Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Submissions should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 7th Edition, including title page (without author names), abstract, keywords, in-text citations, pagination, headings, tables, figures, and reference list. Title page, references, tables, and figures are not included in the word count.

Authors are encouraged to review current issues of the journal for examples of published articles, as well as the journal's Aims & Scope. Authors are encouraged to review the criteria used to evaluate manuscripts in our double-blind peer-review process.

The following information will guide authors as they make a submission in the online system. 

Manuscript Types

  • Research Article
  • Research in Brief
  • Study Abroad Experiences/Reflections
  • Book/Dissertation/Film/Website Reviews

Research Articles

Research Articles (4,500-7,500 words) focus on quantitative and qualitative (or mixed methods) empirical research that marks a new and demonstratively significant advancement in research related to the aims and scope of the journal.

Research in Brief

Research in Brief (1,750-2,000 words) articles focus on reviews of research literature on a specific topic or question that joins theory and research related to the journal's Aims & Scope. Includes a brief introduction of the specific topic or question, theoretical or conceptual perspective, an analysis of the research literature, and brief discussion with implications for research and practice. Articles should include no more than two figures/tables and five to eight references.

Study Abroad Reflections

Study Abroad Reflections (1,000-2,000 words) are analytical reflections from faculty, students, and scholars concerning another culture, language, people, and society from an insider or outsider perspective. Reflections should be analytical and make connections to relevant empirical research. 

Book Reviews

Book Reviews (750-1,200 words) include critiques of recent books (published within the past three years), doctoral dissertations, movies, websites, and articles related aims and scope of the journal. Include a JPG (600 dpi) of a cover image of the reviewed item. 

Copyright. Agree to the journal's copyright license.

Upload Submission

Manuscript. Upload a blind Manuscript as one document (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) that includes a title page (without author names), abstract, main article text, and reference list. Documents must be double-spaced with 1-inch margins and use 12-point Times New Roman font. Remove author(s) names, affiliation, country, and bio information, and remove all identifying information from the document

Tables and Figures. Upload tables as one document (.doc, .docx, or .rtf), if applicable. Upload figures as individual JPG or PNG files (300 dpi resolution). 

Enter Metadata

Title, Abstract, & Author Information. Enter title, 100-150 word abstract, and author(s) information, including name, institution/affiliation, country, and a short bio statement that describes the author(s) research interests. Indicate which author will handle correspondence.

Keywords & Subject Terms. Provide five to eight keywords for the submission. The authors are also encouraged to include at least one Subject Term from the ERIC Thesaurus.  

References. Cut-and-paste all references listed in the Reference List in main document to the References textbox. References must be cited in APA style, alphabetically by author and date. All references listed in the References list must appear in text, and all references cited in the text must appear in the References list.

Confirmation

Click “Finish Submission”. Authors will receive an email confirmation with a Submission Acknowledgement message and link to track the submission during the review process.


Pre-Submission Language Editing for Scholarly Manuscripts

The use of language editing services prior to submission may be valuable for some authors. If authors wish to hire a professional editor prior to submission, the journal has an arrangement with Taryn Aldrich, a member of the ACES Society for Editing who specializes in language editing for scholarly manuscripts. Authors may email their pre-submission manuscript to Taryn at taryn@tarynaldrich.com and mention their plans to submit to the Journal of International Students for a discount on editing services. The use of pre-submission language editing services is optional, and the journal follows a double-blind peer review process