As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
This journal provides the opportunity to disseminate current research and innovative good practice about students’ tertiary learning experiences, which are supported by evidence.
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
Submission Types (Articles and Practice Reports)
Student Success publishes three issues a year with one issue linked to the annual STARS Conference.
Articles - should have a strong empirical or theoretical foundation and present new knowledge or findings, or report on the application of existing knowledge to a new domain. Articles that focus on discipline-specific initiatives should clearly identify elements that are transferable to other domains or how the specific initiative makes a contribution to the broader knowledge base. Full papers are required at the time of submission and if accepted by the editorial team will undergo a double, blind peer review. Refereed papers should not exceed 12 pages including title, author details, abstract, body and references.
One copy of the article should be submitted:
An anonymous version where all information identifying the author(s) has been removed to allow it to be sent to reviewers. Please note - de-identification means the identiy of the author/s and the institution must be removed (or replaced in the text with a marker such as 'XXX')
As a supplementary file please submit a one page summary document containing title, author/s, affiliation/s and abstract
Note: You can submit multiple supplementary files (tables, figures, images etc.)
Practice Reports - should report on practical initiatives or the early outcomes of research projects. They are an opportunity to focus on the applied aspects of Student Success initiatives and innovations. Although a comprehensive literature analysis is not required, it is crucial that Practice Reports clearly show how the topic relates to or builds on existing knowledge and practice. Practice Reports should explain why it was done, what was done, how it was done, and the impact (or expected impact) of the initiative. Importantly, Practice Reports require authors to identify the connection with transferable themes and principles of practice into other contexts
Practice Reports should not exceed seven (7) pages including title, author details, abstract, body and references.
ONE complete text version should be submitted clearly labelled "PRACTICE REPORT".
All submissions will be initially reviewed by the Journal Editorial Panel and are expected to:
Submissions that do not meet these initial requirements will be returned to authors for correction before being sent for review.
*Student Success aligns to the annual STARS Conference – a not-for-profit event with all revenue going directly to the publication of three issues of the Journal each year.
It is expected that submissions have been proof-read and are publication ready. Please note the technical editing quota on accepted submissions - full details in Author Guidelines.
Please download the Student Success Author Guidelines for a full outline of criteria and format requirements
If you are submitting your paper to a special issue, please download the Special Issue Guidelines for authors
Authors retain copyright and grant the Journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution International Licence (CC BY 4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
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