Author Submission Guidelines

Contributions are sought that lend your professional experience and insight in support of our mission statement. Please see below for submission and style requirements.

AP Journal Online Mission Statement

AP Journal Online seeks to build an online publishing forum to bring together accounts payable professionals and their advisors to share the most up-to-date news, emerging trends, best practices, and professional standards available in the field today. AP Journal Online focuses on practical solutions to ongoing challenges in the field in an easy-to-read and easy-to-implement format. Published bi-weekly, AP Journal Online is an advocate to promote accounts payable’s place as a mission-critical function in any well-run organization.


Frank J. Mendelson, Managing Editor, (856) 727-5272 ext. 414

Details for Prospective Authors

Submissions are written in a practitioner, “hands-on” style for professionals and colleagues in accounts payable. Other details include:

  • Query for submission: Pre-submissions should include your contact information, working title of submission, and an executive summary of 100 words or less.
  • The cover page of your submission should include: your name, your title, organization, telephone (work/home/cell), e-mail, mailing address, and title of submission.
  • Length: 500-1,000 words; 1,500 words maximum-length preferred. Proposals for a series of articles or multi-part articles, will be considered.
  • Submissions should be double-spaced in 12-point font. Please use one space only after periods.
  • Images/Graphics: Indicate the placement within document of graphics or images with instructions in brackets, eg.:
    • [insert spreadsheet #1 here]
    • [insert photo #2 here]
  • Article title: Your working title is subject to change by editors.
  • Citations: All work should include citations for quotes or referencing others work. The use of references is encouraged, and builds both a sense of community and credibility to your published work.
  • Full disclosure must be made for products, companies, or people with whom you hold a vested interest. For example:
    • you are writing about the use of a software program, and you receive a commission on sales;
    • you are writing a small case-study about work with one of your clients.
    (See: for examples of proper citation.)
  • Electronic submissions should be saved as: working title_your name.doc. i.e., New technology_jane doe.doc
  • Submissions that have been submitted to another publication or forum must be disclosed in advance. Previously published submissions are not accepted.
  • Specificity is preferred. Unless submitting an opinion/editorial or letter to the editor, authors are urged to cite specific examples to make their point in lieu of opinions.
    • Preferable: Our electronic document management system required 60 hours of training, involving 12 people in three departments. A survey taken six months after implementation revealed that each of the persons involved in the training indicated that the system is saving three hours of work each week.
    • Not preferable: I think that the training time, though lengthy, is worth the effort.
  • Acronyms and abbreviations must be spelled out, initially, followed by acronym in parenthesis. For example: The American Payroll Association (APA) is starting a new online journal. The APA is already ...
  • All submissions should be spell checked prior to submission.
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