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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Types of articles

Holistic Education Review is a unique hybrid publication serving more than one purpose. HER is a peer review journal, with a double blind peer review process, serving to increase the scholarship of holistic education. In addition to our Peer Review section, we offer a Community Voices section in each issue.  In the spirit of holistic practices we access a wide range of styles and genres for the Community Voices. Authors may submit, for example, an article about a classroom practice, creative writing, a memoir, or even artwork or a video. Finally, we also have an Invited Articles section, which features special authors or themed articles.

See submission guidelines for each type of section below.

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 the 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

Submission Guidelines and Review Process for Peer Review Articles

Submit your article using the Submission portal on the Holistic Education Review website. 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. Calibri, 1.5 spaced, using American Psychological Association (APA), 7th edition format and style. Preferred article length is between 3,000-7,000 words.

Submission Guidelines for Community Voices

Community Voices articles can be virtually any length or any format. They may be scholarly or more informal in their content. Preferred length for articles is under 7,000 words. Please submit through the submission portal on the Holistic Education Review website. Questions: Email journal@holisticeducationreview or one of our editors (see the about page).

Submission Guidelines for Invited Articles

Guidelines for invited articles are open, although preferred length is no longer than 7,000 words. To submit an invited article, simply email to the editor who you have been in contact with (see our emails on the about page) or email journal@holisticeducationreview and be sure to put "HER INVITED ARTICLE SUBMISSION" in the subject line. The editor will stay in contact with you in regard to the editorial process. 

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