NACA® The Journal of Campus Activities Practice & Scholarship - Instructions for Authors


The Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship (JCAPS) is a social science peer-reviewed journal.  It focuses on publishing rigorous, relevant, and respected scholarship related to postsecondary education co-curricular campus activities, and translating such scholarship to practice.  It especially encourages submissions from practitioners throughout higher education.

 Typical submissions to the journal cover topics such as:

  • Student and leadership development within campus activities
  • Programming within a diverse and multicultural campus
  • Advising students and their organizations
  • Campus programming, governance, and/or funding boards
  • Assessing the effects of student involvement in campus activities
  • Navigating political and legal issues in working with students
  • Professional development for staff and faculty who work with students


JCAPS serves as the journal for the National Association for Campus Activities.  It is a blind peer-reviewed journal publishing high quality, original scholarship focused on the research and practice of postsecondary co-curricular campus activities.  While a primary focus is on empirical research related to campus activities, we especially encourage manuscripts that focus on connecting the scholarship of campus activities with its practice.  We also encourage submissions from new and emerging scholars engaged in campus activities and the broader field of student affairs and higher education.  Please see the JCAPS Aim and Scope and Types of Manuscripts for more information.


JCAPS is committed to peer review and upholding the highest standards of review for its published scholarship.  Once your manuscript has been assessed for suitability by one of the JCAPS editors, it will be blind-reviewed by independent, anonymous expert referees.


When submitting, please follow Association of Psychological Association 6th Edition style guidelines unless explicitly directed to use another style.  Please use Times New Roman font, 12 point, double-spaced, using 2.5cm or 1in margins.  Please include manuscript title, abstract of no more than 150 words, and any appropriate tables, figures, and references within the manuscript body.


  • Author detail page.  Please include full manuscript title and all author full names and institutional affiliations in the order you wish for them to be referenced.  Include all relevant contact information for the primary/corresponding author.  Please also include a brief biographical note for each author (up to 100 words per author).  Where available, please also include ORCiDs and, if desired, social media handles (Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.). 
  • Title and Abstract page.  Abstract should be no more than 150 words. Please include up to 6 keywords after your abstract. 
  • Manuscript body.  This should include all relevant tables, figures, and reference information embedded in appropriate locations within the manuscript.


  • Empirical Research: Submissions overall should be no longer than 7,000 words, not including references, but including all tables, figures, and abstract. Please do not include appendices. 
  • Media/Resource Review: Review submissions should be no longer than 3,500 words, including references.
  • Scholarship-to-Practice Brief: Scholarship-to-Practice briefs should be no longer than 3,500 words, including references.
  • Focus on Emerging Scholars:. Submissions should be no longer than 3,500 words for Empirical Research articles (not including references), and no longer than 2,000 words for Media/Resource Reviews or Scholarship-to-Practice Briefs (including references).

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There are no submission, page, or acceptance charges for JCAPS.


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