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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.
  • The author/s have read the Journal's Ethics and Malpractice Statement and the submission has not been previously published in full or in part (including via a conference), nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).  Where a paper extends an earlier published work, please make this explicit in your submission.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.  Please do not upload PDFs
  • Any URLs in the body of the submission or in the reference list have been checked as active.
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.  An additional document should be uploaded with figures and/or images displayed independent of the text to assist with layout editing.  Please consult guidelines for information on figures/images and illustrations.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines and complies with the APA referencing system - sixth edition
  • Attempted to include Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) where possible.  This Journal uses CrossRef - a reference linking service.  For full instructions on how to add DOIs to each reference please consult the Student Success Author DOI guidelines (PDF 373KB).  Please note - the latest APA guidelines (sixth edition) request that a DOI should be included in references (particularly when referencing other journal articles). Submissions will be returned if there is no attempt to include a DOI that pre-exists for a journal article reference)
  • If submitting an article:  All information or text that could identify the author/s (and their institution/s) has been removed for the 'anonymous' version of the submission. Please note - de-identification means the identiy of the author/s and the institution/s must be removed (or replaced in the text with a marker such as 'XXX')

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

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 ten (10) 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 six (6) pages including title, author details, abstract, body and references.

ONE complete text version should be submitted clearly labelled "PRACTICE REPORT".

Quality Expectations

All submissions will be initially reviewed by the Journal Editorial Panel and are expected to:

  • Refer to previous relevant published works;

  • Adhere to the journal themes around student engagement in tertiary education;

  • Be of a high professional standard;

  • Be proof-read and publication ready*;

  • Meet the guidelines of the relevant submission type; and

  • Comply with the format guidelines.

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 two 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


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