Write for C&U

What's the best way to share your ideas, innovations, and opinions with registrars, admissions officers, and enrollment managers nationwide? Contribute to AACRAO's prestigious College & University (C&U) quarterly journal.

Give your research and experience a voice by writing for the Feature section, or address best practices, how-tos, new technologies, the latest books, and other pertinent topics in The Forum section. With a substantial circulation base, C&U is an excellent vehicle for shaping the profession and gaining recognition.

AACRAO members are especially encouraged to submit articles, but non-members, faculty, graduate students, and members of the corporate sector are also welcome to share their work. Authors will receive copies of the issue in which their article appears, and will be issued an author honorarium.

Upcoming deadlines are: November 1, 2019; February 1, 2020; May 1, 2020; and August 1, 2020

Manuscript Preparation for C&U

Feature Articles (refereed articles)

The editor will acknowledge receipt of manuscripts and will forward them to the Editorial Board for review. The Editorial Board will consider the appropriateness of the article for AACRAO's membership, the usefulness of the information, the nature and logic of the research methodology, clarity, and the style of presentation. This review may take as long as three months, after which the C&U editor will inform the author of the manuscript's acceptance or rejection.

  • Manuscripts for feature articles should be no longer than 4,500 words.
  • All submissions must be sent as an attachment via e-mail.
  • Because the Editorial Board has a blind review policy, the author's name should not appear on any text page. A separate cover sheet should be sent via e-mail and include the title of the manuscript and the author's name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail, if applicable.
  • References should be formatted in author-date style and follow guidelines provided on page 787 of The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, published by the University of Chicago Press. A list of references should appear at the end of the article. Text citations also follow the author-date format; examples may be found on page 796 of the Manual. For more information or for samples, please contact the editor.
  • In addition to being placed in the manuscript, the data for essential tables and charts should also be included in a separate Microsoft Excel (spreadsheet) file.
  • Articles are accepted for publication with the understanding that the editors and Editorial Board reserve the right to edit for clarity and style.
  • Authors whose manuscripts are selected for submission will be asked to submit a short biographical statement and an abstract of their article, both no more than 35 words.
  • Do not submit articles that are under consideration for publication in another periodical.
  • Submit manuscripts, letters, and direct inquiries to:
    Jeffrey von Munkwitz-Smith, Ph.D., C&U Editor-In-Chief
    Email: jvon@aacrao.org
  • C&U offers an honorarium of $300 for each feature article it publishes.

Forum Articles (commentary, analysis, book reviews, international resources)

College & University also welcomes comments on articles, timely issues in higher education, new technologies, and other topics of interest to the journal's readers in the form of commentary, policy analysis, international observations, and book reviews. This is an excellent venue for individuals to share their knowledge and experience, and for companies to share corporate know-how and the latest techniques and technologies.

  • Manuscripts for The Forum should not exceed 2,000 words.
  • Companies submitting articles should not have a sales-oriented focus to the article, but rather, provide a general overview.
  • All other guidelines follow as above.
  • Submit commentary, book reviews, and other non-refereed pieces to:
  • Heather Zimar, C&U Managing Editor
    Email: zimarh@aacrao.org

  • C&U offers an honorarium of $150 for each forum article it publishes.