Professional Files

About Professional Files

Professional Files are published by AIR as a member benefit. Articles published in biannual Professional File volumes are journal-length publications grounded in relevant literature that synthesize current issues, present new processes or models, or share practical applications related to institutional research. They differ from articles published in traditional academic journals in that they address fundamental aspects of institutional research work and are less focused on theory and theoretical perspectives. Recent issues are available to members in the eLibrary; older issues are available to all users (members and non-members) in the archive.


Instructions for Authors

Authors are encouraged to submit journal-length publications (approximately 5,000-10,000 words, including figures, tables, and references) for consideration. All submissions undergo a blind peer-review process led by the Volunteer Coordinating Editor, Sharron Ronco. Authors may find the rubric used in the peer review process to be a helpful guide. Submissions may be emailed to in the form of Word documents; please include contact information for all authors.