Submissions to Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors

The Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors welcomes submissions; research articles for Oracle should stress the underlying issues or problems that stimulated the research; treat the methodology concisely; and, most importantly, offer a full discussion of results, implications, and conclusions. We also encourage the submission of thoughtful, documented essays or historical perspectives. Oracle advances the study of college fraternities and sororities through a peer-reviewed academic journal promoting scholarly discourse among partners invested in the college fraternal movement. Oracle serves as the premier forum for academic discourse and scholarly inquiry regarding the college fraternity and sorority movement. Oracle is published biannually

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Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate for Oracle: Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors is 50%. The majority of articles are not accepted when first submitted. As a core purpose, Oracle promotes the development of scholars in the field of fraternity/sorority studies as well as the advancement of thoughtful conversation and reflection on fraternity/sorority participation.

To achieve this purpose, the Editorial Board is committed to working with authors from initial submission to publication as long as the submission meets the three basic requirements for consideration. The study must be: (1) empirically grounded, (2) conceptually sound, and (3) related to fraternity/sorority participation as a field of study.

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Submission Process

Submit articles as Microsoft Word files. Authors of accepted manuscripts assign to Oracle the right to publish and to distribute those texts electronically, to archive those texts, and to make them permanently retrievable electronically. Authors retain the copyright of their texts. After accepted texts appear in Oracle, authors may republish their texts subject to written approval from the editor.

Potential authors should consult the Submission Checklist (below) prior to submission. As always, if there are any questions about vocabulary use, style, formatting, or other elements of publication, please contact the editor and he/she will provide clarification. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, please contact the editors.

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Other Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Publications

Articles not considered under our peer review process for publication in Oracle may be submitted to the association's quarterly magazine, Perspectives, for consideration by that editorial board. Please indicate at time of submission if you do not want your article to be considered by Perspectives.

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Oracle Submission Checklist

Please ensure your manuscript adheres to the following guidelines.

  • All citations adhere to American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition.
  • Submissions report findings from original, empirical research.
  • Article's length, inclusive of references, tables, and figures, is approximately 5000-8000 words, or between 20 and 30 typed pages.
  • Article includes an abstract of no more than 75-100 words.
  • Article title is centered at the top of the first page (no cover page), in ALL CAPS, followed by the abstract (block indented and italicized), then text. No cover is necessary.
  • Article is double-spaced, including quotations.
  • Article is submitted in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx files).
  • All acronyms are spelled out the first time they are used (e.g. AFA does not come before Association of Fraternity Advisors).
  • All punctuation is correctly placed.
  • All tables or figures are placed in text where they should go and adhere to APA format. Tables or figures should not break over multiple pages.
  • Only citations included in the manuscript should be listed in the references.
  • All margins are 1" (front, back, left and right sides).
  • Article is written in 12pt. Times New Roman font.
  • Article includes correct reference terminology (see below)
  • *Please discuss exceptions with the Editor.

Reference Terminology

Instead of active, Use member; active member

Instead of culture-based fraternity, Use the council or organizational affiliation (e.g., MGC)

Instead of Greek or Greek community, Use fraternity/sorority or fraternity/sorority community

Instead of Greek advisor, Use fraternity/sorority professional; campus based professional

Instead of Greek system, Use fraternity/sorority community

Instead of headquarters staff, Use fraternity/sorority professional; organization staff member

Instead of pledge, Use new member; associate member

Instead of rush; rushee, Use recruitment or intake; potential new member (PNM)

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Rights for Authors

Copyright © 2020 Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, Inc. (AFA). All material contained in this publication is the property of AFA. The opinions expressed in the Oracle do not necessarily reflect those of AFA. Requests for permission to reprint should be sent to the AFA Central Office.