Policy Reviews in Higher Education Call for Papers

Policy Reviews in Higher Education

Aims and Objectives of the Journal

The journal publishes in-depth accounts of significant areas of policy development affecting higher education internationally. Authors from a range of disciplinary backgrounds analyse higher education from fresh perspectives, including drawing on concepts and theories from other academic fields.

Policy here is conceived as relevant to all areas of higher education activity, including transnational education, university governance and leadership, quality assurance and enhancement, academic work, curriculum development and student learning, occurring at the local, regional, national and international levels. Comparative analyses across higher education systems are particularly encouraged.

Contributions are invited which are:

  • original and provide in-depth analysis
  • historically grounded and forward-looking
  • reflections on implications for policy broadly
  • presented in a style accessible for an international readership
  • between 8,000 and 12,000 words

Review Proposals

A review proposal of 500 words (excluding references) should be sent to the editors before submission of a full paper.  This extended abstract should clearly delineate the policy area that will be the focus of the submission, the aim of the paper and the treatment of the topic.  It should describe, for example, whether the approach will be historical and/or comparative, which disciplinary sources it will draw on, the theoretical and conceptual basis, and the methodology employed (including empirical evidence, if this will be used).  The proposal should identify any original contributions to be made to current debates and show how the paper will take the discussion forward, including exploring new possibilities, for instance, in policy making or policy research. Proposals may also take the form of historical analyses of policy areas although linkages to current debates and policy contexts are also strongly encouraged.
The journal is interested in receiving submissions across a wide range of topics. These may be relevant to higher education at the international, national, institutional, departmental and local levels. The following are some examples, which are not intended to be exhaustive:
  • Financing HE and the optimal balance between private and public funding
  • Changing meanings of ‘public’ and ‘private’ in higher education
  • Transitions within post-secondary education and implications for social mobility
  • Access and the impact of HE on social mobility
  • Distance and online provision
  • Student engagement policies and practices
  • Research, science and innovation policies
  • Policy making, borrowing, adaptation and transnational policy flows
  • The development of doctoral study
  • The academic profession, academic work and careers
  • Private universities and colleges
  • The development of research ethics policy
  • Accountability and quality assurance
  • Teaching and learning strategies
  • Assessment and feedback policies
  • Community engagement and citizenship education
  • Cross border and off-shore provision including international branch campuses

Submission Instructions

Submit all proposals to https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rprh.


William Locke, UCL Institute of Education, UK:                                                          
w.locke@ucl.ac.uk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Centre for Global Higher Education, UCL Institute of Education)

Editorial Board:

  • Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University, UK
  • Andrés Bernasconi, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile 
  • John Douglass, University of California, Berkeley, USA  
  • Barbara Grant, University of Auckland, New Zealand  
  • Futao Huang, Hiroshima University, Japan  
  • Terri Kim, University of East London, UK  
  • Manja Klemencic, Harvard University, USA  
  • Yann Labeau, University of East Anglia, UK
  • Peter Noonan , Victoria University, Australia
  • Dirk Van Damme, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • N. V. Varghese, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, India 
  • Leesa Wheelahan, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Rui Yang,  University of Hong Kong
  • Nancy L. Zimpher, Rockefeller Institute, University at Albany,  USA