Submission Guidelines

Journal Scope

The Journal of Student Success and Retention (JoSSR), the official publication of the Tennessee Association for Student Success and Retention (TASSR), provides a forum for the scholarly study, discussion, dissemination, and evaluation of policies, programs, and practices that influence post-secondary student academic success and retention.

An online, peer-reviewed, open-access journal, JoSSR reflects the mission of TASSR to reach out to academic staff, administrators, and faculty working with diverse populations of students on college campuses. This publication is a vehicle for information and idea sharing to support and coordinate the collective effort to improve student success. Topic areas include, but are not limited to, the following: retention initiatives, learning support and/or developmental education, academic advising, effective teaching practices/techniques and curricula, student support services, special student populations, distance/online learning, student life, enrollment and administrative services, and current research/trends that advance the field of student success and retention.

JoSSR is published annually in October. The submission deadline is April 1, 2018.

Types of Submissions

  1. Research articles
  2. Learning support program profiles
  3. Best practices in teaching, advising, retention, student support, etc.
  4. Reviews of books, articles, textbooks, educational resources (computerized and print)

General Guidelines

  1. Send submission as an email attachment to the editor. See contact information below.
  2. Submission document should include the following: title of the article, abstract (maximum of 120 words), a set of 5-10 keywords for indexing the article, and the text of the article. Documents should be typed in Microsoft Word, 12 point font, double-spaced, one-inch margins. Articles should not exceed 6,000 words, excluding references. Reviews should not exceed 1,000 words. Multimodal submissions are also welcome; please contact the editor for information.
  3. Authors’ names should not appear on any of the pages of the article, but please submit a separate cover sheet that lists the title of the article, along with name, institutional affiliation, title, mailing address, email address, and telephone number for each author.
  4. Acceptable documentation styles are APA and MLA.
  5. Articles should be original, unpublished works that are not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  6. Once your article has been accepted for publication and you are making your final submission, you should use a sample article to help in this formatting (except for the header).



Sarah Shippy Copeland

Chattanooga State Community College

(Updated: 01/09/2018)