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HERDSA’s 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. 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 2017, the journal's Impact Factor was 2.006. In July 2016, Google Scholar Metrics ranked the journal 6th 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  
Dr. Craig Whitsed, Curtin University, Australia, craig.whitsed@curtin.edu.au.

Emily Giles is the HERD Managing Editor. 

Co-Editors are:
Dr. Amani Bell, Innovative Research Universities, Australia 
Dr. Bernadette Knewstubb, Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand
Dr. Stephen Marshall, Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand 
Dr. Ly Tran, Deakin University, Australia.

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

The Call for Papers for HERD's 2020 Special Issue, titled "Re-valuing Higher Education: Learning(s) and teaching(s) in contested spaces" is now open. Submissions can be made at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cher and for further information on the topic, see below:

Call for papers for the 2020 Special Issue: Re-valuing Higher Education: Learning(s) and teaching(s) in contested spaces. (PDF 126KB)

 

The 2019 Special Issue, titled "New Perspectives on Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines" with Guest Editors Dr. Judith Seaboyer, The University of Queensland, and Dr. Tully Barnett, Flinders University, is slated for publication in early 2019.

The 2018 Special Issue will be out in August 2018, edited by 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.

Contribute to the editorial work of HERD

HERD is seeking several new Associate Editors and reviewers to work with the editorial team on managing the double-blind peer-review process for submitted papers.

Associate Editors

The Associate Editor’s (AE) core role is to oversee the review process for approximately 8-10 manuscripts per year.

The AE term is three years, starting date to be negotiated, and with the possibility of renewing for a second term.

Applying to become an Associate Editor of HERD

To prepare a brief Expression of Interest in becoming an Associate Editor for HERD, please include a one-page letter, CV (with publications) and a one-page response to the following selection criteria: 

Selection criteria for Associate Editors of HERD

  1. A strong record of publication in the field of Higher Education. 

  2. A record of reviewing for key journals and conferences in Higher Education. 

  3. An interest in fostering the field of Higher Education research. 

  4. Good time management and organisational skills. 

  5. Editorial experience (desirable but not essential). 


Please send your Expression of Interest the Managing Editor, Emily Giles, herd.giles@gmail.com

College of Reviewers

The College of Reviewers provides HERD with a pool of internationally recognised higher education scholars who are willing to review 4 to 6 manuscripts per year in HERD’s required timeframe (4 weeks). Members of the College of Reviewers meet the following criteria, based on the depth and recency of their publications: at least three peer reviewed publications in peer reviewed higher education journals in the past decade.

If you would like to be considered for membership of HERD’s College of Reviewers, please send your CV, complete with details of publications to the Managing Editor, Emily Giles, herd.giles@gmail.com

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

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).