Submissions and Guidelines

The guidelines on this page are for Summit Journal.

Contributors interested in other content ideas and partnerships with AFIRE should review the following guidelines to understand our audiences and general expectations, then contact us directly with your proposals.


Summit Journal is the official publication of AFIRE, the association for international real estate investors focused on commercial property in the United States. Readers stand at the intersection of real estate, institutional investing, data science, and economics.

Published multiple times per year in digital and print formats, Summit features articles from AFIRE members and guest experts as an extension of the association’s mission to provide an essential forum for real estate investment thought leadership through research and analysis of real estate capital markets, cross-border issues, policy, demographics, technology trends, and management topics.

All issues of Summit are published in English. The first issue was published in April 2019.


Proposals for Summit are accepted year-round. The editorial timeline for the remainder of 2020 and all of 2021 is as follows:

  • Fall/Winter (November 2020)
    • Call for Proposals/Submissions Issued: August 20
    • Proposals Due: September 18
    • First Drafts Due: September 30
    • Revision and Approvals: October 15
    • Joint Final Draft Approval: October 30
    • Published: November
  • Spring (March 2021)
    • Call for Proposals: December 2020
    • Proposals Due: January 15, 2021
    • Drafts Due: February 12, 2021
    • Joint Final Draft Approval: March 5, 2021
    • Published: March/April 2021
  • Summer (June 2021)
    • Call for Proposals: March 2021
    • Proposals Due: April 16, 2021
    • Drafts Due: May 14, 2021
    • Joint Final Draft Approval: May 28, 2021
    • Published: June/July 2021
  • Fall (September 2021)
    • Call for Proposals: June 2021
    • Proposals Due: July 16, 2021
    • Drafts Due: August 13, 2021
    • Joint Final Draft Approval: August 27, 2021
    • Published: September/October 2021
  • Winter (December 2021)
    • Call for Proposals: September 2021
    • Proposals Due: October 8, 2021
    • Drafts Due: November 5, 2021
    • Joint Final Draft Approval: November 19, 2021
    • Published: December 2021/January 2022


Summit seeks original articles, research, and critical analysis of real estate capital markets, cross-border issues, policy, economics, technology, and management from contributors involved in any aspect of the real estate industry.

Our general submission and path to publication is as follows:

  • Pre-Approval:
    • Author(s) submit proposal, abstract, or partially completed draft
    • Editors review, discuss, and provide feedback and/or approval
    • Author(s) agree, sign copyright agreement, and commence writing
  • Writing:
    • Author(s) submit first draft (and graphics, charts, tables, and/or raw data)
    • Editors review and provide feedback as needed
    • Author(s) revise and resubmit as needed
  • Finalize:
    • Editors finalize draft and provide fully designed article for final author approval
    • Author(s) provide final proofreading, fact checking, and approvals
  • Publication

Summit articles must be written in English and are limited to a maximum length of 1,500 words. Citations and additional endnotes may also be included, with a maximum total length of 200 words.

Summit encourages the use of graphics, charts, and tables to illustrate submissions. The editors assume that the contributor owns the right to have the graphics reproduced. Such assets should be sent as separate, standalone files (not embedded within Word documents), and can be presented as EPS, TIFF, JPG, PNG, PSD, or AI files. When able, please also provide raw data for charts and tables.

The editors reserve the right to edit all article content to ensure compliance with these guidelines.

E-mail article abstracts, outlines, or full drafts, as Microsoft Word attachments, to Benjamin van Loon, Communications Director, at


With some minor exceptions, Summit generally complies with the latest editorial and citation standards set by the Chicago Manual of Style.

The editors maintain a collaborative approach to articles for Summit and are committed to working alongside contributors to ensure clarity, originality, integrity, and accuracy of content.

  • Advertising and Self-Promotion: Summit does not accept advertising or self-promoting content. Authors must limit self-referential or self-promoting language and avoid promotional references to platforms, tools, or business entities. First-person (I/we/us) should be used sparingly, if at all.
  • Citations: All data and quotations, when sourced from third-party websites or resources, must include must an accompanying citation. Citations are printed as endnotes for each article.
  • Disclosure and Disclaimer Statements: All articles published by Summit are covered by the AFIRE disclaimer statement (above). The editors reserve the right to remove any proprietary disclosure and disclaimer statements.
  • Headlines and Design: The editors reserve full creative control over all headlines, sub-headlines, pull quotes, editorial ephemera, and final article design.



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The audience of Summit Journal and other AFIRE media products reflects the core AFIRE membership, which counts more than 200 member organizations from 24 countries and representing approximately USD$3 trillion AUM.

Delegates of AFIRE member organizations include senior executives, institutional investors, investment managers, researchers, and service providers focused on commercial property in the US.


Printed issues of Summit are available at no cost to all AFIRE member organizations. Printed issues of Summit may be made available to non-member organizations, individuals, and universities upon request.

The latest digital issue and web-based contents of current and past issues of Summit are available and accessible to members and non-members at Archived issues can be found at


Summit assumes that all submissions are original works and owned by the author. Authors will be sent a copyright agreement for Summit’s nonexclusive rights to the submitted material. The agreement allows Summit to use the material freely in all media, with attribution, but does not restrict the right of the author(s) to use the material elsewhere.


The publisher of Summit is not engaged in providing tax, accounting, or legal advice through this publication. No content published in Summit is to be construed as a recommendation to buy or sell any asset.

Some information included in Summit has been obtained from third-party sources considered to be reliable, though the publisher is not responsible for guaranteeing the accuracy of third-party information.

The opinions expressed in Summit are those of its respective contributors and sources and do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher.