Currently accepting submissions for the December 2019 issue!


The Independence University Journal of Online Higher Education (JOHE) seeks to present information regarding online instruction in higher education.


The published information could include, but not be limited to distance education instructional models, technology, instructional design, emerging topics, trends, and scholarly or learning theory.

Open Access

The Journal of Online Higher Education (JOHE) is published by Independence University with immediate open access to its content. Users are permitted to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to full-text articles as long as it is for a lawful purpose. Open access removes cost barriers and promotes the exchange of knowledge to enrich the community served. 

Articles published in JOHE are under Creative Commons License Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0) with copyright retained by the author. This license permits users to share and redistribute the material. Appropriate attribution credit must be given and the material cannot be remixed, transformed, built upon, or modified.

Peer-Review Process

The Journal of Online Higher Education uses a double-blind peer-review process. The editorial staff takes every possible measure to ensure article author and article reviewer information remains anonymous throughout the process. Each peer-reviewed article is reviewed by a minimum of two peer-reviewers before a manuscript decision is made. Peer-reviewers are selected from both internal and external candidates. Articles that are peer-reviewed are clearly marked in the article heading. 

Conflict of Interest

The Journal for Online Higher Education is a peer-review journal. Authors and reviewers must refrain from any type of bias or favoritism. 

Authors must notify the editor of any potential conflict of interest with a prospective reviewer or editor. In the event a reviewer, author, or member of the editorial board becomes aware of a conflict of interest, he or she will notify the editor immediately.

Plagiarism and Misconduct

The Journal of Online Higher Education strives for the highest integrity of content.

Cases of plagiarism and misconduct will be handled and judged by the editor on a case by case basis. A manuscript in the review process may be rejected or the author may be asked to rephrase or include direct quotations before publication. We reserve the right to issue a correction or a retraction of an article detected for plagiarism or misconduct after publication.

Plagiarism and misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • Copying, writing, or presenting another person’s information, ideas, or phrasing without citing the original source
  • Self-plagiarism by using your own previous publications without proper citation
  • Using images, charts, data, or ideas from another source without proper citation
  • Data fabrication by changing or making up research data
  • Improper attribution or contribution of manuscript authors

Manuscript Decision Appeals

Authors may appeal a decision on a manuscript rejection. The appeal must be filed with The Journal of Online Higher Education within two months of the manuscript decision. Send a rebuttal letter to the editor and include: 

  • A clear explanation of why you disagree with the decision
  • A detailed response to any reviewers’ comments 

The editor will consider your appeal and respond with a decision. All appeals are handled on a case by case basis. The editor’s decision is final and cannot be appealed. If the appeal is accepted, the editor will determine if the manuscript will be accepted or conditionally accepted to receive an additional review or require further revision.

ISSN: 2575-1204