The Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention Policies

The Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention is an open access, peer reviewed, web-based journal. Manuscripts accepted for publication are posted on the web site immediately upon final acceptance. There are no submission or article processing charges. As an open access journal, JCOTR does not require authors to transfer full copyright ownership to the journal as a condition of publication.

We also ask reviewers to follow the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.

The journal does not accept advertising.

Submission Guidelines

Spring Edition Submission Deadline: December 1
Fall Edition Submission Deadline: June 1

All submission and manuscript style guidelines can be found on the Submissions Page

Manuscript Submission Process

Submission Instructions

Authors submit manuscript via our online submission form. Via the online form authors will be asked to submit the following items:

  • Blind version of your manuscript (see explanation of blind submission criteria outlined above)
  • Manuscript abstract (required for Feature Manuscripts and Campus Notes submissions)
  • Figures, tables or graphics (if applicable)

Manuscripts submitted to JCOTR must not be under consideration by another publication. The corresponding author will be asked to affirm non-duplication of submission prior to review of their manuscripts.

The journal is refereed using a blind review system. Each manuscript will be evaluated based on relevance of the topic, usefulness to the orientation, transition, retention and/or student affairs profession, writing skill and quality of methodology and/or information. Notification of acceptance or rejection of all manuscripts will be made by the Editor. All manuscripts received and approved for publication become the property of NODA. The editor reserves the right to edit or rewrite accepted articles to meet the journal standards.

Warranties and Statements

In order to publish with JCOTR, authors represent and warrant that they are the sole creators of the work, and owners of all rights, titles and interests in and to the work, including the complete and undivided copyright interest to the work. The authors represent and warrant that they have not granted any person any interest, including permissions, licenses or assignments, in the work that conflicts with the rights, titles and interests granted here. To each author's knowledge, the work does not infringe the copyright or other intellectual property rights of any person nor defame, slander or libel any person nor invade the privacy or other like rights of a person. The authors represent and warrant that they either have express written permission to any third-party content used in their submission to JCOTR or that they have a good-faith belief that the works they are using are in the public domain, that their use is a fair use, or that they are using works under an appropriate Creative Commons (or other open-content) license.

Conflict of Interest Policy

JCOTR follows NODA's conflict of interest policy.  Authors must notify editors of conflicts of interest at time of submission. For details, please see: https://pubs.lib.umn.edu/index.php/jcotr/conflictofinterest

Non-discrimination Policy

NODA declares a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in the provisions of services to the membership and the public. In recognition of responsibility to the membership, NODA reaffirms its policy of fair and equal treatment in all practices to all persons regardless of race, color, age, marital status, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual/affectional orientation, disability or veteran status. NODA complies with all applicable federal and state regulations regarding affirmative action and on discriminatory practices.

Treatment of Human Subjects

The author affirms that an Institutional Review Board (IRB) has reviewed research projects which involve human subjects to ensure that two broad standards are upheld: first, that subjects are not placed at undue risk; second, that they give uncoerced, informed consent to their participation.

Open Access Statement

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports the greater global exchange of knowledge. The journal does not charge article processing fees or subscription fees.

Copyright and Use of Articles

All articles published in the The Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention are distributed with a Creative Commons Noncommercial Attribution license (CC BY-NC 4.0). This means that each author holds the copyright to their work, and grants users the rights to: share (copy and/or redistribute the material in any medium or format) or adapt (remix, transform, and/or build upon the material) the article, as long as the original author and source are cited, and the use is for noncommercial purposes. Permission is not needed for these noncommercial uses. Read the summary terms, or the full legal license code.

For permission for other uses, or questions about use, please contact the editors at ekborra@umn.edu.

Published articles are preserved for longterm access by the publisher, University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing, through Portico.

General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing website and/or software agree not to misuse the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing service or software in any way.

The failure of University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.