Focus and Scope

The Journal of Academic Advising is a peer-reviewed and open access publication that provides a forum for academic advisors and advising directors to publish and highlight their research in all facets of academic advising. We especially value the multidisciplinary approach that advisors practice on a daily basis. These approaches are enshrined in our mission to:

  • encourage interdisciplinary inquiry methods and theories in the field of academic advising
  • promote the exchange of humanistic inquiry as it relates to advising
  • facilitate collaboration between advising staff and faculty at higher education institutions.

Peer Review Process

All work submitted to JAA for consideration will be subjected to independent peer-review by experts in the appropriate field(s), and may include members of the editorial and advisory boards. JAA uses a two-step review process. First, upon consultation with the editorial board, we will choose at least two peer reviewers to review the article. Submissions found not suitable for review will be returned to the author. Second, the articles that pass the first round of review will be presented to the advisory board for a final determination of suitability for the journal.

JAA uses a single blind review process. All references to the author(s) are NOT removed before the manuscript is sent out to reviewers. However, reviewers are not identified to the author(s).

A set of criteria is used by reviewers to evaluate manuscripts submitted to JAA. Reviews will focus on content and readability. Reviewers are asked to provide a written assessment and recommend a decision on each submission they review. They can recommend:

  • Accept for publication
  • Accept for publication contingent on minor revisions
  • Reject for publication

The editor weighs the reviewers' comments and recommended disposition for each manuscript in making the final publication decision. When authors are asked to revise and resubmit manuscripts or are accepted unconditionally, the articles are sent for another round of reviews by the advisory board. The final decision for publication is made at the discretion of the editors.

Publication Frequency

The Journal of Academic Advising is published annually every fall.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Advisory Board

Michael “Brody” Broshears
Assistant Vice President for Academic Success
University of Southern Indiana

Mark Hurley, MA
Director of Advising, College of Arts and Sciences
Indiana University Bloomington

Marc Lowenstein, PhD
Associate Provost for Personnel, Programs and Policy
Stockton University (Retired)

Holly Martin, PhD
Assistant Dean, Academic Advisor
University f Notre Dame

Matthew M. Rust, MS, JD
Director of Campus Career and Advising Services
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

William E. Smith III, PhD
Assistant Director College of Arts and Sciences, President, Bloomington Academic Advising Council
Indiana University Bloomington

Eric White, EdD 
Associate Dean for Advising
University of Pennsylvania (Retired)

Journal Identifier

ISSN 2577-168X

Journal History

The idea for this journal originally came out of a collaborative research group with advisors at Indiana University. Many of us have backgrounds and skills that color our everyday advising practices. Advising as a philosophical endeavor has roots going back to ancient Greece, academic formalization in the 1970s, and continues to evolve as an academic discipline today. As such, we felt that there needed to be a forum where advisors can share what they are doing and how they perceive advising through the lens of their varied experiences; adding to the theoretical, philosophical, and humanities based approach many of us use every day.