The Journal of Higher Education in Prison (est. 2019) is the only peer-reviewed journal that publishes solely on topics and issues in higher education in prison. The journal, published twice-annually by the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison, provides the growing field of higher education in prison a forum to discuss praxis and the ways that theory can and should inform teaching and learning in prison.Call for submissions (Coming Soon)
The increased visibility of higher education in prison in the national landscape has placed conversations about the field squarely in the national spotlight, including scholarship. Yet, a centralized and consistent location for publication has not existed. The Journal of Higher Education in Prison (est. 2019) is the only peer-reviewed journal that publishes solely on topics and issues in higher education in prison and provides the growing field of higher education in prison a forum to discuss praxis and the ways that theory can and should inform teaching and learning in prison. Launching the Journal of Higher Education in Prison (JHEP) is one aspect of our collective commitment to quality and efforts to engage in transparent, public dialogue. As we move forward as a community of practice, JHEP invites practitioners, students, advocates, policymakers and others engaged in scholarship and research that centers teaching and learning in prison to use the pages of this journal to elevate context-specific research and writing to improve the quality of educational opportunities for students currently incarcerated and alumni of higher education in prison programs.
The Journal of Higher Education in Prison publishes open-access, peer-reviewed scholarship that advances the field of higher education in prison and addresses four specific needs:
1. creating a dedicated space for peer-reviewed scholarship on higher education in prison;
2. expanding opportunities for scholars to publish on topics focused on higher education in prison;
3. extending readership opportunities to more people (domestic and international) through open-access publishing; and
4. contributing to the creation of a community of practice for the higher education in prison community.
JHEP is guided by the following values:
We believe in making information and research freely available to the public to support a greater global exchange of knowledge. Thus, there are NO author or reader fees to publish in and read the Journal of Higher Education in Prison (e.g., no submission fees, subscription fees, or article processing charges (APCs)).
The Journal of Higher Education in Prison supports the Creative Commons project of alternative copyright, which allows authors to retain copyright while inviting certain uses of their work. Authors maintain ownership of their work and allow the Journal of Higher Education in Prison to publish it. We ask authors to acknowledge the Journal of Higher Education in Prison when distributing their work (such as on their own or college/university websites or via social media), and that they do not publish the same exact work in another publication. Readers are free to copy, display, distribute, and adapt content, as long as the work is attributed to the author and the Journal of Higher Education in Prison, the changes are identified, and the same license applies to the derivative work. The Journal of Higher Education in Prison is licensed by the designation Creative Commons Attribution: NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA). All Journal of Higher Education in Prison materials follow this license. This copyright licensing allows others to remix, adapt and build upon work for non-commercial purposes, as long as they credit and license their new creations under the identical terms.
All articles from the Journal of Higher Education in Prison will be archived with the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison. The Alliance will keep backups of all content on a secured network. All authors may self-archive any version of the submitted article (e.g., preprint) and any time.
Note: The journal is published independently by the Alliance and supported by an Editorial Board of senior scholars
The Editorial Board is comprised of scholars and researchers working in and shaping the growing field of higher education in prison, including scholars and researchers who are currently and formerly incarcerated.
To apply to join the Journal of Higher Education in Prison Editorial Board please click here to complete the online application form. The following information will be requested:
We welcome original manuscripts that will advance the empirical, theoretical, and methodological understanding of education and learning in the context of prisons, jails, detention centers and other facilities of confinement. Submissions may come from of a wide range of perspectives, topics, contexts, and methods, including interdisciplinary, legal, interpretive, critical, historical, evaluative, analytic, and empirical analyses.
Given the mission and values of the Journal of Higher Education in Prison, we take authorship seriously. We ask that all submitters carefully pay attention to authorship and before submitting ensure that all authors have meaningfully contributed to the creation of the manuscript and meet basic standards of authorship. Standards of authorship include: has created original content, has participated in the writing and editing process, has made a contribution to the analytical work of the piece. For example, please note the distinctions between an interview subject and an author, or a student’s permission to quote from coursework.
While the primary focus of this journal is work on the field of higher education in prison, there may be times when Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval is required. Any submission using research with human subjects must include information about IRB number, authorizing institution, and dates of research. The editor(s) reserves the right to request IRB approval notification if it is not included with the manuscript submission and the right to refuse review of a manuscript that includes research with human subjects if IRB documentation cannot be provided.
We strongly encourage submissions from currently and formerly incarcerated people, and those directly impacted by incarceration. We will accept handwritten manuscripts from currently incarcerated people and/or will work with a designated representative with a signed Designee Form to liaise. We otherwise do not accept submissions written on behalf of any individual.
Manuscripts must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document
The cover letter is a separate Word document and should include the following information:
The title page is a separate Word document and should include the following:
To submit a manuscript through our online portal, click the submit button below. You will be provided specific instructions at each step of the submission process. To submit via the mail, follow the link below.
Both electronic and hardcopy submissions must follow the following Manuscript Preparation Guidelines (listed above). Submissions that do not meet the criteria will be returned.
All manuscripts must be written in English. If English is not your first language and you would like assistance in translating your manuscript into English, please contact the editors to discuss your options: firstname.lastname@example.orgSubmit NOW
Schedule: The first issue (1.1) of the Journal of Higher Education in Prison is scheduled to be published in Winter 2020. We intend to publish one issue in 2020 and build to two issues per year in 2021 and maintain a biannual publication schedule.
We are currently accepting submissions for Issue 1.1Submit a manuscript
Alliance for Higher Education in Prison
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Denver, CO 80202