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Journal overview

Founded in 1930, The Journal of Higher Education ( JHE) publishes original research and theoretical manuscripts on U.S. higher education. We publish two kinds of articles: empirical articles and scholarly, theoretical, or conceptual articles. Authors publishing empirical articles report the methodology, methods, and findings of an original research study; whereas, authors publishing scholarly, theoretical, or conceptual articles are making a strong, theoretical argument about a higher education issue. In either case, articles must address the main functions of higher education within the United States and the dynamic role of the university in society. 

We publish scholarship from various theoretical perspectives and higher education topical areas. 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 United States and include participants from the U.S. context.

Manuscripts NOT suitable for submission and NOT considered for publication include the following:

  • Those that do not engage deeply with the higher education literature 
  • Commentaries or essays about higher education
  • Comparative and international scholarship not connected to the U.S. context 
  • Non-academic, institutional, and program evaluations or reports
  • Book reviews
  • Special issue proposals

Prior to submitting a manuscript, we ask that you review the aims and scope of the Journal and ensure your manuscript aligns with the aims and scope. We also strongly encourage authors to read previous articles published in JHE to understand the quality and focus of articles in the Journal. Although we do not require that you cite manuscripts published in the Journal in your work, authors must ground their work deeply in the higher education scholarship.

Thank you for your interest in submitting your work to JHE. We look forward to your submission.


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