Journal of Higher Education in Prison

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Increasing Access and Opportunity

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 Manuscripts (Issue 1.1)

About the Journal of Higher Education in Prison

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.

Mission


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:

  • Open-Access: We believe that knowledge should be freely available to everyone, regardless of social status or current location.
  • Transparent: We believe it should be the discretion of reviewers and authors to choose an “open” or “masked” process and we support efforts to demystify the publishing process.
  • Community-Focused: We believe that the advancement of the field of higher education in prison is dependent on co-learning and collaboration.

Open Access Policy

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)).

Copyright Policy

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.

Archiving Policy

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

Editorial Board

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.

Executive Editors
Erin Castro, University of Utah
Mary Gould, Saint Louis University 

Managing Editor
Breea Willingham, State University of New York, Plattsburgh

Editorial Board
Susannah Bannon, Texas State University
Pamela Cappas-Toro, Stetson University
Patrick Conway, Boston College
Erin Corbett, Second Chance Educational Alliance, Inc.
André deQuadros, Boston University
Baz Dreisinger, City University of New York’s John Jay College
Andy Eisen, Stetson University
Tanya Erzen, University of Puget Sound
David Evans, Common Good Atlanta
Michelle Fine, City University of New York
Raphael Ginsberg, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Brady Heiner, California State University, Fullerton
Shon Holman, East Tennessee State University
Erin Kerrison, University of California, Berkeley
Amos Lee, University of California, Riverside
Amy Lerman, University of California, Berkeley
Jill McCorkel, Villanova University
Abena Subira Mackall, University of Texas, Austin
Erica Meiners, Northeastern Illinois University
Logan Middleton, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Bahiyyah Muhammad, Howard University
Elizabeth Nelson, Indiana University
Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Life University
Jelena Petrovic, Stetson University
Xuan Santos, University of California, San Marcos
Robert Scott, Cornell University
Oscan Fabian Soto, University of California, Santa Barbara
and University of California, San Marcos
Kaia Stern, Harvard University

Apply to Join the Editorial Board

The Journal of Higher Education in Prison (JHEP) is accepting Editorial Board applications through May 29, 2020. Following the selection of the first Editorial Board for JHEP, announced in Summer 2020, Editorial Board applications will be reviewed annually, starting in 2021.

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:

  • First and Last Name
  • Email Address (if applicable)
  • Mailing address (if this is your preferred method of communication)
  • Title (if applicable) 
  • Professional Affiliation (if applicable)
  • Professional Website (if applicable)
  • a brief overview of why you want to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Higher Education in Prison (150—200 words)
  • a brief overview of why you think a journal of higher education in prison is important/relevant (150-200 words)

If invited to join the Editorial Board, please confirm that you can commit to the following:

  • be available to review two manuscript submissions per year (or provide an alternative reviewer, such as a colleague or graduate student)
  • provide recommendations for reviewers and future Editorial Board members (and participate in the selection process)
  • contribute feedback, when promoted, to updates, special edition topic proposals, and reports provided from the journal Editor(s)
  • share articles with your professional, academic, and personal networks

Information for Authors

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.

Authorship

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.

Submission and Review Process

  • Manuscripts are editor pre-screened before they are sent out for review by 2-3 external reviewers.
  • Authors may choose a Masked or Unmasked peer review process. During an Unmasked peer review process, papers will be uploaded to a secure third-party site that allows reviewers to provide feedback on manuscripts and authors to respond (similar to Google Documents). The two types of review are described below:
  • A Masked review process is an anonymous review. The author’s information and other identifying markers (e.g., title page, institutional affiliations, document meta-data) must be removed from the manuscript. The author will remain anonymous to reviewers, and reviewers will remain anonymous to the author. The author will receive comments from the editors and reviewers after conclusions of the review process.
  • An Unmasked process is an open review. The author may keep all identifying information and markers in the manuscript. The author will know who is reviewing the manuscript and the reviewers will know who the author is. Both reviewers and author will have the opportunity to provide comments and discuss feedback in real-time during the review process.
  • Authors should expect to hear from an editor within the first four weeks of submission to find out if the manuscript has been approved at pre-screening. If a manuscript continues to external review, the editors will contact authors within 8-12 weeks for a Masked review, after the review process has been completed. For an Unmasked review, the editors will contact authors at the beginning of the review process.
  • All reviewers are expected to follow the Review Process Overview
  • Submitting an article indicates your agreement with our Ethics Practices

Manuscripts must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document

  • The manuscript should be no more than 30 pages, inclusive of abstract, tables, references, figures, and footnotes. Please follow the most recent Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced and use 12-point Times New Roman font. With rare exception, footnotes, references, tables, and figures are included in the 30-page limit. Manuscripts should have margins of 1inch on all the four sides and number all pages sequentially.
  • The submission should include the following and be submitted in this order:

1. Cover letter

The cover letter is a separate Word document and should include the following information:

  • Introduction to author(s)
  • Your manuscript's title
  • Manuscript type (review, research, case study, etc.)
  • Manuscript submission date
  • Brief background of your study and the research question you sought to answer
  • Brief overview of methodology used (if applicable)
  • Affirmation that the work is original and not currently under review with any other journal/publication
  • Any additional information the author(s) deem necessary

2. Title page

The title page is a separate Word document and should include the following:

  • Full title of the article
  • Author and co-authors’ full name(s), current position, affiliation, institutional email address, telephone, and fax numbers (if applicable)
  • A 3-4 line biographical note (no more than 100 words each) for each author as it should appear if published
  • Indication of who is the corresponding author (*following the author’s name)
  • 3-5 keywords
  • Acknowledgments and credits
  • Indication of review preference (type Masked or Unmasked)

3. Manuscript with Abstract & References

  • 150 to 250 words on a separate Word document page headed by the full article title
  • The Abstract page should precede the main body of the article
  • Begin the manuscript text on a new page headed by the full article title
  • References should begin on a new page after the conclusion of the manuscript
  • For manuscripts that are Masked, authors should only mask citations that are currently under review or self-referential.
  • It is the responsibility of the author to ensure accuracy of the reference list format as well as the format and use of tables and figures (when applicable).
  • Authors should follow the guidelines associated with the most recent version of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Ready to submit?

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: jhep@higheredinprison.org

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Current Issue

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 1.1

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Contact Us:

jhep@higheredinprison.org  
Alliance for Higher Education in Prison
Attn: Journal of Higher Education in Prison
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Denver, CO 80202