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Submission Guidelines

Please address all questions
and submissions to:

Periodicals Editor
National Resource Center 
for The First-Year Experience 
& Students in Transition
University of South Carolina
1728 College Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Phone: (803) 777-1995
Fax: (803) 777-9358

Submission Guidelines

E-Source for College Transitions is a biannual electronic newsletter published (October & March) by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition (NRC). Its primary purpose is to provide practical strategies for supporting student learning and success. Articles on a variety of topics related to student transitions are welcome, including those focusing on:

  • Strategies for addressing the first-year, sophomore, senior, and transfer transitions at different types of institutions
  • Strategies for assessing student learning or experiences, programs, or courses
  • Innovative teaching strategies
  • Descriptions of institutional initiatives with demonstrated results
  • Alternative funding sources for curricular initiatives, programs, and services
  • Programs addressing the needs of special student populations (e.g., adult learners, ethnic and racial minority students, first-generation students, GLBT students)
  • Short descriptions of new and relevant print and online resources

Length: Original feature-length articles should be 750–1,200 words. Annotations of new resources should be no more than 500 words. The editor reserves the right to edit submissions for length.

Copyright: Articles shall not have been registered for copyright or published elsewhere prior to publication in E-Source. Photographs are welcome and must be accompanied by a written release from the photographer or copyright owner, giving the NRC permission to publish the images.

Contact Information: Contact information will be included for articles selected for publication. Please include the following information with your submission: name, position title, department, institution, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

E-Source Production Schedule

Issue Date

Submission Deadline
(for consideration in this issue)

Publication Deadline
 (all requested edits must be completed)

October First Friday in June First Friday in August
March First Friday in November First Friday in January

Timing: The first editorial review is generally completed within three weeks of submission, at which time most articles are returned with comprehensive edits and queries. Accepted articles with completed edits are usually published within four months of submission.

Suggested Article Outline 
Many of the topics addressed in E-Source lend themselves to a similar approach. The outline below offers guidance on how to structure an article.

  • What is the problem or issue? How does it impact student success?
  • How did you address it? Identify strategies used to deal with the problem.
  • How did the strategy work? Report assessment results.
  • What are the implications for the future? What revisions will you make to the strategies based on assessment results, and how can other campuses adapt them for different populations or context?

Sample Issue and NRC Writing Style Guide 
Please visit E-Source to view a sample issue. The NRC style guide can be viewed at http://www.sc.edu/fye/publications/StyleSheet11.doc


E-Source for College Transitions
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina