Submission Guidelines


Research Paper: Manuscripts that use empirical methods to answer a significant question about women students, administrators, or faculty. NJAWHE accepts manuscripts based on both quantitative as well as qualitative research and manuscripts that are about pedagogy as well student, faculty and administrator experiences. Undergo blind review.

Practice Paper: A practice paper is a manuscript length description and evaluation of a novel issue, program or approach to professional practice in postsecondary education. Undergo blind review.

Scholarly Essay: A scholarly essay will address an important problem related to women in the academy. A scholarly essay may also critique existing ideas or practices. Such an essay will be evaluated based on its importance and logical development. Undergo blind review.

Literature Review: Publishable literature reviews should provide syntheses of previously unsynthesized research and scholarship on a question or topic of importance to the field. Undergo blind review.

Program Descriptions

Program descriptions are brief 500 word descriptions of innovative or particularly effective programs serving women in higher education. Program descriptions typically undergo editorial review but may be sent for blind peer review at the discretion of the editors.

Book Reviews

Commissioned by the editors, book reviews undergo editorial but not peer review. Unsolicited book reviews may be submitted with prior approval from the editor.

Style Guidelines

All manuscripts must follow American Psychological Association (APA) style. Depending upon the type of article, manuscripts should be at least 15 pages, and no more than 25 pages, double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font. Page length includes tables and figures, but does not include title page, abstract, or references.

Manuscript Review Process

Manuscripts are judged using a blind review process, each by at least two reviewers. The genre of the paper is taken into consideration when being critiqued. Criteria related to some modes of inquiry are noted below, but these are suggestive, not definitive or exhaustive.

Research Paper: Consider the use of theory and the available literature; the design, sampling, and data gathering procedures; appropriateness of the method for the question; the treatment and interpretation of data; the importance of results; the practical and substantive implications of results.

Professional Practice Paper: Consider the validity of the description of the problem and its context; the clarity of assumptions; the discussion of alternative solutions; the defense of the chosen course of action; practical or theoretical implications.

Best Practices Paper: Consider the adequacy of the description of the practice or program, the uniqueness of the case, the method for gathering data about the program, the implications of the program for other colleges and universities.

Scholarly Essay: Consider the importance of the problem, thoroughness of coverage of relevant literature, and logical development of the essay.

Literature Review: Consider its scope, coherence, and impartiality; the development of meaningful insights for the practitioner; its suggestions for necessary scholarship.

Each manuscript is evaluated on the paper's form and content. Form includes writing style and readibility, logical development, length, and relation of author's objectives to those appropriate for the genre. Content includes originality of topic or approach, significance of the subject, and significance to the readers. The manuscripts published in the NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education are selected by the editors in consultation with the reviewers.

How to Submit

All manuscripts must be submitted online through

Tools for Reviewers

As part of the developmental review process, we recommend all NJAWHE reviewers to utilize the following guidelines: /images/uploads/main/Reviewer_Guidlines.pdf

We encourage reviewers to either provide direct and detailed feedback through the Scholar One system or to anonymously provide tracked changes in Word. Instructions for Word users on PC and Mac are provided here: /images/uploads/main/Mac_and_PC_Anon_Comments_jsarp_and_njawhe.pdf