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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • If applicable, the author(s) confirm that their study received, or was exempted from, ethical approval from an Institutional Review Board or equivalent body and that they have stated this explicitly in the manuscript.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • DOIs for all references have been provided in the bibliographic citations using the following format:
  • All identifying information about authors, institutions/organizations, or programs have been removed except for the first page of the submission. References to author names are substituted with "Author" in text and in the reference list. References to institutions, organizations, and programs are replaced with generic pseudonyms.
  • All Authors' names, bios, and basic info have been listed as contributors in the submission form in the order in which their names should appear upon publication. Please note that Frontiers reserves the right to decline submissions that fail to properly include all information about all authors at the time of submission. Manuscripts can be resubmitted with proper information, but this will delay the peer review process.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Submission file includes page numbers.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses 12-point Times New Roman font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on international higher education, Frontiers manuscript review times are currently operating on a slight delay. Authors are asked to be patient and to limit their email inquiries so that the Editorial Staff can focus on getting manuscripts through the review process as quickly as possible. Logging back into the journal website is the fastest and most informative way to check on manuscript status. Editors will only reply to inquiries from the person identified as the corresponding author for any submission.
  • Please note that we actively encourage authors to suggest 2-4 potential reviewers. Authors are welcome to suggest reviewers that the former believe have the expertise and interest in reviewing their manuscript. Authors wishing to suggest reviewers should ensure including in the first page of their manuscript the suggested reviewers' names, institutional affiliations, and email addresses. Suggested reviewers must not have any conflict of interest with any of the authors of the submission, nor have any past or present relationship with any of the authors that would impede their ability to provide an objective and unbiased review. Suggestions and requests are considered sympathetically and usually honored. However, the Editors always reserve the right to choose appropriate reviewers for a submitted manuscript.

Author Guidelines

NOTICE: Frontiers will return without review any manuscript submissions that do not strictly comply with the formatting instructions below. Identifying information about authors, institutions, organizations, or programs should ONLY appear on the first, title page of the document. Other identifying references should be removed prior to submission.

Content: Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad accepts manuscripts on topics that relate to its mission. Any manuscripts received that do not relate to the mission will not be forwarded to external reviewers.

In order to be published in Frontiers a manuscript should:

  • Present fresh research or thoughts;
  • Provide strong evidence to support its conclusions;
  • Be important to professionals in the field of education abroad;
  • Be of interest to educators and researchers in related disciplines.

Accepted manuscripts generally represent significant contributions that serve to advance the thinking in the field.

Length: Articles should typically be between 5,000 – 10,000 words in length exclusive of references, (approx. 25-30 double-spaced pages). Exceptions may be considered; however, manuscripts longer than 10,000 words should clearly warrant the additional space.

Title, Abstract, and Key Words: All submitted manuscripts must include a title, an abstract of no greater than 150 words, and a list of up to five key terms than can be used by readers/researchers to find the published material. This information should be included in the online submission form, as well as appear on the first page of the submitted document. Upon acceptance, authors will be invited to submitted a translation of the abstract into a second language of their choice for publication.

Author information: All submitted manuscripts must include the first and last names, institutional/organizational affiliations, and short (75-word) biographies for all authors. Contact information, especially an email address, must be provided for at least the first or corresponding author as identified. This information should be included in the online submission form. Title, abstract, keywords and corresponding author name and email should be included on the first page of the uploaded document only. There should be no identifying information related to the author(s) or institution(s) involved in the research included in the body of the manuscript.

Authorial voice: We welcome manuscripts written with various authorial identities and narrative practices, e.g., using third- vs. first-person or passive vs. active voice, and visibilizing the author and, if applicable, their research participants and subjects in the text of manuscripts. Authors are advised to be both intentional in establishing their authorial identity and consistent in applying their narrative practices. For more information, please click here to access Frontiers' policy on voice.

Copyright: All submitted manuscripts must be original and it may not have been published elsewhere. All accepted manuscripts are published online under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. Authors retain the copyright to their work. Users may read, copy and distribute the work in any medium or format for non-commercial purposes, provided the authors and the journal are appropriately credited. The users are not allowed to remix, transform or build upon the published material.

Format: Manuscripts must be submitted in editable Word (or compatible) files. Authors are responsible for ensuring that their manuscript meets all requirements. A submission template is available here to assist with formatting and manuscript preparation. If editorial staff must make corrections to formatting or convert files, the review and publication process will be delayed.

  • Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt.; Title should appear in bold, Headings in italics. Use numbering system (2, 2.1, 2.2.3) to indicate heading levels.*
  • Spacing: Double-spaced
  • Margins: 1 inch on all sides
  • Page numbers: Centered in the bottom margin 

*Please DO type your entire manuscript in “Normal” style. DO NOT use style sheets or other advanced formatting options.


  • include running titles
  • include headers or footers.

Style: All citations must be in APA style. The work cited list must include DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) for all digital content for which they are available. Please check your manuscript, including references, for correct APA style and completeness (a quick and useful reference guide is available here).

Tables, figures, and illustrations: All tables, figures, illustrations, etc., should be included within the same document as the text of the manuscript. Tables and figures should be provided in editable formats (i.e., do not “paste as image”). Images should be JPG or GIF files. Please label all tables, figures, and illustrations and include them within the manuscript at the approximate location where each such material should be placed. DO NOT upload tables, figures and illustrations as separate files.

Suggesting reviewers: Please note that we actively encourage authors to suggest 2-4 potential reviewers. Authors are welcome to suggest reviewers that the former believe have the expertise and interest in reviewing their manuscript. Authors wishing to suggest reviewers should ensure including in the first page of their manuscript the suggested reviewers' names, institutional affiliations, and email addresses. Suggested reviewers must not have any conflict of interest with any of the authors of the submission, nor have any past or present relationship with any of the authors that would impede their ability to provide an objective and unbiased review. Suggestions and requests are considered sympathetically and usually honored. However, the Editors always reserve the right to choose appropriate reviewers for a submitted manuscript.

Review time: Every effort is made to have articles reviewed as quickly as possible. Articles are evaluated by at least one, but usually two or more, reviewers.

Selection process: The articles that appear in Frontiers are selected by its editors in consultation with external reviewers using a double-blind peer review process. Manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis and assigned to a volume upon acceptance. Beginning in 2021, articles are published online as soon as they have been copyedited and formatted for publication. Once a volume is filled, manuscripts may be reserved for the next volume. Frontiers publishes two (2) volumes each year in April and November.

Book Reviews: Submitted book reviews should follow the same formatting guidelines provided above. More information on the Book Review proposal and selection process is available here.

Special Issues: Frontiers publishes occasional thematic volumes, special issues, monographs, or special sections within issues. Proposals for such content should be directed to the Editor at:

After ensuring that your manuscript adheres to these guidelines, please submit it for consideration by logging into our journal management system and clicking on "New Submission."

Last updated: August 23, 2022

Special Section on International Education at HBCUs

Guest Editors: Asabe Poloma, Brown University; Dafina Diabate, University of Delaware; Andre P. Stevenson, Elizabeth City State University

>> View the Call for Articles

Special Section: Assessment and Evaluation in Community College/Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Education Abroad

Only authors who have previously submitted a proposal to the Guest Editors and been invited to submit full-length articles to this special section should submit under this category.

Special Issue on Intercultural Development in Teacher Education

Guest Editors Adriana Medina & Allison Spenader

Initial proposals in the form of 150 word abstracts should be submitted to this category. Selected proposals will be invited to submit a full article at a later date.


Deadline for proposals October 1
Guest Eds. invite full-length articles By October 10
Deadline to submit full-length Articles December 1
Editors send out to peer reviewers December 8
Deadline for peer reviewers January 5
Editorial action: Accept, R&R, Reject January 26
Deadline for R&R March 26
Editorial action: Accept, minor revisions, reject April 15
Final versions of articles and Guest Ed. introduction due to Frontiers May 1
Layout, final review of proofs, Throughout May
Summer Special Issue June

Special Issue on U.S. Education Abroad: The View from Europe

Read the full CFP.

Deadline to submit 500-1000 word proposal is January 31st, 2024.

Guest Editors

  • Stephen Robinson, PhD, Champlain College, Dublin Campus
  • Kelly Bohan, MA, Brown University, Paris Campus
  • Julia Carnine, PhD, Dickinson College and University of Toulouse

Privacy Statement

Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad (“Frontiers”) collects a variety of data about individuals in service to our mission to communicate the latest research on education abroad within a multi-disciplinary forum to reflect on critical issues and concerns for academics and professional practitioners. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact us at

This policy covers the following:

  1. How is information collected by Frontiers stored and secured?
  2. What information does Frontiers collect?
  3. How does Frontiers use and share your information?
  4. How can you access and control your personal information?
  5. How long is information stored?
  6. Other important information

 1. How is information collected by Frontiers stored and secured?

Frontiers is an online, open-access, academic journal managed and published by The Forum on Education Abroad (“The Forum”). As such, we implement technology and policies in line with those outlined in The Forum’s Privacy Policy.

The Forum on Education Abroad is a non-profit membership association based in the U.S. that engages in activities worldwide. In the course of normal business, Forum staff, affiliates, or contractors (including those working with Frontiers) may access, store, or process personal data you submit to us in countries that do not afford a level of data protection equivalent to the EU. By submitting personal data to us you agree to the export of your data to such countries.

2. What information does Frontiers collect?

Frontiers collects a variety of data about individuals in order to consider manuscripts for publication and to provide you with services and information. Under applicable law, The Forum is considered the “data controller” of the personal data we collect pursuant to this Privacy Policy.

When submitting an article, essay, or book review for consideration, authors are asked to provide name, professional affiliation, and contact information for themselves and any co-authors along with the manuscript to be reviewed. Corresponding authors are asked to inform any listed co-authors of this Privacy Policy and obtain their consent before submitting their personal information to Frontiers.

Individuals volunteering to serve Frontiers in some capacity, (e.g., Editorial Board members, guest editors, and peer reviewers) are asked to indicate their availability for these opportunitijes via our website. In addition to contact information, other information may be solicited depending on the nature of the volunteer service. This may include professional qualifications or references. Data submitted here is stored on our server. Access is limited to Frontiers' editorial staff only via password authentication.

Individuals provide their name and email address in order to subscribe to our mailing list. This mailing list is managed through our third-party service provider, MailChimp, and is subject to that organization’s privacy policies and procedures. Individuals can remove themselves from the list at any time by click “Unsubscribe” at the end of any email received.

Conference Presentations
When proposing content for presentation on a Frontiers-organized panel, e.g., for The Forum’s Annual Conference, individuals disclose limited personal information (name, contact information, brief biographies) along with their proposal. Data submitted here is stored on our server. Access is limited to Frontiers' editorial staff only via password authentication.

Information collected when participants register for The Forum’s conference is subject to The Forum’s Privacy Policy.

Financial Information
Purchases of Frontiers publications are processed through The Forum on Education Abroad’s website and subject to the conditions of their Privacy Policy.

Public Website
Our website uses cookies to help us to improve your user experience. Some of the cookies we use are session cookies which last only until you close your browser; others are persistent cookies which are stored on your computer.

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, you can choose to reject or block the cookies set by The Forum or the websites of any of our third-party suppliers by changing your browser settings. Note that most browsers automatically accept cookies, so if you do not wish cookies to be used, you may need to actively delete or block the cookies.

Some of the functions within our website link to third-party suppliers, for example, when you visit a page with videos embedded from or links to Vimeo. These videos or links (and any other content from third party suppliers) may contain third party cookies. You can consult the policies of these third-party websites for information regarding their use of cookies.

3. How does Frontiers use and share your information?

Frontiers will follow the terms of this privacy policy. Your personally identifiable information will not be disclosed without your permission unless we are legally entitled or required to do so. We do not sell information to third parties.

We send regular communications to inform you of new publications and other events and opportunities organized by Frontiers, as well as occasional other communications related to publications or opportunities sponsored by The Forum. You can opt in to communications using the subscription options on various volunteer and subscription forms. You can opt out of communications by clicking “Unsubscribe” at the end of any message.

Peer Review
Manuscript selection for research article and essay submissions received for regular issues of Frontiers is completed via a double-blind peer review process. Volunteer peer reviewers do not receive personally identifiable information, except when individuals submitting manuscripts for consideration include potentially identifiable information in the text of their manuscript.

Book reviews and submissions to special issues undergo an open review process. All information received about the author(s) submitting these types of manuscripts will be transmitted to the identified book review or guest editors via email in order to complete the review and revision process.

When a manuscript is accepted for publication, the author(s)’s contact information is transmitted via email to Frontiers’ copy editor (a third-party service provider) so that the individual can be in touch with the authors regarding necessary edits for publication. The corresponding author is notified of the identity of this individual prior to contact. The copy editor is requested not to use the contact information provided for any other purposes, and to delete all records after the assigned work is completed.

Author names, professional affiliations, and occasionally biographies are included in the digital publication of accepted manuscripts on our website, and occasionally featured in other promotional materials, e.g. subscriber newsletters and social media under the direction of Frontiers and The Forum.

Once a manuscript is published on our website, we are unable to delete or anonymize personally identifiable information related to that manuscript.

Volunteer Recruitment and Recognition
Frontiers may use contact information to recruit volunteers or request assistance from professionals in the field. Those individuals always have the right to decline to serve, and to request not to receive future requests.

Individuals serving as volunteers, including Editorial Board members and peer reviewers, are recognized on our website by name and institutional affiliation.


Frontiers may share your information in any other manner to which you consent.

Legal Bases for Using Your Information
The laws in some jurisdictions, e.g., the European Union (EU), require us to tell you about the legal ground we rely on to use, process, or disclose your information.  Where those laws apply, our legal grounds are as follows:

  • To perform our obligations under a contract with you: For example, to comply with the terms of service of our website, which you accept by browsing and using the website, or when you submit an article for consideration by Frontiers;
  • Consent: Where required by law and in some other cases, we collect and use your information on the basis of your implied or express consent.
  • To further our or our partners’ legitimate interests: For example, to provide security for the website, operate the website, comply with legal requirements, and prevent fraud.

4. How can you access and control your personal information?

You may request to view, update, or delete any of your personal information (except for published manuscripts) at any time by emailing your request to

Your Rights
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires that we explicitly inform you of your rights regarding the data we collect and process from you.

You have the right to do the following:

  • Withdraw your consent at any time. You have the right to withdraw consent where you have previously consented to the processing of your personal information.
  • Object to processing of your data. You have the right to object to the processing of your information if the processing is carried out on a legal basis other than consent.
  • Access your data. You have the right to learn if your information is being processed by us, obtain disclosure regarding certain aspects of the processing, and obtain a copy of the information we have retained.
  • Verify and seek rectification. You have the right to verify the accuracy of your data and ask for it to be updated or corrected.
  • Restrict the processing of your data. You have the right, under certain circumstances, to restrict the processing of your personal information. In this case, we will not process your data for any purpose other than storing it.
  • Have your data deleted or otherwise removed. You have the right, under certain circumstances, to obtain the erasure of your data by The Forum.
  • Receive your data and have it transferred to another controller. You have the right to receive your data in a structured, commonly used, and machine readable format and, if technically feasible, to have it transmitted to another controller without any hindrance.
  • Lodge a complaint. You have the right to bring a claim before the competent data protection authority.

Any requests to exercise these rights can be directed to Frontiers through the contact details provided at the end this document. These requests can be exercised free of charge and will be addressed by Frontiers staff as early as possible and always within one month of receiving the request.

5. How long is information stored?

Frontiers’ policy is to keep data for as long as necessary to fulfill the originally intended purpose. Where practicable, collected data is anonymized for long-term storage and the original identifying information is destroyed.

6. Other important information

Changes to Privacy Policy
This privacy policy may change from time to time. Any substantial amendments to this privacy policy and the way in which your personal information is used will be updated on this page. We will also do our best to notify you of any significant changes. Check our privacy policy on a regular basis.

Effective Date
This policy is effective beginning September 12, 2018. Last updated: June 23, 2021.