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IUScholarWorks Welcomes the Indiana University Journal of Black Student Experience

The Indiana University Libraries, Scholarly Communication Department is excited to announce the creation of a new interdisciplinary journal for Black graduate students, the Indiana University Journal of Black Student Experience

Logo for Indiana University Journal of Black Student Experience.

The IUJBSE is a creative and scholarly publishing outlet for graduate students from all disciplines to highlight their scholarship regarding Black students and their experiences within higher education contexts. This peer-reviewed journal is published annually with various opportunities for submissions, and will be openly available. Empirical research (qualitative and quantitative), personal narratives, poems, conceptual/theoretical pieces, literature reviews, visual art, photography, dramatic scripts, and monologues are welcome. The journal is currently looking for editors, a content manager, a public relations manager, visual design manager, proofreaders, and peer reviewers.

If you are interested in any of these positions or would like to get involved with the journal, please complete the interest survey provided here.

The IUJBSE managing editor, Da’Ja’Nay Askew, holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Social Work from Defiance College and a Master’s in Higher Education from Purdue University. She is a Higher Education Ph.D. student at Indiana University. Her research interests are in community-university partnerships through a Critical Theory perspective and using narratives to depict Black Joy. Ms. Askew values social justice, equality, and equity as she is on her way to becoming a strong change agent and celebrity scholar.

The IUJBSE will be published through the IU Libraries’ Open Access Publishing program on the Open Journal System (OJS) platform. The Open Access Publishing program hosts over 50 journals and offers training and support for editorial teams. Through the OJS platform, the program provides benefits like DOI generation, Google indexing, content usage statistics, and permanent archival preservation.

Once the IUJBSE editorial team has been established in Spring 2023, we expect to formally launch the journal and begin accepting submissions. Our goal is for the IUJBSE to become a valuable resource for graduate students who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of academic publishing. For students, experience in research and academic publishing, whether as a journal team member or as a contributor, can be a tremendous advantage in pursuing their career goals. Please feel free to contact Da’Ja’ Askew at or Matt Vaughn, the Open Publishing Librarian, at with any questions.

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