Publication Guidelines


The Journal of International Students (JIS) publishes theoretical and empirically-based research articles, narrative essays especially on international student experience, study-abroad experience, local student as an international student experience, faculty exchange program experience, cross-cultural experience, transnational/international education experience. The journal’s audiences include scholars and researchers of international education, academic professionals working with international students in a variety of programs, and others who are interested in international students in colleges and universities.

Manuscripts submitted to JIS must be original works that have not been published elsewhere nor submitted to another journal for publication. Text should be written in language that is engaging, lively, and direct, using active voice whenever possible. Avoid excessive jargon. Manuscripts must be spell checked and professionally copy edited prior to submission. Manuscripts are required to include at least 30% recent citation/references published in last FIVE years. Since there are different terminologies and working definitions of “international students” in literature, authors are expected to include a “definition” of the international student as defined by its government or institutions. The journal does not publish footnotes/endnotes. Failure to do so may result in exclusion from consideration. All authors are required to complete Terms of Agreement after submitting their manuscript copies.

Authors are required to report sample size, population, confidence interval, and effect size in their manuscripts. JIS does not consider manuscripts with a small sample size in empirical articles. Authors are encouraged to cite relevant articles published in the Journal of International Students in their manuscripts. For an abbreviated list of items to review before submission, see the Author Checklist. For help with style and formatting, see the JIS Template.

Quality is at the heart of the Journal of International Students. Acting with integrity and transparency, we seek to build partnerships with authors, editors and readers alike. As such, this journal will never:

  • Ask authors to pay a submission fee
  • Ask authors to pay an APC (article processing charge) for publication prior to acceptance
  • Publish works in exchange for gifts or money
  • Falsely claim to represent another person or entity
  • Use your data without consent

Manuscript Types

For examples of published articles, please see a recent issue of the journal.

Peer-Reviewed/Research Articles

  • Length: 4,500–7,500 words
  • Content: Work that focuses on the interpretation, implications, or significance of research work related to:
    • International or study abroad students, faculty, and scholars
    • Specific concerns of international or study abroad students, including experiences with learning style differences, admissions, immigration, insurance, housing, mental health, stigmas, etc.
    • Specific concerns of faculty, teaching assistants, and researchers, such as global/international teaching styles, intercultural communication, classroom standards and expectations, gender complications across cultures, differing worldviews, etc.

Research in Brief

  • Length: 1,750–2,000 words
  • Content: Work that focuses on a specific topic or question using new data or conceptual framework. Includes a brief introduction of the issue or question, instrument, methods, or analytical tools, brief discussion, up to two figures/tables, and a maximum of five to eight references.

Study Abroad Experiences/Reflections

  • Length: 1,000–2,000 words
  • Content: Descriptions and perceptions from faculty, students, and scholars concerning another culture, language, people, and society from an insider or outsider perspective. May also include research papers written by students on any topic of their interest or individual research work related to international students or their counterparts.

Book/Dissertation/Film/Website Reviews

  • Length: 750–1,200 words, see available book titles
  • Content: Reviews and critiques of books, doctoral dissertations, movies, websites, and articles related to international students, study abroad, or cultural exchange programs.
  • Figure: Include a JPG (600 dpi) of a cover image of the reviewed item.

The Peer Review Process

Articles are submitted electronically for the peer review process. Authors must upload one blind copy for peer review and email one copy with author information to the editors.

  • Blind Copy: Ensure all text, references, figures, and tables are submitted in one file (.doc, .docx, or .rtf). All author names and identifying information must be removed from the file. Upload the file to
    • All identifying information should be removed from the text and from the Microsoft Office Document Properties and Personal Information. (See instructions)
  • Editor Copy: Ensure all text, references, figured, and tables are submitted in one file (.doc, .docx, or .rtf). The file should contain author name(s) and affiliation(s) as well as author biographical notes. Email this file to

If the submission is approved, generally a manuscript is sent to two to three reviewers to assess its strengths and weaknesses. Reviewers make recommendations for the manuscript based on the relevance for the journal and its readership. An article will be accepted, accepted with revisions, or rejected, based on the conclusions of the reviewers.

The following table is a general outline of the peer review and revision process:

When a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author(s) must accept Terms of Agreement for publication and copyright to the journal.

Check this PDF if you are re-submitting a revised version of your manuscript through our manuscript portal.


JIS follows the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), Sixth Edition with regard to usage and style. Use the Merriam-Webster online dictionary for questions of spelling and hyphenation. A manuscript template is available for assistance with manuscript formatting.

Title Page

The title page should contain the article title, author(s), institution/affiliation, and country. The abstract should be no longer than 120 words. Provide between five and eight keywords, with the exception of editorials and reviews, which do not need keywords or abstracts.

Manuscript Structure

Authors should organize their paper using the following structure. Not all articles will adhere to this structure, but it provides a general outline for standard research articles. See the manuscript template and journal style guide for more information about formatting.

    • Title
    • Author
    • Affiliation, Country
    • Abstract
    • Keywords
    • Introduction
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Discussion
    • Conclusions
    • Appendices (optional)
    • References

Tables and Figures

Tables should be inserted into the text near where they are first called out. Provide a caption for the table. See the manuscript template and journal style guide for more information about formatting tables.

Figures should be inserted into the text near where they are first called out. Do not place the figure within a text box or frame. Provide a caption for the figure. Figures must be submitted as JPG files (600 dpi resolution). Reviews should include a high resolution JPG of the book, movie, or website.


References must be cited in APA style, alphabetically by author and date. All references listed in the References list must appear in text, and all references cited in the text must appear in the References list.

Author Bio

At the end of the article, please provide your name, your title, and your institutional affiliation in a complete sentence. In the following sentence, describe your research interests.

Terms of Agreement

After submitting your manuscript files, you must fill out and electronically sign the Terms of Agreement form. By signing these terms of agreement, you are releasing all copyrights to the Journal of International Students.

Publishing Information

All articles published in the journal are freely available to public. Published articles are listed in major databases such as ERIC, ProQuest, Ebschost, OCLC/WorldCat, Questia, Scopus, UlrichsWeb, Google Scholar, and Cabell’s Directory.

You will receive an electronic copy of your published article. If you want a print copy of the journal, you may request one at The cost is typically $25-$30 + shipping and handling. JIS editors strongly encourage you to order one print copy of the journal as a small contribution of your readership/authorship.

Authorship Policy

An author is considered anyone involved with initial research design, data collection and analysis, manuscript drafting, and final approval. However, the following do not necessarily qualify for authorship: providing funding or resources, mentorship, or contributing research but not helping with the publication itself. The primary author assumes responsibility for the publication, making sure that the data are accurate, that all deserving authors have been credited, that all authors have given their approval to the final draft; and handles responses to inquiries after the manuscript is published.

Policy of Screening for Plagiarism

Manuscripts submitted to Journal of International Students will be screened for plagiarism using SafeAssignments/Turnitin/CopyScape/Similarity Check / iThenticate plagiarism detection tools. This journal will immediately reject papers leading to plagiarism or self-plagiarism.

Data Sharing Policy

Journal of International Students requests all authors to make available “all data underlying the findings described in their manuscripts.” Authors are encouraged to maintain the anonymity of the participants in both qualitative and quantitative data before sharing it with the editors or the public. The research method is at the core of editor and peer evaluation of manuscripts. This journal adopts the data sharing policy as recommended by the 2011 AERA Council and its Code of Ethics, which stated:

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Reviewer Guidelines (PDF) [Web] [JIS Sample Review]


Author Submission Checklist (PDF)

JIS Article Template (Word)

JIS Style Guide (PDF)

APA Format (VIDEO)