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The Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention (JCOTR) focuses on the trends, practices, research, and development of programs, policies, and activities related to the matriculation, orientation, transition, and retention of college students. Also encouraged are literature reviews, "how-to" articles, innovative initiatives, successful practices, and new ideas. Its circulation is approximately 1,500.

If you have a current NODA membership, you will receive a free online versions of the JCOTR. You can access the PDF versions of the JCOTR at any time by going to NODA Connect and accessing the publications folder in the resource library. You will need to sign into your NODA membership to access the library. Click here for a complete index of articles in the JCOTR.

Notice of a change in mailing address should be sent six weeks in advance to the NODA Association Office either by mail or email

Submission Categories


Feature Manuscripts Emerging Research Campus
Perspectives Submissions


Feature Manuscripts

The Journal of College Orientation, Transition and Retention is interested in feature manuscripts concerning research on orientation, transition and retention of college students. Authors may focus on recent original research, replication of research, reviews of research or essays on theoretical, organizational and professional issues. Both quantitative and qualitative research manuscripts are considered. Featured manuscripts should address one of the following:

  • The history of orientation, transition, and retention programming
  • Making a case for orientation, transition, and retention work
  • Orientation, transition, and retention programming and supports for special populations
  • Theory associated with orientation, transition, and retention fields
  • Contemporary issues affecting orientation, transition, and retention work on college campuses
  • Scholarship related to assessment of orientation, transition, and retention work on college campuses

Featured manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages of 1 inch margin, double-spaced, typewritten text including references, tables, and figures.  Occasional exceptions to the page limits will be considered.

Emerging Research

Emerging Research submissions provide an opportunity to present information in upcoming areas of interest to NODA membership and highlight research and assessment driven practices for which the full implications for the OTR community may be unclear.  Manuscripts should not exceed 3000 words. Submission need not include an exhaustive literature review; however, manuscripts must utilize appropriate data collection and analysis methods.

Campus Notes

Campus Notes submissions are briefs on-campus programs, "how-to" articles, successful innovations and pragmatic issues relevant to the orientation, transition, and retention of college students. They should not exceed 1,500 words and must include a short abstract.

Book Review
Book Review submissions are examinations of current, appropriate professional publications. These publications are Potential New Student Common Readers or Professional Resource books. Book reviews should include but are not limited to the following:
  • Any areas of concern professionals should consider if this book were selected
  • Areas within the book that are rich with discussion opportunities
  • Unique perspectives offered in the book
  • Ways to incorporate the book into overall new student programming
  • Partners that could assist with the book discussion or programming about the book
    (i.e. English classes, FYE classes)
  • Any special connections different types of institutions could emphasize
  • Note: If you do not recommend this book for a general student reader but you think it might work in a learning community or in a special interest group, be sure to note that as well
Submissions should not exceed 1,500 words. Here is a current list of publications that we are interested in receiving reviews for. If you are interested in writing a review for the JCOTR, please reach out to Book Review Editor Dr. Jeanine A. Ward-Roof.
Perspectives Submissions
Perspectives submissions are written in editorial or speech style, expressing the author's viewpoint, opinions, reflections or experiences on issues of importance to the community of orientation, transition and retention professionals. Submissions should not exceed 1,500 words.


In keeping with the international scope of NODA, the Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention welcomes manuscripts that report scholarship on international issues related to orientation, transition and retention in postsecondary education.


Submission Guidelines

Spring Edition Submission Deadline: December 1
Fall Edition Submission Deadline: June 1

Style Guide
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition.


Submission Instructions

Authors submit manuscript via our online submission form. Via the online form authors will be asked to submit the following items:

  • Coversheet that includes: Manuscript title, names of the authors along with their professional titles and affiliated institutions, and the contact information of the contact author (mailing address, email address, and phone number).
  • Blind version of the manuscript (outlined in the Style Guidelines)
  • Manuscript abstract (required for Feature Manuscripts, Emerging Research, and Campus Notes submissions)
  • Figures, tables, or graphics (if applicable)

Never submit an article which has been previously published or one which has been submitted to another publication.

Avoid the use of the term "subject;" instead, use specific references such as "student" or "participant." Avoid sexist terminology and the perpetuation of stereotypes.

Review Process
The journal is refereed using a blind review system. The manuscript will be judged based on relevance of the topic, usefulness to the orientation, transition, retention and/or student affairs profession; writing skill; and quality of methodology and/or information. Notification of acceptance or rejection of all manuscripts will be made by the managing editor. All manuscripts received and approved for publication become the property of the Association. The editor reserves the right to edit or rewrite accepted articles to meet the journal standards.

Permission to Reprint
Requests for permission to reprint should be made in writing to the Journal Editor.

Non-discrimination Policy Section
NODA declares a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in the provisions of services to the membership and the public. In recognition of responsibility to the membership, NODA reaffirms its policy of fair and equal treatment in all practices to all persons regardless of race, color, age, marital status, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual/affectional orientation, disability or veteran status. NODA complies with all applicable federal and state regulations regarding affirmative action and on discriminatory practices.


We are not accepting article submissions at this time, as NODA's submission portal is undergoing a redesign. We will begin accepting applications again, later this summer. Please check back for further details in the middle to end of August, 2019. We look forward to showing you our new submission portal soon! For questions or further information, please email Joyce Holl

Dr. Duane S. Bruce
Dean of Student Services, Engagement, and Leadership
Eureka College
Senior Associate Editor, Book Reviews: 
Dr. Jeanine A. Ward-Roof
Vice President of Student Affairs
Ferris State University
Senior Associate Editor, Campus Notes:
Dr. Scott Silverman
Associate Dean of Emeritus Programs
Santa Monica College

Associate Editor:
Dr. Matthew J. Ardila-Weigand
Director of Orientation, Transition & Parent Programs
University at Buffalo (SUNY)

Associate Editor:

Dr. Patty Witkowsky
Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations
Coordinator, Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) program
College of Education
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

Associate Editor:
Dr. Dennis Wiese
Senior Associate Dean of Students and Director of Transition Initiatives Office
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Staff Representative:
Joyce Holl
Executive Director

The members of the editorial board are dedicated to a quality publication and are always willing to discuss manuscript ideas and publication policies with potential authors. Authors are not required to be NODA members to publish in its journal.  



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