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HERDSA’s learned journal Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) was established in 1982. The journal publishes seven issues a year, including one Special Issue on a theme decided by the editorial team following an open call for proposals. Occasional Symposia and Virtual Issues will also be published. HERD is published by Taylor & Francis.

HERD is a leading journal in the field of higher education (and was given an A ranking in the 2010 Australian Research Council Journal Rankings). HERD’s reputation as a leading journal in higher education has continued to grow. HERD's articles are indexed by the ISI social science citation index, and in 2014, the journal's Impact Factor was 0.911 and its ranking was 84/224 (Education & Educational Research). In July 2016, Google Scholar Metrics ranked the journal 3th on their list of the top 20 higher education publications. You can access HERD’s current impact factor and browse the latest articles at www.tandfonline.com/toc/cher20/current.

HERD contributes to HERDSA’s purpose of continuously improving higher education by informing and challenging researchers, teachers, administrators and others concerned with the past, present and future of higher education. The journal publishes scholarly articles that make a significant and original contribution to the theory, practice or research of higher education. We welcome theoretical, philosophical and historical articles and essays that address higher education in any of its dimensions. Equally, we welcome empirical higher education studies, which employ qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodologies including big data.

All published articles propose fresh critical insights into the area being addressed and are appropriately framed for an international audience. They have also undergone rigorous, double-blind peer review by at least two internationally recognised peers.

In addition to peer-reviewed articles, HERD publishes book reviews.

Editorial Team

The Editorial Team is led by Co-Executive Editors Dr. Wendy Green, University of Tasmania, Australia, W.J.Green@UTas.edu.au and Dr. Craig Whitsed, Curtin University, Australia, craig.whitsed@curtin.edu.au.

Emily Giles is the HERD Managing Editor. 

Co-Editors are Dr. Amani Bell, University of Sydney, Australia; Dr. Bernadette Knewstubb, Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand; Dr. Stephen Marshall, Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Dr. Ly Tran, Deakin University, Australia.

Special Issues Editor is Dr. Susan Blackley, Curtin University. 

 2019 Special Issue is to be titled "New Perspectives on Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines." Guest Editors are Dr. Judith Seaboyer, The University of Queensland, and Dr. Tully Barnett, Flinders University. See the details in the following Call for Papers if you would like to submit a paper by the deadline, which is 31 March 2018.

HERD CFP New Perspectives on Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines (PDF 91KB)


2018 Special Issues Editor is Dr. Kelly Matthews, The University of Queensland, Australia, with Guest Editor Professor Hamish Coates, Tsinghua University.

Click Taylor and Francis journal information for a full listing of the Editorial Team, Associate Editors and Editorial Advisory Board.

Submission of manuscripts

All submissions should be made online at the Higher Education Research & Development ScholarOne site.

Submitted manuscripts of no more than 7000 words including abstract (300 words max) and references should not have been published elsewhere (though they may be based on a prior conference presentation or the like), and should not be under consideration concurrently by another journal.

Instructions for Authors

Criteria for review are included in the Instructions for Authors.

Book reviews: send directly to Dr Deanne Gannaway, The University of Queensland, d.gannaway@uq.edu.au

Proposing a Special Issue

Special Issues are a collection of articles in a single issue focused on a shared topic or theme relevant to the international HERD audience and published once a year. The HERD Editorial Team facilitates an open call for Special Issue Guest Editors through an Expression of Interest (EOI) process in January each year. Information on the timelines and criteria for EOIs is available on the Taylor and Francis journal site  http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/ed/herd_2017_si

Special Issues enquiries:  send directly to Dr. Susan Blackley, Curtin University, susan.blackley@curtin.edu.au 

Obtaining the journal
1. Individuals receive HERD as a benefit of HERDSA membership. Free online access is available through your member dashboard.
2. Institutions and libraries wishing to purchase HERD can do so by subscribing directly through the publisher Taylor and Francis Journals (ISSN 0729-4360).