Student Success:  A journal exploring the experiences of students in tertiary education

This journal provides the opportunity to disseminate current research and innovative good practice about students’ tertiary learning experiences, which are supported by evidence.   Researchers, tertiary and university teachers and educators and professional staff who are advancing student learning, success and retention are encouraged to submit.

The journal themes align with the STARS ethos (Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success):

Students – Who are they?  What are their needs?  What works for different cohorts?  Strategies for broader social inclusion and increasing participation in tertiary education; participation of first nation peoples

Transitions – Pathways to tertiary education, transitions into (the first year experience), during (work integrated learning) and from tertiary education, including graduate employability and capstone experiences

Achievement – Strategies promoting student achievement including curricular and co-curricular reform, employability, gamification and simulation enhanced learning

Retention – Program, discipline, whole of institution, inter-institutional and sector collaborations designed to improve student retention, threshold skills and concepts

Success – Student engagement, technology enhanced learning, understanding students expectations and realities, psychological wellbeing, application of learning analytics


Student Success is published bi-annually with one issue linked to the STARS Conference.

There will be three types of submissions in the journal: scholarly papers, practice-based innovations and 'features' which may include interviews or invited papers with key scholars and practitioners.


Peer Review Process

All submitted papers should be original, unpublished, and not in consideration for publication elsewhere at the time of submission to Student Success.

All articles will be refereed in a double-blind review process by at least two reviewers with expertise in the relevant subject area.

All practice reports will be reviewed by an editorial team prior to being selected for publication.

Suspected plagiarism in a submission:

Student Success uses iThenticate - plagiarism detection software -  and may utilise the software if the editorial team or the reviewer/s have concerns about original content.

Student Success's Peer Review process can be found here


Publication Frequency

Student Success (formally the International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education) is published bi-annually with one issue linked to the annual STARS Conference

Papers and practice reports should be submitted once a 'Call for Submissions' is made.  The homepage will indicate whether submissions are 'open' or 'closed'.

As a guideline, submissions for the open publication are called around late August and close mid to late October each year.  There are no submission or processing costs associated with the Journal.

Please register your details with this journal to receive notifications of the 'Call for Submissions'.


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