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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • represent original works that have not been published elsewhere nor submitted to another journal for publication;
  • submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format;
  • indicate that Internal Review Board (IRB) human subjects approval was secured, or explain why it was not required;
  • cite current theoretical and empirically-based literature;
  • report sample size, population, confidence interval, and effect size, if applicable;
  • be written in language that is engaging, lively, and direct, using active voice whenever possible;
  • be thoroughly reviewed and copy-edited prior to submission.

Author Guidelines

Higher Education Politics & Economics (HEPE) publishes research centering issues of politics and economics in higher education including both four-year and two-year institutions, as well as domestic and international institutions. The journal accepts a variety of manuscripts including empirical research papers, review articles, opinion pieces, and graduate student research in-progress. The journal’s audiences include academics, institutional leaders, policymakers and the public.

Research Papers (3,000 – 6,000 words)

HEPE publishes peer-reviewed original empirical research.  Research may employ a variety of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches.  Single and multi-institutional studies are encouraged, as well as innovative or provocative approaches to research or the way research is reported.

Review Articles (3,000 – 6,000 words)

Review articles present critical evaluations of materials that have been previously published. Articles may include meta-analyses, policy analyses, and theoretical papers.  Review articles should include the following sections:  a) the issue being considered, b) summary of previous literature, c) discussion of relationships including inconsistencies, gaps, and disagreements.

Opinion Pieces (500 – 700 words)

Opinions are short, narrowly focused articles on issues of contemporary interest, viewpoints on published research, or emerging issues relevant to the readers of HEPE.  Consider reviewing the following article, Tips for Scholars Writing, for best practices in writing an opinion piece.

Graduate Research in Progress (1,000 – 2,000 words)

HEPE welcomes submissions from graduate students, including masters and doctoral level, wishing to submit preliminary findings from original research. These articles provide research findings and implications for scholars, practitioners, and policy makers

Special Issues

Periodically, HEPE will solicit guest editors for submissions proposing special issues centering a current topic in higher education politics and economics that warrants comprehensive coverage.  Guest editors may choose to directly commission papers from colleagues in the field or they may choose to put out a call for papers. Guest editors will work with the editorial team to ensure adherence to timelines, style guidelines, and journal scope.


Submissions should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association(APA), Sixth Edition, including cover page, abstract, keywords, in-text citations, pagination, headings, tables, figures, and reference list. Cover page, references, tables, and figures are not included in the word count.

Manuscripts are submitted as one document (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) and should be double-spaced with 1-inch margins and use 12-point Times New Roman font.

Title Page

The title page should contain the article title, author(s), institution/affiliation, and country. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication.

Abstract and Keywords

The abstract should be no longer than 120 words. Immediately after the abstract, provide five to eight keywords, with the exception of Book Reviews, which do not need keywords or abstracts.

Manuscript Structure

Authors should organize their paper using the following structure. Not all articles will adhere to this structure, but it provides a general outline for standard research articles.

  • Title
  • Author *
  • Affiliation, Country *
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • Appendices (optional)
  • References
  • Author Bio *

* Remove author(s) names, affiliation, country, and bio information from the blinded copy of the manuscript, as well as all identifying information from the .doc, .docx, or .rtf document.

Tables and Figures

Tables should be inserted into the text near where they are first called out. Provide a caption for the table.

Figures should be inserted into the text near where they are first called out. Do not place the figure within a text box or frame. Provide a caption for the figure. Figures must be submitted as JPG files (600 dpi resolution). Reviews should include a high resolution JPG of the book, movie, or website.


References must be cited in APA style, alphabetically by author and date. All references listed in the References list must appear in text, and all references cited in the text must appear in the References list.

Author Bio

At the end of the document, provide the name, title, and institutional affiliation for all author(s) in a complete sentence. In the following sentence, describe the author(s) research interests.

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