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Higher Education Journals: Community College Journal of Research and Practice

Community College Journal of Research and Practice---Taylor & Francis---Article Limit: 30-35 pages


The only two-year college journal that is international in scope and purpose, Community College Journal of Research and Practice is published twelve times per year. The journal is a multidisciplinary forum for researchers and practitioners in higher education and the behavioral and social sciences. It promotes an increased awareness of community college issues by providing an exchange of ideas, research, and empirically tested educational innovations.

The readership of the Community College Journal of Research and Practice  includes higher education leaders, faculty, administrators, counselors, trustees, policy makers, behavioral and social scientists, and researchers studying higher education with an emphasis on the role community colleges play locally, nationally, and internationally.

Submission Guidelines:

Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to us. These instructions will ensure we have everything required so your paper can move through peer review, production and publication smoothly. Please take the time to read and follow them as closely as possible, as doing so will ensure your paper matches the journal's requirements. For general guidance on the publication process at Taylor & Francis please visit our Author Services website

This journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts (previously Manuscript Central) to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the guide for ScholarOne authors before making a submission. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below. 

Please note that the  Community College Journal of Research and Practice uses Crossref Similarity Check™ software to screen papers for unoriginal material. By submitting your paper to the Community College Journal of Research and Practice you are agreeing to any necessary originality checks your paper may have to undergo during the peer review and production processes. 

The Community College Journal of Research and Practice publishes and disseminates papers which report original research and scholarship. Manuscripts are accepted in two formats - full length (Scholarly and Research) and shorter length (Exchange). Scholarly and research full-length manuscripts should be concise yet sufficiently detailed to permit a critical peer review. Manuscripts are generally not more than 30-35 pages in length, including references, tables, and figures. Full-length papers should contain an abstract, which should not exceed 250 words. Research manuscripts should conclude with a section on implications for practice stating what the implications of the research findings are to practitioners in the field and including any recommendations for change indicated by the research results. Scholarly papers should also address implications for practice and, where appropriate, future research and policy.

Thought provoking and scholarly short-length manuscripts with a focus on research and practical applications should be succinct, but also able to meet the test of external peer review. Manuscripts should not exceed five pages total and should include a brief abstract, description of the research or project, implications for practice and/or policy and research, and author reach information. This section, Exchange, features practical and thought provoking scholarship and research that serves as a catalyst for conversation and advances knowledge and understanding in the field of community college education. 

Submission of Manuscripts

Community College Journal of Research and Practice receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts site located at: ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, as well as facilitating the review process and internal communication between authors, editors, and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne Manuscripts technical support can be accessed via If you have any other requests please contact the journal's editorial office at  

Figures, tables, references, and writing must conform to the specifications described in the latest version of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (currently the 6th edition, 2009). All parts of the manuscript must be typewritten in 12-point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with one inch margins on all sides and submitted in Microsoft Word. Manuscripts should be consecutively numbered throughout the paper on the upper right hand corner with a running header (shorter title) on the upper left hand corner. Other than the title page, author(s) names should not be included on manuscripts. Exchange manuscripts should include the name, title, mailing address, email address and phone numbers of the person to contact for additional information at the bottom of the last page (information that will be deleted prior to peer review). Any manuscripts that do not adhere to these style requirements will be returned for revision. All papers submitted to CCJRP that include research involving human subjects (participants) must include a statement in the methodology section indicating that the research was approved by an appropriate Institutional Review Board or Committee.

Title Page

All submissions must include a title page with the following:

  • Manuscript Title
  • Corresponding author name, institution, and contact information
  • All other author names, institutions, and contact information
  • A statement that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere
  • Date submitted to the Editor-in-Chief 



An abstract, summarizing the article, should follow the title page on a separate page and before the body of the paper. The manuscript title should be at the top of the abstract page. Abstracts for the Scholarly and Research section should be between 150 and 250 words. Exchange abstracts should be no longer than 150 words in length.


For information about submitting Exchange section manuscripts, please access the guidelines at

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate files. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included. Figures should be completely labeled, taking into account necessary size reduction. Captions should be typed double-spaced. All original figures should be clearly numbered.  


Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines:

  • 300 dpi or higher
  • sized to fit on journal page
  • EPS, TIFF, or PSD format only
  • submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files 

Color Reproduction

Color art will be reproduced in color in the online publication at no additional cost to the author. Color illustrations will also be considered for print publication; however, the author will be required to bear the full cost involved in color art reproduction. Please note that color reprints can only be ordered if print reproduction costs are paid. Print Rates: $900 for the first page of color; $450 per page for the next three pages of color. A custom quote will be provided for articles with more than four pages of color. Art not supplied at a minimum of 300 dpi will not be considered for print. Good-quality color prints or files should be provided in their final size. The publisher has the right to refuse publication of color prints deemed unacceptable.

Aim and Scope

Timely reviews of subjects and books of interest to community and junior college administrators, teachers, counselors, researchers, and scholars in the social and behavioral sciences will be considered for publication. Letters to the editor will be published on approval by the editorial board. Announcements of general interest to the journal's readership will also be accepted for publication.


Reprints of an individual article may be ordered from Rightslink. A link to the ordering form is included at the proofs stage.

Complimentary Policy

Authors for whom we receive a valid email address will be provided an opportunity to purchase reprints of individual articles, or copies of the complete print issue. These authors will also be given complimentary access to their final article on Taylor & Francis Online™.

Publishing Ethics 

The Editor and Taylor & Francis Group are committed to the highest academic, professional, legal, and ethical standards in publishing work in this journal. To this end, we have adopted a set of guidelines, to which all submitting authors are expected to adhere, to assure integrity and ethical publishing for authors, reviewers, and editors.

Taylor & Francis is a member of the Committee of Publications Ethics (COPE). COPE aims to provide a forum for publishers and editors of scientific journals to discuss issues relating to the integrity of their work, including conflicts of interest, falsification and fabrication of data, plagiarism, unethical experimentation, inadequate subject consent, and authorship disputes. For more information on COPE please visit