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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 meets the Aims and Scope of the journal.

  • 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 MS Word DOC format.
  • A comprehensive list of cited references has been included at the end of the document, and where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are discussed and placed within the text at appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines and Style Guide.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions on Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

All submissions should be made online and submissions can be made at anytime.

New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site they will be able to make submissions via the Author Centre.

Manuscripts should be submitted using MS Word DOC format.

Manuscripts should be page numbered, single spaced with ample margins, bearing the title of the article. Please see the Style Guide for more details. 

Authors should prepare a submission with all identifying information removed in order to allow for blind peer review. The anonymous version should be labelled using only the article title (e.g. Widening Participation.doc).

Authors must include an abstract of 200 words as well as 5-6 key words.

Peer review

Manuscripts are peer reviewed by scholars who have expertise in the intersection of higher education and inequalities. Each manuscript will be blind reviewed by two scholars.

Manuscripts are considered on the strict condition that papers have not concurrently been submitted to any other journals.

The peer review policy can be viewed in the policies section.

Types of manuscript

Manuscripts normally fall into one of the following categories:

  • Research papers, ideally between 4000 and 6000 words (excluding references, tables and figures);
  • Case studies, ideally between 4000 and 6000 words (excluding references, tables and figures);
  • Policy reviews, ideally between 4000 and 6000 words (excluding references, tables and figures);
  • Viewpoints, usually not more than 3500 words (excluding references, tables and figures);
  • Student Voice papers, ideally between 1500 and 2500 words (excluding references).

Submissions should be identified according to a category (e.g. RESEARCH PAPER, CASE STUDY).

Style Guide

A style guide can be found in the Policies section of the Journal.

Submission fee

There is no submission fee.


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