Submitting Articles

All articles are subject to peer review and the editors will make a final decision to publish.  In the peer review process, both author and reviewer will be anonymous.  Please remove any author names or identifying details in main manuscript files.

Authors may email submissions to

Complete submissions should include:

  1. A cover letter with the following information about the author:
    • Author’s full name (as it will appear in the published article)
    • Position title
    • Institutional affiliation
    • Work address and phone number
    • Email address
    • Pronouns (for the biographical statement, “He/She can be reached at…”)

    The cover letter should also include a statement indicating that the submitted article has not been published previously and has not been submitted to another publication for consideration.

  2. A manuscript in which any identifying information (e.g. name or institutional affiliation) has been edited out.
  3. If you are including any charts, graphs, images, or other media in your articles, please include them as a separate attachment.

All components of the submission should be in Rich Text Format (.rtf) or Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx).

Style Considerations

The following guidelines should be considered regarding style:

  • Authors may choose the style of writing and formatting appropriate to their topic. Any citations, references, or bibliographies, however, must be formatted according to the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Other helpful resources are the Chicago Manual of Style, Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, and the Penn State Editorial Style Manual.
  • Avoid the use of the word “advisement” unless it’s part of an official program or office or is being used in a direct quote; the term “advising” is preferred.
  • The words “freshman” and “freshmen” should be replaced with “first-year student” and “first-year students”, unless those terms are part of the name of an official program or office or are being used in a direct quote.
  • Penn State style indicates that the word “adviser” should be spelled with an “e” and not with an “o.”


A Mentor editor will acknowledge receipt of each article within two to three weeks of submission. The editorial review process that follows normally takes several months, after which time the author receives e-mail notification of the final decision regarding publication.


An article accepted for publication typically appears in the journal six to nine months from the date of acceptance.


The rights to all original articles written specifically for and published in The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal become the property of the journal. Authors of articles published first in The Mentor automatically retain the right to reprint their own articles, either whole or in part, without prior permission from the journal, as long as the appropriate attribution is given to The Mentor.

The rights to any articles that were originally published in other sources but later reprinted in The Mentor remain with the author(s) or source(s) of those articles.


Articles appearing in this journal may be cited in other publications using the format that is appropriate for or required by those publications.


All questions concerning the submission of articles to the journal should be sent to


     ISSN: 1521-2211