JCOTR is a publication of NODA the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education.
The Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention focuses on the trends, practices, research, and development of programs, policies, and activities related to the matriculation, orientation, transition and retention of college students. Also encouraged are literature reviews, "how-to" articles, innovative initiatives, successful practices and new ideas.
Spring Edition Submission Deadline: December 1
Fall Edition Submission Deadline: June 1
The Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention is interested in feature manuscripts concerning research on orientation, transition and retention of college students. Authors may focus on recent original research, replication of research, reviews of research or essays on theoretical, organizational and professional issues. Both quantitative and qualitative research manuscripts are considered. Featured manuscripts should address one of the following:
Featured manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages of 1 inch margin, double-spaced, typewritten text INCLUDING references, tables, and figures. Occasional exceptions to the page limits will be considered.
Emerging Research submissions provide an opportunity to present information in upcoming areas of interest to NODA membership and highlight research and assessment driven practices for which the full implications for the OTR community may be unclear. Manuscripts should not exceed 3000 words. Submission need not include an exhaustive literature review; however, manuscripts must utilize appropriate data collection and analysis methods.
Campus Notes submissions are briefs on campus programs, "how-to" articles, successful innovations and pragmatic issues relevant to the orientation, transition, and retention of college students. They should not exceed 1,500 words and must include a short abstract.
Book Review submissions are examinations of current, appropriate professional publications. These publications are Potential New Student Common Readers or Professional Resource books. Book reviews should include but are not limited to the following:
Submissions should not exceed 1,500 words. Here is a current list of publications that we are interested in receiving reviews for. If you are interested in writing a review for the JCOTR, please reach out to Book Review Editor Dr. Jeanine A. Ward-Roof.
Perspectives submissions are written in editorial or speech style, expressing the author's viewpoint, opinions, reflections or experiences on issues of importance to the community of orientation, transition and retention professionals. Submissions should not exceed 1,500 words.
In keeping with the international scope of NODA, The Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention welcomes manuscripts that report scholarship on international issues related to orientation, transition and retention in postsecondary education.
All manuscripts and submissions must be clear, concise and interesting with a well-organized development of ideas. The 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association should be followed for reference style and general guidelines. When preparing a manuscript for publication, the author(s) must carefully follow these instructions:
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