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  • Guidelines for Authors

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:

  • • Support for the extension of knowledge in the area of developmental theory;

  • • Support for increasing sophistication in the assessment of developmental change and the factors contributing thereto;

  • • Support for practitioner efforts to apply theoretical or developmental constructs to programs in the field; or

  • • Support for increasing our knowledge of organizational behaviors so that effective tactics and strategies might be applied to the implementation of developmentally focused programs on the campus.

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.

The Associate Editor for International Research and Scholarship is available to consult with authors who are considering submitting a manuscript that is international in scope. Authors who are not familiar with the peer review system of manuscript evaluation are encouraged to contact Kristen A. Renn, Associate Editor, at any time for clarification and advice on manuscript preparation and submission. She may be contacted via E-mail ( or telephone (517-353-5979).

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.

Style Guidelines

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 these instructions:

  • • 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:

    • • self citations that are "in press"

    • • self referential citations that reveal author identity

    • • institution name (often in the Methods section)

    • • references to institution-specific documents. (Where appropriate, institutional identification may be re-inserted in accepted manuscripts during the copyediting process.)

  • • Use titles that are short and descriptive. In a separate document, place the title, the names of the authors, their professional titles, and their institutional affiliations (see the author information at the bottom of the title pages of published JCSD articles for examples). For the contact author, include a mailing address and E...


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