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iSoTL publishing and journals

Research into higher education is developing rapidly, and outlets for publishing are wide-ranging. According to Tight, 2017, there are 86 Higher Education Journals, of which 28 are key journals (listed below with an asterisk (*)). The list below has been compiled with reference to those key journals, but also includes other journals suitable for publishing iSoLT findings. There are three general categories of journals where you can publish:

  1. generic journals which publish papers on any aspect of higher education
  2. topic-specific journals which publish papers on specific topic
  3. discipline-specific journals that publish papers in particular disciplines. (Tight, 2017).

The list of journals below blends categories 1 and 2, and is followed by a list of discipline-specific journals.

All journals are listed alphabetically, are international and have a good impact factor/ ranking.

Additionally, other journals are listed that are not specifically about higher education but which do publish higher education research. They are well worth considering.

Reference: Tight, Malcolm, (2017) Higher education journals: their characteristics and contribution. Higher Education Research & Development, 36(7), 1-13

Things to consider before you start writing your paper

  • Consider which journal would best suit what you want to disseminate. You may be familiar with specific journals, and may already have decided that you want to publish in those journals. But it is worth considering other journals too.
  • If you are unsure of which journal to publish in, look over the list of journals below and consider if any of them are suitable for your iSoLT results.
  • Visit the web page of each journal and read the instructions for authors.
  • Consider the aims, scope and suitably of the journal: do these align with the paper you are preparing?
  • Read the publisher’s instructions to authors to find out what kind of articles they publish. If you decide to publish with them, ensure you follow these instructions to have the best chance of your paper being accepted.
  • What methodological approaches does the journal support?
  • Readership: Does the readership of the journal fit with who you want to reach?
  • Read some articles that are relevant to your interests from the past three years. How do the ideas in these papers relate to what you want to write? How can your work build on the ideas in these papers? How do authors approach their research, and do these approaches fit with your interests?
  • Ranking: Ranking of journals is not everything, but may be a factor in your decision about which journal to submit your paper to.

Find out more about disseminating your iSoLT work on the Curtin library website.

Read the author and reviewer tutorials webpage for information on how to get published and some common reasons for rejection.