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Higher Education Journals: Innovative Higher Education

Innovative Higher Education---Springer---Article Limit: 20-25 pages



Innovative Higher Education presents fresh ideas in higher education in a straightforward and readable fashion. The journal features descriptions and evaluations of current innovations and provocative new ideas with relevance for action beyond the immediate context in higher education. It also focuses on the effect of such innovations on teaching and students.

Innovative Higher Education publishes diverse forms of scholarship and research methods by maintaining flexibility in the selection of topics deemed appropriate for the journal. It strikes a balance between practice and theory by presenting articles in a readable and scholarly manner to both faculty and administrators in the academic community.


Submission Guidelines:

Manuscripts generally should not exceed 20-25 pages in length.

Manuscripts may be submitted electronically to

The manuscript and any related files should be sent as attachments in Word. The author’s cover letter should be provided in the email itself. Include all contact information for the corresponding author, i.e., complete address information.

We strongly encourage authors to review closely the “tips for authors” section to be found below before submitting a manuscript.

Author's name and affiliation should be on a title page only, not in the manuscript itself, followed by a second page which is to include an abstract not to exceed 100 words. The entire manuscript must be double-spaced and written in accord with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. All diagrams or graphic figures must be camera-ready in appearance and should be placed at the end of the manuscript.

We will provide acknowledgement of receipt of manuscripts as soon as possible.


It is helpful to you as authors and also helpful to the journal's editorial staff if your manuscript is as well written—both substantively and stylistically—as possible before sending it out to reviewers. To aid you in doing so, you will find listed below some tips to address areas that are frequently in need of attention.

·         Please be attentive to the requirements of APA style, as indicated on submission guidelines. Failure to do so can erode the impression your manuscript makes on reviewers. There are several specific areas that you should check, and these are listed below.

·         Pay close attention to the style of references, as stipulated in the APA manual. All details of references should be closely checked before submission. The most common errors are inappropriate inclusion of the issue number of a journal, capitalization errors, and formatting of a reference for a chapter/book in a series.

·         Be sure that all citations in the text are also on the reference list and vice versa. Be attentive to the spelling of authors' names both in citations and on the reference list and also to the dates of publication.

·         Use the tab feature for paragraph indentation; do not space over as a substitute.

Double-space throughout the manuscript. Do not use any triple or single spacing.

·         If your manuscript reports on a study involving human subjects, you should have obtained approval for this study through the appropriate processes and structure at your institution.

·         Please indicate in the text that you have obtained this approval. We require this approval for any research involving human subjects.

·         APA style for headings should be followed. Generally, articles do not have more than three levels of headings, if that. The first level of heading is centered and in bold face. The second level is aligned left and printed in italics. The third level, if needed, is indented with the tab feature, italicized, and followed by a period.

·         Your title should be aligned left and printed in bold face. Do not list author's names on the manuscript, only on a title page.

·         Manuscripts are blind reviewed, and there should be no mention of institution or authors' names anywhere in the manuscript. If your article is published, these can be inserted later, if and where appropriate.

·         Do not change fonts in the manuscript. Use 12p font throughout.

·         Page numbers should be placed in the upper right hand corner.

·         The abstract should be inserted below the title and before the text begins, prefaced by the word "Abstract:" in italics.

·         All tables, figures, or diagrams must be camera-ready and appear on separate pages at the end of the manuscript, after the references.

·         Any acknowledgments you wish to make should appear at the end of your text and before the references.

·         Frequently, the word "universities" may not be the best choice for what you wish to say. Remember that this leaves out all institutions that are not universities. "Institutions" may be the better choice. Also, remember that the word "campus" can leave out some institutions as well, keeping in mind the changing nature of our higher education system.

·         Avoid such words as "seem" and "etc." These are weak words.

·         Avoid using "s/he" or singular forms of either "he" or "she." Unless there is compelling reason to do otherwise, try to use the plural forms of pronouns and nouns, i.e., "they," "instructors," or "students."

·         Avoid the passive voice.

·         Reading your manuscript aloud to yourself can be quite helpful in identifying stylistic problems, inconsistencies, and lack of clarity.

·         Please provide your email address along with your regular address information.