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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 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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines


Papers may be theoretical or practical, historical or current, and may address any area of honors education including those below.


Example topics:

Admissions and recruitment

Advising and retention

Diversity and access

Curriculum development

Funding models

Faculty recruitment and development

Fund development and alumni engagement

Learning outcomes and assessment

First year experiences

Residential communities

Experiential learning, service learning, and global experiences

Undergraduate research and thesis model

Athletics and co-curricular

Digital technologies


Front Matter


Welcome to the first issue of Honors in Higher Education, the journal of the proceedings of the biennial Honors at Research Universities (HERU) conferences.  These conferences are a great place to share ideas, research, and best practices, but once the conference ends, many of the ideas may be forgotten because they exist only as oral history or slides.  Honors in Higher Education, the first online journal of honors education in the United States, captures all those profoundly good contributions in a peer-reviewed, digital forum available to all. As such, the journal will contribute to the increasing strength of honors education at research institutions across the nation.



Bette Bottoms

Nichola Gutgold

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