Author Guidelines

The Review of Higher Education (ISSN 0162-5748) publishes empirically and theoretically based articles and scholarly reviews and essays that move the study of colleges and universities forward. The most central aspect of The Review 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. The Review encourages a diversity of scholarly thoughts, perspectives, research designs, and methodological paradigms.

Guidelines for Contributors

Due to the large number of high-quality manuscripts that have been received, manuscript submissions for RHE were temporarily closed.   The editors,  JHUP, and RHE’s sponsoring association ASHE  are pleased to announce that the submission portal will reopen on September 1, 2019.​

Editorial Correspondence

Please address all correspondence about submitting articles (no subscriptions, please) to

Dr. Gary Pike
The Review of Higher Education
Indiana University/Purdue University
902 W. New York Street, ES 3116
Indianapolis, IN 46202


Guidelines for Book Reviews

  • The Review publishes book reviews of original research, summaries of research, or scholarly thinking in book form. We do not publish reviews of books that would be described as expert opinion or advice for practitioners.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 book review editor.
  • If you want to know whether the Review would consider a book review before writing it, you may email the 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 submit book reviews, but the Review strongly encourages graduate students to co-author with faculty or seasoned research professionals.
  • Please email the review to the Book Review Editor (, 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.

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.