About the Journal

Journal of International Students (JIS) is a quarterly peer-reviewed flagship publication on international education (Print ISSN 2162-3104 & Online ISSN 2166-3750). As an independent multilingual journal based in Maryland (USA), we aim to actively speak to the most consequential conversations in international and global education. 

The journal publishes research on international students in secondary and tertiary education institutions and displaced, migrant, and other immigrant student populations, including refugees, DACA holders, temporary protected status, and undocumented minorities. We also publish research on international faculty, teaching assistants, and postdoctoral researchers.

We encourage submissions from researchers, educators, and policymakers from around the world in multidisciplinary academic fields, including international and comparative education, law, policy, economics, global studies, cultural studies, human geography, sociology, linguistics, cross-cultural psychology, counseling psychology, social work, and other related disciplines.

We prioritize submissions that mark a new and demonstratively significant advancement on under-researched aspects of the field and regions, countries, contexts, or populations about which little is known. We prioritize scholarship that centers the perspectives of women, people of color, and communities from the Global South, multi-authored scholarship that spans socially constructed boundaries and borders, and scholarship that draws on under-utilized theories, methodologies, and frameworks.

We consider manuscripts written in English, Spanish, Arabic, French, Chinese, Hindi, and German that focus on the following areas of research related to international students, student mobility, education abroad, and international education:

  • AI and technology in international education and mobility studies
  • Global competence and Intercultural communication
  • Cross-cultural emotional wellness and psychological resilience
  • Decolonization, indigenization, and the politics of belonging
  • Employability, social mobility, and multinational careers
  • Ethical internationalization for greater inclusion and success
  • Immigration politics, policy, support services, and human rights
  • Intersectional explorations of language, culture, and identity
  • New geographies of student, academic, and scientific mobility
  • STEM education, teacher education, and culturally relevant pedagogies
  • Sustainability, climate change, and ecological consciousness
  • Systemic reforms to advance racial justice and inclusion
  • Transnational identities, networks, and communities
  • Virtual mobility, virtual exchange, and online or remote learning
  • Technology-enabled language immersion programs and outcomes
  • Social media and cybersecurity in international education systems

We consider "Research Article" and "Research Briefs" submissions that use quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs with robust data collection and rigorous data analysis. We consider quantitative submissions with strong research designs and theoretical frameworks, including longitudinal, multilevel, path, network, and spatial data analyses. Descriptive research, program evaluations, literature reviews, survey research, institutional research, and/or research with small sample sizes are unlikely to be considered. We consider qualitative submissions that use critical, emerging, or more traditional genres of qualitative or post-qualitative research. Qualitative submissions must include conceptual frameworks grounded in the theoretical and empirical literature, and authors are encouraged to reflect on researcher positionalities.

Publish With Us

JIS is targeted at publishing the most influential research on international students in the world to a multidisciplinary audience:

  • High ranking: Rigorous peer review of your research in a top-ranked international and higher education journal.
  • Worldwide representation: More than 300 scholars from 45+ countries have submitted and published articles in the journal. More than half of our articles include authors from Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, and South America.
  • 'Online First' publishing: We aim to provide initial decisions within 90 days from new manuscript submission and publish accepted manuscripts in 'Online First' format within 60 days after acceptance.
  • Global exposure: The combination of ranking, open-access, and indexing in all major academic databases increases the discoverability and citation of your work.