Guidelines for authors


The following guidelines are designed to assist authors in preparing their contributions for the IMHE General Conference.

Papers should address issues bearing on the practical and policy direction of higher education as they relate to the topic of the Conference “Outcomes of higher education: Quality relevance and impact”. Both descriptive and prescriptive accounts are accepted but the contributions should offer general accounts drawn from different contexts going beyond the descriptions of individual cases.

  • Papers can be submitted in either English or French.
  • Deadline for complete selected text: 16 May 2008
  • Deadline for other presentation tools if used (e.g. Power Point): 15 June 2008.
  • Clarity of expression and thought are important. Title should be as brief as possible.
  • Papers should be sent in electronic form. The most convenient for the Secretariat is Microsoft Word.

Conditions for acceptance

Acceptance is on the understanding that all rights in the article shall be vested in the Organisation.  The author confirms that all sources in the article are properly cited and that all necessary permissions have been obtained for use of previously published material in the article. Any republication of the article elsewhere shall be subject to written permission from the OECD and shall mention the title of the original OECD publication in which the paper was initially published.


Length: should not exceed 15 pages (single spaced) including figures and references (about 5000 words).

The first page: before the text itself should appear centred on the page in this order: the title of the article and the name(s), affiliation(s) and country/countries of the author(s).

Abstract: the main text should be preceded by an abstract of 100 to 200 words summarising the article.  (This text should not be repeated within the body of the article).

Quotations: Quotations over five lines should be single spaced and each line should be indented seven spaces.

Footnotes: authors should avoid using footnotes and should incorporate any explanatory material in the text itself. If notes cannot be avoided, they should be endnotes.

Tables and illustrations: tabular material should bear a centred heading “Table”. Presentations of non-tabular material should bear a centred heading “Figure”. The source should always be cited.

Addresses of author(s), including email, should be typed at the end of the article.

References in the text: Vidal and Mora (2003) or Bleiklie et al. (2000) in the case of three or more authors. However, the names of all authors should appear in the bibliography at the end of the article.

References at the end of the article: references should be listed in alphabetical order under the heading “References”. Examples of the reference style used in the Journal are:

 For periodicals:
Kogan, M. (2004), “Teaching and Research: Some Framework Issues”, Higher Education Management and Policy, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 9-18.

• For books:
Connell, H. (ed.) (2004), University Research Management: Meeting the Institutional Challenge  OECD, Paris.