Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Working Papers in Higher Education Studies (WPHES) is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access e-journal of working papers published on behalf of the Erasmus+ joint master's programme in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MaRIHE) and the Master Programme in Higher Education Studies and Development (MHESD).


Thematic focus

The Journal focuses on studies in higher education and aims to publish research articles that explore the topic from a broad array of academic disciplines, methodologies, and perspectives. The Editors particularly encourage submissions of research that discuss current changes and interactions within the 'knowledge triangle' of research, innovation and higher education. The Editors also welcome suggestions for special issues on particular topics as well as contributions in the form of book reviews.


Scope of contributions

WPHES aims to reach a wide international audience and encourages contributors from different higher education systems to submit work for publication. While authors from any stage of their career are welcome for submission, preference is given to emerging authors, as WPHES intends to provide a space for students, early career researchers, academics and young professionals to present their works in progress to a broad readership and connect with established experts.


The series intends to incorporate and develop papers from international post-graduate programmes and, more generally, to stimulate debate and exchange of research ideas that are in an early stage of development. 


Section Policies

Working Papers

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Master Theses

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All papers will undergo a peer-review process. The papers will therefore receive the scrutiny and guidance of experts in the field.

The intention is that the review process not only screens papers in terms of contents, fit for publication and formatting, but also endeavours to provide authors with guidance and feedback to help develop their work.

A double-blind peer-review process will be adhered to.  This means that the reviewers’ and the author’s identities are not revealed to each other. The process will involve two reviewers, who are sourced from the Editorial Board, from professors involved in the participating programmes or from registered experts.


Open Access Policy

WPHES provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge and contributes to the quality and reach of scholarly publishing. Anyone who visits the journal website is free to view and download the full text (in a PDF form) of all published articles.