Journal Submission 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 to student affairs practitioners, graduate students, and faculty to submit their work.

Types of Manuscripts Accepted:

Student Affairs on Campus seeks to publish peer-reviewed articles related to research, concepts, and practices that have implications for Texas higher education and student affairs practitioners, faculty, and graduate students.  Manuscripts can be original full manuscripts, research in brief, literature reviews, and book reviews. These works 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 preferred. However, general articles 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.

Concurrent Submissions to Other Publications:

Not accepted. Never submit manuscripts under consideration by another publication.

Style Guide for All Submissions:

All manuscripts should be type-written, in English, double-spaced in Times New Roman 12-point font with notes, references, tables, and figures appearing at the end of the manuscript per the style of the Sixth Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

In addition:

1.     Include an article abstract clearly stating the purpose of the article. The abstract should be concise and specific, ranging from 50-150 words.

2.     Avoid bias in language; refer to page 70 of the Publication Manual for assistance.

3.     Use active voice as much as possible.

4.     Check subject/verb agreement.

5.     Use verb tense appropriately: past tense for the literature review and description of procedures and present tense for the results and discussion.

6.     Proofread and double-check all references and citations before submitting your draft.

7.     Use Microsoft Word (2000) or higher so editors may utilize "insert comment" function.

8.     Lengthy quotations (a total of 300 or more words from one source) require written permission from the copyright holder for reproduction. Adaptation of tables and figures also requires such approval. The author is responsible for securing such permission. A copy of the publisher’s written permission must be provided to the editors immediately upon acceptance of the article for publication.

9.     Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references, quotations, tables, and figures.

Special Format Guidelines:

All submissions require a title page. The title page of the submission should include the article title; the name, position, and institutional affiliation of each author; and appropriate contact information for editorial response. The article’s first text page should include the manuscript title, but no information that would identify any author.

Document types and recommended lengths*

Full Manuscript

Minimum – 2,000 words

Maximum – 7,000 words

Research in Brief

Minimum –  1,000 words

Maximum – 3,000 words

Book Review

Minimum – 500 words

Maximum – 2,000 words

Literature Review

Minimum – 1,000 words

Maximum – 3,000 words

*This includes abstract, tables, figures, and references.

Figures and Graphs:

Supply camera-ready art.

Article Submission:

With the exception of the title page, authors should prepare their manuscript with information identifying the author(s) removed to allow for peer reviewing of anonymous manuscripts (see Special Format Guidelines). All manuscripts are to be submitted online at

Revise and Resubmit:

When you revise your manuscript please highlight the changes you make in the manuscript by using the track changes mode in MS Word. Please DO NOT simply bold or highlight your revisions. You will need to upload two versions of your revised article following the same procedure as for submitting your initial version:

1. A version with track changes visible should be resubmitted and titled "track changes."

2. A "clean” version should be resubmitted and titled "manuscript for review purposes.”

Please ensure that both versions are entirely anonymous.

Additionally, please submit a file named "Author’s Response to Decision” to detail the changes you have made and in response to which reviewer comments. Please do not identify yourself (and your co-authors if applicable). The text entered here is potentially sent to reviewers and the author/s must be anonymous.


Ready to Submit?  You can find the submission form here.