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The Journal of College Student Development (JCSD) Cover ImageThe Journal of College Student Development (JCSD) is one of the world’s leading journals on higher education. Subscribers include the members of ACPA-College Student Educators International, individuals (subscriptions available through Johns Hopkins University Press), and academic libraries (as JCSD or Project Muse subscribers). JCSD is included in numerous research databases including the Social Science Citation Index, where JCSD is one of only five U.S. and international higher education journals indexed.

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If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to JCSD, please see the Submissions section page above. Please contact us via e-mail or  615-322-8021if you have any questions about the Editorial Manager system or the manuscript submission process in general. 

Charles L. Lewis served as the first editor of JCSD (then known as the Journal of College Student Personnel) from 1959 through 1964. During its history, JCSD has been led by nine editors and 20 associate editors.

JCSD receives approximately 400 full-length manuscript submissions per year and currently accepts between 7-9% for publication. JCSD receives national and international manuscript submissions from a wide range of academic fields including student affairs, higher education, sociology, psychology, social work, nursing, business administration, and health sciences.

Submissions to the Journal must be masked to facilitate blind review (please refer to the Submissions link and the Guidelines for Authors) and are reviewed by at least two Editorial Board members and the Editor. Approximately 50 Editorial Board members with extensive scholarly expertise and experience in a number of fields review manuscripts for JCSD. Board members are chosen for three-year terms through a nomination and application process (please refer to the Editorial Board link). The ACPA Governing Board selects the JCSD Editor via a nomination and application process.

John M. Braxton, Editor 
Journal of College Student Development
Peabody College
Vanderbilt University