Due to the large volume of manuscripts received by the Editorial Board,

Open call for Research articles, Essays, Voices articles and Other Submissions to the Harvard Educational Review will be closed as of July 14, 2017 at 11:55 pm US Eastern time.

Open call will resume in Fall for all submission types.


Manuscripts previously submitted for review and formally acknowledged by HER, Invited manuscripts, Solicited manuscripts, Returned Revised manuscripts, and manuscripts accepted with revisions and formally accepted, are not affected in any way by this action.



Thank you very much,

The Editorial Board of Harvard Educational Review


The Harvard Educational Review (print ISSN 0017-8055, online ISSN 1943-5045) accepts contributions from researchers, scholars, policy makers, practitioners, teachers, students, and informed observers in education and related fields. In addition to original reports of research and theory, HER welcomes articles that reflect on teaching and practice in educational settings in the United States and abroad.

It is the policy of HER to review manuscripts that are not simultaneously being considered at another journal. HER will not consider manuscripts that are currently available online. To this end, the journal requires that authors remove manuscripts from publicly available websites before submission.

Please follow these guidelines in preparing any manuscript for submission. 


Research Articles
Manuscripts reporting original research related to education should include: background and context and/or theoretical/conceptual framework, literature review, methods, findings and analysis, and discussion sections. The literature review should be relevant to the research topic and findings. All methodologies need to be clearly described and should match the research questions or stated purpose of the manuscript. The findings should be clear, and the arguments set forth should emerge from the analysis of the data presented in the manuscript. Accepted manuscripts typically include clear implications of the research and are accessible to HER’s generalist readership.

An essay should have a well-developed argument that answers a particular question or several related questions. This argument may engage with previous work and may take on a subjective point of view. Essays should include reasoning, evidence, and examples to support the author’s thesis. They may also take other forms, including expository or narrative manuscripts.

Voices: Reflective Accounts of Education
The Harvard Educational Review recognizes the value of experiential knowledge and is committed to featuring the voices of people engaged in various educational activities around the world. We welcome reflective pieces written by students, teachers, parents, community members, and others involved in education whose perspectives can inform policy, practice, and/or research. The power of Voices: Reflective Accounts of Education articles rests primarily in the voice of the author(s) and its rich grounding in practice, which may be informed by theory and research. Submissions generally contain a detailed narrative that weaves together ideas, situations, and experiences and highlights key learnings.

Additional Submissions
HER welcomes submissions in addition to the above categories. If your manuscript does not correspond to any of the above categories, please select this option. On submission, you will be asked to provide a statement of up to 100 words that describes the nature of your manuscript.

If you are not sure which category is most appropriate for your manuscript, please browse the contents of past issues of HER and search published articles here, for a more detailed picture. You are also welcome to contact the content editors for assistance by emailing them at


Significance and Impact

Manuscripts should focus on questions relevant to the field of education. These questions should be pointed and should also have implications for broader educational problems, nationally and/or globally. Manuscripts should contribute to the work of stakeholders seeking to address educational challenges and should explicitly state their contributions, whether theoretical or practical, in order to identify the populations that would most benefit from its publication, such as teachers, policy makers, or students.

Advancement of the Field

The manuscript should push existing theory in a new direction and/or extend, fill in a gap, or bring a new perspective to current literature.

Clarity and Style

Manuscripts must be well written in clear, concise language and be free of technical jargon. As a generalist journal, HER strives for all articles to be widely accessible to nonexperts. Previously published HER articles can serve as examples of the style of writing appropriate for the audience. The editors understand that the specific organization of a manuscript may differ according to discipline and the author’s aesthetic.

Review process

HER has a two-stage review process. In the first stage, all manuscripts are read by a minimum of two Editorial Board members. It usually takes 12 to 16 weeks for a manuscript to complete the first stage of review and for a decision letter to be sent by email. Due to time constraints and the large volume of manuscripts received, HER does not provide comments on unsolicited manuscripts that are rejected at the first stage of review. 

During the second stage of review, manuscripts are read by the full Editorial Board at the weekly meeting. Any manuscript that is not accepted at this stage of review will receive written feedback based on the Board's discussion. It usually takes 12 weeks for a manuscript to complete the second stage of review. 

Submission Guidelines

Authors should submit their manuscript within one of the following categories: Research article, Essay, Voices, Additional. Specific guidelines may pertain to each of these manuscript types.


  • HER accepts manuscripts of up to 9,000 words, which includes abstract, keywords, references, and appendices, footnotes, graphic elements. HER reserves the right to return any manuscript that exceeds that length.
  • All text must be double spaced, type size must be at least 12 point with 1-inch margins on all sides, and paper size should be set to 8.5 x 11, even if printed on A4 paper.
  • Authors should refer to The Chicago Manual of Style for general questions of style, grammar, punctuation, and form, and for footnotes of theoretical, descriptive, or essay-like material.
  • The journal defers to author preference in decisions about naming and capitalization of racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. Manuscripts should be internally consistent in this regard.
  • For all nonlegal manuscripts, authors should use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for reference and citation formats. References must be in APA format. The Uniform System of Citation, published by the Harvard Law Review, should be used for articles that rely heavily on legal documentation; because this form is not easily adaptable to other sources, it is usually combined with Chicago as necessary. Manuscripts with references and/or citations in another form will be returned to the author(s).


Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords, based on the ERIC list of index descriptors (see: ). Authors may choose to include one or two “free” keywords not included on the ERIC list of descriptors if they wish to do so. The keywords will be used for indexing, and to improve detection in scholarly searches.

Submission Procedure

To submit a manuscript for consideration to Harvard Educational Review, please select the submission Call and follow the instructions for your intended manuscript type. 

For purposes of review, all manuscripts are considered anonymously. The author’s real name should not appear in the manuscript; any references that identify the author in the text must be either deleted or made anonymous (e.g., instead of citing “Smith, 1972,” cite “Author, 1972”). Please do not submit a title page as part of your manuscript, instead provide that information in the cover letter section of the specific call. Please save the uploaded manuscript as the title of the manuscript and do not include the author(s) name.

Contacting the Harvard Educational Review

By email

For process-related questions in submitting a manuscript, please contact Laura Clos at

For content-related queries, please email the Manuscripts Editors at

Thank you very much for considering the Harvard Educational Review as a forum for your work.

Editorial Board
Harvard Educational Review
8 Story Street, First Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

This call is intended only for submission of manuscripts that have gone through the review process and been invited by the editorial board to be revised and resubmitted. Please do not use this category for manuscripts that have not been reviewed by the editorial board. Please include a separate letter to the editors addressing the specific recommendations made in their letter to you. If you have any questions, please contact the solicits and invitations editor at

Thank you.
This call is intended only for submission of manuscripts that have been formally solicited by the editorial board. Please include the solicit proposal approved by the editorial board. If you have any questions about the process or want to request preliminary review of the manuscript, please contact the solicits and invitations editor at

Thank you.
This call is intended only for submission of manuscripts invited by the editorial board. Please be sure to include the original invitation letter for our records. If you have any questions about the due date or preliminary review of the manuscript, please contact our solicits and invitations editor at 

Thank you.