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Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

About the Journal

The mission of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement is to serve as the premier peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal to advance theory and practice related to all forms of outreach and engagement between higher education institutions and communities.
This includes highlighting innovative endeavors; critically examining emerging issues, trends, challenges, and opportunities; and reporting on studies of impact in the areas of public service, outreach, engagement, extension, engaged research, community-based research, community-based participatory research, action research, public scholarship, service-learning, and community service
The JHEOE invites manuscripts in five categories:
  1. Research Articles: 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.
  2. Reflective Essays: Thought provoking examinations of current issues related to university-community engagement that are anchored in the literature.
  3. Projects with PromiseDescriptions of early-stage university-community engagement projects with early indications of impact; plan for long-term evaluation; plan for how the project will be sustained; and best practices for the reader to emulate.
  4. Book Reviews: Reviews of books related to university-community engagement that go beyond mere description of the contents to analyze and glean implications for theory and practice.
  5. Dissertation Overviews: Dissertation summaries of methods used to examine topics related to university-community engagement.

The Guiding Principles for the JHEOE include high expectations for rigorous scholarship and clarity of presentation.

Peer Review Process

Articles are evaluated on the criteria outlined below.

  • The appropriateness or fit for the mission of the JHEOE;
  • The significance in contributing new knowledge (advancing a field of study; or providing best practices or lessons-learned);
  • The rigor and appropriateness of the scholarship; and
  • The readability and flow of the information and ideas presented.
Additional criteria based on the following manuscript types: as a research article, as a reflective essay; as a project with promise article; as a dissertation abstract; or as a book review.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.