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About the Journal

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

The Student Success Journal is an international, open-access, peer-reviewed, scholarly publication exploring the experiences of students in tertiary education.  The 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.

Student Success publishes three issues per year with one issue linked to the International  STARS Conference and there are no APCs (article processing charges).

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 publishes three issues per year with one issue linked to the STARS Conference. Authors can submit and publish at no cost. There are no APCs (Article Processing Charges) 


Journal History

The Journal was first published in July 2010 on a bi-annual basis with one issue linked to the annual International (formally Pacific Rim) First Year in Higher Education Conference.

From 2010-2015 the Journal’s  title was the International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education and was primarily aimed at academic and professional staff involved in first year and transition programs as well as senior managers with responsibility for first year policies and strategies.  2015 saw the launch of a new international conference known as STARS that provided the opportunity to disseminate and discuss current research, good practice, emerging initiatives and leading edge ideas that are aimed at enhancing students’ tertiary learning experiences.

To align the Journal to this conference and reflect a broader view of student engagement and success, the Journal was renamed Student Success in mid-2015.


Peer Review Process

Student Success considers multiple types of submissions in the journal:  Articles (peer-reviewed scholarly papers); Practice Reports (practice-based innovations) and;  Features (which may include interviews or invited papers with key scholars and practitioners).

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 considered  by an editorial team prior to being selected for publication (and are not subject to peer review)

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

From 2018 Student Success publishes three issues per year, with one issue linked to the annual STARS Conference

Issue 1 – Open Issue.  Submissions accepted at anytime.  Published February/March

Issue 2 – STARS Conference Issue.  Published July/August

Issue 3 – Special Issue.  Call for submissions March/April.  Published November/December same year

Articles and practice reports deemed topical by the Editorial team will be published as an 'OnlineFirst'  prior to publication in a full issue.

To enquire about hosting a special issue please contact the Editor-in-Chief

Article Processing Charges (APCs):  There are no submission or processing costs associated with the Journal.

Please register your details with this journal to receive notifications and announcements of new issues.

Student Success publishing policies

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Open Access Journal
ISSN 2205-0795