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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • The submission includes a cover page with names of all authors, their institutional affiliations, emails, and ORCID numbers, if available, that will be uploaded separately from the main text of the manuscript.
  • The document of the main text of the manuscript has been appropriately blinded, with personally identifiable information removed.
  • Where available, URLs or DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The manuscript is a double-spaced, word-processing document (preferably .docx); uses a 12-point font; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are prepared according to the Author Guidelines.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

All submissions to the Journal of Postsecondary Student Success should be made using the online submission form.

Please ensure that you consider the following guidelines when preparing your manuscript. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your submission.

Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

The submission includes a cover page with names of all authors, their institutional affiliations, emails, and ORCID numbers, if available, that will be uploaded separately from the main text of the manuscript.

The document of the main text of the manuscript has been appropriately blinded, with personally identifiable information removed.

Where available, URLs or DOIs for the references have been provided.

The manuscript is a double-spaced, word-processing document (preferably .docx); uses a 12-point font; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are prepared according to the Author Guidelines.

Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout, including block quotes and references, and each page should be numbered on the top right side of the page consecutively.

The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

An informative abstract of 250 words or less is required for all submissions. Please refer to the individual section policies below for appropriate submission length.

An Author’s note may include a Disclosure Statement (i.e., funding sources, conflict of interest statement, etc.) or other acknowledgments. This should appear on your title page (not in the masked manuscript). 

Authors should follow instructions in the 7th edition Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association; this includes running heads, heading levels, spacing, margins, etc. Any manuscripts not following APA 7th edition may be unsubmitted.

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text.

Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work.

Journal names and book titles should be italicized.

If available, please always include DOIs as full DOI links in your reference list.

Footnotes can be used to give additional information, which may include the citation of a reference included in the reference list. They should not consist solely of a reference citation, and they should never include the bibliographic details of a reference. They should also not contain any figures or tables.

Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively; those to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data). Footnotes to the title or the authors of the article are not given reference symbols.

Data Files

The JPSS data policy does not require underlying data to accompany articles at this time. Authors are encouraged to follow the best practice in data sharing for research work. Authors who do wish to share their data as a supplement to their articles may either deposit their data in an external repository or as a supplementary file upon publication. In both cases, the following guidelines should be followed:

  1. If deposited in an external repository, said repository must have a sustainability model. A citation to this external data source can be added as a note by the authors.
  2. Clear licensing and re-use statements must be provided for the data. Open licenses that permit unrestricted access (e.g., CC0, CC-BY) are encouraged but not required.
  3. The deposited data should include a version that is in an open, non-proprietary format.
  4. The deposited data should have been labeled in such a way that a 3rd party can make sense of it (e.g., sensible column headers, descriptions in a readme text file).
  5. The deposited data must be actionable – i.e., if a specific script or software is needed to interpret it, this should also be archived and accessible.
  6. Studies involving human subjects should adhere to local ethical standards at the host institution. Participant data should be sufficiently anonymized, and appropriate consent forms should be signed.

Figures, Illustrations, and Media

Figures, tables, and illustrations should be included in the manuscript file following the APA Publication Manual guidelines on tables and figures. However, upon acceptance, authors may be asked to submit figures, tables, and illustrations as separate files to aid in the production of the final article.

Correspondence

All correspondence should be addressed to the editors.

Plagiarism Policy

JPSS will not publish manuscripts where plagiarism or text recycling has been identified. All manuscripts are checked for plagiarism using the Crossref Similarity Check / iThenticate service. Common examples of plagiarism include but are not limited to verbatim copy, improper or failure of attribution, and text replication. For further guidance on types of plagiarism and how to avoid them, authors should consult the interactive chart provided by iThenticate.

Sections

  • Editorials
  • Essays
  • Featured Articles
  • Policy and Practices

Editorials

Editorials are short essays or opinions. They can be editors’ reflections on a topic or introduction to the current issue. They can also be invited contributions from leaders and scholars on important emerging issues. Commentary from readers is also welcome. A variety of perspectives are encouraged for submission, including pieces from educators, researchers, students, practitioners, and leaders.

Submissions should be at 400-1,200 words. Reviews by the editors and/or peers may be conducted for submissions to this section.

Essays

JPSS invites manuscripts proposing innovative ideas and solutions with substantiation of literature, evidence, and/or research. Manuscripts that summarize findings from emerging studies are also welcome. Occasionally, JPSS editors may invite leading figures in student success and higher education to contribute essays on critical issues in student success and equity.

Submissions should be between 3,000-6,000 words, though exceptions will be considered. Reviews by the editors and/or peers may be conducted for submissions to this section.

Featured Articles

JPSS featured articles section welcomes manuscripts reporting empirical studies, theoretical work, scholarly papers, and manuscripts synthesizing existing literature and research.

Submissions should be between 5,000-10,000 words, though exceptions will be considered. Submissions for this section will be reviewed by the editors and may be submitted for double-blind peer review.

Policy and Practices

Case studies and descriptions or evaluations of exemplary policies, programs, and practices should be submitted for this section. Articles should emphasize the promotion of best practices and useful approaches to challenges in the field. Submissions to this section should contribute to a practical understanding of the continued integration of student success topics into higher education practice. Discussion of policy development is also welcome.

Submissions should be between 3,000-6,000 words, though exceptions will be considered. Submissions to this section will be reviewed by the editors, and may be sent for double-blind reveiw.

The JPSS inaugural issue included a full set of contributions covering all sections. Authors are encouraged to read various publication formats and organize their work for submissions to JPSS.

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