Journal of College Student Development (JCSD), the largest and leading source of research about college students and the field of student affairs, publishes scholarly articles and reviews from a wide range of academic fields. Since 1959, scholars in student affairs, higher education, sociology, psychology, social work, nursing, business administration, and health sciences have been finding their voice with JCSD. Journal of College Student Development is the official journal of the ACPA--College Student Educators International.
Feature Manuscripts: The Journal of College Student Development is interested in feature manuscripts concerning student development, professional development, professional issues, administrative concerns, and creative programs to improve student services. Authors may focus on recent original research, replication of research, reviews of research, graduate education in student affairs, or essays on theoretical, organizational, and professional issues. Both quantitative and qualitative research manuscripts are considered. Manuscripts should address one of the following:
In keeping with the international scope of ACPA-College Student Educators International, the Journal of College Student Development welcomes manuscripts that report scholarship on international issues related to college students, student development, and student affairs and services in postsecondary or tertiary education. Such manuscripts might describe research occurring outside the United States, such as studies of student development or emerging issues in student services administration in one or more countries, or they might address international issues connected to US institutions, such as international students in the US or US students participating in international experiences at home or abroad. We particularly invite submissions that are scholarly in nature (i.e., having a theoretical base and sound empirical methods), but will also consider submissions that describe best practices in student development outside the US, provided that these submissions contribute new knowledge to the literature. Country-specific and comparative (i.e., comparing an issue in two or more nations) topics are welcome
Research in Brief: Articles submitted for the Research in Brief section should report meaningful research that does not require a full-length manuscript. Articles should present research about instruments, methods, or analytical tools which may be helpful to researchers or consumers of research in conducting and understanding student services, student development, and the student affairs profession. Rigorous studies that are focused on a single campus and/or narrowly focused studies may also be considered for the Research in Brief section. The criteria for review are similar to those used in the review of featured articles.
On the Campus: Articles submitted for the On the Campus section should describe new practices, programs, and techniques. Practices reviewed should be related to theory and research. Authors should be able to provide additional background or supplemental information at the request of interested readers.
Manuscripts must be clear, concise, and interesting with a well-organized development of ideas. The most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association should be followed for reference style and general guidelines. When preparing a manuscript for publication, the author(s) must carefully follow the instructions listed below:
Ensure that the manuscript is appropriately blinded. Because manuscripts are processed through a masked review system, they should contain no clues to the author's identity or institutional affiliation outside of the title page. Please double check your manuscript for:
When preparing a manuscript for publication, the author(s) must carefully follow the instructions listed below:
Featured manuscripts should not exceed approximately 30 pages of 1-inch margin, double-spaced, typewritten text INCLUDING references, tables, and figures. On the Campus manuscripts generally should not exceed 4 pages INCLUDING references, tables, and figures. Research in Brief manuscripts generally should not exceed 10 pages INCLUDING references, tables, and figures.
All manuscripts submitted to the JCSD must be in Microsoft Word® 97-2003 (.doc) format. This includes the paper and any tables and/or figures.
All manuscript submissions and reviews are handled through our web-based Editorial ManagerTM (EM) system. Authors submit manuscripts and track progress through all stages of the review process.
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The Editorial Manager TM system includes step by step instructions throughout the submission process. Here are some suggestions that will assist you in the process:
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