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The Journal of NCAA Compliance (JONC) is a newsletter, produced by Hackney Publications, that focuses on NCAA compliance issues in collegiate athletics. Once every two months, JONC provides in-depth reports on compliance decisions as well as original content about trends in the industry.
JONC welcomes the editorial contributions of its subscribers and other compliance professionals in athletic departments and conferences, who have subject matter expertise or experience in an area that would be relevant to the readers. The newsletter also features a peer-reviewed section. Those interested in contributing a peer-reviewed article should visit here.
JONC is free to compliance professionals and athletic departments. As such, they can create a username and pass to access the latest issue and archives here.
Libraries, law firms and other entities can subscribe by visiting here. Paid subscribers can provide specific IP addresses or ranges to access the latest issue and archives here.
Both compliance professionals and paid subscribers will receive a notification that the latest issue has been published with access to a PDF of the issue, which can be downloaded.
Our goal is not just to inform, but to help share solutions with industry participants, including athletic departments, conferences, associations, law firms, agencies, athletes, academics, and companies.

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The Journal of NCAA Compliance (JONC) is dedicated to providing insight and best practices to practitioners and academics through the continual focus on NCAA compliance and compliance based issues.


JONC strives to be the preferred resource for professionals and academics committed to better understanding and studying the changing dynamic of complying with NCAA rules and regulations.


Provide insightful and timely analysis of the NCAA to subscribers and readers. – Advance the study of NCAA compliance and compliance related issues through focusing on topics such as, but not limited to: NCAA and conference sanctions, NCAA and conference bylaws, intercollegiate student-athlete eligibility, athletic compliance departments (structure, operations, policies, etc.), the intersection between the law and NCAA, etc.

Authorship guidelines

The Journal of NCAA Compliance (JONC) limits the number of authors for each published manuscript to six. Only individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the manuscript, as described below, should be credited as coauthors, and the inclusion of additional authors will only be considered if all meet the following requirements:
JONC adheres to the criteria for authorship as outlined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors*
Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to:
1. Conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data; and
2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
3. Final approval of the version to be published.
*Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. New England Journal of Medicine, 1991, 324, 424–428.
By submitting to this journal, authors acknowledge:
1. The article presents original work and has not been published or is not being considered for publication elsewhere.
2. All authors are aware of, and have consented to, the submission to the journal;
3. Due regard has been paid to ethical considerations relating to the work reported;
4. The article contains, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, no libelous or unlawful statements.
Submission guidelines Manuscript files (Microsoft Word format only) should be submitted electronically to Co-Editor, Dr. B. David Ridpath, Ed.D. at ridpath@ohio.edu, or Co-Editor Dr. Clay Bolton at Clay.Bolton@tamuc.edu, and attached to an e-mail message stating the manuscript has not been simultaneously submitted for publication and/or published elsewhere. Articles should normally not exceed 30 pages in length (including references, charts, and tables). Articles should be written for an educated readership and address topics of general interest within NCAA compliance. All manuscripts must follow the “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association” 7th Edition and include an abstract of approximately 100-200 words as well as complete references. Each manuscript must be typewritten, double-spaced throughout, use “Times New Roman” font (size 12), and utilize one inch margins on the top, bottom, and sides. The title page should be attached to the email as a separate standalone document and include the title of the article, author(s)’ name(s) and affiliation(s), as well as 5-8 key words. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted information and materials. Submitting a manuscript indicates the author(s) agree(s) to transfer of copyright to the JONC. A publication agreement will be sent to author(s) for signature should article be accepted for publication.
Manuscripts submitted that correctly follow the submission guidelines are initially reviewed at the editorial level. Submissions found to be outside the scope of JONC, incomplete or incorrectly formatted per JONC submission guidelines or APA/Bluebook standards, or not meeting standards of sufficient quality may be subject to desk rejection. Submissions meeting these criteria are reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers via blind review procedures. Because JONC uses a blind review process, the author(s)’s name and institutional affiliation should appear only on the cover page
JONC strives to return submissions to authors within 60 days of submission.

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