Submission Guidelines

All papers submitted to JHSE undergo a rigorous blind peer-review process. Research that involves human subjects must include documentation of institutional research board permission on the part of a college/university or organization.

Guidelines for articles

Manuscripts of up to 5,000 words (excluding tables, figures, and references from the word count) should be submitted to Dr. Michelle Majewski at or 920-923-8132.

Manuscripts should be submitted as a single Microsoft Word document, double-spaced with 1” margins using Times New Roman 12 pt. font, and pages numbered in the footer.

Authors will need to submit a 1-page bio with their article, book review, editorial, etc. All manuscripts must be accompanied by a maximum 150-word abstract and should follow current (6th Edition) American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Guidelines. All citations must also be in 6th edition APA format.

All submitted manuscripts must include the lead author’s name, affiliation, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address, as well as institutional mailing address on a cover page that will be removed during the peer review process.

Format for text reviews

The main function of including a formal homeland security text book review in each issue of JHSE is to grow an archive of information about the many HS texts available to HS educators. This kind of a resource could assist HS educators in developing courses, or in deciding whether the field needs new or revised HS text books.

JHSE recommends that interested authors adopt the following format for their review, keeping the overall length of their review to less than 5,000 words:


I. Name of text, authors and author degrees and certifications/credentials, ISBN number, price, pages, publisher (picture of the cover if available).

II. Review the table of contents.

III. Review of the content:

  • Is the primary audience undergraduate or graduate students (or both)?
  • Is the content accurate?
  • Is the content thorough and professionally presented?
  • What are the strong points and weaker points of the text?
  • What is the quality of the writing? Is the voice appropriate?
  • Is the organization of chapters as well as the content within each chapter well done? Are there student learning objectives at the outset of each chapter? Is there a conclusion at the end of each chapter?
  • Is the quality of the references, the appendices, the tables, graphs, charts, and other visual aids appropriate?
  • How would you rate the “teachability” of the content? Do the chapters read well? Are there good examples, sample problems, anecdotes, etc.? Are there specifically highlighted aspects of HS accessible to the student (such as sidebars, case studies, etc.)?
  • What is the quality of supporting materials: For example, is there a teacher’s guide with sample case studies, problems, and their solutions as well as sample test questions, sample graphics, PowerPoint slides, etc.? Does the text come with a CD or web-based support?

IV. Final recommendation; either a thumbs up or down statement. This is the “would you use it in your program” litmus test. Your language here should be polite and respectful.

V. Your name, degree, credentials, and place of employment.