ANNOUNCEMENT: The Open Calls have resumed 

At this juncture, the Editorial Board of the Harvard Educational Review would like to reaffirm and restate our mission as a journal committed to social justice. As communities, educators, and students around the world experience the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial violence, the Editorial Board encourages the submission of manuscripts presenting original empirical and theoretical work as well as essays and Voices pieces that contribute to our understanding of educational theory and educational practice in light of these historic events. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The impact(s) on students and families of pandemic-related school closures
  • How teachers and school leaders are managing remote and asynchronous instruction
  • Education under conditions of increasing political polarization globally and domestically
  • The relationship between education and environmental injustice in light of increasingly severe and disruptive weather events
  • How teachers navigate teaching about race and racial justice in light of the ongoing protests against racial violence

Please note that HER continues to be open to all submissions that seek to contribute original research and perspectives to the field of education, including a diversity of methodological approaches, theoretical and conceptual foundations and geographical foci. As always, the Editorial Board is committed to publishing a range of manuscripts that highlight the voices and experiences of diverse communities.

The 2020-2021 Editorial Board

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The Harvard Educational Review is a journal of opinion and research in the field of education. Articles are selected, edited, and published by an editorial board of graduate students at Harvard University. The editorial policy does not reflect an official position of the faculty of Education or any other Harvard faculty. (print ISSN 0017-8055, online ISSN 1943-5045) 

HER 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.

Types of Articles

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.

Essays

An essay should have a well-developed argument with a clear purpose. A good essay will not merely summarize previous work but will advance an original argument or provide a useful synthesis of a particular area of inquiry. Essays should employ compelling evidence to justify the author’s claims. Evidence can draw from (but is not limited to) practice, theory, personal experience, and/or empirics. Strong essays will be engaging to readers, logically structured, and have an internally cohesive and coherent argument.

Successful essays can take many forms, including:

  • Literature reviews
  • Normative arguments
  • Explorations of theory in practice
  • Articulation of promising avenues of research to pursue and/or gaps in a particular field

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.

Criteria

 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

 Formatting

  •  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.
  • Please combine all component of the manuscript (abstract, keywords, references, appendices, etc.) into one Word document file if possible (no PDFs). Please use the title of the manuscript as the title of the document file (no author names for blinding purposes). It is not necessary at first screening to provide high-quality graphics.
  •  Manuscripts must be anonymized for review; any references that identify the author in the text must be made anonymous (e.g., instead of citing “Smith, 1972,” cite “Author, 1972”), or with use the third person in the text. Please do not submit a title page as part of your manuscript. 
  •  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).

Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts should include both an abstract and keywords. The abstract should summarize the manuscript concisely and well-enough to give the reader an accurate sense of the key points, findings, and implications. (Please do not exceed 250 words, the maximum word count allowed for most indexing services). All manuscripts should include 6 keywords, based on the ERIC list of index descriptors (see: http://www.eric.ed.gov/ ). 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 additional information about process, please visit our FAQ.

  Contacting the Harvard Educational Review

By email

For process-related questions in submitting a manuscript, please contact Laura Clos at laura_clos@gse.harvard.edu 

For content-related queries, please email the Content Editors at HER_manuscripts@gse.harvard.edu 

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

Thank you for your interest.

   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. 

The word count range for research articles is 4,500 words to 9,000 words inclusive.
 

This call is intended for submission of manuscripts in the form of an academic essay.   

An essay should have a well-developed argument with a clear purpose. A good essay will not merely summarize previous work but will advance an original argument or provide a useful synthesis of a particular area of inquiry. Essays should employ compelling evidence to justify the author’s claims. Evidence can draw from (but is not limited to) practice, theory, personal experience, and/or empirics. Strong essays will be engaging to readers, logically structured, and have an internally cohesive and coherent argument.

Successful essays can take many forms, including:

· Literature reviews

· Normative arguments

· Explorations of theory in practice

· Articulation of promising avenues of research to pursue and/or gaps in a particular field  

The word count range for an academic essay is 2,500 words to 9,000 words inclusive.
 

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. 

The word count range for Voices narrative essay is 2,500 words to 9,000 words inclusive.  

HER welcomes submissions in addition to the Research article, Essay, and Voices 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 and why it is a good fit for the journal.

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 HER_invites@gse.harvard.edu

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 HER_invites@gse.harvard.edu

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 HER_invites@gse.harvard.edu 

Thank you.
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