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

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 Tina Stanger, MedStar Health Research Institute
Compliance Kairi Williams, University of California-Berkeley
Contracting  Charles Bartunek, Children's Hospital of Philadelphiar
Departmental Research Administration

Alesia El Ali, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Laneika Musalini, Columbus State College
Financial Research Administration Albana Cejne, Princeton University
Global - Africa Joesphine Amuron, African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation (Uganda)
Global - Asia Pacific

Bella Blaher, University of Melbourne (Australia)

Global - Europe

Nicolas Schulthess, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (France)

Global - Middle East Kathleen Furr, New York University Abu Dhabi
Global - US

MC Gaisbauer, UCSF

Metrics & Systems Lisa Stroud, University of Florida

Katherine Kissmann, Texas A&M University

Bruxanne El-Kammash, University of Chicago

Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs)

Shuna McMichael, Occidental College

Research Development Camille Coley, University of San Francisco
Self Care for the Research Administrator Kristen Massey, University of Tennessee
Senior Administrator

Lisa Nichols, University of Michigan

Spotlight on Research Derek Brown, Stanford University 


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.


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Articles to Contributing Editors:
November 6, 2023
Articles to Co-Editors:
November 9, 2023
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March/April 2024 - Theme: Building Capacity
Articles to Contributing Editors:
January 22, 2024
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May/June 2024 - Theme: Rediscover YOur Journey (AM66 theme)
Articles to Contributing Editors:
March 8, 2024
Articles to Co-Editors:
March 13, 2024
March 22, 2024
August 2024 - Theme: Grey Areas
Articles to Contributing Editors:
May 24, 2024
Articles to Co-Editors:
May 29, 2024
June 6, 2024
October/November 2024 - Theme: Audits: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Articles to Contributing Editors:
August 16, 2024
Articles to Co-Editors:
August 21, 2024
September 6, 2024
December 2024 - Theme: Looking Toward the Horizon
Articles to Contributing Editors:
October 4, 2024
Articles to Co-Editors:
October 9, 2024
October 25, 2024
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Articles to Contributing Editors:
November 4, 2024
Articles to Co-Editors:
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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.