Policies and Guidelines


Philosophy of Journal of Nonprofit Innovation

For more information, please see Journal of Nonprofit Innovation Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Journal of Nonprofit Innovation provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Journal of Nonprofit Innovation, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Journal of Nonprofit Innovation. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Journal of Nonprofit Innovation, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Journal of Nonprofit Innovation requires APA format style for all submissions. See "Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines" for more details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

All submissions must be in APA formatting. This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to Journal of Nonprofit Innovation.

Formatting Requirements

  • Cover Page. Include all authors' names, affiliations, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Also include 3-5 keywords that reflect your article.
  • Title Page & Abstract or Overview Paragraph – Each submission should include a title and an abstract or overview paragraph of what the article includes. The title of the article, along with an abstract (between 150-200 words) should appear on the second page of the article, following the Cover Page.
  • Main Body – The main body of the text should begin on the third page. This should be the main portion of your submission, which includes compelling details based on research and/or experience. This should also include references to reliable sources and complementary research, if applicable. Visuals can also be included such as charts, images, or graphs. All tables and figures should be embedded in the article where they are referred to in the body text, rather than placed at the end.
  • Conclusion – Include a final section that sums your findings and thoughts.
  • Appendix – This could include references, bios of authors, or other essential information important to help the readers get a better understanding of your article.
  • All submissions, references, citations should be in APA style, Times New Roman 12 pt., single spaced. All images, figures and charts should be placed in the proper location within the text in APA Style and be ready for print. All elements of the submission should be ready for printing and not have a copyright restriction. Document file format should be PDF or Word Document. Submissions that are incorrectly formatted will automatically be returned to the author for revisions, with the opportunity to resubmit. Upon acceptance of an article, the author(s) will receive further instructions on the publication process and initial article formatting for publication.

    For further APA Style information, please refer to the following sources:

    1. Purdue OWL
    2. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2020. APA Style Guide

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Rights for Authors and BYU ScholarsArchive

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to BYU ScholarsArchive all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of BYU ScholarsArchive, requires credit to BYU ScholarsArchive as copyright holder (e.g., BYU ScholarsArchive © 2023).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from BYU ScholarsArchive provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the BYU ScholarsArchive website and/or software agree not to misuse the BYU ScholarsArchive service or software in any way.

The failure of BYU ScholarsArchive to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between BYU ScholarsArchive and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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