Submitting a Manuscript

The NACADA Review Rubric

Authors are encouraged to use the NACADA Review rubric which provides guidance as they compose and write a manuscript; while at the same time this rubric presents the criteria used by Editorial Board members in the manuscript review process.

The rubric uses a scale to score how a criterion statement (e.g., recommendations or examples of applicability beyond just one specific context are given; suggestions for operationalizing concepts, or for identifying their applicability in various contexts) has been presented. Scores range from ‘absent’, ‘insufficient’, through ‘sufficient’ to ‘comprehensive’. Each score has its own column with boxes that can be checked. For a manuscript to be accepted, most or all items should score at least 'sufficient'. With more 'absent' and/or 'insufficient' scores, the chances increase that a manuscript will not be accepted, or accepted only after minor or major revisions.

Note that it will depend on the specific nature of the manuscript whether each item on the rubric will be present. Some items may be ‘not applicable’ (e.g., articles that are not based on a concrete case but purely deal with the application of theory to practice will probably not cover all items from the first section "Starting from local practice"). Most other items however will be important, regardless of the type of manuscript written. Each statement refers to a key aspect editors expect to find in all manuscripts submitted to the NACADA Review: clear, systematic descriptions, analyses and explanations that make visible the connections between theories, models and methods, and their concrete application and relevance for the advising profession.

This rubric allows authors to be their own first reviewer. Authors should not simply check a box if an item has been ‘covered’; instead use rubric statements to develop ideas about what could and should be in the manuscript. Authors are encouraged to use each item as a starting point for offering the same honest, constructive, yet critical feedback they would give a colleague or student!

To Submit a Manuscript:

Manuscripts are accepted via the Allen Press PeerTrack site:

If you have not registered for a PeerTrack account, you will need to do so prior to submitting your manuscript.

For technical assistance in submitting a manuscript to the NACADA Reviewcall Peer Track Support directly at (800) 627-0326 Ext. 178 or (785) 865-9178 Monday-Fridays 8 AM – 4:30 PM Central time. Authors may also email PeerTrack Support at

Formatting Requirements
  • The manuscript should be 4,000-6,000 words. (To discuss possible submissions outside this range please contact the editorial team at
  • Do not include a title page. Do not include any identifying information.
  • Abstract and keywords should be added on the submission form. Additionally, include the abstract (centered) and keywords (flush left) below the title on the first page of the manuscript.
  • Do include page numbers.
  • Do not include headers or footers—; these will be added as part of the publication process after a manuscript is accepted.
  • Submit the manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (Word, RTF, or PDF files are accepted).
  • Double-space the text.
  • Where available, DOIs (digital object identifiers) must be provided as a link in the reference list at the end of the Word document. As a member of CrossRef, NACADA as the publisher, is required to include DOIs. Use the free DOI lookup on the CrossRef website to check citations.
Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

There are additional rules governing the formatting of the final submission.

Peer Track Manuscript Management System. Authors upload their manuscripts into the Peer Track manuscript management system. Prompts will guide authors through the submission process. Please review carefully the following items required for a submission to be complete:

  • Title Page: A separate title page allows for blind review, thus all identifying information is featured only on the title page.  Additional information may be found here
  • Abstract: The abstract should be included in the manuscript and also uploaded in the abstract window. Abstracts must be 120 words or less. Additional information may be found here
  • Text: Upload a separate Word docx or doc file (the body of the manuscript should be no more than 6000 words) that includes the title, abstract, key words, manuscript, and references. No identifying information (authors or institutions where the research took place) should be included in this manuscript file. Additional information may be found here
  • Equations, Tables, Figures (where applicable): Specific guidelines for the formatting of equation, tables, and figures can be found here.
    • Equations, tables, figures, and appendices are not included in the manuscript's word count.
  • Appendices (where applicable): Follow the appropriate guidelines for submitting appendices. These can be found here.
  • References: Double check that all references listed in the text are in the reference list and that all references listed are noted in the text. Additional information can be found here.
    • While all accepted manuscripts will go through reference check, copyedit, and proofreading prior to publication, authors acknowledge that they understand the importance of and assume the responsibility for proper citation and representation of referenced material and data within their manuscript.
    • The reference list does not count towards the manuscript's word count.
  • Authors’ Notes: 
    • The first paragraph of the Authors’ Notes should offer any acknowledgments. 
    • The second paragraph must include biographical information about all contributing authors. Each author bio should be approximately 100 words. Additional information can be found here.
  • Keywords and classifications:
    • Keywords listed with the manuscript must be uploaded separately into the submission platform
    • In the classifications area, choose areas of intereest and specialization (e.g., first-generation students, career advising)
  • Questionaire. Here authors are asked to indicate:
    • any conflict of interest
    • whether the manuscript is under consideration by any other publication venue
    • agree to transfer copyright to NACADA should the manuscript be accepted for publication. Additional information here.
  • Corresponding Author and Reference Number. At upload one author will be designated as the corresponding author and a unique identifier reference number will be assigned to the manuscript.  Additional information (click here).

Technical Assistance. For technical assistance in submitting a manuscript to the NACADA Review, call Peer Track Support directly at (800) 627-0326 Ext. 178 or (785) 865-9178 Monday-Fridays 8 AM – 4:30 PM Central time. Authors may also email PeerTrack Support  at