Higher Education Letter (HEL) is a peer-reviewed open-access quarterly journal devoted to the field of higher education, universities, and academic study. Higher Education Letter (HEL) features evaluations and descriptions of current ideas with relevance for action beyond the immediate context in higher education. It also focuses on the effect of current educational technologies and approaches on teaching and students. The journal of Higher Education Letter (HEL) publishes diverse forms of scholarship and research methods by maintaining flexibility in the selection of topics deemed appropriate for the journal. It strikes a balance between practice and theory by presenting research papers in a scholarly and evidence-based manner to both faculty and administrators in the academic community. All contributions are peer-reviewed. The main objective of the journal of Higher Education Letter (HEL) is to provide an intellectual platform for national and international researchers to discuss their most recent findings related to Higher Education. To serve this purpose, researchers are encouraged to submit their unpublished, original, full-length papers for potential publication in the journal. It is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the publication of original articles, review articles, etc., considering the research ethics and academic rules and regulations.
All papers are subject to a double-blind reviewing process. The submitted manuscripts will be published after a thorough review and the editorial board's approval. Researchers are highly appreciated if they visit this website, register, submit and set up their papers based on the Instructions to Authors. Therefore, visiting in person or calling the journal office is not recommended, so all connections with authors and reviewers are made through the website.
|Title||Higher Education Letter|
|Persian Title||Nāmah-i āmūzish-i ̒ālī|
|Journal Abbreviated Title||Higher Educ. Lett.|
|Abbreviated Alternate Title||HEL|
|Journal Title Acronym||HEL|
ISSN Print: 2008-4617
ISSN Online: 2783-2139
Scopus Subject Area and Category:
Web of Science Categories:
Education & Educational Research.
Current Contents Index:
Essential Science Indicators:
Social Sciences, General.
- Higher education.
- Higher education policy.
- Academic study.
Persian; including English abstracts and bibliographies.
2009 - Vol. 1, No. 1 -
Reza Maniei, Ph.D.
Ebrahim Khodaei, Ph.D.
|Place of Publication||
Institute for Research & Planning in Higher Education,
Yes; Double-Blind Peer Review.
|Manuscript turnaround time of the serial publication||
|Manuscript acceptance rate||
|Type of Access||
Open Access (OA)
|Type of License||
CC-BY-NC: Creative Commons — Attribution 4.0 International.
|Open Access Statement||
Higher Education Letter (HEL) is a fully open-access journal, which means that all articles are available on the Web to all users immediately upon publication. All content of the journal is published with open access under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). This license allows users to copy and redistribute the article under the following conditions:
- Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format.
- Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material.
Benefits of open access for authors include:
- Authors retain copyright to their work.
- Free access for all users worldwide.
- Increased visibility and readership.
- No spatial constraints.
- Rapid publication.
No publication charges are required from the author(s).
|The Policy of Screening for Plagiarism||
All manuscripts must be free from plagiarism contents. Manuscripts submitted to the journal of Higher Education Letter will be screened for plagiarism using similarity check and plagiarism detection tools. All authors are suggested to use plagiarism detection software to check the similarity before submitting their manuscript to the journal. Editors check the plagiarism detection of manuscripts in the journal of Higher Education Letter using the Grammarly detection software (www.grammarly.com), and iThenticate (www.ithenticate.com) for English abstracts and use Iranian plagiarism detection softwares such as IranDOC (https://tik.irandoc.ac.ir) and Samimonour (www.samimnoor.ir) for the Persian text. The journal will immediately reject papers leading to plagiarism or self-plagiarism. Whenever it is determined that the manuscript has not complied with the plagiarism rules, the article is rejected (before accepting) and if it has been published (after accepting), it will be removed from the published list and placed in the withdrawn list (returned articles because of failure to observe plagiarism law).
|Type of Publication (Processing Charges and Publication Charges)||
No publication charges are required from the author.
Full-text access: Open Access
Organizational and institutional support, Donations
|Type of Material||
Higher Education Letter (HEL) is an open-access peer-reviewed journal in Persian (with English abstracts) devoted to the field of higher education, universities, and academic study. Higher Education Letter (HEL) features evaluations and descriptions of current ideas with relevance for action beyond the immediate context in higher education. It also focuses on the effect of current educational technologies and approaches on teaching and students. The journal of Higher Education Letter (HEL) publishes diverse forms of scholarship and research methods by maintaining flexibility in the selection of topics deemed appropriate for the journal. It strikes a balance between practice and theory by presenting research papers in a scholarly and evidence-based manner to both faculty and administrators in the academic community. It is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the publication of original articles, review articles, etc., considering the research ethics and academic rules and regulations. All contributions are peer-reviewed.
|Copyright owner / Copyright holder||
Authors retain unrestricted copyrights and publishing rights. The author has complete control over the work (e.g. retains the right to reuse, distribute, republish, etc.).
The consent of all authors, as well as related authorities/institutions, has been received prior to the submission of the manuscript. The order of the authors (as to be reflected in the published article) has been established. The adding or deleting of authors once the manuscript has been accepted for publication would have to be accompanied by a signed statement of consent of all authors. All authors have contributed significantly to the research. Authors are obligated to participate in the peer-review process, providing retractions/corrections/amendments when necessary. All conflicts of interest/financial support have been declared. Any changes or corrections to a published work require the consent of all authors.
Higher Education Letter (HEL) follows the policies and guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and abides by its Code of Conduct in dealing with potential cases of misconduct.
|Digital Archiving Policy||
Higher Education Letter (HEL) works with some organizations such as the Islamic World Science Citation Database (ISC), The Iran National Library and Archives, and own server of the National Organization of Educational Testing for maintaining our own digital archive. This makes possible the permanent availability and preservation of scholarly research and ensures accessibility by converting and upgrading digital file formats to comply with new technology standards.
Data should be cited in the same way as article, book, and web citations, and authors are required to include data citations as part of their reference list. Data citation is appropriate for data held within institutional, subject-focused, or more general data repositories. It is not intended to take the place of community standards such as in-line citation of GenBank accession codes. When citing or making claims based on data, authors must refer to the data at the relevant place in the manuscript text and in addition, provide a formal citation in the reference list. Higher Education Letter (HEL) follows the format proposed by the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles: Authors; Year; Dataset title; Data repository or archive; Version (if any); Persistent identifier (e.g., DOI)”.
|Data Sharing Policy||
Higher Education Letter (HEL) uses the Basic Data Sharing Policy. The journal is committed to a more open research landscape, facilitating faster and more effective research discovery by enabling reproducibility and verification of data, methodology, and reporting standards. Higher Education Letter (HEL) encourages authors to cite and share their research data including, but not limited to: raw data, processed data, software, algorithms, protocols, methods, and materials. Authors are encouraged to share or make open the data supporting the results or analyses presented in their article where this does not violate the protection of human subjects or other valid privacy or security concerns.
Higher Education Letter (HEL) encourages authors to share the data and other artifacts supporting the results in the article by archiving it in an appropriate public repository. Authors should include a Data Accessibility Statement, including a link to the repository they have used, in order that this statement can be published alongside their paper. Higher Education Letter (HEL) requires authors of the original investigation, and special paper articles to (1) place the de-identified data associated with the manuscript in a repository; and (2) include a Data Availability Statement in the manuscript describing where and how the data can be accessed. Higher Education Letter (HEL) defines data as the digital materials underlying the results described in the manuscript, including but not limited to spreadsheets, text files, interview recordings or transcripts, images, videos, output from statistical software, and computer code or scripts. Authors are expected to deposit at least the minimum amount of data needed to reproduce the results described in the manuscript.
Data can be placed in any repository that makes data publicly available and provides a unique persistent identifier, including institutional repositories, general repositories (e.g., Figshare, Open Science Framework, Zenodo, Dryad, Harvard Dataverse, OpenICPSR), or discipline-specific repositories. The Data Availability Statement should be placed in the manuscript at the end of the main text before the references. This statement must include (1) an indication of the location of the data; (2) a unique identifier, such as a digital object identifier (DOI), accession number, or persistent uniform resource locator (URL); and (3) any instructions for accessing the data, if applicable. At the point of submission, you will be asked if there is a data set associated with the paper. If you reply yes, you will be asked to provide the DOI, pre-registered DOI, hyperlink, or other persistent identifier associated with the data set(s). If you have selected to provide a pre-registered DOI, please be prepared to share the reviewer URL associated with your data deposit, upon request by reviewers. Where one or multiple data sets are associated with a manuscript, these are not formally peer-reviewed as a part of the journal submission process. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure the soundness of data. Any errors in the data rest solely with the producers of the data set(s). Please note: As you are submitting your manuscript to the journal of Higher Education Letter (HEL) where submissions are double-blind peer-reviewed, the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors (i.e., Author Name, Address, Conflict of Interest and fund related information). As a data availability statement could reveal your identity, we recommend removing this from the anonymized version of the manuscript.
Data Availability Statement:
1. Data associated with this article are available in the Open Science Framework at .
2. The data that support the findings of this study are openly available in [repository name] at http://doi.org/[doi], reference number [reference number].
3. The data that support the findings of this study are openly available in [repository name] at [URL], reference number [reference number].
4. The data that support the findings of this study are available in [repository name] at [URL/DOI], reference number [reference number]. These data were derived from the following resources available in the public domain: [list resources and URLs]
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