From the Editor

In this section the editors comment on the NACADA Journal, speculate about research, theory, or practice in the advising profession, present NACADA research findings, or invite commentaries or 'think pieces' from guest editors.

To the Editor

Letters to the Editor are an opportunity for members to submit a brief report of a study or to offer opinions on topics published in the Journal or related to academic advising in general.


Articles address the research, theory, or practice of academic advising. Research articles use one of the standard quantitative or qualitative research approaches such as descriptive, experimental, historical, or ethnographical. Theory articles tend to explain how something works by describing a theoretical framework, construct, paradigm, analogy, or story. Practice articles discuss a specific institutional practice or issue that can be generalized to academic advising at other institutions. Practice articles should relate to a body of research literature, demonstrate a theory in action, and/or contain an evaluation/assessment component. Articles solely based upon literature reviews are not accepted. All articles include keywords.

Book Reviews

NACADA members review recent books in fields related to academic advising. Reviews provide brief content synopses, address implications for practice, and highlight how the book can increase advisors' knowledge and skills. NACADA members may request to review a book every two years. Books available for review and suggestions for writing reviews  are available on this site. When the Journal Editors determine that a book may make a significant contribution to the field of academic advising, the Editors feature invited reviews of the book. In these cases, Editors select reviewers who can bring a variety of perspectives to the examination of the featured book.

Upon acceptance, NACADA Journal Book Reviews will be posted on the Journal's Web site and referenced in the next Journal issue. Thus NACADA members will be able to have timely access to colleague's reviews of new books in the field.