Teacher-Scholar publishes essays that explore the history, present circumstances, and possible future of higher education, particularly in relation to State Comprehensive Universities (SCUs). The journal also publishes reflective essays that explore the satisfactions and frustrations of careers spent at SCUs, studies of specific topics based on quantitative and/or qualitative research, and articles that focus on application.
Manuscripts should be evaluated in terms of 1) originality; 2) importance to the field of higher education; 3) interest to readers outside the field but with an investment in higher education; 4) methodology, evidence, and argument.
The purpose of the review is to provide the editors with an expert opinion regarding the quality of the manuscript under review. Explicit feedback on how to improve submissions so that they will be acceptable for publication is expected of reviewers. At a minimum, the reviewer should include responses to the following points:
- In one or two sentences, what is this essay’s new and original contribution?
- Evaluation of the essay’s argument and/or methodology
- Specific suggestions for revision
- Publish as is (or with minor revision)
- Revise and resubmit
- Do not publish
Confidentiality & Anonymity
The review process is strictly confidential and should be treated as such by reviewers. The reviewer’s identity is not released to authors or to other reviewers of the manuscript.
Reviewers should respond promptly, usually within three weeks of receipt of a manuscript. If reviewers need more time, they should contact the editors.
Conflicts of Interest
Reviewers who recognize a potential competing interest should inform the editors and excuse themselves if they feel they are unable to offer an objective and fair review.
Feedback to Reviewers
Once reader reports are returned and evaluated by the editors and a publication decision has been made, the editors may either summarize the readers’ reports for the author or send the reports directly to the author.