Higher Education Studies

Higher Education Studies (HES) is a double-blind peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to promoting scholarly exchange among teachers and researchers in the field of post-secondary education. The journal is published bimonthly in both print and online versions by the Canadian Center of Science and Education. The scope of HES includes the following fields: instructional theory, pedagogy, education policy and case studies.

Authors are encouraged to submit complete, unpublished, original, and full-length articles that are not under review in any other journals. The online version of the journal is free to access and download. If you want to order print copies, please visit: http://store.ccsenet.org

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2017 Q3: Articles Received: 26; Accepted: 19; Rejected: 3; Published: 16; Retracted: 0

2017 Q2: Articles Received: 21; Accepted: 14; Rejected: 4; Published: 12; Retracted: 0

2017 Q1: Articles Received: 25; Accepted: 13; Rejected: 8; Published: 12; Retracted: 0

2016: Articles Received: 118; Accepted: 63; Rejected: 41; Published: 57; Retracted: 3

2015: Articles Received: 77; Accepted: 45; Rejected: 28; Published: 52; Retracted: 2

2014: Articles Received: 101; Accepted: 54; Rejected: 27; Published: 53; Retracted: 0

2013: Articles Received: 124; Accepted: 64; Rejected: 69; Published: 54; Retracted: 0




What is e-Version FirstTM

e-Version First is a feature offered through our journal platform. It allows PDF version of manuscripts that have been peer reviewed and accepted, to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final printed journal. Readers can freely access or cite the article.
We aim to publish accepted manuscripts in e-Version First within a week after the final draft completed.


Each paper published in Higher Education Studies is assigned a DOI®number, which appears beneath the author's affiliation in the published paper. Click HERE to know what is DOI (Digital Object Identifier)? Click HERE to retrieve Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for journal articles, books, and chapters.


Paper Selection and Publication Process

a). Upon receipt of paper submission, the Editor sends an E-mail of confirmation to the corresponding author within 1-3 working days. If you fail to receive this confirmation, your submission/e-mail may be missed. Please contact the Editor in time for that.

b). Peer review. We use double-blind system for peer-review; both reviewers and authors’ identities remain anonymous. The paper will be peer-reviewed by three experts; two reviewers from outside and one editor from the journal typically involve in reviewing a submission. The review process may take 2-3 weeks.

c). Notification of the result of review by E-mail.

d). The authors revise paper and pay publication fee (400USD).

e). After publication, the corresponding author will receive two copies of printed journals, free of charge.

f). E-journal in PDF is available on the journal’s webpage, free of charge for download.


The publisher and journal have a policy of “Zero Tolerance on the Plagiarism”. We check the plagiarism issue through two methods: reviewer check and plagiarism prevention tool (ithenticate.com).

All submissions will be checked by iThenticate before being sent to reviewers.


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Vol 7, No 4 (2017)

Higher Education Studies, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2017, e-Version FirstTM

Table of Contents


Talat Aytan
Ibrahim Mosly
Yong Jiang
Burhan Ozfidan, Hasan Aydin