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.

Information for Contributors

Manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced throughout, including block quotes and references, and each page should be numbered consecutively. The names, institutional affiliations, addreses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of authors should appear on a separate cover page to insure anonymity in the reviewing process. Authors should NOT place their names on the manuscript and should obscure identifiable citations. Manuscripts typically should not run more than thirty pages. Please supply an abstract of 100 or fewer words with your paper. Authors should follow instructions in the current edition (6th) of Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Please do not change fonts, spacing, or margins or use style formatting features at any point in the manuscript except for tables. Manuscripts are to be submitted in Word format 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

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

  1. In general, follow the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. Use quotations efficiently to provide a flavor of the writing style and/or statements that are particularly helpful in illustrating the author(s) points. 
  5. If you cite any other published work, please provide a complete reference.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Please email the review to the Book Review Editor (, who will work through necessary revisions with you
  11. Not all reviews submitted may be published, depending upon the Editor’s review and the needs of the journal.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.