Retention Resources for Individuals & Educational Institutions

The Journal
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice

Journal of College Retention: Research, Theory and Practice

Dr. Alan Seidman, Editor

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS: Important Information. Please read prior to submission

Submit manuscripts in MSWord in APA 7th edition style at:

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  •  Dr. Alan Seidman
  • Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice
  • 30 Windsong Circle
  • Bedford, NH 03110 USA
  • 603.471.1490

Manuscripts should be submitted online at Submitting authors and co-authors will create user accounts that will allow them to upload manuscripts, supporting documents and revisions. Submitting authors and co-authors will also be able to track the progress of their submissions and take advantage of streamlined communication as the manuscripts complete the peer review process. Online submissions must adhere to the following submission guidelines:
Manuscript that do not comply with APA 7th edition style or alternate information listed below will not be accepted for review.
Authors should note that only original articles are accepted for publication. Submission of a manuscript represents certification on the part of the author(s) that neither the article submitted, nor a version of it has been published, or is being considered for publication elsewhere.
Abstracts should not exceed 150 words and are required to introduce each manuscript.
Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 7th edition. A synopsis of this manual is available from the American Psychological Association.
Be sure to remove all personally identifiable information from the manuscript file. Personal information is usually listed in the properties area of the document. To check this in MSWord click on File in the upper left corner and then look at the lower right under Releated People; Author, Last Modified By. Use MSWord help if necessary. Manuscripts will not be accepted unless all personally identifiable information is removed.
Use Times New Roman 12-point only.
Page Length
While there is no page length limit, most manuscripts fall between 16- 36 pages including abstract through reference list. Page length depends on topic covered, type of statistical analysis etc. Lengthy articles may be best suited for a book chapter. The Editor will determine if a manuscript needs to be edited.
Footnotes are placed at the bottom of the page where referenced. They should be numbered with superior Arabic numbers without parentheses or brackets. Footnotes should be brief with an average length of three lines.
Figures should be referenced in text and appear in numerical sequence starting with Figure 1. Line art must be original drawings in black ink proportionate to our page size, and suitable for photographing. Indicate top and bottom of figure where confusion may exist. Labeling should be 8 point type. Clearly identify all figures. Figures should be placed appropriately within the text. Please refer to chapter 7 in the APA 7th manual.
Tables must be cited in text in numerical sequence starting with Table 1. Each table must have a descriptive title. Any footnotes to tables are indicated by superior lower case letters. Tables should be placed appropriately within text. Please refer to chapter 7 in the APA 7th manual.
If you use a reference from the Journal please be sure to use its full name in your reference list, Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice.

Journal submissions should contain only two files. One is the cover page with author information etc. and the other is the manuscript beginning with the abstract without author information. Please see Format section above; how to delete personal information from the properties area of the manuscript.

Book Reviews
Book review suggestions should be sent to the Journal's book review editor Dr. Sosanya Jones (

It is also highly recommended that you obtain a copy of the Journal. This will allow you to get a feel for the style of writing, formatting etc. of accepted manuscripts.

International authors are encouraged to have their manuscripts proofread by a native English speaking copy editor.

Manuscripts are sent anonymously to a reviewer(s) for evaluation. Author(s) will not be given the name of a reviewer(s). Reviews can take anywhere from five to eight weeks.

  • The Editor makes the final decision whether to publish a manuscript and what volume, issue and order it will appear.
  • Author(s) are responsible for the accuracy of all claims, references and data made in the manuscript.
  • Manuscripts uploaded to the Journal web site will not be returned.
  • If a manuscript is accepted and scheduled for publication it is the responsibility of the lead author to keep contact information current. Failure to do so may result in the manuscript being pulled and not published since the lead author is responsible for reviewing proofs and returning them in a timely manner.
  • Questions should be directed to the Editor at the above email address.