About the Journal

The Journal of Integrated Studies (JIS) is Athabasca University's online, peer-reviewed graduate student publication focused on topics in integrated, interdisciplinary, or transdisciplinary fields.

The journal is run by AU graduate student volunteers and provides a publishing opportunity for graduate students from all over the world.


Focus and Scope

The JIS publishes articles, reviews, and creative works, including, but not limited to, poetry, memoir and integrative pieces in multi-media formats. Published works draw upon the insights of multiple disciplines to explore the following topics: adult education; Canadian studies; community studies; cultural studies; educational studies; equity studies; global change; historical studies; information studies; literary studies; work, organization, and leadership; and independent approaches that are related to these topics or that explore the notion of integrated studies.


Peer Review Process

All work submitted to the JIS will be reviewed by at least one member of the student-run editorial board and blind reviewed by two peer reviewers. Works are generally reviewed and processed within 12 weeks of their submission date. Students from the MAIS, MDE, and HERM programs will be invited to act as reviewers and must have appropriate skills.


Publication Frequency

The JIS publishes one to two issues per year and welcomes submissions at any time of the year. There are no set deadlines; please email us if you have questions about a submission.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Journal History

The journal celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2020 and produced a special issue that talks about the way we produce the journal.

The JIS began in 2010 when former MAIS director Dr. Mike Gismondi and colleague Dr. Derek Briton suggested that a graduate journal be started to give MAIS students an opportunity to learn both sides of the peer-review publishing process. Dr. Reinekke Lengelle was invited to start the journal and she has been faculty coordinator of the journal ever since.

The JIS underwent a change in numbering issues after the publication of Volume 1, No. 3 in 2012, when we decided to change volume numbers each year and to change the issue numbers with each new issue per year. In 2013 Volume 4, issue number 1 was released. In 2014 we subsequently published 5(1), and 5(2). We have elected to leave the early publications, 1(1), 1(2), and 1(3), as-is to ensure that anything being referenced from those issues remains accurate and easily accessible.


Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.