Aims and Scope


The Journal of Research and Innovation in Higher Education (JRIHE) is an international peer-reviewed, open access journal without a submission charge and a publishing fee. It is relaunched in 2023 and has emerged from the Working Papers in Higher Education Studies (WPHES).

The journal is devoted to innovative higher education research from various disciplines and fields of study. Its uniqueness within the landscape of higher education journals lies in its particular focus on supporting early career scholars via an innovative peer-review process. JRIHE is published by the Department of Higher Education Research of the University for Continuing Education Krems and is managed by an international editorial board from various countries and institutions.

JRIHE informs researchers, administrators and policy-makers with a global and comparative perspective on higher education, addressing all types of higher education institutions. The journal publishes scholarly articles that make an original and a significant contribution to the field of higher education research. Research and innovation express a double meaning: On the one hand, research and innovation within higher education define topics and themes for the journal; On the other hand, innovative research about higher education underscores here a main motivation.

The Third Mission of higher education, the social dimension as well as other topics related to equity in higher education are of a particular interest. Equally, the journal addresses all themes in connection with higher education, including teaching and learning, the nexus of competences and skills, and future developments of the economy and labor markets. Other themes including the governance of and within higher education, quality assurance and quality enhancement as well as their connectedness to organizational development are welcomed.

Submitted articles should acknowledge the context and contextualization of higher education institutions and systems, being embedded withing knowledge economy, knowledge society and/or knowledge democracy. The JRIHE is especially interested in articles that apply new forms of research such as interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and artistic research. Further author guidelines can be found here: