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 30/1, March 2017: The latest edition of HEP brings together seven papers looking at student engagement.


  • Critiques of Student Engagement - Bruce Macfarlane and Michael Tomlinson, University of Southampton, UK;

  • Student Engagement, ‘Learnification’ and the Sociomaterial: Critical Perspectives on Higher Education Policy - Lesley Gourlay, University College London Institute of Education, UK;

  • Student Engagement: Towards A Critical Policy Sociology - Michael Tomlinson;

  • Higher Education Policy on Student Engagement: Thinking Outside the Box - Peter Kahn, University of Liverpool, UK;

  • From Student Engagement to Student Agency: Conceptual Considerations of European Policies on Student-Centered Learning in Higher Education - Manja Klemenčič, Harvard University, USA;

  • Higher Education’s Panopticon? Learning Analytics, Ethics and Student Engagement - Julie Wintrup, University of Southampton, UK;

  • The Engaged Student Ideal in UK Higher Education Policy - Paul Kelly, Nic Fair, Carol Evans, University of Southampton, UK;

  • This edition is completed by a paper entitled Reputation Management in Complex Environments—A Comparative Study of University Organizations, penned by Tom Christensen and Åse Gornitzka of the Universty of Oslo.

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.