Journal of The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
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Submission Guidelines
Revised September 2010

Journal of The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition is a semiannual refereed journal providing current research on the first college year and other significant student transitions. The primary purpose of the Journal is to disseminate empirical research findings on student transition issuesthat inform practice in all sectors of postsecondary education.Topics appropriate for the Journal include:

  • Explorations into the academic, personal, and social experiences - including outcomes related to success, learning, and development - of students at a range of transition points throughout the college years. These transitions include, but are not limited to, the first college year, the transfer transition, the sophomore year, the senior year and transition out of college, and the transition to graduate work.

  • Transition issues unique to specific populations (e.g., non-traditional, traditional, historically underrepresented students, transfer students, commuters, part-time students)

  • Explorations of faculty development, curriculum, and pedagogical innovations connected to any of the transitions identified above

The Journal of The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition does not publish manuscripts describing program evaluations or assessments.

The Journal is an empirically based, peer-reviewed resource for educators with a wide range of research backgrounds. Therefore, all statistical material should be presented as clearly and succinctly as possible. It is important that all relevant methodological information is included in the Method section; however, the article focus should be on the findings, the significance of those findings, and their policy implications.

Authors are invited to submit an electronic copy of an original manuscript of 15-20 double-spaced typewritten pages (approximately 3,700 to 5,000 words), accompanied by an abstract of 100-150 words in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition). References, tables, and figures should be included in addition to page count noted above. Authors' names and institutions should not appear on the manuscript.

Manuscript submissions are handled online via PeerTrack. If you are a first-time user of this system, you will need to register at Once you have created an account, you can upload your manuscript to the Journal's online review system.

For more information, contact Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr., Editor, via e-mail at or

Resources for Authors
Sample Journal Article (Adobe PDF file)
Statistical Methodology Guidelines (Adobe PDF file)
Reviewer Form (Adobe PDF file)

National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina