Focus and Scope

HLRC is an open access journal with an international focus. Its aim is to disseminate both high quality research and teaching best practices in tertiary education across cultures and disciplines. HLRC connects the ways research and best practice contribute to the public good and impact the communities that educators serve. Peer reviewed and published articles have encompassed the following topics (submissions are not limited to this list):

  • Research and best practices in digital teaching and learning
  • Results from international collaborations regarding teaching and learning
  • How tertiary education contributes to training in 21st-century, global workplace skills
  • Assessment of student learning
  • Continuous quality improvement of academic programs and support services
  • The role of tertiary education in promoting civic engagement and globally competent citizenship
  • Tertiary education in developing countries
  • The role of institutional, local, national, and international policy on tertiary education

Authors are invited to submit their original, unpublished contributions in English. Contributions include qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods empirical research; brief reports of ongoing research and practice that do not rise to the level of a full empirical studies; case studies; critical literature reviews; essays; editorial pieces that address contemporary issues in tertiary education; and book reviews. There are no submission fees or processing charges.

Peer Review Process

Each paper will be submitted for a preliminary review in which editors ensure the paper complies with the submission guidelines, as well as the focus and scope of the journal, and does not have any identifying information in order to ensure a blind peer review process. All manuscripts will be submitted to a plagiarism detection service prior to peer review.

After the initial editorial review, each paper will undergo a double-blind peer review process.

  1. Editors will email selected reviewers the title and abstract of the submission as well as an invitation to log into the HLRC website to complete the review.
  2. Reviewers enter the website to agree to do the review, to download submissions, to submit their comments, and to select a recommendation.
  3. Alternatively, reviewers have the option to decline, or to decline and suggest other possible reviewers.
  4. If the peer-review reports come back recommending either to accept or to revise the manuscript, an academic editor will then copyedit the paper and conduct an editorial review in order to validate the data sources, fact-check the references, and make a final recommendation to the editor in chief or guest editor. 

Academic copy editors will actively search for the original sources cited in the manuscript to ensure context and accuracy, even after a plagiarism checker clears the paper for peer review. Unfortunately, the editors have encountered cases in which authors copy materials in one language and try to pass it as their own scholarship in another. As such, if at any point during the editorial and review process plagiarism, duplicitous or redundant publishing, academic dishonesty, or research misconduct is found, the submission will be summarily rejected and the author may be precluded from submitting manuscripts for a period of 1 year. For more information, please see the HLRC Ethics Statement.

In the case of manuscripts that are returned recommending revisions required or resubmit for review, the author will have no more than 30 days to revise and resubmit the manuscript. If the author does not resubmit after that period of time, the manuscript will be declined, and the author will have to submit the manuscript for a new review.

Publication Frequency

Beginning in 2017 HLRC editors will publish manuscripts as they are accepted. Published articles will be compiled in two separate issues per volume, one in June and one in December. The editors may also publish supplements to address specific topics of interest.

Open Access Policy

HLRC provides immediate open access to its content without barriers, subscriptions, fees, or charges on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Journal History

The journal was founded in 2011 by four Laureate International Universities® network institutions: Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey), Universidad Andrés Bello (Chile), Universidad Europea de Madrid (Spain), and Walden University (USA).