Journal of Student Affairs

Author Guidelines

The Journal of Student Affairs at New York University publishes articles related to student development, professional development, administrative concerns, and groundbreaking initiatives to improve student services. Manuscripts should focus on original research; replication of research; reviews of research/literature; essays on theoretical, organizational, or professional issues; reviews of current literature relevant to the field; or practical reports of experiences from the field. All the original research articles that use human subjects must be approved by the NYU Institutional Review Board ( prior to submission.

If you have any specific questions about the requirements or submission process, please contact the Editorial Board. We will do all that we can to help you through thespecific requirements of each submission type. 


**PLEASE NOTE: The submission deadline for the 2016 Journal is TBA.**

Abstract Submission Guidelines (2016 JoSA)

Note that the below guidelines are intended for the 2015 Journal

Abstracts must be submitted to the Content Editor at by September 29th, 2014 and should be no longer than 250 words. Authors should provide the editorial team with an overview of the proposed article that demonstrates interest level in the proposed topic and the article's relevance to higher education and student affairs. The following information must be included with the abstract: name, title, address, e-mail address, year of graduation from NYU's Higher Education/Student Personnel Administration program (if applicable).

Authors of selected abstracts will be requested to submit a first draft in order to be considered for publication.


Style Guidelines

Manuscripts must be clear, concise, and interesting with a well-organized development of ideas. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition should be followed for reference style and general guidelines.


  • Double-space all material, including references, quotations, tables, and figures. Leave extra space above and below subheadings, and include generous margins (at least one inch).
  • Because manuscripts are processed through an anonymous review system, they should contain no indication of the author's identity or institutional affiliation (with the exception of a separate title page as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition). Where appropriate, institutional identification will be inserted after acceptance of a manuscript.
  • Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all references, quotations, tables, and figures. Authors should make every effort to ensure that such items are complete and correct.

Research Manuscripts

  • JoSA encourages the submission of original research, duplication of research and reviews of research.
  • Research manuscripts should total no more than 12 double-spaced, typewritten pages (approximately 2,500 words), including references, figures, and tables. Shorter articles are accepted and encouraged.
  • Original research (literary, qualitative, or quantitative) is encouraged. All such work should be applicable to the higher education and student affairs professions.

Field Reports & Programming Initiatives

  • Field reports should not exceed three pages (approximately 600 words in length). They should report on or describe new practices, programs, or techniques.

Dialogues & Interviews

  • Dialogues and interviews should follow the manuscript guidelines outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. They should take the form of verbatim exchange, oral or written, between two or more people.

Book Reviews

  • Book reviews should not exceed five pages in length (approximately 1,000 words). Proposed title to be reviewed should be approved by the Executive Board. Authors are fully responsible for obtaining such texts. Additionally, it is the author's responsibility to secure permission to quote or adapt text content. The publisher's original written permission must be provided to the Executive Board before any manuscript can be published.


Submission Instructions

  • Manuscripts that have been previously published or are being considered for publication should never be submitted.
  • Authors must sign a statement affirming non-duplication of submission before their manuscripts will be reviewed.
  • Form and text content of manuscripts should comply with the above style guidelines and the general guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. Manuscripts that do not conform to these guidelines cannot be considered.
  • Abstracts deadline is September 29th, 2014.
  • It is imperative for all authors to adhere to all dates outlined in the time line. Failure to do so could result in omission from the Journal.
  • Each submission should be sent electronically in MS Word format.
  • Submissions will be e-mailed to with the subject "Abstract Submission."
  • The Executive Board will be responsible for all publication and editorial decisions.

Submissions and other inquiries should be directed to the Executive Board of the Journal of Student Affairs at New York University. 


Author Timeline, 2014 - 2015*

September 29 - Abstracts Due

October 10 - Authors whose abstracts are approved are asked to commit to submit a manuscript

October 17 - Commitment from Authors to submit manuscripts due

October 17 - Full manuscript 1st draft due

 *Note that this is a general time line and, if needed, some dates may be updated.


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