Submission Guidelines

NOTICE: Effective February 1, 2019, 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.

After ensuring that your manuscript adheres to these guidelines, please submit it for consideration using our online form.

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.

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, as well as appear on the first page of the submitted document. There should be no identifying information related to the author(s) or institution(s) involved in the research.

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. 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.*
  • Spacing: Double-spaced
  • Margins: 1 inch on all sides

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


  • include running titles
  • include page numbers
  • include headers or footers.

Style: All citations must be in APA or MLA 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 or MLA style and completeness.

Tables, figures, and illustrations: All tables, figures, illustrations, etc., should be included in a single document along with 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 at the end of the document in which the manuscript appears. In the text of the manuscript, identify the approximate location where each such material should be placed. DO NOT upload tables, figures and illustrations as separate files.

Suggesting reviewers: When submitting a manuscript, authors may suggest reviewers. They may also request the exclusion of one or two individuals from the review process. Suggested reviewers should 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 reserve the right to choose appropriate reviewers for a submitted manuscript, and ultimately, their decision on the choice of referees is final.

Review time: Every effort is made to have articles reviewed as quickly as possible. Articles are all evaluated by at least one, but usually two or more, independent external 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. Once a volume is filled, manuscripts may be reserved for the next volume. Frontiers publishes two (2) volumes each year, Spring (April) and Fall (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 (such as Volume XX: Study Abroad and the City published with the generous support of IFSA-Butler), or monographs (e.g., the two-volume History of Study Abroad). Proposals for such volumes should be directed to the Editors at:

After ensuring that your manuscript adheres to these guidelines, please submit it for consideration using our online form.
Last updated: January 25, 2019