Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education (JSPTE)

Online ISSN: 2378-5500  •  Print ISSN: 2378-5497

Message from Editor in Chief

The Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education (JSPTE) is a scholarly journal for those wishing to explore the various issues related to the advancement of the field of higher and postsecondary education and higher education preparation programs in particular.

The Journal provides the following options as ways to publish: 

  1. journal articles;
  2. opinion and rapid response essays on international higher and tertiary education and its implications for the field of study 
  3. an international forum for program coordinators and directors to mention developments in their programs and related issues in their countries
  4. book and policy reviews covering higher education issues and works that either treat higher education programs and study directly or reflect on higher education country systems and their implications for higher and tertiary education.

Journal articles—Manuscripts should be empirically based. However, we will accept articles that utilize a variety of research designs including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods. Additionally, scholarship that is written utilizing non-empirical approaches such as historical, theoretical, or philosophical approaches are welcomed. The articles should have something to do with higher education programs, related education studies, national developments affecting the study of higher education, etc.  Somehow it should involve this study of higher education or research on higher education as a field of study, or related national higher education and degree systems. Articles should be no more than 9,000 words.

Opinion and Rapid Response essays-These manuscripts should provide informed opinions where authors are using critical commentary that must incorporate publications or studies, to express their opinions.  These papers give authors the opportunity to talk about their higher education programs and express opinions about the study of higher education in their institutions or countries without the same rigorous methodological considerations as typical journal articles. The editors have the right to suggest changes that would be in keeping with the Journal's mission and style.  Articles should be no more than 2,000 words.

International Forum-These short paper submissions provide an opportunity for program coordinators and directors to share information about their programs or related institutions, especially if it has an effect on their programs. This is a venue to share program announcements about developments or changes. Sample topic categories for this type of submission include: curricular change, degree changes, faculty developments, student activities, or institutional positive influences.  The idea is to create a forum where there is some social interaction that help builds up a global community of higher education program leaders. Articles should be no more than 500 words.

Book and Policy Reviews--where book and public policy studies are treated, keeping these reviews to 2,000 words.

It is my sincerest hope that you decide to submit a paper through one of our avenues above.


Crystal R. Chambers, J.D., Ph.D.
Senior Editor in Chief  


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