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Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice

Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice

eISSN: 15414167 | ISSN: 15210251 | Current volume: 23 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

The Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice provides the educational community, federal and state governmental officials, and the general public a medium to exhibit and explore the complex issue of student retention and attrition. The Journal features articles pertaining to current and new theoretical constructs and current research on student retention and attrition in higher education.

In addition, the Journal provides practitioners a forum to highlight and disseminate to the educational community, current practices, programs and services, which help students persist through academic and personal goal completion.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The goal of the Journal is to provide the educational community, federal and state government officials, and the public with the latest findings regarding the retention of students in higher education. Although access to higher education is virtually universally available, many students who start in a higher education program drop out prior to completing a degree or achieving their individual academic and/or social goals.

Alan Seidman Executive Director, Center for the Study of College Student Retention,
Editorial Board
Peter Armacost Eckerd College, US, USA
Alexander Astin University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Robert Atwell American Council on Education, USA
John P. Bean Indiana University, USA
John M. Braxton Vanderbilt University, USA
Don G. Creamer Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
K. Patricia Cross University of California, Berkeley, USA
Charles Eberly Eastern Illinois University, USA
Linda Serra Hagedorn Iowa State University, USA
Sylvia Hurtado University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Cynthia Johnson California State University, Long Beach, USA
D. Bruce Johnston State University of New York, Buffalo, USA
David Kalsbeek DePaul University, USA
Frances Mertz Farleigh Dickinson University, USA
Amaury Nora University of Texas, San Antonio, USA
Leticia Oseguera Pennsylvania State University, USA
Robert Palmer Howard University, USA
Ernest Pascarella University of Iowa, USA
Arthur Sandeen University of Florida, USA
John Schuh Iowa State University, USA
Vincent Tinto Syracuse University, USA
M. Lee Upcraft Pennsylvania State University, USA
Book Review Editor
Sosanya Jones Howard University, USA
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    Alan Seidman, Editor (

    INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS: Important Information. Please read prior to submission

    Submit manuscripts in MSWord in APA 7th edition style at:
    Submitting authors and co-authors will create user accounts that will allow them to upload manuscripts, supporting documents and revisions. Submitting authors and co-authors will also be able to track the progress of their submissions and take advantage of streamlined communication as the manuscripts complete the peer review process. Online submissions must adhere to the following submission guidelines:

    Manuscript that do not comply with APA 7th edition style or alternate information listed below will not be accepted for review.

    Authors should note that only original articles are accepted for publication. Submission of a manuscript represents certification on the part of the author(s) that neither the article submitted, nor a version of it has been published, or is being considered for publication elsewhere.

    Abstracts should not exceed 150 words and are required to introduce each article.

    Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 7th edition. A synopsis of this manual is available from the American Psychological Association.

    Be sure to remove all personally identifiable information from the manuscript file. Personal information is usually listed in the properties area of the document. To check this in MSWord click on File in the upper left corner and then look at the lower right under Related People; Author, Last Modified By. Use MSWord help if necessary. Manuscripts will not be accepted unless all personally identifiable information is removed.

    Use Times New Roman 12-point only.

    Page Length
    While there is no page length limit, most manuscripts fall between 16- 36 pages including abstract through reference list. Page length depends on topic covered, type of statistical analysis etc. Lengthy articles may be best suited for a book chapter. The Editor will determine if a manuscript needs to be edited.

    Footnotes are placed at the bottom of the page where referenced. They should be numbered with superior Arabic numbers without parentheses or brackets. Footnotes should be brief with an average length of three lines.

    Figures should be referenced in text and appear in numerical sequence starting with Figure 1. Line art must be original drawings in black ink proportionate to our page size, and suitable for photographing. Indicate top and bottom of figure where confusion may exist. Labeling should be 8 point type. Clearly identify all figures. Figures should be placed appropriately within the text. Please refer to chapter 7 in the APA 7th manual.

    Tables must be cited in text in numerical sequence starting with Table 1. Each table must have a descriptive title. Any footnotes to tables are indicated by superior lower case letters. Tables should be placed appropriately within text. Please refer to chapter 7 in the APA 7th manual.

    If you use a reference from the Journal please be sure to use its full name in your reference list, Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice.

    Journal submissions should contain only two files. One is the cover page with author information etc. and the other is the manuscript beginning with the abstract without author information. Please see Format section above; how to delete personal information from the properties area of the manuscript.

    Book Reviews
    Book review suggestions should be sent to the Journal's book review editor Dr. Sosanya Jones (

    • It is also highly recommended that you obtain a copy of the Journal. This will allow you to get a feel for the style of writing, formatting etc. of accepted manuscripts.
    • International authors are encouraged to have their manuscripts proofread by a native English speaking copy editor.
    • Manuscripts are sent anonymously to a reviewer(s) for evaluation. Author(s) will not be given the name of a reviewer(s). Reviews can take anywhere from five to eight weeks.
    • The Editor makes the final decision whether to publish a manuscript and what volume, issue and order it will appear.
    • Author(s) are responsible for the accuracy of all claims, references and data made in the manuscript.
    • Manuscripts uploaded to the Journal web site will not be returned.

    If a manuscript is accepted and scheduled for publication it is the responsibility of the lead author to keep contact information current. Failure to do so may result in the manuscript being pulled and not published since the lead author is responsible for reviewing proofs and returning them in a timely manner.

    Questions should be directed to the Editor at the above email address.

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