How to Get Published in the Harvard Business Review

by W D Adkins; Updated September 26, 2017
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First published in 1922, the Harvard Business Review is one of the nation’s leading publications devoted to business and management issues. HBR describes its target audience as senior managers and wants articles of interest to these readers that present new ideas or novel perspectives on issues. The emphasis is on practicality, meaning articles should present information that managers can use and that are grounded in the real world. The style should be authoritative, persuasive and avoid jargon. Take a look at recent issues to see examples of what HBR expects. Submissions are accepted by mail or electronically.

HBR Submission Requirements

Prospective contributors to HBR must submit a proposal and narrative outline. The proposal states the central idea for the article and explains why it is new, significant and of practical value. Explain what types of companies would benefit most and which firms would not find the ideas helpful. Describe the research you’ve done for the article and what prior knowledge it is based on. Finally, state your qualifications – your professional credentials, academic background or relevant experience. The narrative outline should be 500 to 750 words. Sketch the structure of the proposed article, the main topics and the logical flow of your reasoning.

HBR Blog Posts

HBR also accepts submissions for blog posts for its website. Quality expectations are similar, but an advance proposal and narrative outline are not required. HBR recommends that you send a “pitch” or brief proposal before submitting a full draft for blog posts.

About the Author

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, W D Adkins has been writing professionally since 2008. He writes about business, personal finance and careers. Adkins holds master's degrees in history and sociology from Georgia State University. He became a member of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2009.

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