Focus and Scope

Publishing semiannually each May and November, Philanthropy & Education is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal sponsored by Teachers College, Columbia University, that seeks to publish interdisciplinary works which examines prosocial voluntary actions benefitting education. The journal’s mission is to advance scholarship in and inform practice around philanthropy, broadly defined, including but not limited to fundraising, volunteerism, civic engagement, alumni relations, corporate social responsibility, and prosocial behavior development. As such, Philanthropy & Education will publish empirical and scholarly studies that are written in a way that are accessible to practitioners across the spectrum of disciplinary perspectives with a clear implication for practice.

Philanthropy & Education encourages articles from all aspects of education (K-20+), both domestically and internationally, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including but not limited to: anthropology, economics, history, law, management, political science, psychology, public administration, religious studies, social work, and sociology. To further the journal's mission, Philanthropy & Education welcomes submissions from scholar-practitioners, particularly those who have recently completed their dissertations.

Peer Review Process

Review Process

Philanthropy & Education will employ a double-anonymous review, where both the reviewers and the author remain anonymous throughout the process. Reviewers are matched to the paper according to methodological and contents area expertise.

Initial Review

The Editor, together with the Associate Editors, will screen all new submissions before deciding if they should be assigned for peer review. Those rejected at this stage generally lie outside the aims and scope of the journal, are insufficiently original, have serious conceptual and/or methodological flaws, have very poor grammar, or have not followed the submission guidelines.

Authors of manuscripts rejected at this stage will normally be informed within two weeks, at the latest within four weeks of receipt. Philanthropy & Education's editorial board will aim at providing feedback for all manuscripts rejected without review and, where possible, making suggestions regarding other suitable journals.

Peer Review

When an article is submitted for peer review, it will be assessed by at least two peer reviewers (selected based on expertise and experience with the topic) and reviewed for form and content. Peer reviewers will then decide whether to accept the article, recommend it for revision or resubmission, or reject it. Peer reviewers will return the reviewed article to the Editor and Associate Editor within six to eight weeks. The Editors will then make final decisions on the articles, ideally within one to two weeks.


Once an article is received, the review period should take about two to four months. While Philanthropy & Education will make every attempt to operate within this timeframe, we ask that authors understand if unexpected obstacles delay the review process.

Decision / Revise & Resubmission

Once a decision has been made, the manuscript will be sent back to the author with a decision and comments. If an article is accepted, the author will have a chance to submit a two- to three-sentence biographical statement (100 words) and also make any further edits based on the reviewers’ comments. If the author is invited to resubmit after a major revision, the revised version should be submitted within two months. If necessary, revised manuscripts may be returned to the initial reviewers. Reviewers and Editor may request more than one revision of a manuscript, and alternative reviewers may also be invited to review the manuscript at any time. If an article is rejected, the author will still receive comments and is welcome to reach out to Philanthropy & Education if they have further questions.

Publication Frequency

Seimannually, each May and November.

Subscription and Ordering Information

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