HEP cover Higher Education Policy (HEP), published quarterly, is an international journal for advancing scholarly understanding of the policy process applied to higher education through the publication of original analyses, both theoretical and practice-based, the focus of which may range from case studies of developments in individual institutions to policy making at systems and at national level.

Through this journal the International Association of Universities wishes to strengthen the exchange between scholarship and issues of practical administrative concern within the perspective of the disciplines that contribute to the study of this field - anthropology, history, economics, public administration, political science, government, law, sociology, philosophy, psychology, policy analysis and the sociology of organisations.
The editorial board will give every encouragement to original contributions, whether theoretical, conceptual or empirical in nature, which involves explicit inter-system and cross-national comparisons. Articles devoted to less reported systems of higher education and their evolution, are particularly welcome. The major criteria retained in the process of review and selection are the significance of the submission to decision-making and policy development in higher education as well as its intrinsic quality. Since the study of policy in higher education draws upon a broad range of disciplines, a cross-disciplinary methodology will have equal consideration.
The aim of Higher Education Policy is to provide a peer-reviewed vehicle of the highest quality for institutional leadership, scholars, practitioners and administrators at all levels of higher education to have access to, keep abreast of, and contribute to, the most advanced analyses available in this domain.

Editor: Professor Jeroen Huisman, Department of Sociology, University of Ghent, Belgium
Founding Editor: Professor Guy Neave

Current Editorial Board Members

Latest Issue

HEP 30/2, June 2017: The latest edition of HEP brings together seven papers looking at differng themes.


  • Success and Impact in Widening Participation Policy: What Works and How Do We Know? - Neil Harrison and Richard Walker, University of the West of England, UK;

  • Financing Universities Through Vouchers: Lessones from the Rupblic of Georgia - Adrian Zimmerman, Bar-Ilan University, Israel;

  • Space and Academic Identity Construction in Higher Education: An Open and Distance Learning Perspective - Nomanesi Madikizela-Madiya and Cheryl Sheila Le Roux, University of South Africa, South Africa;

  • “It Would be Great to See an Example…” Collaboration Between International NGOs and National Knowledge Institutes in Six African Countries - Gerard Prinsen, Massey University, New Zealand, and Ilse Hartog and Martijn Vink, Dutch Consortium for Rehabilitation, The Netherlands;

  • Same Governance Template but Different Agencies - Giliberto Capano, Scuola Normale Superiore, and Matteo Turri,University of Milan, both Italy;

  • Towards a Common Transnational Education Framework: Peculiarities in China Matter - Mingyan Hu, Griffith University, and Linda-Dianne Willis, University of Queensland, both Australia;

  • Mental Health Issues and Counseling Services in US Higher Education: An Overview of Recent Research and Recommended Practices - Perry C. Francis, Eastern Michigan University, and Aaron S. Horn, Midwestern Higher Education Compact, both USA;

If you are not a Member of IAU, and you wish to receive Higher Education Policy, you can subscribe on the website of the Journal’s publishers, Palgrave Macmillan.

Instructions for Authors

Articles should be typed double-spaced in Word format if possible. They should not normally exceed 7,000 words. Diagrams and tables should be presented on separate pages, clearly labelled with the author's name, and numbered; their respective positions should be included in the text.
Articles must be accompanied by an abstract of approximately 100-150 words and up to 6 key words.

The publishers of HEP, Springer, now operate an online submission system. Authors wishing to submit a paper for publication in HEP should do so on the on the HEP Editorial Manager page.

Full instructions on referencing are to be found on the journal’s website.

For futher questions, please contact the Editorial Assistant, Nicholas Poulton (n.poulton@iau-aiu.net)

Past Issues

HEP has in the past published thematic issues (Africa and Internationalization, Gender in Higher Education, Comparing Humboldt and Bologna) or issues based around papers presented at conferences, symposiums etc (Institutional Autonomy, Higher Education in the 21st Century - Diversity of Missions, Sustaining Diversity: Differentiating Higher Education Systems in a Knowledge Society).

Both the editorial team and the publishers of the journal, Palgrave Macmillan, welcome submissions on thematic areas that tie in to the mission of HEP, and should you have any proposals for thematic issues, or papers already written but not yet published please contact us.

The complete set of archives going back to 1988 is available on Palgrave Macmillan’s website.