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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 (including via a conference), nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).


  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (RTF).
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided and are current.
  • 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 Int J FYHE Author Guidelines (PDF 546KB) 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 Int J FYHE 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 now publishes under it's new title Student Success - submit via the Student Success website



The Journal is designed to disseminate research and practice based work that enhances the first year in higher education and lends itself to a wide variety of subjects.

Submission Types (Articles and Practice Reports)

The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education is published bi-annually with one issue linked to the annual International First Year in Higher Education 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 transferrable 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. Refereed papers will be double-blind reviewed to meet HERDC CI requirements.  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 FYHE 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.   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 the first year experience;

  • 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.

Please see Int J FYHE Author Guidelines (PDF 546KB) for a full outline on criteria and format requirements for submissions.

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