About the Journal

The mission of the Holistic Education Review is to: 

    Enhance and broaden the scholarship of holistic education

    Lift up diverse and emerging voices of holistic education practice

    Connect the holistic education community


We envision an holistic educational movement that is embedded in K-12 and higher ed systems as a diverse and unifying force, dedicated to wellbeing and to uplifting the human spirit.

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Types of Articles Published

The Holistic Education Review currently publishes:

  • Conversations: Interviews with scholars, thought leaders, and content experts about holistic education worldwide.
  • Articles: Scholarly papers from all disciplines about elements of holistic education. Examples include analyses, reports of research, essays, and opinion pieces. Maximum length: 20 pages plus reference list.
  • Community Voices: Articles about applications of holistic education worldwide. Maximum length: 20 pages plus reference list.
  • Media Reviews: Reviews of books, articles, films, plays, and television and radio programs dealing with themes of holistic education. Maximum length: 10 pages.
  • Events and Announcements

Background and Vision for The Holistic Education Review (HER)

The Holistic Education Review (HER) is the merging of three streams of academic publications on holistic education: The Holistic Educator Newsletter (HEN), The Holistic Education Review, and Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice. While merging these streams together, HER is also the birth of a new publication. 


The Holistic Education Review represents an integration of threads from two previous publications.

The first of these publications, The Holistic Educator Newsletter, began in 1991 as part of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s (ASCD) Wholistic Education Network. Jack Miller served as Editor from 1996 until 2011, when Susan Schiller and Gary Babiuk assumed the editorial roles. Throughout the history of HEN, the newsletter has been published twice a year, Spring and Fall.
In the summer of 2020, Susan and Gary asked Paul Freedman if he would assume the role of editor when they retired at the end of the year. Paul invited Laurel Tien and Renee Owen to join him as the new Editorial Team. 
The second thread originated in 1988, when Ron Miller founded the original quarterly journal, Holistic Education Review and became the journal’s Editor. This journal was a repository for scholarly research in the emerging field of holistic education. After four years, Ron handed over editorial duties to Jeffrey Cane and publishing duties to Charles Jakiela. The HER changed its name to Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice. Later, William Crain became Editor, and this journal folded in 2015.
The current editorial team is pleased to have brought these two streams together and to have both publications’ founders Jack Miller and Ron Miller involved on our Advisory Board. The new Holistic Education Review provides both a place for peer-reviewed scholarship as well as a hub for community members’ networking needs. 

Format and Publishing

HER will continue to publish two issues a year, Spring (May) and Fall (November).

HER will be published as an Open Journal, freely accessible, through the hosting site.

HER publishes both peer review scholarly articles and community-oriented newsletter articles.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in the Holistic Education Review provided they own the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works, unless the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer. There are no fees for authors to publish in the journal.

General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "Publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Holistic Education Review, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Holistic Education Review. If you have questions about the submission terms for the Holistic Education Review please contact the Production Editor at Laurel.tien@TLCommunity.org

Review Process for Peer Review Articles

Academic submissions undergo a double-blinded peer-review process, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. The results of the review will be returned to the author with one of four responses: unconditional acceptance, acceptance pending minor revisions, acceptance pending major revisions, or not accepted.

Formatting Requirements

Initial submission of articles to the Holistic Education Review should be as a Word document, with body of text in 12pt. Calabri, 1.5 spaced, using American Psychological Association (APA), 7th edition format and style. Please observe the page limits specified in the above section.