Author Guidelines

The Review of Higher Education (RHE) (ISSN 0162-5748) publishes empirically, historically and theoretically based articles and scholarly reviews and essays that move the study of colleges and universities forward. The most central aspect of RHE is the saliency of the subject matter to other scholars in the field as well as its usefulness to academic leaders and public policymakers. Selection of articles for publication is based solely on the merits of the manuscripts with regards to conceptual or theoretical frameworks, methodological accurateness and suitability, and the clarity of ideas and gathered facts presented. RHE encourages a diversity of scholarly thoughts, perspectives, research designs, and methodological paradigms.

Guidelines for Contributors

RHE started reviewing manuscripts beginning September 1, 2019. 

Manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced throughout, including block quotes and references, and each page should be numbered consecutively. The names, institutional affiliations, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of authors should appear on a separate cover page to aid proper masking during the review process. Manuscripts typically should not run more than thirty pages, including figures and tables (excluding references). Please supply an abstract of 100 or fewer words with your paper. Authors should follow instructions in the current edition of Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association; any manuscripts not following APA will not be reviewed. Please do not change fonts, spacing, or margins or use style formatting features at any point in the manuscript except for tables. 

Authors should use their best judgement when masking citations. Masking some or all citations that include an author’s name can help prevent reviewers from knowing the identities of the authors. However, in certain circumstances masking citations is unnecessary or could itself reveal the identities of manuscript authors. Because authors are in the best position to know when masking citations will be effective, the editorial team will generally defer to them for these decisions.

Manuscripts are to be submitted in Word online at (If you have not previously registered on this website, click on the “Register here” link to create a new account.) Once you log on, click on the “Author Center” link and then follow the printed instructions to submit your manuscript.

Editorial Correspondence

Please address all correspondence about submitting articles (no subscriptions, please) to one or both of the following editors:

Dr. Penny A. Pasque
Editor, Review of Higher Education
Arps Hall
1945 N. High Street
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210

Dr. Thomas F. Nelson Laird
Editor, Review of Higher Education
Review of Higher Education
Indiana University School of Education
201 North Rose Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-100


Guidelines for Book Reviews

  • RHE publishes book reviews of original research, summaries of research, or scholarly thinking in book form. We do not publish reviews of books or media that would be described as expert opinion or advice for practitioners.
  • The journal publishes reviews of current books, meaning books published no more than one year prior to submission to the associate editor in charge of book reviews.
  • If you want to know whether the RHE would consider a book review before writing it, you may email the associate editor with the citation for the book.
  • Reviewers should have scholarly expertise in the higher education research area they are reviewing.
  • Graduate students are welcome to co-author book reviews, but with faculty or seasoned research professionals as first authors.
  • Please email the review to the associate editor in charge of book reviews (Eddie Cole,,  who will work through necessary revisions with you.
  • In general, follow the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
  • Provide a brief but clear description and summary of the contents so that the reader has a good idea of the scope and organization of the book. This is especially important when reviewing anthologies that include multiple sections with multiple authors.
  • Provide an evaluation of the book, both positive and negative points. What has been done well? Not so well? What did you like about it? Dislike? For example the following are some questions that you can address (not exclusively), as appropriate:
    • What are the important contributions that this book makes?
    • What contributions could have been made, but were not made?
    • What contributions were problematic, weak, etc.?
    • How is the book related to or how does it supplement current work on the topic?
    • To which audience(s) will this book be most helpful?
  • Use quotations efficiently to provide a flavor of the writing style and/or statements that are particularly helpful in illustrating the author(s) points. 
  • If you cite any other published work, please provide a complete reference.
  • Please include a brief biographical statement immediately after your name, usually title and institution. Follow the same format for coauthored reviews. The first author is the contact author.
  • Please follow this example for the headnote of the book(s) you are reviewing:

    John Jamison Peterson. Persistence to Graduation: The Slippery Slope. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2013.  432 pp. Hardcover: $59.95. ISBN 0‑84480‑508‑2

  • Our preferred length is 2,000–2,500 words in order for authors to provide a complete, analytical, review. Reviews of shorter books may not need to be of that length.
  • Other consideration:
    • References to page numbers should look like: (p. 144), (pp. 144-146).
    • Refer to Part 2 (not Part II)
    • Refer to Chapter 7, not chapter 7 or chapter seven
    • Block quotations of 40 words or longer
    • Underline words (and the first piece of following punctuation) that will appear in italics when typeset.
  • Not all reviews submitted may be published, depending upon the Editor’s review and the needs of the journal.
  • Once reviews have been approved by the editor, they will be passed on to the Copy Editor, Kirsten Robbins. Ms. Robbins will work directly with authors to finalize their reviews prior to publication.
  • Reviews are published in each of the four volumes during any one year. The time of publication will depend on the submission date and the time needed to complete the editorial process.

NOTE: If the Editor has sent a book to an author for review, but the author is unable to complete the review within a reasonable timeframe, we would appreciate the return of the book as soon as possible; thanks for your understanding.

Please send book review copies to the contact above. Review copies received by the Johns Hopkins University Press office will be discarded.