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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, including word limits/guidelines. (See below)
  • You have included an abstract and an author biography under 100 words.

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 a Featured 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.



Each submission must include a title, an abstract, keywords, an author bio statement, and be written in a readable font. Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic)*. 

All manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) format.

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 for Peer Review articles: Initial submission of articles to the Holistic Education Review should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document (.doc/.docx), with body of text in 12pt. in any readable font, 1.5 spaced, using American Psychological Association (APA), 7th edition format and style. The preferred article length for peer review articles 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. The preferred length for Community Voices articles is under 4,000 words. Please submit through the submission portal on the Holistic Education Review website.


Submission Guidelines for Featured Articles: Guidelines for invited articles are open, although preferred length is no longer than 7,000 words. To submit an feature article, simply email to the editor who invited you to write a feature article (see our emails on the about page) or email and be sure to put "HER FEATURED ARTICLE SUBMISSION" in the subject line. The editor will stay in contact with you in regard to the editorial process. Feature articles may also be submitted through the peer review submission portal.


*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 these submission terms for the Holistic Education Review please contact the team at


Questions? Please email or one of our editors (see the about page for direct contact information).

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