The Mentor invites submissions of research articles, examples of innovative advising programs, summaries of conference presentations, descriptions of exemplary practices in advising, opinion pieces, and other concise forms of writing that contribute to the field of academic advising in higher education. The editors reserve the right to decline any submission that they consider to be inappropriate and to edit submissions to conform to professional standards.
The Mentor welcomes articles from contributors ranging from experienced, widely published professionals to students who are learning and developing their expertise as both academic advisers and authors. Every article offers a unique perspective of the profession and can help to enrich its practice within higher education.
Submissions should complement the purpose of The Mentor, appeal to a broad array of Mentor readers, offer a unique perspective and/or advance the scholarship of academic advising, and reflect a clear focus as well as provide sound conclusions or implications for practice.
Length of Submissions
Due to the nature and philosophy of the journal, articles submitted should be no longer than 2,500 words (excluding references and bibliographies). Exceptions to this guideline will be considered.
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.”
Articles should be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com as an attachment in Rich Text Format (.rtf) or Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx).
If you are including any charts, graphs, images, or other media in your articles, please include them as a separate attachment.
All submissions must include the following identifying information for each author of the article:
- Author’s full name (as it will appear in the published article)
- Position title
- Institutional affiliation
- Work address and phone number
- Email address
- Gender (for the biographical statement, “He/She can be reached at…”)
Statement of Exclusive Publication
All submissions must also include a statement indicating that the submitted article has not been published previously and has not been submitted to another publication for consideration.
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. For an example of a citation in APA style, refer to the Citations and Reprints section.
All questions concerning the submission of articles to the journal should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.