NCURA Magazine Submissions

The National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) welcomes original submissions for consideration pertaining to any aspect of research administration.  The core categories for contribution are listed below. 

For submission consideration to any of these sections, authors are invited to email the appropriate contributing editor with their suggested article topic for consideration.

NCURA strives for diversity of authors and may limit the number of times an individual author is published. In such an instance this will be at the discretion of the editorial team.


CLINICAL/MEDICAL: Scott Davis, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

COMPLIANCE: Carpantato Myles, University of Alabama


ELECTRONIC RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION: Lori Ann Schultz, University of Arizona

FINANCIAL RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION: Bonniejean Zitske, University of Wisconsin - Madison

GLOBAL - Europe: Ellen Thompson, LEES Chartered Certified Accountants (England)

GLOBAL - Asia Pacific: Shaofeng Fan, Peking University

GLOBAL - Middle East: Raed Habayeb, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

GLOBAL - US: Gai Doran, Yale University

PRE-AWARD: Jill Mortali, Dartmouth College

PREDOMINANTLY UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTIONS: Martin Williams, William Patterson University

SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR: Susan Wyatt Sedwick, Attain, LLC

For submissions falling outside of these general categories, authors are invited to email their article topics (outline) to Senior Editor Toni Shaklee

For full contact information for the contributing or co-editors, please go to the  Editors  page


Instructions for Submissions:

All submissions should be in standard APA style.  Details of this style, its citation format, etc. can be found at:



For references, endnotes are preferred as NCURA Magazine avoids the use of footnotes.  The APA style has the author’s name and date in parentheses within the text, then an alpha listing of all references at the end of the paper.  Please refer to the APA Publication Manual or the links above for specifics.

Submission Packet

Articles should be between 600 and 1,300 words, approximately. All submissions should include with submission a business-style photo of the author, preferably in passport style. Photo files should be 300kb or larger.  At the end of the article, please include a brief professional biography of the author(s), two or three sentences long and not more than 40 words, plus contact information. An example of a biography follows.

Bio example:

Deborah L. Smith, Ed.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, is a graduate of NCURA's Leadership Development Institute and The University of Tennessee Leadership Institute. Debbie's responsibilities at UTHSC include policy development and implementation, pre-award activities, and post-award non-financial activities. She can be reached at dsmith@uthsc.edu. 

Submission Deadlines

January/February 2019 - Theme: Trending
Submission of Articles to Contributing Editors: November 20, 2018
Submission of Articles to Co-Editors: November 27, 2018
Submission of Advertisements: November 27, 2018

March/April 2019 - Theme: The Research Ecosystem
Submission of Articles to Contributing Editors: January 18, 2019
Submission of Articles to Co-Editors: January 23, 2019
Submission of Advertisements: January 23, 2019

May/June 2019 - Theme: Building toward the Future ...Together 
Submission of Articles to Contributing Editors: March 8, 2019
Submission of Articles to Co-Editors: March 13, 2019
Submission of Advertisements: March 13, 2019

August 2019 - Theme: New Horizons
Submission of Articles to Contributing Editors: May 31, 2019
Submission of Articles to Co-Editors: June 5, 2019
Submission of Advertisements: June 5, 2019

“Green” October/November 2019 - Theme: Research Administration without Borders
Submission of Articles to Contributing Editors: August 16, 2019
Submission of Articles to Co-Editors: August 21, 2019
Submission of Advertisements: August 21, 2019

December 2019 - Theme: Pipelines to the the Future
Submission of Articles to Contributing Editors: October 4, 2019
Submission of Articles to Co-Editors: October 9, 2019
Submission of Advertisements: October 9, 2019 


Expectations for Possible Follow-Up 
We encourage all of our authors to be available for content follow-up opportunities associated with the article submitted.  These may include live blogs, YouTube videos, NCURA Collaborate discussions, etc.