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Author Guidelines

The purpose of Student Affairs on Campus is to provide information that is relevant and helpful to today’s student affairs work. Readers will learn how to be better scholar-practitioners through this journal. In addition, the publication process will work to develop prospective authors, of all levels of experience and expertise, into better thinkers and writers.  We encourage student affairs practitioners, graduate students, and faculty to submit their work. 


Types of Manuscripts Accepted: 

Student Affairs on Campus publishes peer-reviewed articles related to research, concepts, and practices that have implications for Texas higher education and student affairs practitioners, faculty, and graduate students. Student Affairs on Campus accepts original research, research-in-brief, practice-in-brief, literature reviews, and book review manuscript submissions. These works should specifically pertain to the administrative practice of student affairs work, such as college student learning, development, retention, achievement, and engagement.

Peer reviewed professional manuscripts which report original qualitative or quantitative research regarding topics of interest to student affairs practitioners, graduate students, and faculty are encouraged. Other manuscripts may include promising programs, research reports, updates on professional issues, examinations of legal and policy issues, dialogues and debates, historical articles, literature reviews, opinion pieces, or projections of future trends. 

Invited manuscripts are possible for special topics or events. Invited manuscripts will be submitted in their own category and go through a single blind peer review process for clarity and technical improvements. 

Concurrent Submissions: 

Concurrent submissions to other publications are not accepted. 
 

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions will be asked to attest that the following requirements have been met:

  • Rubric: Review the rubric for the manuscript type and align with the rubric requirements
  • Blinded Manuscript: Remove author names and any identifying information so the manuscript is anonymous
  • Title Page: Prepare a separate title page file with article title; the name, position, and institutional affiliation of each author; and appropriate contact information for editorial response
  • First Page: Place the title of the manuscript at the top of the first page
  • Abstract: Include an Abstract ranging from 50 to 150 words that clearly states the purpose of the manuscript and offers specific information of interest to readers
  • APA Guidelines:
    • All manuscripts should be type-written, in English, single-spaced in Times New Roman 12-point font with references at the end of the manuscript per the style of the 7th Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)
    • Use italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses) in the manuscript text
    • All illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points rather than at the end
    • Avoid bias in language (refer to page 70 of the APA Publication Manual for assistance)
    • Update passive voice to active voice throughout the manuscript
    • Use verb tense appropriately (i.e., past tense for the literature review and description of procedures and present tense for the results and discussion) and review subject/verb agreement throughout the manuscript
  • Line Numbers: Insert continuous line numbers into the manuscript
  • Copyright: Obtain written permission from the copyright holder for any reproductions, adaptions of tables and figures, and lengthy quotations of 300 or more words from one source
  • References: Proofread and double-checked all references and citations
    • NOTE: Upon submission, the reference list will need to be copied and pasted into a References section of the submission portal [for search engines and indexing purposes]. The same reference list should also remain within the manuscript.

 

Manuscript Information: 

Research Articles

Research manuscripts should include an introduction, clearly stated research questions, a literature review to explain the background and importance of the topic, clearly explained methods, findings, discussion of findings, practical implications for the field of higher education administration, and recommendations for future research to advance understanding.

Word Count:  2,000 to 7,000 words
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Book Review

Book Review manuscripts should include an introduction with technical details about and purpose of the book, summary of the content including chapter examples, intended audience, connection to higher education practice, critical evaluation of the book, connection to theory or practice of higher education, and recommendation about the book.

Word Count:  500 to 2,000 words
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Literature Review

Literature Review manuscripts should include an introduction, clearly stated research questions, methods of identifying literature (optional), emphasis on contemporary literature from the last five years, logical organization of ideas, analysis of the literature, discussion of findings, practical implications for the field of higher education administration, and recommendations for future research to advance understanding.

Word Count:  1,000 to 7,000 words
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Research-in-Brief

Research-in-Brief manuscripts should include an introduction, clearly stated research questions, a brief literature review to explain the background and importance of the topic, explanation of methods, findings, discussion of findings, practical implications for the field of higher education administration, and recommendations for future research to advance understanding.

Word Count:  1,000 to 3,000 words
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Practice-in-Brief

Word Count:  2,000 to 4,000 words

Practice in brief manuscripts share innovative activities to address emerging or ongoing challenges within the higher education environment. Manuscripts must have applicability to other campus contexts and promote positive improvement for students, staff, or faculty. Manuscripts must demonstrate connection to contemporary scholarly literature. 

Suggested Sections:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction/Background of the topic (e.g., overview of the problem or issue, relevant literature guiding the problem or issue, practice being highlighted to address the problem or issue, goals of the practice)
  • Context for the Practice (e.g., institution type and setting, office/unit description, overview of populations being emphasized, brief history of the problem or issue, details of the practice, etc.)
  • Findings/Impact of the Practice (e.g., outcomes, evidence, alignment of evidence with practice goals)
  • Discussion (e.g., lessons learned, recommendations for other practitioners, limitations)
  • References

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Invited Submissions

This section of the journal is reserved for invited submissions as directed by the editorial executive team.

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