Journal of College Admission Writer's Guide
The Submission Process:
- The John B. Muir Editor's Award
Nuts and Bolts:
- Writing Hints
- Before you send it to NACAC
- Education Journals
For more information, or to report a broken link, email the Journal Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the Journal of College Admission is to support and advance the work of the National Association of College Admission Counseling and college admission counseling professionals by providing members with lively, challenging discourse on issues relevant to the admission counseling field.
The Journal of College Admission strives to encourage conversation, share professional information, and provide challenging discourse on issues relevant to the college counseling and admission professions and the transition from high school to college.
The Journal welcomes submissions from admission, guidance, and college counselors, deans and directors of admission and enrollment, researchers, professors, and other interested educators.
Contributions can be in the form of original research, feature articles, letters to the editor, opinion pieces, and humorous or anecdotal stories. Pertinent topics include counseling, recruitment, ethics, financial aid, standardized testing, multiculturalism, college athletics, international education, and professional issues, among others. However, the Journal's scope is much broader. As a practitioner or student, your interests and experience can help determine the content of the Journal.
The audience is international and includes NACAC members, as well as schools and university libraries. The association represents 13,000 counselors and institutions.
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The Submission Process
All manuscripts are acknowledged upon receipt. The Journal is peer-reviewed and most* submissions are reviewed by an Editorial Committee, which consists of seven NACAC members. Committee members serve for three years and are appointed based on their involvement with NACAC and their backgrounds in writing.
A decision to accept, conditionally accept or reject is made within two weeks. A conditional acceptance means that publication is contingent on the author making changes the committee suggests. The editor and author work together on the revision so that the final product also meets the author's approval. Due to deadlines, the editor maintains the right to make minor revisions without seeking the writer's approval.
Authors are responsible for the accuracy of material submitted including statistics, references, quotations, and tables. The Journal editor reserves the right to determine if accepted manuscripts are used as a feature article or a department article.
Because of Journal's quarterly publication schedule, and the quantity of manuscripts received, it may be several months before an accepted manuscript is assigned a publication date. However, most articles are published within one year of submission.
Please do not submit simultaneous submissions. While the Journal occasionally accepts previously published articles, the general policy is that NACAC will not reprint articles with outside copyrights.
*Letters to the Editor, Life is Funny, Voices That Matter, and Faces in the Crowd columns only require approval from the Journal editor.
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Submissions are evaluated based on:
- contributes new ideas to educational literature
- balances theoretical and practical information
- is based on solid research methodology (research pieces)
- is timely and informative
- appeals to counselors and admission officers.
- is clear, concise and logical
- is unbiased (unless an opinion piece)
- avoids educational, statistical and research jargon
- uses examples or models.
In order to encourage a variety of authors to submit and become published in the Journal, only one article may be published per author per year. Authors may submit articles more than once each year, but only one article will be published that year. Other articles may be published in subsequent years.
It is the author's responsibility to inform the editor if the article has been published previously or if it is being considered by another publication. If the article is accepted, NACAC asks the author to sign a statement guaranteeing that the manuscript is the author's original work, that the author owns the copyright and is willing to transfer the copyright to NACAC. This gives the association the right to:
- edit, publish in print and electronic form and copyright the material with the US Copyright Office
- republish the material, or any part of it in print or electronic form, in any future NACAC publication
- grant permission to persons and organizations requesting to reprint the material, in whole or in part.
Any author who requests NACAC's permission to republish his or her own material readily receives it.
The John B. Muir Editor's Award
This award, presented by the Editorial Committee at NACAC's annual conference, recognizes the author who has made the most significant contribution to the Journal during the past year.
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Nuts and Bolts
Submit manuscripts via email to email@example.com. The editor will need the emailed text before s/he can forward it to the Editorial Committee. Once the article is received, you will get a confirmation email.
The manuscript should include the proposed title of the article plus complete identification, phone number, email, and address for each author.
If your article is approved to be published, please send a 50-word biography and a high-resolution electronic photo.
Length should be determined by the scope of your topic. Be concise, but provide all necessary information. Manuscripts generally range from 2,500 to 5,000 words, (10-20 pages double-spaced) for all feature articles and research articles. "Voices That Matter", "On the Lighter Side," "Open Forum", "Tip Sheet," and "Last Word" articles should range from 750 to 1,500 words. Letters to the editor should not exceed 600 words.
Keep paragraphs short. Structure your manuscript to include subheads. The article's title should be short, descriptive and interesting.
The Journal conforms to the Chicago Manual of Style and Webster's Dictionary. The editor revises all manuscripts following the guidelines for grammar, punctuation and spelling found in these two texts (with some exceptions for NACAC style). Document sources according to the author-date system described in Chapter 16 of the Chicago Manual of Style. This method utilizes parenthetical references in the body of the text and provides a full citation in a bibliography. Endnotes are used only for substantive notes supplementing the main text. The author must submit the references in the proper style.
When an extended quotation or table is taken from a book, report or related publication, written permission of the publisher must be secured by the author prior to submission. Such permission must accompany the manuscript and proper credit must be given in a citation.
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After you write a first draft:
- put your manuscript away for a day or two. Then read it from the beginning to end and begin revising. Make your opening sentences interesting, attention getting and specific
- after you've spent as much time revising as you spent on the first draft, let another person read your revision and offer suggestions for further improvement.
Before you send it to NACAC:
- read the manuscript for organization
- make sure it has a topic sentence or paragraph, a beginning, middle, and conclusion. Look for: undeveloped themes; weaknesses in logic; changes in viewpoint or tense; faulty connections; and confused chronology or sequence of ideas
- read the manuscript for clarity. Make sure the reader knows your article's who, what, where, why, when, how much, and how many. Look for: material omission; abstract, ambiguous or misplaced words; unusual terms or obscure references; unfulfilled promises; murky antecedents; nonparallel structure
- read the manuscript for conciseness. Look for: overlong sentences; passive verbs; long strings of nouns and adjectives; unnecessary, repetitious, and irrelevant words; duplication; over-emphasis; second thoughts; self-evident statements; and circumlocution
- check for correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.
- look at one line at a time
- read your document out of order. Go backward, page by page, or just shuffle the pages
- remember, errors come in clusters
- check numbering
- check the alphabetical order of the works cited, then verify the spelling of all names and titles
- use the active voice
- use short sentences
- have clear antecedents
- use short words
- be clear
- use figures of speech sparingly.
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- The Troubled Economy and its Effect on Colleges and Students
- Growing Gender Gap in Admission and Accepting Less Qualified Male Applicants
- Same Sex Accommodations and Homosexual Couples
- Media Portrayal of the College Counselor and Admission Process: TV and Movie Content
- Women's Colleges/Historically Black Colleges/Religiously-Affiliated
- The Changing Face of College Admission: College for Everyone?
- Creating a College/Career Library
- Counseling Disadvantaged/Unmotivated Students
- International Students and College Admission at U.S. Institutions/U.S. Student Admission at International Institutions
- College Admission and Students in the Performing and Visual Arts: Preparing a Portfolio or for an Audition
- Personality Tests: Can they Help Students Choose a School?
- School Rivalries: How they Affect Admission
- Service in the Armed Forces in Exchange for Higher Education Tuition
You are not limited to these topics!
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