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Industry and Higher Education

eISSN: 20436858 | ISSN: 09504222 | Current volume: 38 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Bi-monthly
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Industry and Higher Education
focuses on the multifaceted and complex relationships between higher education institutions and business and industry. It looks in detail at the processes and enactments of academia-business cooperation as well as examining the significance of that cooperation in wider contexts, such as regional development, entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems. While emphasizing the practical aspects of academia-business cooperation, IHE also locates practice in theoretical and research contexts, questioning received opinion and developing our understanding of what constitutes truly effective cooperation.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Industry and Higher Education was launched in 1987 on the basis of an original idea by Professor John Kelly of University College Dublin, Ireland.

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The Triple Helix Association

The Triple Helix Association (THA) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental association with scientific purpose and a global reach. It was founded in 2009 by leading international scholars in innovation and entrepreneurship to promote the study of the interactions among academia, industry and government. Click here to find out more about becoming a member.

Other sites of interest:

Innovation America
Institute of Knowledge Transfer
TII - Technology Innovation International
University Industry Innovation Network

Industry and Higher Education focuses on the multifaceted and complex relationships between higher education institutions and business and industry. It looks in detail at the processes and enactments of academia-business cooperation as well as examining the significance of that cooperation in wider contexts, such as regional development, entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems. While emphasizing the practical aspects of academia-business cooperation, IHE also locates practice in theoretical and research contexts, questioning received opinion and developing our understanding of what constitutes truly effective cooperation.

Selected key topics

  • Knowledge transfer - processes, mechanisms, successes and failures
  • Research commercialization - from conception to product
  • 'Graduate employability' - definition, needs and methods
  • Education for entrepreneurship - techniques, measurement and impact
  • The role of the university in economic and social development
  • The third mission and the entrepreneurial university
  • Skills needs and the role of higher education
  • Business-education partnerships for social and economic progress
  • University-industry training and consultancy programmes
  • Innovation networks and their role in furthering university-industry engagement

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

David E. Allnutt Cochrane Canada
Former Editor
John Edmondson Industry and Higher Education Journal. London, UK
Academic Advisor
Professor Jay Mitra University of Essex, UK
Industry Advisor
Sergio Arzeni International Network for SMEs (INSME), Rome, Italy
Editorial Advisory Board
Dr Yazid A. Abdullahi University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Professor Elias G. Carayannis George Washington University, USA
Professor Emeritus Mike Clements Staffordshire University, UK
Professor Manlio del Giudice Link Campus University, Rome, Italy
Dr Colin Donaldson EDEM Business School, Spain
Professor David Edwards Birmingham City University, UK
Professor Henry Etzkowitz International Triple Helix Institute, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Dr Rosangela Feola University of Salerno, Italy and IPAG Business School France
Dr Brian K. Fitzgerald Business-Higher Education Forum, USA
Professor Piero Formica National University of Ireland, Ireland
Professor Christian Friedrich University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Professor Laura Galloway Heriot-Watt University, UK
Dr Christiane Gebhardt Drees & Sommer Blue City Development, Switzerland
Dr Thomas Gering Intellectual Asset Management Corp., USA
Keith Gilchrist Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Canada
András B. Göllner The London School of Economics, UK
Dr Danah Henriksen Arizona State University, USA
Dr David Higgins University of Liverpool, UK
Brian Holland American University, USA
Professor Aaron W. Hughey Western Kentucky University, USA
Professor Denise Jackson Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
Professor Paul Jones Swansea University, UK
Dr John Kirkland National Institute of Economic and Social Research, UK
Dr Glenda Kruss Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
Dr Katja Lahikainen LUT University, Finland
Professor Loet Leydesdorff University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Professor Michael J. Lynskey Komazawa University, Japan
Professor Harry Matlay Global Independent Research, UK
Dr Diego Matricano Università degli Studi della Campania “L. Vanvitelli”, Italy
Professor Gerard McElwee Danby, North Yorkshire, UK
Professor Pauric McGowan University of Ulster, UK
Arno Meerman University Industry Innovation Network, Netherlands
Professor Hiromitsu Muta International Development Center, Japan
Dr Yaw Owusu-Agyeman University of Ghana, Ghana
Dr De-Graft Owusu-Manu Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
Professor Mariacarmela Passarelli University of Calabria, Italy
Professor Andy Penaluna University of Wales Trinity St David, UK
Dr Soma Pillay Federation University, Australia
Professor Chris Prince Leeds Beckett University, UK
Professor David Rae De Montfort University, UK
Dr Marina Ranga European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Spain
Dr Carmen Reaiche James Cook University, Australia
Professor Emeritus Mark G. Richardson University College Dublin, Ireland
Dr Stefania Romano University of Leeds, UK
Dr Robert Ronstadt Former Vice President of Technology Commercialization, Boston University, USA
Dr Paul J. Smith University of Leeds, UK
Professor Emanuela Todeva Centre for Business Clusters, Networks and Economic Development, UK
Professor Peter van der Sijde Free University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Professor Urmas Varblane University of Tartu, Estonia
Dr Pingali Venugopal XLRI - Xavier School of Management, India
Professor Hebe Vessuri Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
Professor Mary Walshok University of California at San Diego, USA
Dr Naveed Yasin Canadian University Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)
  • Clarivate Analytics: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • EBSCOhost
  • ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
  • OCLC
  • Ovid
  • ProQuest
  • Scopus
  • Taylor & Francis Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts (Online)
  • Taylor & Francis: Educational Research Abstracts (Online)
  • Taylor & Francis: Research into Higher Education Abstracts (Online)
  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Industry and Higher Education

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned..

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Industry and Higher Education will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that Industry and Higher Education may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy. If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    If you have any questions about publishing with Sage, please visit the Sage Journal Solutions Portal

    Please supply a title, an abstract of no more than 200 words, and up to six keywords to accompany your article.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests                                                                                                                                                            2.5 Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 Sage Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information


    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Industry and Higher Education, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Papers should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words long. These should be analytical and evaluative in approach and not simply descriptive.

    Other contributions include opinion or 'viewpoint' pieces (1,500-3,000 words); case studies of specific ventures or programmes (1,500-3,000 words); brief factual summaries of reports, agency programmes, educational institutions, etc. (1,000-2,000 words); and letters to the editors.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    For submissions other than research notes, reports, and personal opinion pieces, Industry and Higher Education adheres to a rigorous double-anonymize reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. Papers by authors who are not academics (eg submissions from industry) will also be subject to review before acceptance, but their distinct nature and aims will be fully taken into account.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    Sage does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication.

    Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:

    • The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors.
    • The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper.
    • The author has recommended the reviewer.
    • The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution).

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Industry and Higher Education encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.

    2.5 Research Data

    The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.

    Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:

    • share your research data in a relevant public data repository
    • include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
    • cite this data in your research

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Industry and Higher Education and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Industry and Higher Education offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. Word templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway. 

    Please note that the templates are a recommended format for the submission process, but will not represent the final look of published articles: accepted articles are edited and typeset according to the journal’s style.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplemental material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.4 Reference style

    Industry and Higher Education adheres to the Sage Harvard reference style. View the Sage Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the Sage Harvard EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Industry and Higher Education is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract of around 200 words, and keywords to accompany your article.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant). 

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 Sage Production

    Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.  

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Industry and Higher Education editorial office as follows:

    David Allnutt 



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