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Higher Education Journals: The Journal of Higher Education

The Journal of HIgher Education- The Ohio State University Press---Article Limit: 10,000 words


Founded in 1930, The Journal of Higher Education publishes original research reporting on the academic study of higher education as a broad enterprise. We publish the highest quality empirical, theoretically grounded work addressing the main functions of higher education and the dynamic role of the university in society. We seek to publish scholarship from a wide variety of theoretical perspectives and disciplinary orientations. Articles appearing in the Journal employ an array of methodological approaches, and we welcome work from scholars across a range of career stages. Comparative and international scholarship should make clear connections to the U.S. context. Manuscripts not appropriate for submission to the Journal include purely theoretical papers, methodological treatises, unsolicited essays and reviews, and non-academic, institutional, and program evaluations or reports.

Submission Guidelines:


Manuscripts submitted to The Journal of Higher Education (JHE) must meet the 10,000-word limit, inclusive of all text, reference list, tables, figures, and notes (excluding the abstract). All submissions to (JHE) must also follow APA Style (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2009). Authors must not submit any manuscript under consideration by another publisher or work that has been previously published in whole or part.


JHE uses the Editorial Manager system for manuscript submission and review. No manuscript will be accepted for consideration outside of Editorial Manager. The manuscript should be uploaded, within Editorial Manager, in these three parts:

  1. Manuscript file (this includes an abstract page, body of the manuscript text, and the references page). Please upload this as one single Microsoft Word file. This file is required for submission.
  2. Table file(s) This file is optional and is needed only if your article contains tables. Please upload tables in one single Microsoft Word file.
  3. Figures: Optional. Attach each figure as a separate file. Please note that figures must be provided at size−no larger than 4 ½" x 7" (full page) and preferably no larger than 4 ½" x 3 ½" (half page), black/white or grayscale only, and as high-quality files (PDF, .tif, or .jpg) at a minimum of 300 DPI. Include captions in the manuscript file.

Please refer to The Journal of Higher Education Style Guide for Submissions (JHE Style Guide) for detailed instructions on preparing your manuscript for submission. Carefully consult this guide to ensure that your manuscript follows the Journal’s technical requirements. Submissions not following the conventions detailed in the JHE Style Guide for Submissions will be sent back to the author for correction, which may delay formal consideration of a review.


We strongly recommend that authors review several back issues of The Journal of Higher Education to get a clear sense of the type of articles that appeal to its readership. We find that this is the most effective approach in determining if a manuscript is an appropriate fit with JHE. We expect that authors,
the Journal, and the field will develop through this publication process.

For all articles that are subjected to a full review, the opinions of the reviewers will be transmitted to the author(s). Papers are evaluated on the following dimensions:

  1. Form:writing style and readability, logical development, appropriate length (typical length will fall between 9,000–10,000 words), and appropriateness of author's stated objectives.
  2. Content: significance to JHE readers and relevance to the field, originality of approach, quality of theoretical/conceptual development, quality of data, appropriateness of methodology, quality of analysis, logic of conclusions, and policy relevance.


It should be emphasized that the editors respond most favorably to manuscripts that evidence both a freshness of vision and a vitality that may be informed by, but certainly go beyond, methodological qualities, and that are in congruence with our publishing goals and directions.


The editorial team at JHE reviews all manuscripts to determine if they meet the technical criteria outlined above and the basic criteria for selection (see “Criteria for Selection” above). This process typically takes less than two weeks once your paper has been deemed to meet the technical requirements for review. You will receive notification once this initial determination has been made.

If your article is sent out for blind review you can expect to receive a response from the editorial office within eight to ten weeks. If your article is accepted, it will usually be publicly available online within 12 weeks of typesetting. Your accepted article will typically appear in the printed pages of JHE within 6–12 months of formal acceptance.

Please contact the JHE office at: for any additional questions regarding the manuscript submission process.