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.


Topic Editor
Clinical/Medical Scott Davis, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Compliance Carpantato (Tanta) Myles, University of Alabama
Departmental Research Administration

Kay Gilstrap, Georgia State University

Matthew Kirk, University of Southern California

Electronic Research Administration Kim Griffin, Northwestern University
Financial Research Administration Susan Zipkin,  University of New Hampshire
Global - Europe

Stefania Grotti, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Stefania Suevo, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Global - Asia Pacific

Savita Ayyar, Jaquaranda Tree (India)

Harold Kusters, Kyushu University (Japan)

Global - Middle East Nada Messaikeh, New York University Abu Dhabi (UAE)
Global - US Jill Mortali, Dartmouth College
Pre-Award Zoya Davis-Hamilton, Tufts University
Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs)

Bruxanne Hein, Georgia Southern University

Linnea Minnema, Samford University

Spotlight on Research Derek Brown, Washington State University 


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.


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 link 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.

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.


January/February 2021 - Theme: Changes
Articles to Contributing Editors:
November 9, 2020
Articles to Co-Editors:
November 12, 2020
November 12, 2020
March/April 2021 - Theme: Celebrating Success
Articles to Contributing Editors:
January 15, 2021
Articles to Co-Editors:
January 20, 2021
January 25, 2021
May/June 2021 - Theme: Reconnect (AM63 theme)
Articles to Contributing Editors:
March 12, 2021
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March 17, 2021
March 22, 2021
August 2021 - Theme: Adapting to a Changing Environment
Articles to Contributing Editors:
May 28, 2021
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June 2, 2021
June 7, 2021
October/November 2021 - Theme: Collaborate
Articles to Contributing Editors:
August 20, 2021
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August 25, 2021
August 30, 2021
December 2021 - Theme: Theory into Practice
Articles to Contributing Editors:
October 8, 2021
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October 13, 2021
October 18, 2021
January/February 2022 - Theme: Innovative Tools
Articles to Contributing Editors:
November 8, 2021
Articles to Co-Editors:
November 11, 2021
November 17, 2021
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.