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Contribute to the Journal

Planning for Higher Education invites well-written articles about important trends and issues that could influence academic planning and management, about novel or effective planning techniques, and about applied research of relevance to educational decision making. Reviews of books of interest to higher education planners are also welcome.

We welcome timely submissions of practical, actionable content on a variety of topics related to integrated planning throughout the year.

Author Guidelines and How to Submit

Manuscript Types

Five manuscript types are welcomed for publishing in Planning for Higher Education:

  • Research articles—Present the results of original research of broad interest to the higher education planning community.
  • Feature articles—Discuss important concepts, issues, and/or trends of broad interest to the higher education planning community.
  • Planning stories—Present an institutional case study highlighting an integrated planning process.
  • Viewpoints—Opinion pieces
  • Book reviews

Editorial Support

We want to publish your expertise so that SCUPers can put it to use. Editorial support is offered to authors as needed. Authors are welcome to submit outlines and early drafts to the managing editor for consultation. All papers will undergo professional copyediting at SCUP’s expense.

Manuscript and Illustrative Materials

  • The standard article word count is 2,500–5,000.
  • Manuscript text should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
  • As for preparing the content, draft the article in Times New Roman font and at 12 pt type.
  • Do not embed any design elements (including page headers or footers) or other visuals in your Word doc.
  • Within the article Word doc, following the list of references, include a biography, approximately 75 words per, for each author.
  • Illustrative materials (photographs, charts, tables, or maps) that align with your article content are encouraged. They should be numbered consecutively as to proper placement within the text in the article layout, and photos should include captions and photography credit.
  • All illustrative materials should be inserted in a Word document that is separate from the article document (not embedded in the article document).
  • The illustrative materials document and the article document should be submitted by email at the same time.
  • Images should be submitted as high-resolution (300 dpi) files (TIFF or JPG). Color images are preferred.

Copyright and License

An author whose contribution has been accepted for publication in Planning for Higher Education will sign an agreement allowing both SCUP and the contributor to reproduce, prepare derivative works from, and distribute, in all current and subsequent forms, the contributor’s work. The contributor is free to publish the work or an adaptation of the work in a journal or magazine other than Planning for Higher Education, but only after a period of 60 days after the article has been published in the SCUP journal.

Copy of Final Work

Authors of all articles accepted for publication will receive a digital copy of the full journal issue in which their article appeared.


To cite references and sources, use the author-date style, e.g., (Rose 2001), in the text and a list of all citations, alphabetically by author, at the end of the article. For style in listing references, consult The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. When possible, include citations to pertinent online resources. Be sure to proofread the article and to check the accuracy of assertions and documentation.

Submission Instructions

For each manuscript submission, please send an email to:

Mimi Bell
SCUP Managing Editor

Include the following with each submission:

  1. Name and email address for each author
  2. Select a Planning for Higher Education manuscript type that describes this manuscript (one or more):
    1. Research article (presents the results of original research of broad interest to the higher education planning community)
    2. Feature article (discusses important concepts, issues, and/or trends of broad interest to the higher education planning community)
    3. Planning Story (presents an institutional case study highlighting an integrated planning process)
    4. Viewpoint (opinion piece)
    5. Book Review
  3. Manuscript abstract (no more than 100 words)
  4. (optional) Manuscript draft (in Microsoft Word format)