NACADA Journal

The NACADA Journal was founded in 1981. It is the the biannual (published in June and December each year) refereed journal sponsored by NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. The NACADA Journal exists to advance scholarly discourse about the research, theory and practice of academic advising in higher education. The NACADA definition of research (NACADA Task Force on Infusion of Research, 2008) views research as “scholarly inquiry into all aspects of the advising interaction, the role of advising in higher education, and the effects that advising can have on students.”  This is, in part, based on Boyer’s (1990) four elements of scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and teaching.  Research, theory, and practice are therefore three very different enterprises.

Use the links listed on the left to access information about the JournalFind out how to publish a manuscript by clicking "Publication Guidelines" to the left.  Access previously published articles and journal issues at

Learn about all NACADA-sponsored writing venues at Writing for NACADA



Download the NACADA Journal Mobile App

Access NACADA Journal article from your mobile device.

Easy Set Up and Access 

  1. On your mobile device (any iOS, Android, or BlackBerry device), open your browser (iOS users should be in Safari).
  2. Go to NACADA and log in as a member
  3. Click through to Journal Access 
  4. If you are on a tablet with a larger screen, you may be taken initially to the traditional online site, but you will see a “View Mobile Site” button at the top of the screen. Click that button.
  5. Add the icon to your mobile device:
     iOS users:
  1. You will see a quick message to 'Install NACADA on your ...'. 
  2. Click on the bookmark arrow icon, then choose the option to 'Add to Home Screen 
  3. If you miss this message, you can click the bookmark arrow at the bottom of the screen at any point and can choose the 'add to Home Screen' option.
    Android users: 
  1. You will see a message to 'Install NACADA on your device', choose to save to your bookmarks. 
  2. To turn this bookmark into an icon on your phone, navigate away from the page and go to your bookmarks page (in your browser), press and hold the NACADA bookmark, and select the option to 'add to home'. 
  3. If you miss the message the first time, you can add the page to your bookmarks and follow the above step above to save the bookmarked page to your home screen. 

Reading Content

  1. You will begin at the home page. You can return here at anytime by click the home icon. 
  2. Go into the Journals link, click the Select button, click on the NACADA Journal and a checkmark will appear, click done
  3. Click on the NACADA Journal
  4. Navigate to the content you are interested in
  5. The content has been collapsed for easy navigation, click on the plus signs to expand it for reading 

Tips and Tricks

  • You can make the text size bigger for the entire application from the settings menu (the gear)
  • The magnifying glass is a search