Author/Reviewer Guidelines

Please submit your manuscript to this Manuscript Submission & Review System (sign up required; make sure to upload a blind copy).Your manuscript must be PROFESSIONALLY COPYEDITED before you submit to JIS. Failure to do so may result in exclusion from the consideration.


Types of Submissions & Length of Articles~

Author Guidelines

  • Format: American Psychological Association (2010) (6th Edition)
  • Abstract: 120 or fewer words
  • Figures: All figures must be submitted as a JPG (600 dpi) properly titled
  • Tables: All tables must be properly titled and submitted within main files. Check this link for how to format APA table in SPSS and Word files.
  • Voice: Active voice to the greatest extent possible. Research findings reported in past tense.
  • Plagiarism, defamation, and privacy rights quick guide (please check it here)

Manuscript: Please submit your work to this Manuscript Submission & Review System (sign up required).

For book reviews, contact your section editors (link) .

To submit your manuscript, you will need the following files:

Submit two copies of manuscripts—one without author information, another with author information.

  • Copy 1 (for blind review): Main document file with manuscript title, abstract, keywords, main text, references, figure, and table [all as a ONE file]. Authors must avoid self-identification in the text or references of the manuscript.
  • Copy 2 (email it to editors at Manuscript title, abstract, author’s affiliation, contact information, and any extra files such as supplemental files or author biographical notes. Please do not upload copy 2 on Manuscript Submission Portal
  • Author Submission Check Form: All authors are required to complete this form,  click HERE to fill it out.

Tentative Submission Timeline: 

datesSpring: December 1;
Summer: March 1;
Fall: July 1; and
Winter: September 1. 

There is no author submission or acceptance fee to publish in this journal. 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  4. For all accepted manuscripts, the authors must sign an agreement for publication and all copyright to the journal. Click HERE for publication agreement.
  5. When appropriate, regular articles should cite approval by an institutional review board (IRB) for research on human subjects.
  6. All manuscripts should be timely and written in language that is engaging, lively, and direct. All submissions should avoid excessive reliance on jargon.
  7. In the case of self-citation, the authors of the manuscript are required to delete their names from the text, with “Author” and year used in the references, instead of the authors’ name, article title, etc.
  8. This journal does NOT charge article submission fees, fast-track review fees or article publication fees.
  9. For reviewed, accepted, and copy edited manuscript, please use the provided TEMPLATE.

By submitting your manuscript to the Journal of International Students, you are agreeing to any necessary originality checks your manuscript may have to undergo during the peer review and production processes. 

To Ensure a Blind Peer Review

  • The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with “Author” and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors’ name, article title, etc.
  • With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file.

For Microsoft 2003 and previous versions, and Macintosh versions of Word:

Under the File menu select: Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.

For Microsoft 2007 (Windows):

Click on the office button in the upper-left hand corner of the office application
Select “Prepare” from the menu options.
Select “Properties” for the “Prepare” menu options.
Delete all of the information in the document property fields that appear under the main menu options.
Save the document and close the document property field section.

For Microsoft 2010 (Windows):

Under the File menu select “Prepare for sharing.”
Click on the “Check for issues” icon.
Click on “inspect document” icon.
Uncheck all of the checkboxes except “Document Properties and Personal information”.
Run the document inspector, which will then do a search of the document properties and indicated if any document property fields contain any information.

If the document inspector finds that some of the document properties contain information, you manuscript will be returned


  • Reviewers provide a complete, fair, thoughtful evaluation of manuscripts to ensure all published work meet the goals of the JournalReviewers are asked to consider the following criteria:
  • General AspectDoes the paper contribute to the field of international students? Does the paper help educators know international students and or their teachers in teaching and learning?
  • Subject TreatmentDoes the paper cover issues of international students or their teachers? Is there sufficient evidence to support the author’s thesis? Is the information accurate and consistent? Are descriptions clear and presented in enough detail? Does the title reflect clearly the content of the article?
  • PresentationShould the text be expanded or condensed?Is the text written clearly and organized logically? Are the references appropriate and sufficient as APA style?
  • Review Form:Please follow the this rubric/form while evaluating the manuscript. Based on the quality of manuscript, you may make one of the following decisions. a) Reject: The manuscript is judged to be unacceptable for publication in the Journal. b) Accept with revisions: The manuscript has potential for publication, but must be revised before publication can be considered. c) Accept– refer to the publishing editor/main author. 
  • Additional Material–Twelve Tips for Reviewers by Prof. Roediger
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