HETL Global Communities

Editorial Policies

This page only pertains to the International HETL Review (IHR). If you would like to submit an article to one of our sister publications, please see Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education (JARHE) or Journal of Meaning-Centered Education (JMCE).


All submitted articles are first screened by the editor-in-chief to determine:

  1. the suitability and appropriateness of the article topic,
  2. the academic rigor and writing quality of the article,
  3. the type of article submitted, and
  4. if the article meets the criteria defined for that type of article.

If the article is not suitable or is deemed low quality, then the article will be rejected. However, if the article meets the above criteria, it will be accepted and go through the review process.

The review process for all articles is a peer-review process. If the article is accepted for review, the editor-in-chief will send the article to the appropriate reviewers (also known as a referees). The reviewers will review the article and return a rigorous academic assessment of the article to the editor-in-chief.

  • Academic Articles – at least three reviewers
  • Feature Articles – at least three reviewers
  • Opinion Articles – two reviewers
  • Interview Articles – two reviewers

After the review process, the article will be subject to one of the following outcomes:

  • Publishable. Accept with no revisions, minor revisions, or some major revisions.
  • Not publishable yet. The author must rewrite and submit as a new submission for a new full round of reviews.
  • Not publishable and cannot be salvaged.

HETL encourages global participation and invites authors from different backgrounds, cultures, and educational beliefs to contribute. Although academic rigor and writing quality is required and cannot be compromised, HETL may tolerate some article development if the work shows promise.


For all articles, after the article has been reviewed by the reviewers and if that article is selected as a candidate for publication, the article will go through a formal editing process. The editing process (also known as the editorial cycle) consists of several steps, including revision, copyediting, proofreading, and publication. The editing process is conducted by members of the editorial board and the editor-in-chief.

If the article is sent back to the author for revision and subsequent resubmission, the editor-in-chief reserves the right to provide the author with comments about what areas of the article need revision. After the author makes the revisions, the author may then resubmit the article to the editor for reconsideration. The editor-in-chief will then make a decision to either accept the revised article or to reject it.

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