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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, or RTF document file format. PDF documents will NOT be accepted.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines below.
  • Keywords and an abstract have been included.
  • Manuscript has been anoynmized with all identifyable personal or professional information removed where necessary/appropriate.
  • Include a cover letter with your submission uploaded as a separate file or use comments to the editor. The cover letter should include at minimum a brief summary of the research, why it is important, and how it aligns with the mission of JHEOE.
  • Biographical information for the writing team should be uploaded as a separate document. Author bios will be used upon manuscript acceptance and are subject to copyediting and editorial changes based on length and relevancy as determined by the editorial team.

    You may use the example below to guide your bio:
    Erik C. Ness is associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. His research interests focus on the public policymaking process, specifically the political dynamics associated with state-level higher education governance and policy. He received his PhD in education policy from Vanderbilt University.

Author Guidelines

Technical / Writing Guidelines: 

Manuscripts should:

  • Represent original and unpublished work of the authors and must not be under consideration by other publications;
  • Indicate that Internal Review Board (IRB) human subjects approval was secured if applicable (or explain why it was not required).
  • Not be more than 10,000 words (excluding references and author bios);
  • Include a brief abstract (not to exceed 150 words);
  • Include up to 5 keywords;
  • Be typed, double-spaced throughout, and include block quotes (when necessary) and appropriate references;
  • Be formatted using American Psychological Association (APA) style, 7th edition;
  • Have photos and graphics submitted as .jpg, .tif, or .eps files, NOT placed into the Word document. Please submit all images/figures in separate files. Tables, however, may be placed in Word documents;
  • Be formatted, saved, and submitted in a Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, or RTF file format; and
  • Be read by someone that is not familiar with the topic of the manuscript (for content clarity) as well as copy edited (for grammatical correctness) prior to submission.
  • Be anonymized. Please remove any identifying informaton that may compromise the integrity of the manuscript or the author during the external review process.
  • Please note that JHEOE does not allow footnotes or endnotes.
  • Appendices are occasionally printed in the journal, but should only be used only when essential.

Research Articles

Research Articles 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 Article Submission Guidelines

Reflective Essays

Reflective Essays are thought provoking examinations of current issues related to university-community engagement that are anchored in the literature.

Reflective Essay Submission Guidelines

Projects with Promise

Projects with Promise are descriptions 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.

Project with Promise Submission Guidelines

Book Reviews

Book Reviews are 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.

Book Reviews can be submitted through the Open Jounals System portal or emailed directly to Book Review Section Editor, Burt Bargerstock at

Book Review Submission Guidelines

Dissertation Overviews

Dissertation Overviews are condensed overviews of completed dissertation or thesis research of interest to the community engagement field.

Dissertation Overview Submission Guidelines

Special Issue: Boundary Spanners

This special issue is intended to provide encouragement, new ideas, and strategies for boundary spanners in their complex roles. Our goal is to explore concepts of identity, wellbeing, and career development to promote sustainable practices and address the promise and full potential of boundary spanners in higher education. Consequently, this special issue seeks manuscripts surrounding the following themes pertaining to career development and wellbeing of boundary spanners:

  • Theme 1: Boundary Spanner Identity & Intersectionality
  • Theme 2: Boundary Spanner Next Generation Career Pathways
  • Theme 3: Boundary Spanner Professional Development Innovations
  • Theme 4: Boundary Spanner Wellness, Wellbeing, and Career Sustainability

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