Canadian Journal of Higher Education Revue canadienne d'enseignement supérieur

Editor(s): Creso Sá (Editor), Eric Lavigne (Rédacteur - section francophone), Walter Archer (Book Review Editor)


Focus and Scope

The Canadian Journal of Higher Education/La Revue canadienne d’enseignement supérieur is a peer-reviewed and open-access publication of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education. The journal’s aim is to contribute to research and scholarly debate on higher education in Canada.

The Journal's articles employ a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of higher education. Representative of the multidisciplinary nature of the field, they address a variety of problems and consider different units of analysis to further understanding of Canadian higher education topics such as public policy, institutional governance and administration, community engagement, student success, the curriculum, and organizational change.

The Journal publishes research-based manuscripts and book reviews in English and French. Authors are to closely follow the author guidelines when preparing their manuscript for submission. Manuscripts reporting on international and comparative studies should address their relevance and implications to Canadian higher education. Unsolicited book reviews, non-research-based essays, institutional reports, literature reviews and program evaluations are not accepted.


Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
6th floor
252 Bloor St West
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

Principal Contact

Creso Sá


Support Contact

Summer Cowley


Open access

The current issues and the journal’s archives are offered in open access.

Back issues (21 issues)

Permanent archiving of articles on Érudit is provided by Portico.

Editorial policy and ethics

Copyright and Redistribution

Creative Commons License

Copyright in the article is vested with the Author under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Canada license Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

Peer Review Process

All submissions are initially assessed by the Editors to ensure their appropriateness and adherence to the Journal and its author guidelines. Manuscripts deemed suitable are reviewed by at least two referees by way of a double blind review procedure. The Editors make final decision on articles.

Information for contributors

Author Guidelines

The CJHE-RCES is an open-access publication of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education and published English or French manuscripts. The Journal is financially supported by a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Aid to Scholarly Publication Grant, which covers publication costs. Therefore, as an open access journal, the CJHE-RCES does not charge authors a submission or article processing fee. Submission of a manuscript to CJHE-RCES entails that neither the manuscript nor any substantially similar manuscript has been published, is in press, or is under consideration elsewhere.

Use a standard typeface and size (e.g., Times Roman 12 pt.) and double space throughout, including block quotations, references, and notes. Manuscripts are not to exceed 7,000 words, including tables references, and endnotes. Please provide an abstract of up to 250 words.

Manuscripts must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). A basic template, available here, is suggested for submission. All tables should be in an editable format (i.e., not an image) using word-processing software.

Abstract & Title Page
All submissions should include a title page containing the manuscript 1) title, 2) an abstract (up to 250 words), and 3) 5-6 keywords. Please do not include author names in your submitted manuscript. 
Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, authors will be asked to provide an abstract in both English and French.

Tables and figures
All tables and figures should be placed on a separate document. Placement of each table and figure within the text should be clearly marked within the text as "Place table X here".
Figures should have a resolution of 300 ppi to ensure legibility when printed. Whenever possible, include the original file that was used to create the figure (e.g., Excel, PowerPoint, or Photoshop).
Ensure pattern (not colour) is used to distinguish portions of the figure, or used in the legend. While the colour version of the manuscript will be made available on the CJHE Open Journal System, some readers may only be able to print a black-and-white version of the manuscript, and figures need to be legible without colour.

Running head
A running head of up to 50 characters in length should be included in the manuscript.

References and citations
All references and citations must adhere to the APA 6th edition format. Sources cited within the text appear in parentheses after each citation and must give the authors name, year of publication. Enclose quotes of 40 words or less in double quotation marks in the text; indent quotes longer than 40 words in block format. Page numbers must be given for all direct quotations.

Footnotes are not allowed and endnotes should be minimal and be listed after the text and before the Reference section, having been marked within the text by superscript numerals.
Add parag on steps in the publication process

Steps Through the Publication Process

- The corresponding author opens a new submission online.

- The Journal Manager reviews the manuscript for identifying information.
- The Editor reviews the manuscript for suitability with CJHE scope.
- If deemed suitable, the manuscript is sent to reviewers for a double-blind review.
- The corresponding author receives an email notifying them of the decision and the reviewers’ feedback.
- If necessary, the authors make revisions to the manuscript.
- After the manuscript is accepted, the corresponding author works with the Production Manager on copy-editing and proof review.
- The manuscript is ready for publication and added to the list pending publications.

Editorial board


Creso Sá, University of Toronto

French Editor

Eric Lavigne, University of Toronto 

Book Review Editor

Walter Archer, Professor Emeritus University of Alberta

Journal Manager

Summer Cowley, University of Toronto

Production Manager

Sharon Hu