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Organization Development Review Submission Guidelines

Journal Information

The Organization Development Review (ODR) is published by the Organization Development Network. The purpose of the ODR 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 ODR 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 ODR editorial 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 editorial 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 editorial board members, the ODR 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 editorial 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 ODR Board member will send their recommendation to the ODR 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 editorial board will work with the author on any further changes, then send it to the ODR Editor for preparation for publication. The ODR 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 ODR in which the article appears.

Preparing the Article for Submission

Article Length

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

Citations and References

The ODR 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 ODR reserves the right to resize graphics when necessary. The graphics should be in a program that allows editing. We prefer graphics to match the ODR’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 ODR publishes original articles, not reprints from other publications or journals. Authors may publish materials first published in the ODR in another publication as long as the publication gives credit to the Organization Development Review as the original place of publication.

Policy on Self-Promotion

Although publication in the ODR is a way of letting the OD community know about an author’s work, and is therefore good publicity, the purpose of the ODR 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 at The deadlines for submitting articles are as follows:

  • Winter Issue: October 1
  • Spring Issue: January 1
  • Summer Issue: April 1
  • Fall Issue: July 1
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