles by authors who are OD practitioners, clients of OD processes, Human Resource staff who have partnered with OD practitioners or are practicing OD, and academics who teach OD theory and practice. As part of our commitment to ensure all OD Network programs and activities expand the culture of inclusion, we encourage submissions from authors who represent diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious/spiritual practice, economic class, education, nationality, experience, opinion, and viewpoint.

The Review Process

The ODP is a peer reviewed journal. Authors can choose between two review processes and should notify the Editor which they prefer when they submit an article:

Process 1 (open peer review): Submit articles with a cover page with the article’s title, all authors’ identifying and contact information, and a 50– 80 word biography for each of the authors; also include any acknowledgements. Two members of the ODP Review Board will review the article. They will recommend accepting the article for publication, pursuing publication after suggested changes, or rejecting the article. If they decide the article is publishable with changes, one of the Review Board members will email or call the primary author to discuss the suggested changes. Once the author has made the changes to the satisfaction of the two Review Board members, the ODP Editor will work with the author to prepare the article for publication.

Process 2 (double blind peer review): This option is offered to meet the standards for academic institutions. Submit articles with a cover page with the article’s title, all authors’ identifying and contact information, and brief biographies for each of the authors; also include any acknowledgements. Provide an abbreviated title running head for the article. Do not include any identifying information other than on the title page. Two members of the review board will independently receive the article without the author’s information and without knowing the identity of the other reviewer. Each reviewer will recommend accepting the article for publication, rejecting the article with explanation, or sending the article back to the author for revision and resubmittal. Recommendations for revision and resubmittal will include detailed feedback on what is required to make the article publishable. Each ODP Board member will send their recommendation to the ODP Editor. If the Editor asks the author to revise and resubmit, the Editor will send the article to both reviewers after the author has made the suggested changes. The two members of the Review Board will work with the author on any further changes, then send it to the ODP Editor for preparation for publication. The ODP Editor makes the final decision about which articles will be published.

Criteria for Accepting an Article


  • Bridges academic rigor and relevance to practice
  • Is accessible to practitioners
  • Presents applied research, innovative practice, or new developments in the OD field
  • Includes cases, illustrations, and practical applications
  • References sources for ideas, theories, and practices
  • Reflects OD values: respect and inclusion, collaboration, authenticity, self-awareness, and empowerment.


  • Clearly states the purpose and content of the article
  • Presents ideas logically and with clear transitions
  • Includes section headings to help guide the reader
  • Is gender-inclusive
  • Avoids jargon and overly formal expressions
  • Avoids self-promotion

If the article is accepted for publication, the author will receive a PDF proof of the article for final approval before publication. At this stage the author may make only minor changes to the text. After publication, the Editor will send the author a PDF of the article and of the complete issue of ODP in which the article appears.

Preparing the Article for Submission

Article Length

Articles are usually 4,000 – 5,000 words.

Citations and References

The ODP follows the guidelines of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual (6th edition). This style uses parenthetical reference citations within the text and full references at the end of the article. Please include the DOI (digital object identifier;, if available, with references for articles in a periodical.


Graphics that enhance an article are encouraged. The ODP reserves the right to resize graphics when necessary. The graphics should be in a program that allows editing. We prefer graphics to match the ODP’s three-, two-, or one-column, half-page or full-page formats. If authors have questions or concerns about graphics or computer art, please contact the Editor.

Other Publications

The ODP publishes original articles, not reprints from other publications or journals. Authors may publish materials first published in the ODP in another publication as long as the publication gives credit to the OD Practitioner as the original place of publication.

Policy on Self-Promotion

Although publication in the ODP is a way of letting the OD community know about an author’s work, and is therefore good publicity, the purpose of the ODP is to exchange ideas and information. Consequently, it is the policy of the OD Network to not accept articles that are primarily for the purpose of marketing or advertising an author’s practice.

Submission Deadlines

Authors should email articles to the editor, John Vogelsang, at The deadlines for submitting articles are as follow: October 1 for the winter issue; January 1 for the spring issue; April 1 for the summer issue; and July 1 for the fall issue

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