Journals of Higher Education: A selected list

There are many journals where colleagues might wish to publish their own work including pedagogic research and the scholarship of learning and teaching. This page introduces the top-ranked peer reviewed journals of learning and teaching in higher education.

The list below was created via SCOPUS, using the search term 'higher education'. Colleagues can create their own customised journal lists by using discipline-specific or topic-related search terms. For example, entering 'Art Design' without 'higher education' would source publications such as the International Journal of Art and Design Education which invites submissions relating to all levels of education.

Clicking 'SJR' will rank the results according to SCImago Journal Rank – a measure of the scientific influence of scholarly journals that considers both the number of citations received and the importance or prestige of the journals where the citations occur.

Journal listing
Journal nameSJR

Internet and Higher Education

International and interdisciplinary in scope. Focussed on contemporary issues and developments relating to online learning, teaching and administration.

Publishes theory papers, research studies, critical essays, reviews and case studies.

Four issues per year.


Review of Higher Education

The official journal of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Aims to inform academics, academic leaders and policy makers on critical higher education issues. Covers a broad range of issues including transition, diversity and e-learning.

Includes articles, essays, reviews and research findings.

Four issues per year.


Journal of Higher Education

Aimed at academics, managers and course leaders.

Includes a wide variety of theoretical perspectives and disciplinary orientations. Focussed on the US context.

Six issues per year.


Research in Higher Education

Published in the US but international in focus.

Broad in scope: includes such topics as retention, assessment, accreditation and financial management, teacher education, curriculum and recruitment.

Three / Five issues per year.


Studies in Higher Education

International journal published by the Society for Research into Higher Education (SHRE). Includes disciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives, and particularly emphasises education as practice.

Includes empirical and theoretical articles on policy, institutional management and performance, teaching and learning, and the contribution of higher education to society and the economy.

Eight issues per year.


Higher Education Research and Development

Published by the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, and aimed at lecturers, researchers and administrators.

Includes empirical, theoretical, philosophical and historical articles and essays that address a broad variety of issues in higher education. Features contributions from all parts of the world.

Six issues per year.


Higher Education Quarterly

Published in association with the Society for Research into Higher Education (SHRE), this journal features international articles concerned with policy and strategic management in higher education.

Includes large thematic studies on policy strategy, comparative and international papers, empirical and theoretical studies.

Subjects covered include institutional approaches to the student experience; management and leadership; system-wide issues such as student funding and widening participation; international responses to global market environments.

Four issues per year.


Higher Education

Focussed on developments in both the public and private higher education sectors. Aims to provide a forum for ongoing discussion between experts.

Publishes overview articles, comparative studies and analyses. Includes topics such as international student mobility, academic freedom, teaching effectively with technology.

Twelve issues per year.


Active Learning in Higher Education

Aimed at lecturers and colleagues who support or research effective learning, teaching and assessment.

Focussed on development, innovation and practice, including the use of information and communication technologies, and issues concerning the management of teaching and active learning.

Contributions include project reports, survey results and evaluations.

Three issues per year.


Journal of Computing in Higher Education

Focussed on processes and technologies in higher education.
Articles include research papers, literature reviews, implementation and evaluation studies, theoretical, conceptual and policy papers.

Includes perspectives on instructional technology’s role in improving access, affordability, and outcomes of post-secondary education.

Two issues per year.


Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education

Multidisciplinary journal aimed at all HE practitioners.

Focussed on all aspects of assessment and evaluation within higher education.

Contributions discuss assessment and evaluation practices and processes, developments within the field, and sharing innovative practice.

Welcomes research based, reflective or theoretical studies.

Eight issues per year.


Journal of Diversity in Higher Education

Multidisciplinary journal.

Discusses all aspects of inclusivity – including pedagogy, support, and management – in both public and private higher education. Primarily US-focussed.

Includes research findings, theory, and evaluations of promising practices.

Four issues per year.


Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management

Disseminates ideas and encourages debate around policy. Includes analyses and reports on professional experiences and evaluation of current and emerging policies.

Aimed at managers, senior academic staff and those seeking to influence educational policy making. Covers higher education, vocational education and training institutions.

Welcomes research articles.

Six issues per year.


Quality in Higher Education

Focussed on quality assurance, including theory, practice and policies relating to the control, management and improvement of quality in higher education. International in scope.

Welcomes research papers which assess the impact of quality systems, procedures and methodology; theoretical analyses; comparative evaluations. Aims to identify transferable methods, systems and good practice.

Three issues per year.


International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

An international journal for practitioners, consultants and professional writers on sustainability matters at higher education institutions.

Topics include pedagogy, management, initiatives and building design related to sustainable development.

Five / six issues per year.


Teaching in Higher Education

Critically examines the values underpinning teaching and explores how teaching and research can be more closely aligned.

Includes theorised / contextualised case studies and theoretically and critically analysed surveys.

Eight issues per year.


Journal of Hispanic Higher Education

Multicultural and multidisciplinary.

Focussed on issues at Hispanic-serving institutions*. Particularly interested in research that crosses cultural and disciplinary boundaries. Articles from the USA and the Americas feature prominently.

Encourages creative and practical articles that combine research with application and foster the integration of theory and practice. Publishes both quantitative and qualitative articles.

Four issues per year.

*Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) are not for profit institutions of higher learning with a full-time equivalent (FTE) undergraduate student enrollment that is at least 25% Hispanic.


Higher Education Policy

International peer-reviewed academic journal focussing on higher education policy in a broad sense, including governance.

Aimed at researchers, policy-makers, administrators, managers and practitioners.

Publishes critical analyses, qualitative and quantitative investigations, and theoretical-conceptual contributions. Includes contributions written from a disciplinary or inter-disciplinary perspective.

Four issues per year.


Innovative Higher Education

Publishes descriptions and evaluations of current innovations and their effect on teaching and students.

Includes diverse forms of scholarship and research methods, and both practical and theoretical articles.

Topics featured include student evaluation of teaching, peer mentoring and experiential learning.

Two issues per year.


Journal of Further and Higher Education

International post-16 education and training journal.

Topics include management and administration, teacher education and training, curriculum, staff and institutional development, and teaching and learning strategies and processes.

Welcomes articles which debate and critique practice.

Six issues per year.


Higher Education Pedagogies

International journal discussing practice and theory of teaching and learning in and across all disciplines. 

Includes contributions on disciplinary pedagogies and learning experiences; curriculum and delivery; the role of teaching and learning in academic careers and in the profession as a whole.

Aimed at individuals wishing to remain informed of teaching and learning developments and those wishing to develop and enhance their own practice.

Includes articles of both a specialist and a generalist nature.

One issue per year.

(new journal—no SJR measure yet)