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Manuscript Submission

Submit your manuscript via the online submission and review system, Editorial Manager, at www.editorialmanager.com/gsabulletin/. First-time users need to register for an account at this URL using their active e-mail addresses. The same Username and Password are used to log in as an author or as a reviewer. For help using the Editorial Manager system, select “Help” from the menu at the top of the screen at any time. All reviews, revisions, and proofs are handled electronically. If you are unable to access the site, please contact the Bulletin editorial office, .

If you are resubmitting a manuscript, please note this in both your cover letter and in the "Comments" section during manuscript submission. Please include the original manuscript number if you have it.

Your manuscript will be considered officially submitted only after it has been approved through an initial technical check. If figures are illegible, the merged file size is too large, or any required files are missing, your submission will be returned to you so that you can fix these problems.

Acceptance or rejection of a manuscript is based on the appraisal of the paper by two or more reviewers and an editor designated by GSA. Critical review determines the suitability and originality of the paper and the adequacy and conciseness of the presentation. Nearly all manuscripts are returned to the author with suggestions for revision, condensation, or final polish. If the revised manuscript and the author's cover letter show that the author has conscientiously considered the reviewers' suggestions, the manuscript may be accepted directly; however, some revised papers may be sent out for additional review.

Before submitting a manuscript, please gather the following information:


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topTips and Suggestions for Using Editorial Manager

We have tried to identify aspects of the Editorial Manager manuscript submission system that may cause frustration or puzzlement. Here is what we have to date.

Scroll: If ever you don’t see what you are looking for, try scrolling down.

Navigation: Avoid using the “back” button. It is safer to use the “previous” buttons or to go to the Main Menu.

Roles: If you are sometimes using the system as an author and other times as a reviewer, use the pull-down menu near the top and center of the screen to choose the role you need to work in.

Authorship: Don’t add yourself as an author. You are automatically listed as an author when you start the submission process. Note: If you designate someone else as the corresponding author, only that person will be able to access the paper once it is submitted.

Must do: Once you have submitted your files, the system builds a PDF, which you MUST approve in order for your paper to proceed to peer review. You will be asked to go to “Submissions Waiting for Author’s Approval.” At this page, you will find a table. Click on the plus sign in the “Action” cell to see your action choices (View, Edit, Approve, Remove, or Send E-mail) if they are not visible.

View: If your PDF is O.K., you may approve it, and it will move on in the system.

Edit: If you need to make any changes, you do not need to go through every page of the submission process. If, for example, you need to add an author, you can click on the box on the left labeled “Add/edit/remove authors.” If you only need to add or change a file, you can click on the box on the left labeled “Attach files.” If you reach a page where you don’t need to make any changes, just click on the “next” button at the bottom of that page.

Upload text and figures as separate files. Also, we need your text file in its original word processing format (Word, Word Perfect, wpd, or rtf; Mac files O.K.).

File types: The system accepts a couple of file types that GSA cannot use. Please do not send LaTex or PowerPoint files.


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topReview Process

The manuscript submission and peer review process is broken down into the following 5 steps:

Please submit your figures in black and white unless you are willing to be responsible for the cost of publishing in color, should your manuscript be accepted. The cost for color is approximately $800 per figure. If your manuscript is accepted, you will be supplied with an exact cost quote. If you are willing to support this cost, please indicate this clearly in your cover letter or in the Manuscript Comment section.


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topManuscript Preparation

A cover letter, a manuscript file, and separate files for figures, tables, and any supplementary materials should be uploaded at www.editorialmanager.com/gsabulletin/. The manuscript file should include: title, authors and affiliations, abstract, text, appendices, references cited, and figure captions. For manuscript files, use MS Word (.doc), WordPerfect (.wpd), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or Text (.txt).

Authors must ensure that their manuscripts are line-numbered for ease in the review process. The Editorial Manager system does not do this automatically.


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topCover Letter


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topManuscript Status

After you approve your manuscript, you are finished with the submission process. You can access the status of your manuscript by:

This procedure will display detailed tracking information about where your manuscript is in the submission/peer-review process.


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topWithdrawing a Manuscript

If at any point you wish to withdraw your manuscript, contact the editor handling your manuscript and advise him or her of the specific manuscript number of the manuscript that you wish to withdraw. You will receive a letter acknowledging the withdrawal.


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topGetting Started

The manuscript submission process starts by pressing the "Submit New Manuscript" link on your Editorial Manager "Home" page. Please make sure you have gathered all the required manuscript information and understand GSA's Editorial Policy BEFORE starting the submission process.

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Getting Help

If you need additional help, you can click on the help menu at the top of the screen.

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