1. Submission Requirements

When authors submit their article to QHEI for publication consideration, they agree to abide by QHEI publication requirements. Specifically, authors must:

  • Agree that their manuscript is not under review for publication elsewhere, and will not be submitted to another publication entity during the review period to QHEI.
  • Attest that the manuscript reports empirical results that have not been published previously. Authors whose manuscripts utilize data that are reported in any other manuscript, published or not, are required to inform the editor of these reports at the time of submission.
  • Agree that working papers, prior drafts, and/or final versions of submitted manuscripts that are posted on a web site (e.g. personal, departmental, university or working series sites) will be taken down during the review process. 


  1. Author guidelines

The manuscript should be prepared in accordance with QHEI Template. The submissions that do not comply with these guidelines will be rejected on formal grounds.

The article must be submitted as a Word document (.doc or .docx) attachment by email to ramona.leon@feaa.uaic.ro.

Download here:    QHEI Template


  1. Review Process

Each paper is reviewed by the editor in order to determine if it fits the criteria described in QHEI’s “Mission Statement” and “Submission Guidelines”.  

If the article is judged suitable for publication, it is then sent to at least two independent referees for double blind peer review. They will analyze the following aspects:

  1. Contribution to knowledge: the article present innovative ideas, concepts or results that make a significant contribution to knowledge in the field of quality in higher education;
  2. Significance to practitioners: the analyzed results have practical implications; information is presented in such a manner that it will be understood and meaningful to both academic and non-academic readers;
  3. Conceptual rigor: the conceptual basis of the article is adequate;
  4. Methodological rigor: the research methodology (research design, methods, instruments, limitations etc.) is appropriate and applied correctly;
  5. Organization and clarity: the content of the article is logically organized and presented in a clear and readable fashion.

Based on referees recommendations, as well as consultation between Editorial Board members, the editor decides whether the paper should be:

  • Accepted as it is. In this case, the article is accepted without requiring any changes by author. However, we reserve the right to edit the article for style.
  • Revised. In this case, the article is suitable for publication but first the author must make some changes. We provide specific feedback from our reviewers to guide the revision process. We also assign a possible publication date, assuming that the author will submit the revised article by the deadline.
  • Rejected. The articles that do not fit our editorial scope will be declined. In this case, we may provide authors with suggestions for modifying the article in order to make it more appropriate to QHEI.  

The editors of QHEI strive to provide constructive and developmental feedback to authors within approximately three months.


  1. Ethical issues: Copyright Transfer and Permissions

Prior to article submission, authors should clear permissions to use any content that has not been created by them.

When reproducing tables, figures or excerpts (of more than 400 words) from another source, it is recommended that:

  • Authors obtain the necessary written permission in advance from any thirds party owners of copyright for the use in print and electronic format of any of their text, illustrations, graphics, or their material, in their manuscript. Permission must also be cleared for any adaptations of any work not created by them.
  • Authors must always acknowledge the source in figure caption and refer to the source in the reference list.
  • Authors should not assume that any content which is freely available on the web is free to use. Authors should check the website for details of the copyright holder to seek permission for use.

The editor may also make use of SafeAssign by Blackboard service for checking the originality of submissions received.

Prior to publication, authors must sign an originality form affirming their work is original and is not an infringement of an existing copyright. Additionally, they transfer copyright to QHEI.

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