The Journal of School Business Management is the professional journal of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, a nonprofit association of professionals involved in the management of school business services in Illinois. Illinois ASBO serves its members as a primary resource for research, information and professional services, providing leadership on emerging issues, and representing school business officials on the state and national level.
The articles in The Journal of School Business Management cover all phases of school business management including budget, cash flow analysis, facilities, data processing, planning, professional development, finance, risk management, maintenance and operations, food service, transportation and selected legal issues.
The major objective of the Journal is to keep school business officials up-to-date on current developments in research and practice.
Having an article published in The Journal of School Business Management establishes your credentials in the school business management profession. It gets your name recognized and allows you to share your good ideas and success with other members of the profession.
Authors are invited to submit ideas for articles, preferably with a brief outline of the proposed article. Authors should contact the editor of The Journal of School Business Management to discuss story ideas and editorial requirements before beginning article development. This will provide authors information on special issues that might be planned and whether or not the topic of the proposed article is likely to fit future issues.
As you prepare your article, keep your audience in mind: school business officials.
They want to hear about practical, cost-saving, efficiency producing ideas and methods, laws, practices and policies.
Use concrete, everyday vocabulary and base your points on personal experience or field research.
Any theoretical material must be tied to current or future practice. Let your scholarship show through the ideas you present, rather than in the jargon that you use.
The typical article is 10-15 double-spaced pages (2,500-3,500 words), although this standard is flexible depending on the subject.
Your article is a tool for school business officials and should not promote products or services.
Use an attention-getting title and try to include art, charts, tables or graphs (when appropriate).
Upon request, articles submitted to The Journal of School Business Management are read and reviewed by at least two qualified reviewers with special knowledge in the relevant field. Currently four to six articles are used in each issue. Since The Journal of School Business Management is a semi-annual publication, six to twelve articles will be used yearly. It is anticipated that the number of articles per issue will increase over time. An editorial board is appointed by the executive board of Illinois ASBO which provides general supervision to the Journal.
To improve the chances of your article being published, it is essential that you follow these guidelines:
Manuscripts for features should be 10-15 pages. (2,500-3,500 words)
Letters or opinion articles should be 3-5 pages. (700-1,250 words)
All manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, on white paper and each page numbered.
Articles should begin with a suggested title followed by a byline, e.g., By John Smith.
Use subheads and bullets for easier reading. However, please avoid outlining.
Attach biographical information at the end of the article.
Please proofread carefully and check data before submitting. We strongly recommend that
someone other than the author read the manuscript for clarity, logic and grammatical errors.
The Journal of School Business Management is fully copyrighted under U.S. copyright laws.
Send articles to The Journal of School Business Management Editor, Dr. Michael Jacoby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Receipt of articles will be acknowledged as soon as possible. If accepted, articles are scheduled for publication on a “space available” basis, unless otherwise specifically indicated. Authors will be notified of the intended publication date.
As articles are prepared for publication, they are edited for length and style. Illinois ASBO follows the Associated Press Style Guide for general editing and the American Psychological Association’s Style Guide for technical data. The editor will work closely with the author if there are substantial changes.
Once published, authors are sent copies of the Journal for their use.
The editor of The Journal of School Business Management wants to hear from you.
Letters to the editor help broaden the perspective our readers have on current events
in school business management. Letters are usually edited only for length,
and we attempt to let the writer know that we are using a letter. We want to hear from you.
All changes have a single purpose in mind, to make the dissemination and sharing
of research and best practices in school business administration better.
Illinois ASBO hopes that field-based research and practices are shared through the Journal
and that more individuals will step forward to share their ideas and research through an article.
We hope you enjoy the new changes and welcome your comments and suggestions.