Manuscript Submissions

Submission Information

JPSHE accepts submissions that are between approximately 15 and 20 double-spaced pages in length, excluding abstract, references, and appendices. Manuscripts must conform to the standards set forth in the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, including a brief abstract of no more than 150 words and up to 6 keywords. Manuscripts submitted should not be under consideration by another publication.

Authors are asked to submit a blind copy of the manuscript, along with a separate file containing contact information for all authors (title, institutional affiliation, address, telephone number, email, and brief author biographies), to by March 10, 2017, for consideration in the 2017 volume. Authors will receive confirmation of received manuscripts within five business days. Authors are welcome to contact the editors with ideas and to dialogue about manuscripts-in-development prior to formal submission. Such dialogue does not guarantee acceptance; all manuscripts will undergo blind peer-review. Please see the Author Guidelines linked below for specific submission instructions and a brief style guide. 

JPSHE welcomes diverse manuscripts, from empirically-based examinations to critical reflection pieces, theoretical investigations, commentaries, case studies, and pedagogical and research designs. Authors should keep in mind that JPSHE is very reflective in nature and looks for manuscripts that provide a critical lens to implications for teaching, research, and practice and that clearly outline strengths,  challenges, and use of the new knowledge generated. The editors invite manuscripts that address, for example:

  • how community engagement influences teaching and research in a particular discipline or across the disciplines;
  • the outcomes of institutional initiatives to stimulate community-engaged teaching, research, and service among faculty and/or graduate students;
  • international and/or interdisciplinary teaching and research with communities;
  • practical advice and guidance to faculty new to public scholarship;
  • the role of community-engaged teaching and research in promotion and tenure;
  • public scholarship as a paradigm for undergraduate and graduate student research;
  • principles for the design of reciprocal, mutually beneficial teaching and research projects with communities.

All submissions must clearly identify implications for the growth and viability of public scholarship in the academy. Authors are welcome to contact editors to discuss ideas and manuscripts prior to submission.

Author Guidelines

Journal Timeline

(This timeline may be adjusted based on author, reviewer, or editor schedules and unforeseen circumstances.)

  • November – March - Manuscripts undergo a desk review for appropriateness to the journal’s aims and revisions needed before sending out for peer review. Authors notified when pieces are sent out for review.
  • November - May – Peer review period.
  • May/June – Authors notified of publication decisions.
  • July – Author revisions due.
  • July/September – final edits, with author input as needed
  • October – Publication

Evaluation Criteria

Although public scholarship may take many forms across the disciplines, and involve many modes of inquiry, such projects share characteristics common to all forms of scholarship across Boyer’s spectrum (Boyer, 1990; Glassick et al., 2007; National Review Board):

  1. Clear Goals: The manuscript clearly states its basic purpose, pursuits, and theoretical or pedagogical value.
  2. Adequate Preparation: The manuscript is adequately grounded in relevant literature (disciplinary and/or the generalist literature on public scholarship in the academy) and demonstrates the contributions it seeks to make to existing knowledge.
  3. Appropriate Methods of Inquiry: The methods of inquiry utilized are appropriate to the research goal and adequately applied.
  4. Significant Results: The manuscript makes significant contributions to the study and/or practice of public scholarship in the scholar’s discipline and/or across the disciplines.
  5. Effective Presentation: The manuscript is organized effectively to highlight the most salient results and/or arguments. It is free from errors in grammar, mechanics, and APA documentation. The “voice” of the manuscript is professional and accessible to a cross-disciplinary audience.
  6. Reflective Critique: The manuscript clearly reflects implications for promoting public scholarship among higher education faculty and staff as a rigorous form of scholarly work, including areas for further exploration and collaboration. The manuscript offers a clear and significant “take away” message that adds to the research, theoretical, and pedagogical dimensions of public scholarship.

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Publication and Copyright

The Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education is now only published online in order to expand readership to the intellectual work of its authors. Articles will be made available in PDF format for easy access and distribution. Missouri State University will hold copyright to all published manuscripts. Authors will retain license to use their published manuscripts for other purposes and in other forms, with acknowledgement of prior publication in the Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education. Article reprints must also include citation of original publication. Indexing Beginning with the 2015 issue, JPSHE is indexed in EBSCO. All issues are also available on the JPSHE website ( and listed in Google Scholar.


JPSHE is indexed in EBSCO, Google Scholar, and ERIC. All issues are also available on the JPSHE website (


Prospective authors are welcome to contact the editorial staff with questions or to share ideas via

Resources for Authors

APA Style Guide

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