Focus and Scope

The Editors of the Journal of Contemporary Issues in Higher Education (JCIHE) encourage the submission of manuscripts, from educational researchers, that will contribute to the understanding or improvement of educational processes and outcomes. The Journal's audience includes faculty, administrators, graduate and undergraduate students and other educators engaged in research and practice in higher education.

Manuscripts should include quantitative or qualitative studies that focus on the interpretation, implication, or significance of research related to higher education.  Specifically, the submission should include a clearly specified research question, appropriate research methods and add value to the body of higher education literature. (limit 3,500 words).

Dissertation summaries should include the topic, methods and findings related to current issues in higher education. Student submissions are limited to the social sciences and are designed to provide a first-hand publishing process experience. (limit 3,500 words).

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Research should include research studies by registered part-time or full-time graduate and undergraduate students who have completed exemplary research on topics in higher education’s social science field of study (limit 3,500).

Concept papers will be accepted by invitation only.

Maximum length of articles are up to 3,500 words (excluding abstract and references), double spaced pages in 12-point type, Times New Roman, standard margins (1” on all sides). Manuscripts must be prepared according to the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. Manuscripts should be submitted to the journal's online manuscript submission and peer review system only.

Peer Review Process

  1. Once submitted, a manuscript is reviewed by the managing editor for adherence to the Author Guidelines, and its relevance to the journal's focus and scope.
  2. Once the manuscript is deemed appropriate, it is assigned to a section editor who removes all identifying information, and assigns the article to two reviewers; a strong effort is made to match the content of the article to the expertise of reviewers.
  3. Once reviewed, the reviewers register their recommendations (accept as it, accept with minor revisions, accept with major revisions, reject but encourage resubmission or reject (do not resubmit)).
  4. The assigned editor than reviews the reviewers recommendations, and registers his/her recommendation based on the reviewers findings.
  5. Reviewed submissions and reviews are returned to authors within 16 weeks from the deadline specified in the relevant call for submission.  Due to circumstances beyond the control of the editors and reviewers, the review process may take longer.  If an author has not received their reviewed submission within 16 weeks from the deadline, they are encouraged to contact us.
  6. Once a submission is accepted for publication, the authors are asked to make the necessary revisions and to upload the revised version of their submission.
  7. Upon approval of the editors, the submission is passed to the copyeditor, who is responsible for making suggestions to the author pertaining to the flow, clarity, grammar, wording, and formatting of their article.
  8. Once the author has considered and made the necessary changes based on the Copy Editor’s suggestions, the submission is reviewed by the editors for final approval.
  9. The submission is then ready for publication in the next available issue of JCIHE.

Publication Frequency

The Journal of Contemporary Issues in Higher Education (JCIHE) is published annually in Spring. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until 2016, at which time submissions will be accepted via a call for submissions.


Association of Contemproary Issues in Higher Education

Sources of Support

ACIHE Board of Directors