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 Writer's Guide


The Journal of College Admission strives to share professional information on issues relevant to the college counseling and admission professions and the transition from high school to college. The Journal welcomes submissions from all authors. Contributions can be feature articles, opinion pieces, humorous or anecdotal stories, and tips for practitioners. Pertinent topics include counseling, recruitment, ethics, financial aid, standardized testing, diversity, international education, and professional issues, among others—the Journal's scope is broad and it will consider any article deemed helpful to its readers. The audience includes NACAC members—college counselors and college admission officers​—and university library subscribers.

The Submission Process

  • Articles should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style
  • Feature articles may be up to 3,000 words; columns, 750–1,500 words
  • Submit manuscripts to; include title and complete author contact information. Do not submit simultaneous submissions. (Authors are responsible for the accuracy of material submitted.)
  • Manuscripts are acknowledged upon receipt and forwarded to the Editorial Committee for blind review.
  • A decision is made within two weeks. (It may be several months before an article is published; most articles are published within one year.)
  • If accepted, the editor and author work together on the revision. (The editor determines if accepted manuscripts are feature articles or columns.)

Tips for Getting Accepted

The Journal is looking for timely and informative articles that will help practitioners (school and independent counselors, admission officers and others involved in students’ transition from high school to college) in their daily work. Be clear and concise, but add some personality—think of your article as conversation with the reader. While the Journal is mostly concerned with content, it doesn’t hurt to:

  • Make sure your title is short and catchy
  • Remember readers are looking to apply your knowledge to their work—today!
  • Connect with readers through story-telling, interviews and shared experiences that educate future efforts
  • Research-based articles should minimize jargon and statistics
  • Expand your conclusion to explain how readers can use what you shared
  • Write a Tip Sheet as an accompaniment to your article


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.

Authors who request NACAC's permission to republish their materials readily receive it.


Only one article may be published per author per year.

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.​​