Arts and Humanities in Higher Education

Arts and Humanities in Higher Education

An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice

Jan McArthur Lancaster University, UK
US Editors
Donna Heiland Emerson College, Boston MA, USA
Jonathan Jacobs Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics, USA
Australasian Editors
Allyson Holbrook University of Newcastle, Australia
Frances Kelly University of Auckland, New Zealand
Jenn Webb University of Canberra, Australia
South African Editor
Peter Vale University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Assistant Editor
Stephanie Hartley University of Warwick, UK
Founder Editor
Jan Parker University of Cambridge, UK
Associate Editors
Elizabeth Evenden-Kenyon Brunel University, UK
Helena Gaunt Guildhall School of Music and Drama, UK
Ben Knights Teesside University, UK
David Ludvigsson Linköping University, Sweden
Timothy Mathews University College London, UK
Gavin Melles Swinburne University, Australia
Louise O'Boyle University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

Other Titles in:
Art & Design | Arts & Humanities | Drama

eISSN: 1741265X | ISSN: 14740222 | Current volume: 16 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

Arts and Humanities in Higher Education seeks to:

  • Publish high quality, peer-reviewed articles that bring critical research to the fore and stimulate debate.
  • Serve the community of arts and humanities educators internationally, by publishing significant opinion and research into contemporary issues of teaching and learning within the domain. These will include enquiries into policy, the curriculum and appropriate forms of assessment, as well as developments in methods such as electronic modes of scholarship and course delivery.
  • Publish articles characterised by profound thought about both the interface between research and teaching in the subject in question and the transformational purposes of a higher education.
  • Promote re-conceptualisation of arts and humanities disciplines in ways that reflect, and reflect upon, teaching.

The journal will not publish purely descriptive accounts of data collection or uncritical reports of teaching and course delivery methods.

Electronic Access

Arts and Humanities in Higher Education is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at

Editorial Board
Ron Barnett UCL Institute for Education, UK
Alan Booth University of Nottingham, UK
Chrissie Boughey Rhodes University, South Africa
Rosi Braidotti Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Charles Ess Drury University, USA
Mary Taylor Huber Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, USA
Stanley N Katz Princeton University, USA
Ben Knights Teesside University, UK
Timothy Lewis Education and Languages, Open University, UK
Peter Mandler University of Cambridge, UK
Stephanie Pitts Department of Music, University of Sheffield, UK
Kate Stimpson New York University, USA
David Tritelli Association of American Colleges and Universities, USA
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    1. Editorial Policies
      1.1 Peer review policy
      1.2 Authorship
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
      9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.4.5 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
      10.4 OnlineFirst publication
    11. Further information

    Arts and Humanities in Higher Education welcomes articles, reviews and scholarly comment relating to contemporary issues of teaching and learning within higher education. The journal welcomes contributions from educators in any disciplinary or interdisciplinary field of the Arts and Humanities in Higher Education.


    1. Editorial policies

    1.1 Peer review policy

    Arts & Humanities in Higher Education operates a strictly anonymous peer review process. All submissions will be doubly, anonymously and internationally refereed. Authors should ensure that they cannot be identified in text references, citations or institutional affiliation.

    1.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

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    2. Article types

    Arts and Humanities in Higher Education welcomes articles, reviews and scholarly comment.
    The journal will not publish purely descriptive accounts of data collection or uncritical reports of teaching and course delivery methods.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Arts & Humanities in Higher Education is hosted on SAGE track a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne� Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: If you are a new user, you will first need to create an account. Submissions should be made by logging in and selecting the Author Center and the 'Click here to Submit a New Manuscript' option. Follow the instructions on each page, clicking the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. If at any stage you have any questions or require the user guide, please use the 'Online Help' button at the top right of every screen.

    All original papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact the editor, Jan McArthur,

    Books for review and review manuscripts should be sent to Michael Coventry, Communication, Culture and Technology Program, Georgetown University, 3520 Prospect St. NW, Washington, DC 20057, USA.

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    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Arts and Humanities in Higher Education and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the Journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice.  Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all Sage journals, or appropriate legal action.

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.


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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    7. Acknowledgements

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an `Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement

    Arts and Humanities in Higher Education requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

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    8. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC/DOCX, RTF, XLS. Please also refer to additional guidelines on submitting artwork below.

    9.2 Journal Style

    Arts and Humanities in Higher Education conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    9.3 Reference Style

    Arts and Humanities in Higher Education adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    9.4. Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Articles should be between 4000 and 7000 words. The journal will not publish overlong papers. Case studies should be a maximum of 6500 words.

    Text should be clearly organized, with a clear hierarchy of heading and subheading and quotations exceeding 40 words displayed, indented in the text.

    Authors should take responsibility for ensuring that they cannot be identified in any way in the main body of the article in order to protect anonymity.

    9.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online. Submissions should be headed by an abstract of 100-150 words, and a list of 5-10 keywords.

    9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    9.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    10. After acceptance           

    10.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    10.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway.

    10.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Arts and Humanities in Higher Education with SAGE.

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education offers OnlineFirst publication.

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to

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