Journal of Applied Research in Community Colleges. Peer-Reviewed Since 1993

The Journal of applied research in the community college (JARCC) is accepting manuscripts for its Fall 2024 edition.


JARCC Reviewer Responsibilities

The responsibility of reviewers is to evaluate the quality, relevance, and merit of submitted papers using a JARCC rubric and Track Changes on the manuscript. Comments should be as complete and detailed as possible and contain clear opinions about strengths, weaknesses, relevance, and importance to the field. Comments should be specific and constructive; suggestions should be intended to enhance the manuscript. The comments will be shared with the manuscript authors.

Reviewers will make 1 of 4 possible recommendations to the editorial staff of the JARCC. The recommendation options are:

  1. Accept as is
  2. Accept with minor to moderate revisions
  3. Not acceptable in present form, but author should be encouraged to revise and resubmit
  4. Reject

Reviewers’ recommendations are just that, recommendations. The editorial staff of the JARCC makes the final decision about publishing manuscripts.

Editorial Requirements

  • Agree to return manuscripts within 14 days of receiving the manuscript and rubric;
  • Agree not to distribute the manuscript or to disclose information within the manuscript;
  • Agree to be released as a reviewer after two refusals to review, two failures to review, or three late reviews;
  • Agree to be forthright in their relationship to the author(s) of a given manuscript. If a reviewer receives a manuscript from someone they work with (e.g., in the same organization, on the same research project, funded by the same foundation), live with, or receive funding from, we ask that they recuse themselves from reading the manuscript and inform the editor(s) immediately.
  • Conduct between 1-2 reviews per year. In rare cases a reviewer might be asked to review more than 2 manuscripts within a calendar year.

How to Apply

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for JARCC, please send an email to with the following:

  • Email subject: JARCC Reviewer Interest;
  • Your name, email address, name of your institution, department/division, title or position, and professional and research interests;
  • Provide a brief summary outlining previous peer review/editing experience and why you are interested in reviewing for JARCC.
  • The JARCC editors will contact you and seek more detailed information so we can align your professional and research interests with the manuscripts we send to you.