Open Positions

The Journal of International Students (JIS) is expanding our Editorial Team with new positions starting January 2020. We are accepting applications for new Associate Editors, Assistant Editors, Peer Review Board, and Editorial Production Team members. We hope you will consider applying for one of these new positions.

JIS is the #1 open access journal in Higher Education, the #2 journal in Higher Education – International Education, and the #15 (tie) overall Higher Education journal in the world. We have a Scopus CiteScore of 1.35, which is on par -- and exceeds -- the leading journals in the field. JIS is published four times per year and accepts fewer than 10% of the approximately 500 manuscripts submitted each year. Our combination of rigorous peer-review and world-wide representation have been vital to our quality and growth. We are most proud to be one of the most geographically and culturally diverse journals in the field with 350+ authors based in 45+ countries around the world.

Editorial Team

Associate Editors work with the Senior Editor to oversee the review process for approximately 8-10 manuscripts per year, assigning each manuscript to one Assistant Editor and two Reviewers. New Associate Editors will serve a 3-year term, starting January 2020 through December 2022 (renewable). Associate Editor applicants should have a strong record of publication in major journals and extensive experience as an ad hoc reviewer for scholarly journals.

Assistant Editors give input to Associate Editors by providing in-depth reviews of 4-6 manuscripts per year assigned based on topical, geographic, and methodological expertise. Reviewers have up to 6 weeks to submit reviews. We aim to provide useful and constructrive feedback to support all authors whose manuscripts undergo blind review regardless of the ultimate editorial decision. New Assistant Editors will serve a 2-year term, starting January 2020 through December 2021 (renewable). Assistant Editor is a new position within the journal's Editorial Team structure. Assistant Editor applicants should have a scholarly record of publications and experience as an ad hoc reviewer for scholarly journals. 

Associate Editors and Assistant Editors act as ambassadors for the journal by actively encouraging submissions from authors worldwide that will enrich and substantively advance research on international students with new voices and critical perspectives. They participate in biannual Editorial Team video conference calls and annual meetings at CIES, as well as contribute to efforts to increase the journal’s quality and impact. Over the past few years, members of our Editorial Team have been key to helping the journal:

  • expand our global network of authors, scholars and leaders to reach more than 15,000 engaged subscribers worldwide ;
  • enhance the discoverability and citation through a combination of ranking, social media, and indexing in major academic databases;
  • create mentor pathways for emerging scholars through the STARScholars Network and CIES Study Abroad and International Students SIG; and
  • develop a sustainable funding model to support our open access mission and ensure high-quality scholarship is accessible to people and universities around the world.

How to Apply

To apply for Assistant Editor and Associate Editor positions, send an email to both Krishna Bista, Editor-in-Chief, at, and Chris R. Glass, Senior Editor, at by December 1, 2019. Review the journal's Aims & Scope, then send us:

  • a 1-page cover letter summarizing your qualifications, including the topical, geographic, and/or methodological expertise you would bring to the editorial team, as well as your feedback philosophy and vision for the journal
  • a CV highlighting relevant publications and experience

Applications will be reviewed by current members of the Editorial Team and notifications will be sent to applicants by December 31, 2019.

Peer Review Board

Reviewers review up to three manuscripts per year assigned by Associate Editors based on the Reviewer’s interests and expertise. Reviewers have up to 6 weeks to submit reviews. Reviewers must hold a doctoral degree with a record of writing and publication. We recognize excellence in peer review with our annual Editor’s Choice award. We also update Peer Review Board members on our website annually with a list of all Reviewers who provide timely, detailed, and constructive reviews in line with the journal's Aims & Scope.

How to Apply

You may apply to serve as a Reviewer at anytime. To apply, register as a Reviewer on our website and add your Bio Statement and Reviewing Interests. To add your Bio Statement, click your Username link from the upper right corner. Choose the View Profile link then select the Public tab. Add your Bio Statement in the textbox. To add Reviewing Interests, select the Roles tab. Enter keywords in the Reviewing Interests text box. The more keywords you include in your profile, the better we will be able to match you with appropriate manuscripts. Add at least 5 reviewing interests topics to your profile including:

  • subjects and/or topics areas
  • countries, world regions, and/or populations
  • general preferences for qualitative and/or quantitative
  • specific statistical and/or methodological areas of expertise
  • theoretical perspectives

By adding a few keywords to your profile, you ensure that you will be invited to review manuscripts that best fit your interests. At any point, you may remove yourself from the journal's list of Reviewers by updating your profile or sending an email to

Editorial Production Team

We also invite those with special copyediting, administrative, social media, graphic design, or technical skills to serve on our Editorial Production Team as:

  • Copy Editors
  • Cover Designers
  • Layout & Proofreader
  • Social Media

How to Apply

You may volunteer to serve on the Editorial Production Team at anytime. To volunteer, send an email to our Production Editor, Natalie I. Cruz at by December 1, 2019 with the role(s) you would like to offer support. Applications will be reviewed by current members of the Production Team and notifications will be sent to applicants by December 31, 2019.

Note: JIS is the flagship publication of the STAR Scholars Network, a non-profit organization. JIS operates through the voluntary services of board members and editors.  Service is an opportunity to engage in a significant research activity, view research first hand, and participate in the evaluation of scholarly research. Individuals may use this service towards doctoral degree requirements or faculty tenure and promotion activities. JIS lists board members name and affiliation on our website, as well as in print and online volumes. Members also receive a free digital volume of the journal. No monetary reward as all positions in the Journal are unpaid.