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Submission Guidelines for Research Articles

The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement invites Research Articles that are quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method studies that demonstrate the long-term impact of a university-community engagement project on the community, students, faculty and staff, or the institution.

Research Articles should

  • outline the overall concept of the study;
  • provide a thorough literature review that is timely and relevant to the study; 
  • give a clear statement about what gap in the literature the current study is addressing; 
  • outline the methods used
    • Indicate that Institutional Reviw Board (IRB) human subjects approval was secured, if applicable (or explain why it was not required);
  • provide robust sections that report the findings of the study and discuss their implications;
  • include a section with the limitations of the study and areas for future research; and
  • provide conclusions that address
    • the gap in the literature that the study addressed;
    • best practices or lessons learned that the reader can apply to her/his own context; and/or
    • how the conclusions inform decision makers.

Quarterly Review Schedule – Due Dates

Research articles are reviewed on a quarterly basis.  Therefore, although the author(s) may submit a manuscript at any time, the due dates for the quarter February 1, June 1, and October 1.  After this date, the editor and associate editor will conduct an initial review to determine which manuscripts will advance through the peer review process.  Author(s) will be notified within 6 weeks of this decision (Example:  For June 1, the author will be notified by July 15 if the manuscript will be peer-reviewed). The peer review process and the subsequent decision by the editor is approximately an additional three-month process.