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Author Guidelines

The Journal of Student Affairs Inquiry, Improvement, and Impact (JSAIII) seeks to publish articles providing practical insights to student affairs assessment and improvement practitioners through reflections and thought leadership, scholarly articles, adaptable approaches, and media reviews. Authors should carefully consider the appropriate section for their article proposal: Field Notes; The Scholarship of Inquiry, Improvement, and Impact; Inquiry, Improvement, and Impact in Action; or Media Review. See the Article Types page for more details. Article proposals are accepted on the basis of appropriate fit for the Journal’s scope, clarity of thought, and utility for a broad readership.

Readers of the JSAIII are practitioners, faculty, researchers, and administrators from many different institution types. To ensure articles are understood by and applicable to as many readers as possible, we strongly encourage clear, accessible language (e.g., avoiding jargon). We encourage authors to review the current Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sections 4.1–4.11). You may also find the Federal Plain Language Guidelines > Choose your words carefully section helpful.

The Journal continually strives to create inclusive scholarship. To this end, we examine our own and authors' implicit biases around a wide variety of identities—including but not limited to educational background, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, political ideology, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. We will do this together with authors in the review process to mitigate, if not completely eliminate, that bias. We encourage authors to consult the American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines on inclusive language and bias-free language.

Submission, Review, and Publication Process

To encourage and support practitioners in contributing to the field’s scholarship, JSAIII utilizes an article proposal approach that, if accepted by the Editors, provides feedback about the author's article at several points along the process. Proposals will be initially reviewed by Editors. Proposals accepted by the Editors will be invited to submit full manuscripts to the Reviewers for unmasked, open review and a support-oriented peer review process. Reviewers will work with authors to provide formative feedback, working with a timeline to support continued progress.

The outline below describes our process from proposal through article development.

Proposal

  1. Authors Submit Article Proposal
    • Step 1: Register with JSAIII on the Open Journal System (OJS), a widely-used platform for open access publishing developed by the Public Knowledge Project.
    • Step 2: Submit your proposal on on OJS, which must include (a) the section to which you want to submit, (b) your proposed title and abstract, (c) a description and rationale for your article, (d) an outline of your proposed article, (e) references, and (f) a list of proposed authors, their professional positions and institutions, and their contact information. The rationale should clearly outline how the article would support quality improvement efforts or demonstrate impact. The proposed article should not have been previously published or under consideration elsewhere.
  2. Editors Review and Select Proposals

Initial Drafts

  1. Authors Submit Draft Manuscript
  2. Reviewers Provide Draft Manuscript Feedback

Final Submission

  1. Authors Submit Final Manuscript
  2. Reviewers Provide Final Submission Feedback to Editors
  3. Editors Provide Authors Final Required Revisions

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