The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry

The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry (ISSN: 2333-7281) is an online peer-reviewed journal which advances the understanding, development, and application of contemplative and introspective methods in order to serve a vision of higher education as an opportunity for cultivating personal and social awareness and an exploration of meaning, values, and engaged action. The development of critical first-person perspectives and alternative ways of knowing allows everyone in higher education to examine their own experience in relation to the material they study, transforming their understanding of how their work, study, and actions affect the wider world.

JOCI is published by CMind, ACMHE's parent organization. ACMHE members have free access to JOCI's contents through this website; log in to your account and scroll down this page to see the issue links and contents. 

Non-member individual and institutional subscriptions are also available through JOCI's website.


Call for Manuscripts: 2021 Issue

Manuscripts due May 1

The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry (ISSN: 2333-7281), founded by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal publishing articles, reflections, and book reviews to support the critical scholarly exchange of ideas regarding the understanding, development, and application of contemplative and introspective methods in all aspects of higher education. Our intention is to share knowledge that is theoretically grounded and practically useful for teachers, students, staff, and leadership in higher education and related contexts.

We seek to publish work that builds bridges between the emerging field of contemplative education, broadly defined, and related practices in the wider Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), student life, faculty development, leadership studies, and related areas. Particularly welcomed are submissions that align with the mission of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society to further compassion and social justice in all aspects of higher education and in our world more widely. We welcome submissions that introduce, explore, and evaluate contemplative practices from different cultural traditions that deepen and support interactions across cultural boundaries and identities. This includes work that may draw on paradigms for conducting research that are different from or in addition to conventional academic methodologies.

Submissions are always welcome, but please note that we publish one issue per year, usually in December. The deadline for the 2021 issue is May 1, 2021.

Submissions received after May 1 may be held for consideration for the 2022 issue.

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Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions must be original works not previously published and not currently under review by other publications.
  • All papers should be suitable for a broad, interdisciplinary audience.
  • We do not accept outlines or drafts for review. Submissions should be prepared as if they are ready for publication.
  • Files should be in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. Please do not submit .pdfs.
  • JOCI operates a blind peer review process during which the identities of the author and the reviewers are concealed. Please be sure to remove your name (and the names of any co-authors) from your manuscript text and your file properties. If you are citing your own previously published work we ask that you keep your name in the citations and reference pages as though you were any other cited author.
  • The suggested word count is 7,500 words for articles and 3,000 words for reflections.
  • Follow our Author Guidelines for more detailed information on document formatting, punctuation, quotations, etc.
  • Please use APA format for your citations. All submissions must include references.

Articles Articles should describe and analyze specific theoretical developments and practical applications of contemplative practice and inquiry relevant to higher education. We seek papers that consider the context and source of the scholarship and practices and we support the representation of diverse contemplative theories, approaches, and methods. Expected length of articles is roughly 7,500 words.

Reflections Reflections may include personal narratives, research notes, literature reviews, opinion pieces, and creative/artistic presentations of material, including controversial or challenging material. Reflections should engage substantive issues in contemplative education and are evaluated with the same criteria used for articles, as applicable to the piece. Expected length of Reflections is roughly 3,000 words.

Book Reviews JOCI is interested in publishing book reviews. Authors and publishers can send publications to be considered for review to the editor. Materials received will not be returned. The editor will solicit book reviews from impartial reviewers. Unsolicited reviews may also be considered for publication, although decisions to publish reviews are made at the discretion of the editor. We seek to publish engaging, informative, and critical reviews of books related to contemplative education and contemplative learning broadly conceived. Book reviews should be addressed to the interdisciplinary and international readership of the journal. Reviews should describe the intended audience of the book, summarize its major themes, outline the theoretical framework and core assumptions of the work, and critically assess the argument of the book and its overall contribution to the field. Book reviews will be roughly 1,000-1,500 words, although longer reviews may be admissible in the case that several works are being reviewed.


To Submit Your Manuscript

  1. Register with the journal. During registration, you must select the option to enroll as an author. If you are already registered but have not enrolled as an author, you must edit your profile and select this option before beginning the submission process.
  2. Once you are enrolled as an author and logged in, you may begin the five-step submission process here.

Call for Abstracts: Special Edition

Abstracts due March 30

Transcendent Wisdom and Transformative Action: Reflections from Black Contemplatives

The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry invites you to contribute to a special edition focusing on the insights and wisdom of Black contemplative practitioners, researchers, scholars, educators and artists.

This special edition welcomes articles from Black contributors from every cultural, spiritual, religious, and philosophical tradition. Authors are invited to describe how engagement with contemplative practice supports the manifestation of an elevated life-force and expansive, creative living. Authors are encouraged to describe how contemplative practice supports growth, development and/or transformation amongst Black people.

Concise articles ranging in length from 2000 to 4000 words that succinctly describe the value of a contemplative approach or practice are welcomed. Contemplative research articles are also invited, with research broadly defined as interoceptive, personal, or communal study and the results yielded therefrom in addition to formal qualitative and quantitative discussions of research with and by Black contemplatives.

This edition will feature universally relevant wisdom from Black leaders in every field of endeavor. It will highlight the diverse, numinous sources of Black excellence and thriving and the relevance of Black sagacity to all beings.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts related but not limited to the following topics:

  • Contemplative Practice and Black Joy
  • Contemplative Practice and Black Excellence
  • Contemplative Practice and Black Love
  • Contemplative Practice and Black Parenting
  • Contemplative Practice and Black Engagement with Law Enforcement/ Police Brutality, Criminal Injustice Systems     
  • Black Contemplative Approaches to Addressing the Climate Crisis
  • Black Contemplative Approaches to Addressing Environmental Racism
  • Dance and Movement as Empowering Black Contemplative Practice
  • African Traditional Contemplative Practices
  • Contemplative Practices as a Resource for Resilience
  • Black Engagement with Art as Contemplative Practice
  • Black Engagement with Music as Contemplative Practice
  • Black Engagement with the Natural Elements as Contemplative Practice

Abstracts should be 750 words or less and emailed to Dr. Kamilah Majied at by March 30, 2021.

Contributors will be notified by April 30th of the invitation to submit a full manuscript.

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General Editors

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Editorial Advisory Board


Lisa Napora
State University of NY at Buffalo

Heesoon Bai
Simon Fraser University

Donald McCown
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Leroy Little Bear
University of Lethbridge

Sydnee Viray
University of Vermont

Carla Sherrell
Naropa University