The Journal of At-Risk Issues Call for Manuscripts

Call for Manuscripts

The Journal of At-Risk Issues (JARI) (ISSN1098-1608) is published by the National Dropout Prevention Center and the National Dropout Prevention Network. The combined missions of the Center and Network are to provide information and services to those engaged in helping young people in at-risk situations. The journal is nationally refereed, currently published twice per year, and abstracted in ERIC.


Manuscripts should be original works not previously published nor concurrently submitted for publication to other journals. Manuscripts should be written clearly and concisely for a diverse audience, especially educational professionals in K-12 and higher education. Topics appropriate for The Journal of At-Risk Issues include, but are not limited to, research and practice, dropout prevention strategies, school restructuring, social and cultural reform, family issues, tracking, youth in at-risk situations, literacy, school violence, alternative education, cooperative learning, learning styles, community involvement in education, and dropout recovery.

Research reports describe original studies that have applied applications. Group designs, single-subject designs, qualitative methods, mixed methods design, and other appropriate strategies are welcome. Review articles provide qualitative and/or quantitative syntheses of published and unpublished research and other information that yields important perspectives about at-risk populations. Such articles should stress applied implications.


Manuscripts should follow the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). Manuscripts should not exceed 25 typed, double-spaced, consecutively numbered pages, including all cited references and illustrative materials. Submitted manuscripts that do not follow APA referencing will be returned to the author without editorial review. Tables should be typed in APA format. Placement of any illustrative materials (tables, charts, figures, graphs, etc.) should be clearly indicated within the main document text. All such illustrative materials should be included in the submitted document, following the reference section. Charts, figures, graphs, etc., should also be sent as separate, clearly labeled jpeg or pdf documents, at least 300 dpi resolution.

Book Reviews

Authors are encouraged to submit appropriate book reviews for publication consideration. Please include the following: an objective review of no more than five, double-spaced pages; full name of the book and author(s); and publisher including city, state, date of publication, ISBN number, and cost.


Submit electronically in Microsoft Word, including an abstract, and send to the editor at for editorial review. Manuscripts should also include a cover page with the following information: the full manuscript title; the author’s full name, title, department, institution or professional affiliation, return mailing address, email address, and telephone number; and the full names of coauthors with their titles, departments, institution or professional affiliations, mailing addresses, and email addresses. Do not include any identifying information in the text pages. All appropriate manuscripts will be submitted to a blind review by three reviewers. Manuscripts may be submitted at any time for review. If accepted, authors will be notified of publication. There is no publication fee.

JARI Quantitative Manuscript Format [Document Download]

JARI Qualitative Manuscript Format [Document Download]

Please submit to the editor of the The Journal of At-Risk Issues:

Dr. Greg Hickman, Editor

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