JSAI Submission Guidelines

Submissions are Open

The members of the editorial board are eager to engage with you. If you have questions about your idea for a submission, reach out to the editorial leadership team.

JSAI is a peer-reviewed publication for Student Affairs Assessment Leaders and higher education professionals. The editorial leadership team invites contributions that exemplify and clarify the role of inquiry in student affairs. Moreover, we encourage submissions that discuss and employ diverse epistemological and methodological approaches to inquiry, policy, and practice.

As an online journal, we have flexibility in manuscript length. Generally, articles are between 2,000 and 7,000 words. If you have questions about your idea for a submission, reach out to the editorial leadership team ( 

All manuscripts follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition; APA, 2020).

Submission Requirements

Reviewers receive manuscripts through a masked (i.e., double-blind) review system, where authors and reviewers do not know one another.

Title Page

  • Manuscript Title (see Sample Title Page)
  • Abstract with 250-word max
  • Keywords
  • JSAI Manuscript Type most appropriate for your submission.


  • Please mask the manuscript to ensure the file does not state or contain clues to the identity of the author(s) or institutional affiliation(s). 
  • Please submit the manuscript as a Word document (.docx) with line numbers.
  • Please create figures within Microsoft Word or Excel.

Cover Page

Because the manuscript is masked, we ask that the author(s) also submit a Cover Page file (see Sample Cover Page) for the Editors that includes the following:

  • Authors’ Information:
    • Name
    • Position, Department
    • Institution, City, State
    • Email address, phone number
  • Manuscript Word Count, not including the title page.
  • List of the audience(s) that will benefit most from reading this manuscript. Please consider the type of role (e.g., new professional, educator-level, mid-level, senior-level) and functional area.

Author Resources

Manuscript Types

Empirical Studies

Empirical Studies report on original research. Authors must (a) identify a problem, (b) provide a compelling rationale for the study, (c) ground their work in research by using theoretical frameworks and/or conceptual models, (d) use appropriate methods to answer the research question(s), and (e) present findings that advance equity-minded policy and practice in student affairs and higher education. These studies typically follow APA (2020; 7th ed.) guidelines (Sections 1.1 - 1.5).

Inquiry in Action

Inquiry in Action describes one or more components of the inquiry process. Manuscripts must portray research-based practice; topics may include co-curricular planning, measurement of student learning and development, or strategic planning and organizational change. The editorial leadership team welcomes authors whose work may result in a short series of articles (two to four), which would be published across issues. The structure may vary depending on the focus. Authors should consider (a) briefly summarizing key literature; (b) describing the problem and practice; (c) discussing planning, development, implementation, and resources; (d) sharing results and implications; and (e) reflecting on lessons learned. These manuscripts typically follow APA (2020; 7th ed.) guidelines (Sections 1.1 - 1.5).

Literature Reviews

Literature Reviews provide a narrative summary or evaluation of trends in appropriate literature. Authors should (a) define the problem, (b) synthesize existing studies, (c) identify gaps and inconsistencies across findings, and (d) make recommendations to address the problems. Typically, these reviews follow APA (2020; 7th ed.) guidelines (Section 1.6).

Theoretical or Conceptual Model Articles

Theoretical or Conceptual Model Articles advance the use of theory and conceptual models to improve policy and practice in student affairs assessment, evaluation, and research. Typically, these articles follow APA (2020; 7th ed.) guidelines (Section 1.7).

Methodological Articles

Methodological Articles describe (a) new or innovative approaches to research and practice; (b) explain modifications to existing methods and procedures; or (c) discuss the quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods approach(s) to data analysis. Typically, these articles follow APA (2020; 7th ed.) guidelines (Section 1.8).

Case Studies

Case Studies define a problem within a specific context (e.g., college, university, organization, community); describe a research-based solution; and/or identify areas for deeper understanding, improvement, or action related to student affairs assessment, research, and evaluation. These studies typically follow APA (2020; 7th ed.) guidelines for qualitative articles (Section 1.2). However, case studies may include quantitative or mixed methods (Sections 1.2 and 1.3).


Reviews summarize and analyze the full range of resources (e.g., book, media) available to student affairs assessment practitioners. Authors should summarize the purpose and content of the resource. The author should then critically evaluate the resource and its value for student affairs assessment leaders and higher education professionals.


Contact the Editors

Journal Facts

Issues per Year: 1-2
Volumes per Year: 1
Acceptance rate: 72%
E-ISSN: 2381-5396
Publisher: Student Affairs Assessment Leaders

Writing Resources

The following resources can support your writing.

Manuscript Guidelines

APA (2020; 7th ed.) provides guidance on multiple manuscript formats that align with one or more of our accepted manuscript types.

  • Quantitative Articles (Section 1.1, pp. 4-5)
  • Qualitative Articles (Section 1.2, pp. 5-6)
  • Mixed Methods Articles (Section 1.3, p. 6)
  • Replication Articles (Section 1.4, pp. 6-7)
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Meta-Analyses (Section 1.5, pp. 7-8)
  • Literature Review Articles (Section 1.6, p. 8)
  • Theoretical Articles (Section 1.7, p. 8)
  • Methodological Articles (Section 1.8, pp. 8-9)