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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.

Editorial Team

The Editorial Team is led by:

Executive Editor 
Dr. Wendy Green, University of Tasmania, Australia, W.J.Green@utas.edu.au  

Emily Giles is the HERD Managing Editor. 

Co-Editors are:

Dr. Bernadette Knewstubb, Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand
Dr Jisun Jung, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong SAR
Prof. Ly Tran, Deakin University, Australia
Assoc. Prof. Susan Blackley, Curtin University, Australia 

Screening Editors are:

Dr. Vivienne Anderson, University of Otago, Aotearoa/New Zealand
Dr. Kathleen Tait, Macquarie University, Australia

Stuart Hughes (Social Media).

Special Issues Editor is Dr. Stephen Marshall, Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand. 

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

Contribute to the reviewing work of HERD

HERD is seeking reviewers to work with the editorial team on managing the double-blind peer-review process for submitted papers. HERD’s peer review process upholds the standard of scholarship published in the journal and provides a developmental space for researchers to receive helpful, informed feedback on their work.

Both experienced reviewers, who meet the criteria for the College of Reviewers, and those new to reviewing are encouraged to apply.  

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 publications in peer reviewed higher education journals in the past decade.

Applying to become a reviewer for HERD

If you would like to apply to become a HERD reviewer, please send your CV, complete with details of reviewing experience, other relevant scholarly experience and 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.

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).