Research Info for Students

In order to receive credit for some business courses, students must complete a research requirement. Please see specific course syllabi for more details.

The research requirement can be met by participating in research studies approved by the university and listed on the COB-SONA website.

Students who do not wish to participate in research studies may write a brief review of two articles that appear in approved journals.

If you have any questions regarding any of these requirements, please contact the Research Pool Coordinator at

Relevant deadlines:

  • There will be no experiments posted until February 11, 2016.  Enrolled students will receive an email when the first experiment is posted.
  • No studies will be posted after May 9, 2016. However, studies may be posted that have a May 13, 2016 deadline.  Your instructor determines the due date for completion of the requirement.


  • Research Opportunities will posted approximately every 2 weeks. THEY WILL HAVE LIMITED SLOTS AND WILL EXPIRE AFTER 7 DAYS.
  • Students will be automatically granted accounts and account information sent to them at the address listed in MySJSU, by February 12, 2016.
  • To complete the research participation option, you will need to use the SONA system to find experiments and complete them. The SONA url is:
  • Your LoginID is your SJSUID. Your password is "enroll."You will be issued a separate SONA ID.  Researchers only have access your SONA ID - so if you do not put in the correct SONAID at the end of the studies, you will not receive credit.
  • Credits will be given within 72 hours AFTER the participation DEADLINE for each study.
  • If you choose participate in a study and you find the procedure objectionable, you can withdraw from the study at any time. You will not be penalized for your withdrawal and you will receive full credit for participation in that study.


Research Experience: Article Review Option

Article reviews must be submitted to the research coordinator by May 13, 2016.
If you do not wish to participate in research studies, you may write a brief review of TWO articles that appear in management journals. For each article, you should first give the full citation in APA format, state the main points, and summarize the main findings. Then, evaluate its contributions to the field of management and organizational behavior and theory. In making your final evaluation, consider the conceptual rigor, the methodology (if applicable), and the conclusions. Communicate your evaluation convincingly and persuasively. Be sure to use accurate grammar and spelling. Be sure to include your name, instructor, and class course and section ID when submitting your two article reviews. Each article review should be approximately 2 pages in length.  The management journals can be accessed, for free, from the SJSU library website.


The article review should be written in appropriate style, with an attempt to convince and persuade the audience. Each article review should include the following:

  • The full citation in APA style.
  • The main points including theories and hypotheses tested.
  • A summary of the methods used to test the theories and hypotheses.
  • A summary of the main findings.
  • An evaluation of the contribution of the article to the field of management and organizational behavior and theory. This evaluation should take into consideration: the conceptual rigor, the methodology (if applicable), and the conclusions.
  • Accurate grammar and spelling.
  • Be sure to include your name, instructor, class course and section ID when submitting your article reviews.
  • Each review should be approximately 3 pages in length, double-space typed, 12pt Times Roman font, 1inch margins on all sides. A title page is NOT necessary.

Information about articles

Acceptable journals may include:

  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Academy of Management Review
  • Journal of Organizational Behavior
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Journal of Management
  • Leadership Quarterly
  • Human Relations
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Performance

More information about a list of acceptable journals, can be obtained from the Research Coordinator.

How to submit

If you decide to complete the Article Review option instead of the Research Experience option, you must contact the research coordinator, make your decision known, and submit article reviews to the coordinator at

These article reviews are subject to all the requirements of Academic Honesty as other assignments for your classes. See the Judicial Affairs website at and your course syllabus for definitions of Academic Dishonesty, Cheating, and Plagiarism