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The Journal of First-generation Student Success joins other publications of NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education 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.

Inaugural Co-Editors

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.

Bio: Rashne Jehangir
Rashné Jehangir, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Robert H. Beck Chair of Ideas, University of Minnesota

Bio: Lindsay Romasanta
Lindsay Romasanta, Ed.D.

Director, Student Success Programs, University of California San Diego

Bio: Robert Longwell-Grice
Robert Longwell-Grice, Ph.D.

Associate Editor; Senior Academic Advisor, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Bio: Terra Molengraff
Terra Molengraff, M.A.

Editorial Assistant; Doctoral Student, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Editorial Board

Sonja Ardoin, Ph.D., Appalachian State University
Amy Baldwin, Ed.D., University of Central Arkansas
Jennifer Beck, Ph.D., Hawkeye Community College
Lamesha Brown, Ph.D., St. Cloud Technical and Community College
Dawn Bruner, Ed.D., University of Rochester
Ashley Clayton, Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Jemilia Davis, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Antonio Duran, Ph.D., Auburn University
Oscar Felix, Ph.D., Colorado State University
Christina Hardin, Ed.D. Valencia College

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., University of California, Los Angeles
Christian Steinmetz, Ph.D., University of Virginia
Jackie C. Thomas, Ph.D., Lone Star College–Tomball
Melissa Vang, Ph.D., California State University, Los Angeles
Laura Wagner, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, University of California, San Francisco
Sarah E. Whitley, Ph.D., Center for First-generation Student Success, NASPA

Submissions

The Journal of First-generation Student Success is seeking manuscripts for its inaugural issue addressing first-generation college student success. The anticipated publication date is April 2021.

Researchers, practitioners, education leaders, college access partners, and doctorate candidates are invited to submit manuscripts that offer new and/or innovative perspectives and interventions in the context of post-secondary success of first-generation students. The journal seeks to contribute to the scholarship of those in the higher education field seeking a research driven approach to best practices and practitioners interested in utilizing research to inform their practice.

Manuscripts are required to be work that has been conducted by the submitting author(s) and not proposed work or simple conceptualizations of issues. Manuscripts under review by JFGSS should not be under consideration by other journals.

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Submisison Guidelines

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.

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Review Process

A review of manuscripts will occur on a rolling basis. Once submitted, the first author will receive confirmation that submission has been received. Authors will be able to track progress of their submission in the system. Reviews may take up to four weeks, or longer. Please see the Submission Guidelines section for greater detail on acceptable submission types, review process, and technical requirements types.


Timeline:

- Submission portal opens: October 28, 2020

- Publication date for inaugural issue: late-April 2020

For more information, please contact the Co-Editors, Rashné Jehangir, Ph.D. and Lindsay Romasanta, Ed.D., at jfgss@naspa.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Feel free to reach out to jfgss@naspa.org 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 jfgss@naspa.org. Please note the Co-Editors and Editorial Board members have been directed to forward any direct inquiries to jfgss@naspa.org 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?

    Please direct any inquiries about engagement opportunities to jfgss@naspa.org. 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.