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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. As a graduate student-run publication, we aim to highlight research and scholarship that further develops the practice of student affairs and are of particular relevance to professionals throughout higher education.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can be an author?

Authors can be writers or researchers from any academic background, degree program, or general field of study. You do not need to have been previously published in an academic journal to be considered for publication in our journal. 

Authors do not need to be affiliated with New York University and while masters and doctoral students are encouraged to submit abstracts, authors do not need to currently be a student to submit. Preference for acceptance into our editing cycles will be given to current students and recent graduates.

When should I submit an abstract?

We typically collect abstracts during the summer before the fall semester. Email us at if you are interested in submitting an abstract.

Are there required submission guidelines for abstracts?

Submitted abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and provide an overview of the proposed manuscript. Abstracts should demonstrate the article's relevance to higher education or student affairs topics as well as give insight into the author’s interest in the proposed topic.

What happens after an abstract is submitted?

We will review all of the abstracts submitted and, through an evaluation process, will decide which abstracts to accept into our editing cycles. You will be notified whether or not your abstract is accepted. If your abstract is accepted, you will be invited to submit a draft of your manuscript.

What kind of manuscripts are published in the journal?

We accept a variety of manuscripts. Examples of manuscript types include, but are not limited to: original research, replication of research, essays on theoretical, organizational, or professional issues, reviews of current literature relevant to the field, and practical reports of experiences from the field. Manuscripts that have been previously published or are currently being considered for publication should not be submitted.

What if my manuscript involves original research with human subjects?

All the original research articles that use human subjects must be approved by the Institutional Review Board at the college or university where the research was conducted prior to submission. If you are not sure if your manuscript involves this kind of research, please email us at