Editorial Calendar & Submission Guidelines

Advise magazine 2017–18 editorial calendar

Review the topics below and submit your article to advise@nassp.org. You can also view submission guidelines here.


  • Re-energizing a dormant chapter or council, or starting one from scratch. What are the lessons learned?
  • The NASSP Student Leadership Initiative: Global Citizenship—case studies of success
  • Prudential Award Winners: What does their presence in a school do to help boost climate and culture?

Submission deadline: May 15, 2017


  • What’s new with the National Association of Student Councils
  • Character counts-the importance of character development
  • The importance of diversity and inclusion
  • Participation Station—Submit your projects to the National Student Project Database for a chance to be featured!

Submission deadline: June 9, 2017


  • The power of collaboration—How advisers rely on one another for ideas and inspiration
  • Raising Student Voice & Participation program—case studies of success
  • LEAD Conference workshop round-up from 2016-17 presentation year
  • The value of summer college immersion programs to support student academic and career exploration

Submission deadline: August 14, 2017


  • Student activism: How can your council or chapter make student voices heard in local, state, or federal government
  • Student service and classroom performance: How does participation in student council or the National Honor Societies positively correlate with academic performance?
  • Making the most of a poorly funded council or chapter

Submission deadline: October 13, 2017


  • Technology and You-3-D printing, robotics. How can your chapter or council leverage new technologies?
  • Adviser of the Year best practices. “Tricks of the trade” from past adviser of the year winners.
  • Personalizing your meetings and activities to make them engaging
  • Participation Station—Submit your projects to the National Student Project Database for a chance to be featured!

Submission deadline: December 13, 2017

JUNE 2018

  • Providing feedback: Have you provided your students with enough feedback to promote academic, personal, and professional growth?
  • Newcomers: How can student leaders help welcome those who have emigrated from a foreign country?
  • Rethinking college: How can advisers prepare students for other avenues or nontraditional routes?

Submission deadline: February 13, 2018

Article Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should explore one of the themes or other topics of professional interest to National Student Council advisers, National Junior Honor Society advisers, and National Honor Society advisers. Manuscripts are reviewed by the Advise editorial team and are evaluated based on their relevance, interest to advisers, timeliness, originality, readability, and credibility. Advise seeks articles that:

  • Describe best practices and exemplary programs objectively and include evidence of success, as well as a discussion of barriers or problems.
  • Address replicability and provide details about planning and process.
  • Include research as appropriate and necessary.
  • Explain how advisers can act on the information.
  • Include tips, advice, resources, and examples for sidebars.
  • Offer opinions on some topic of professional interest to advisers.

Manuscripts should be no more than 2,000 words, but may include additional supplemental material. Successful manuscripts are written in a tone and style appropriate to a magazine; are well-organized; clearly establish the purpose of the article; use specific examples-it is best to show, not tell; summarize relevant research succinctly; and adhere to the rules of grammar.

How to Submit
Please send your manuscript to advise@nassp.org and include:

  • The manuscript prepared in MS Word.
  • A cover letter that indicates your intention to submit the manuscript to Advise magazine and stipulates whether the manuscript has been submitted elsewhere.
  • Contact information for each author: affiliation and title, mailing address, telephone number, and email address.
  • A two-sentence author identification for publication. The first sentence should include a current title, affiliation, and email address; the second sentence should highlight key accomplishments or reinforce your authority in discussing the topic.

Important Considerations

If you’d like to send photos to accompany your article, please attach the JPEG files to an email and send them to advise@nassp.org. (Photos should be at least 4″x6″ at 300 dpi or better.) Include a photo credit and a brief caption that identifies the school and the context. NASSP does not identify individual students and does not require release forms. If no photos are available, NASSP will select file or stock art to enhance the article.

If you use an extended quotation (including charts, graphs, and tables) from another publication, you must obtain written permission from that publisher before submitting the manuscript to Advise. This permission must accompany the manuscript and be properly credited.

As publisher, NASSP protects its rights and those of its authors from copyright infringement. An author who requests permission to republish his or her submission generally receives it, with the understanding that the author will cite NASSP as the original publisher. Each author is responsible for the accuracy of references, quotations, tables, and photo releases and should inform NASSP if the article has been published elsewhere. In accepting a manuscript, we ask the author to sign a statement that:

  • The submission is original.
  • NASSP has permission to edit, publish, and copyright the submission.
  • NASSP may republish the submission or any part of it in any future publication.
  • NASSP may grant the right to reprint the submission in whole or in part.

The Process

  • Within a few days, you’ll receive an email acknowledging receipt of the manuscript.
  • Within 8 to 10 weeks, you will receive a letter of decision. If a manuscript is accepted, it may be months before a publication date is assigned.
  • If the article is accepted, you will receive an Intellectual Property Transfer to sign. (See previous section for a discussion of copyright.)
  • Editors will be in occasional contact with you to discuss revisions.

If you have questions, please contact:
Ashley Reid, Senior Managing Editor