We will notify researchers if their submission needs further editing or formatting to fit the Outline, Proposal, or Paper criteria before being made available to readers. An organizer will scan the submission for SMS-appropriate content and notify the author(s) if the submission is not deemed of sufficient interest or quality. Further, if the quality of content is low, readers can anonymously flag the submission. A researcher who submits a flagged submission will be contacted to improve the quality before submitting in the future.

You will be aware of the identity of each reader. Just as with submitting a paper to a conference, your submission to the Reading Circle is a means of engaging in conversation about your ideas. While there is some risk that someone else will develop research based on your ideas, this process also establishes your place in the conversation. You stake out your position in the literature.

Yes. The outline and proposal length submissions can give potential co-authors enough information to discuss future research with you. Along with keywords to indicate topics, you may list keywords or include in your abstract a request for assistance with specific theories, data, or methods.

We expect that researchers will also be readers. At first, there may not be enough submissions for every reader to find something in their area of expertise. After your first submission, you should serve as a reader on at least one other submission before submitting a second time. Over time, we hope the Reading Circle will be a popular and convenient way to have many research conversations.

Yes. Access to the submissions requires a member login. Student members are welcome, but will not receive priority as readers if full members are also available to read a given submission.

Comments should be focused and developmental. A suggestion, reference, or explanation for a specific point in the submission’s logic or methodology is more helpful than a shallow critique of the overall submission. Embedding the comments directly in the document saves readers time compared to writing out a formal review and helps readers coordinate their feedback.

Welcome to the Reading Circle!

The SMS, in conjunction with the Corporate Strategy and Knowledge and Innovation Interest Groups, is looking into offering a way for members to submit work-in-progress for friendly review through the SMS website. The “Reading Circle” would facilitate feedback and collaboration throughout the year. Author(s) and reader(s) would be made known to each other and encouraged to interact through making comments in a working document.

How Does it Work?

  • You develop an Outline, Proposal, or full-length Manuscript, and upload it as a Word doc to the site.
  • Up to four readers will be assigned (or self-nominated) to get access to the submission, based on reader preferences for certain topics and methods. Minimal oversight by volunteer coordinators would ensure that each submission has an opportunity to get feedback from senior readers.
  • Readers have a month to add their comments, preferably directly into the document. Identities of author(s) and readers are known to each other once they open the document.
  • Submissions could be aimed at eventual submission to an SMS journal, but could also be of other types, such as articles intended for a managerial audience.
  • Submitting authors would be expected to also act as readers to create a vibrant community.

Submission Types

  • An Outline is a minimum of two double-spaced pages, including every section of a typical research paper (theory development, qualitative, conceptual, or quantitative).
  • A Proposal follows the guidelines for the SMS Annual Conference: 5-7, single-spaced pages with references.
  • A Manuscript is 15-35 pages, double-spaced, similar to a submission to an SMS Journal.

What do you think about the new Reading Circle?




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Doug Miller
Rutgers University
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Giovanni Valentini
IESE Business School
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Frances Fabian
University of Memphis
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Charles Williams
Bocconi University