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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission represents an original work that has not been published elsewhere nor submitted to another journal for publication;
  • The submission indicates that the Institutional Review Board (IRB) human subjects approval was secured, or explain why it was not required;
  • The submission includes a definition of an international student as defined by its government or institution;
  • The submission cites current theoretical and empirically-based literature, including relevant articles published in the Journal of International Students;
  • The submission reports sample size, population, confidence interval, and effect size, if applicable;
  • The submission is written in language that is engaging, lively, and direct, using active voice whenever possible;
  • The submission includes tables and figures as separate files, if applicable;
  • The submission adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines; and
  • All identifying information has been removed from the submission, including cover page.

Author Guidelines

Submissions should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), Sixth Edition, including cover page, abstract, keywords, in-text citations, pagination, headings, tables, figures, and reference list. Cover page, references, tables, and figures are not included in the word count.

Manuscripts are submitted as one document (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) and should be double-spaced with 1-inch margins and use 12-point Times New Roman font.

Authors may review current issues of the journal for examples of published articles, as well as a list of topics that the journal focuses on. Authors are encouraged to review the list of criteria used to evaluate manuscripts.

Title Page

The title page should contain the article title, author(s), institution/affiliation, and country. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication.

Abstract and Keywords

The abstract should be no longer than 120 words. Immediately after the abstract, provide five to eight keywords, with the exception of Book Reviews, which do not need keywords or abstracts.

Manuscript Structure (for Blind Review)

Authors should organize their paper using the following structure. Not all articles will adhere to this structure, but it provides a general outline for standard research articles.

• Title
• Abstract
• Keywords
• Introduction
• Methods
• Results
• Discussion
• Conclusions
• Appendices (optional)
• References

Remove author(s) names, affiliation, country, and bio information from the submission, as well as all identifying information from the .doc, .docx, or .rtf document.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should be uploaded as separate files in the online submission system. All tables must be submitted in one single Word document. Figures must be submitted as individual JPG or PNG files (600 dpi resolution). 


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.

Author Bio (only for the accepted articles)

At the end of the document, provide the name, title, and institutional affiliation for all author(s) in a complete sentence. In the following sentence, describe the author(s) research interests.

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

Manuscript Types

Research Articles (4,500-7,500 words)

Research Articles focus on the interpretation, implications, or significance of research work related to:

• international or study abroad students, faculty, and scholars
• specific concerns of international or study abroad students, including experiences with learning style differences, admissions, immigration, insurance, housing, mental health, stigmas, etc.
• specific concerns of faculty, teaching assistants, and researchers, such as global/international teaching styles, intercultural communication, classroom standards and expectations, gender complications across cultures, differing worldviews, etc.

Research in Brief (1,750-2,000 words)

Research in Brief articles focus on a specific topic or question using new data or conceptual framework. Includes a brief introduction of the issue or question, instrument, methods, or analytical tools, brief discussion, up to two figures/tables, and a maximum of five to eight references.

Study Abroad Experiences/Reflections (1,000-2,000 words)

Descriptions and perceptions from faculty, students, and scholars concerning another culture, language, people, and society from an insider or outsider perspective. May also include research papers written by students on any topic of their interest or individual research work related to international students or their counterparts.

Book/Dissertation/Film/Website Reviews (750–1,200 words)

Reviews and critiques of books, doctoral dissertations, movies, websites, and articles related to international students, study abroad, or cultural exchange programs. Include a JPG (600 dpi) of a cover image of the reviewed item.

The following book review titles are available for 2019-20. Please let the editors know the title you are interested in reviewing for the Journal of International Students.

Book review titles


  1. Check with the book review editors as well as this document if the title is available
  2. Submit a copy of your resume (if the title is available)
  3. Get a FREE copy from the author or the publisher or local library
  4. Write a two-page review (1,000 words or so).
  5. Work with your book review editor for final edits and publication

In order to request a review copy of the title, please fill out the form at the below link: University of Michigan Press,  Springer Publication, Sage Publication, Bloomsbury PublicationPalgrave/McMillian Publication, Routledge Publication

Assigned editors:

  • Lisa Unangst, Boston College, unangstl@bc.edu

New Titles 

  1. The New Security: Individual, Community and Cultural Experience. Helen Forbes-Mewett, Springer, 2018
  2. Writing Support for International Graduate Students: Enhancing Transition and Success. Shyam Sharma, Routledge, 2018
  3. Global mobility and higher education. By Anatoly Oleksiyenko/Routledge, 2018, pp. 240
  4. International Students, Sustainability Education and the Globalization of Higher Education. By Handa, N. /Palgrave MacMillan, 2018
  5. Global Perspectives on International Student Experiences in Higher Education: Tensions and Issues. Krishna Bista, Routledge, 2018
  6. Creating a Globally Inclusive Campus: A Guide for Supporting International Students. Barbara Hoekje (Author), Scott Stevens (Author)/Routledge, 2018
  7. Experiencing Master’s Supervision Perspectives of international students and their supervisors. Nigel Harwood, Bojana Petrić, Routledge, 2018
  8. Educational Reciprocity and Adaptivity International Students and Stakeholders Edited by Abe W. Ata, Ly Thi Tran, Indika Liyanage, Routledge, 2018
  9. Leading Campus Internationalization, by Melanie Agnew and Hilary Elise Kahn, Routledge, 2018
  10. Internationalizing U.S. Student Affairs Practice: An Intercultural and Inclusive Framework by Tamara Yakaboski and  Brett Perozzi Routledge, 2018
  11. Intercultural Experience and Identity: Narratives of Chinese Doctoral Students in the UK  by Lily Lei Ye, Palgrave MacMillan, 2018
  12. International Students in China: Education, Student Life and Intercultural Encountersby Fred Dervin and Xiangyun Du, Palgrave MacMillan, 2018
  13. Educational Equality and International Students: Justice Across Borders? by Stuart Tannock Palgrave MacMillan, 2018
  14. Localising Chinese: Educating Teachers through Service-Learning by Michael Singh  Thị Hồng Nhung Nguyễn Palgrave MacMillan, 2018
  15. International Student Connectedness and Identity: Transnational Perspectives. Editors: Tran, Ly Thi, Gomes, Catherine (Eds.)/Springer, 2018
  16. International Student Mobility and Opportunities for Growth in the Global Marketplace by Krishna Bista, IGI/2018
  17. International Student Mobility and the New World Disorder. Marguerite J. Dennis, 2018
  18. Learning through a PRISM: Facilitating Student Intercultural Learning Abroadby Tracy Rundstrom Williams , Texas Christian University/2018
  19. Culture Myths Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching. By Andrea DeCapua/University of Michigan Press, 2018
  20. International Students in First-Year Writing A Journey Through Socio-Academic Space. By Megan M. Siczek/University of Michigan Press, 2018
  21. Refugee Students What Every ESL Teacher Needs to Know, Jeffra Flaitz /University of Michigan Press, 2018
  22. Handbook of Comparative Studies on Community Colleges and Global CounterpartsLatiner Raby, R. (Ed), Valeau, E. J. (Ed) /Springer, 2018
  23. Recruiting International Students in Higher Education: Representations and Rationales in British Policy. By Lomer, Sylvie/Palgrave MacMillan, 2017
  24. American Community Colleges: The International Student's Guide.  C. J. Shane/Rope's End Publishing, 2017
  25. International student engagement in higher education. Margaret Kettle, Bristol Channel, 2017
  26. Professional learning in the workplace for international students/Barton & Hartwig, 2017/Springer
  27. Chinese student migration and selective citizenship. By Lisong Liu, Routledge, 2016
  28. Transnational students and mobility. By Hannah Soon/Routledge, 2016, pp. 204
  29. Student Affairs Professionals Cultivating Campus Climates Inclusive of International Students. By Helen Jameson & Renay Loper/Jossey-Bass, 2017
  30. The International Student's Guide to Writing a Research Paper. Janine Carlock, Maeve Eberhardt, Jaime Horst, Peter Kolenich/U of Michigan Press, 2017For more titles, click here: http://jistudents.org/resources/

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