Peer Review Process

The Journal of International Students uses double-blind review process, which means that both the reviewer and author name(s) are not allowed to be revealed to one another for a manuscript under review. Manuscripts are assigned to two or more reviewers. Reviewers provide a complete, fair, thoughtful evaluation of manuscripts to ensure all published work meet the goals of the journal. Reviewers are asked to consider the following criteria:

  • Significance Does the manuscript represent a new and demonstratively significant advancement in research on international students? 
  • Review of Literature: Does the manuscript have an adequate literature review? theoretical/conceptual development?
  • Research Design: Does the manuscript reflect appropriate design and methodology? Does the manuscript reflect high quality data and analysis? Does the conclusion highlight the relevance of the findings for policy and practice?
  • Style: Is the manuscript clear, logical, and concise? Does the manuscript follow APA publication guidelines?


Based on the feedback from the reviewers, the Editors will make one of the following decisions:

  • Reject: The manuscript is judged to be unacceptable for publication in the Journal.
  • Resubmit after revisions:  The manuscript has potential for publication but must be revised before publication can be considered.
  • Accept with minor revisions: The manuscript can proceed to the next stage of the editorial process with minor revision.
  • Accept: The manuscript can proceed to the next stage of the editorial process without significant changes from the author.


If a manuscript is accepted for publication, all authors are required to complete Terms of Agreement. By signing these terms of agreement, authors release all copyrights to the Journal of International Students.