The Journal of First-generation Student Success joins other publications of NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education adding another robust resource available to NASPA members, and will be managed by the Center for First-generation Student Success. The Journal seeks to publish practice articles that are grounded in research and literature and, reciprocally, research articles that speak to practice. While traditional scholarship will be encouraged and accepted, articles that prioritize innovative solutions and advanced thought that disputes deficit-based conversations while propelling an asset-based, evidence-driven national narrative, are welcome.
The inaugural Co-Editors seek to review manuscripts and publish articles that are innovative, imaginative, and forward thinking regarding the experiences and outcomes of first-generation college students and the approaches institutions of higher education are employing to serve, matriculate, and complete this population. Through the deep intersectionality of the first-generation identity, the large presence of first-generation students at institutions, and the necessary engagement of both the academic and student services areas for success, this journal offers many opportunities for cross disciplinary collaboration.
Current Editorial Boards
2020 - 2023 Editorial Board
Sonja Ardoin, Ph.D., Clemson University
Amy Baldwin, Ed.D., University of Central Arkansas
Jennifer Beck, Ph.D., Hawkeye Community College
Lamesha C. Brown, Ph.D., CircleIn
Dawn L. Bruner, Ed.D., University of Rochester
Ashley B. Clayton, Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Jemilia S. Davis, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Antonio Duran, Ph.D., Florida International University
Oscar Felix, Ph.D., Colorado State University
Christina Hardin, Ed.D., Valencia College
Robert Longwell-Grice Ed.D., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (retired)
Darris R. Means, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
T. Mark Montoya, Ph.D., Northern Arizona University
Thai-Huy Nguyen, Ph.D., RAND Corporation
La’Tonya Rease Miles, Ph.D., Career Launch
Christian Steinmetz, Ph.D., University of Virginia
Jackie C. Thomas, Jr., Ph.D., Lone Star College – Tomball
Melissa Vang, Ph.D., Ohlone College
Laura Wagner, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, University of California at San Francisco
Sarah E. Whitley, Ph.D., Center for First-generation Student Success
2022 - 2025 Editorial Board
Genia Bettencourt, Ph.D., University of Memphis
Roshaunda Breeden, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Brett Bruner, Ed.D., Missouri Western State University
Matthew Cooney, Ph.D., Governors State University
Renee Gilberti, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Rocio Hernandez, Ed.D., Ventura College
Quortne Hutchings, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University
Jonathan Lewis, Ph.D., UAspire
Gregory King, Ph.D., NWEA
Radomir Mitic, Ph.D., University of North Dakota
Delma Ramos, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Kem Saichaie, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Geneva Sarcedo, Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver
Krista Soria, Ph.D., University of Idaho
Susan Taffee Reed, Ph.D., Dartmouth College
Charmaine Troy, Ph.D., Georgia Tech University
Terry Vaughn III, Ph.D., Pell Institute/Council for Opportunity in Education
Victoria Vetro, Ed.D., Montgomery County Community College
Jason Wallace, Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
Mary Wallace, Ph.D., University of Alabama Birmingham
Brittany M. Williams, Ph.D., St. Cloud State University
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The Journal of First-generation Student Success (JFGSS) seeks manuscripts that offer new and/or innovative perspectives and interventions in the context of post-secondary success of first-generation students. The Journal aims to contribute to the scholarship of those in the higher education field seeking a research-based approach to best practices and practitioners interested in utilizing research to inform their work.
Researchers, practitioners, education leaders, college access partners, and doctoral candidates are invited to submit manuscripts of original work conducted by the submitting author(s). Proposed work or simple conceptualizations of issues are not accepted. Manuscripts under review by JFGSS should not be under consideration by other journals.
While the Journal accepts submissions on a rolling basis, priority deadlines for consideration relative to specific issues are set.
Upcoming priority deadlines:
February 3, 2023 – August 2023 issue
May 1, 2023 – November 2023 issue
The Co-Editors are pleased to announce that the Journal of First-generation Student Success is now accepting book reviews! For more information, please click the "Manuscript Types" button below.
The Journal of First-generation Student Success seeks to publish practice articles that are grounded in research and literature and, reciprocally, research articles that speak to practice. The editors seek to review manuscripts and publish articles that are innovative, imaginative, and forward thinking regarding the experiences and outcomes of first-generation college students and the approaches institutions of higher education are employing to serve, matriculate, and complete this population. Through the deep intersectionality of the first-generation identity, the large presence of first-generation students at institutions, and the necessary engagement of both the academic and student services areas for success, this journal offers many opportunities for cross disciplinary collaboration.
Submissions to the Journal of First-generation Student Success are accepted on a rolling basis. All manuscripts are subject to a closed, peer-review process (this language reflects a shift to employ inclusive language rather and move away from the industry term “blind review”). Once submitted, the first author will receive confirmation that the submission has been received. Authors are able to track progress of their submission in the ScholarOne system. Reviews may take up to four weeks, or longer, depending on volume of submissions. Please see the Submission Guidelines section for greater detail on submission types, review process, and technical requirements.
Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis
For more information, please contact the Co-Editors, Rashné Jehangir, Ph.D. and Lindsay Romasanta, Ed.D., at jfgs[email protected].
Frequently Asked Questions
Feel free to reach out to [email protected] with any oustanding questions.
How do I submit my manuscript?
All manuscripts must be submitted via the Journal of First-generation Student Success submission site. Submissions will not be accepted by individual editors, editorial board members, or NASPA staff. Links to the submission site are also found on the Center for First-generation Student Success Journal webpage.
The JFGSS publisher, Taylor and Francis, offers a robust website for author support. The website includes a Review Guide, video library, YouTube Channel, and Frequently Asked Questions section which allow you to access information in your preferred delivery mode and at your convenience. For technical assistance with the Scholar One submission portal, please contact Taylor and Francis support team.
How do I find guidelines or instructions for authors for my manuscript?
Submission Guidelines are outlined on the Journal for First-generation Student Success website.
What if I have a specific question about my proposed submission?
In order to accurately track and respond to questions about submission topics or types of manuscripts, please email [email protected]. Please note the Co-Editors and Editorial Board members have been directed to forward any direct inquiries to [email protected] in order to ensure that consistent responses are provided.
What types of submissions will the Journal accept?
JFGSS is interested in publishing innovative, interesting, and relevant articles that span the full range of possible forms. Please consider the following suggested manuscript types to convey your topic:
- Theoretical Manuscripts,
- Review Manuscripts,
- Empirical Research Articles, and
- Notes from the Field.
Any and all of the following manuscript types can be utilized in sharing knowledge about first-generation student success. This delineation of manuscript types is not meant to limit but rather assist you to craft a manuscript that is successfully reviewed and published. More details about the submission types are provided in the Submission Guidelines.
When will I know if my article has been accepted? What happens next?
An acknowledgment email will be sent to the first author as confirmation that the submission has been received in the system. The editors and editorial board will review submissions on a rolling basis as received. The review process may take from four to six weeks to receive a response based on current information; however, this is a new journal and estimates about review time may fluctuate during the startup phase. Authors will be able to track progress of their manuscript by logging into the submission site.
Who is the JFGSS audience?
JFGSS seeks to publish articles that speak to student affairs educators across a broad range of levels and experiences. While the Co-Editors recognize that published articles must be relevant and useful to practitioners, JFGSS also serves faculty, researchers, scholars, and academic leaders. Not all articles will speak to all constituencies all the time. The Co-Editors are committed to publishing an array of articles that, at some point, will speak to all educators who work in both the academic and student affairs areas of higher education.
How do I become a reviewer or editorial board member?
We are accepting Editorial Board applications for the 2023-2026 term through October 14, 2022. For more information, please review the application here.
Please direct any inquiries about engagement opportunities to [email protected]. We are compiling a list of those interested in greater participation and will reach out at the appropriate time. Anticipating an appropriate number of reviewers at this time is difficult given the startup nature of the JFGSS.