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JCHE uses the manuscript submission and editing system of EJPress. This system provides the tools needed to efficiently manage JCHE's manuscript submissions, expanded peer-review cohort, and double-blind peer-review process.

Authors: Please submit manuscripts via our online submission system, EJ Press. This site contains instructions for authors on how to create an account and submit your manuscript electronically. 

Upcoming Themes/Call for Papers
Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Journal Audience
Style and Format
Frequently Asked Questions


Upcoming Themes/Call for Papers
The Journal of Catholic Higher Education seeks original compositions that exhibit high scholarly quality. Articles should contain a thesis, argument, case study, historical account, theoretical application, philosophical contribution, or other form of expert analysis.

Published manuscripts represent a wide range of topic areas, such as: the role of Catholic higher education in academia, the Church, and society; Catholic identity; higher education policy; and social justice. No worthwhile topic related to Catholic higher education is beyond the scope of the Journal.

In addition to the theme described below, JCHE will always accept manuscripts on general topics related to Catholic higher education. Please contact for more information.

Theme: Sports and Spirituality
In higher education, sports serve a critical function, helping students develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. At Catholic colleges and universities, integration of the faith into athletics programs enables students to grow in their love of God, as well. At many institutions, athletic departments, campus ministries, and chaplaincy offices are working together to attend to the faith development and spiritual needs of student-athletes.

Inspired by the Pontifical Council for Culture’s 2016 “Sport at the Service of Humanity” conference, as well as a 2017 follow-up event at Villanova University, an upcoming edition of JCHE will examine the intersection of sports and spirituality in Catholic higher education. Manuscripts submitted for consideration should directly address relevant issues, including (but not limited to):

• In what ways are Catholic colleges and universities tending to the faith development and spiritual growth of student-athletes?
• How are Catholic colleges and universities building bridges between their athletics departments and campus ministry/chaplaincy personnel in order to better integrate spirituality into student-athlete development? What effects are these efforts having on student athletes?
• To what extent does assessment of athletics department policies, practices, and procedures exemplify the Catholic identity and core values of the institution?
• How is the spirit of the institution’s religious founder or foundress expressed through athletic endeavors?
• How does contemporary Catholic higher education advance the Church’s historical interest in sport?

Theme: Interfaith Engagement
Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, once noted, "Catholic universities, because they take their own faith seriously, have appreciative understanding of other people’s faiths." Because it serves everyone in the search for transcendence and meaning, Catholic higher education has a distinctive role to play in helping foster interfaith engagement and understanding. An upcoming issue of JCHE will explore how Catholic colleges and universities incorporate deep and meaningful interfaith engagement into campus life – in operations, student life, curricula, and more.

Submitted manuscripts must address themes related to interfaith engagement within Catholic higher education. A few suggested topics include:

• Developing interfaith dialogue and collaboration by building upon an institution's distinctive religious heritage (Franciscan, LaSallian, Mercy, Dominican, Jesuit, and so forth).
• Interfaith engagement at faith-based institutions and the contribution of these efforts to the national conversation on diversity in higher education.
• Curricular and community-engaged programs at Catholic colleges and universities, with a focus on diverse local religious communities, and the effects of these programs on the promotion of interfaith understanding beyond the campus.
• Assessing the outcomes of student participation in interfaith activities on their personal faith development.
• Innovative curricular programs focused on interfaith studies and implemented in theology, religious studies, and other departments.

Theme: The Intersection and Engagement of Catholic Primary and Secondary Education with Catholic Higher Education
Much of Catholic higher education currently faces significant financial, enrollment, and mission-related challenges — challenges that are shared acutely by close partners in mission: Catholic elementary and secondary schools. An upcoming edition of JCHE will examine the intersection and engagement of Catholic higher education with Catholic elementary and secondary education, particularly through Catholic college and university schools of education.

Manuscripts submitted for consideration should directly address issues relevant to the intersection and engagement of Catholic higher education with Catholic elementary and secondary education, such as:

• To what extent are Catholic colleges and universities, through their schools of education, addressing the challenges of Catholic primary and secondary education?
• How can/do Catholic colleges and universities distinguish themselves as mission-driven institutions in service to Catholic elementary and secondary education within the current challenging environment?
• How can/do Catholic colleges and universities partner with local dioceses and archdioceses in the service of Catholic elementary and secondary education?
• How do Catholic schools of education approach the balance between faith formation and secular accreditation?
• How are Catholic schools of education assessing the effectiveness of their efforts to prepare teachers and administrators for Catholic primary and secondary education?


Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Original manuscripts from individual and multiple authors are welcome. Each manuscript will proceed through a blind peer-review process unless the article is not relevant to the Journal’s mission or patently does not meet scholarly standards. All manuscripts are to be submitted electronically via the EJ Press site. Please visit to read the author instructions, create an account, and submit your manuscript electronically. 


To ensure anonymous review, please upload a version of your manuscript that does not include references to self as author or to the author’s institution. Once articles pass through the full blind peer-review process, the editor will notify authors of the peer-review decision in writing, along with any recommended changes necessary for publication or reconsideration. Articles presented to the Journal may not be submitted simultaneously to other publications. On rare occasions, with permission of the author and copyright holder, JCHE may reprint an article or speech of exceptional value.

Journal Audience

The audience of the Journal of Catholic Higher Education is comprised of policymakers, executives, and administrators in Catholic higher education, scholars from many disciplines, Church personnel, and a broad spectrum of other interested parties.  Manuscripts should be written in a style accessible to the Journal's diverse readership.  Particular care should be given to ensuring that technical jargon, advanced statistical methods, and foreign phrases are minimized or explained in plain language.

Style and Format

We strongly encourage prospective authors to review the JCHE style guide and acquaint themselves with recent issues of JCHE to get a sense of the style and format of the Journal. Published manuscripts represent a wide range of interests, such as the role of Catholic higher education, Catholic identity, higher education policy changes, and social justice. No worthy topic related to Catholic higher education is beyond the scope of the Journal. When submitting manuscripts, please use this checklist to match your submission with our editorial guidelines:

• Microsoft Word document, 12-point Times New Roman font
• Double-spaced
• Chicago citation style
• Footnotes, not endnotes
• 4,500–6,000 words in length
• 100- to 150-word abstract
• 100-word author biography
• Do not self-identify in the text or references (in one copy of the manuscript).

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