Manuscripts are accepted on an ongoing basis. They must be a minimum of 5,000 words, include an abstract of approximately 150 words, and be prepared according to the seventh edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) manual.

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The NER Executive Editors are:

  • Alice M. Scales, University of Pittsburgh
  • Shirley A. Biggs, University of Pittsburgh
  • Marvin P. Dawkins, University of Miami
  • LaDelle Olion, Fayetteville State University
  • Jerome Taylor, University of Pittsburgh
  • E. Joahanne Thomas-Smith, Prairie View A&M University

The NER Advisory Editors are:

  • Viviette Allen, Fayetteville State University
  • T. Elon Dancy, University of Pittsburgh
  • Karin L. Griffin, California State University
  • Shanette M. Harris, University of Rhode Island
  • Doreen B. Hilton, Fayetteville State University
  • John G. Igwebuike, Alcorn State University
  • Rosemary Kilkenny, Georgetown University
  • Sharon Nelson-Le Gall, University of Pittsburgh
  • Charline Barnes Rowland, Bethany College
  • Paula Saine, Miami University
  • Dana N. Thompson Dorsey, University of South Florida

The NER staff are:

  • Paula Saine, Co-Managing Editor
  • Alice M. Scales Co-Managing Editor

The Negro Educational Review (NER) is an international, peer-reviewed scholarly journal. In publication since 1950, the NER is currently published at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. The journal has subscribers in every state and in many foreign countries, including England, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, Nigeria, and Burundi. Most subscribers are libraries, primarily university and large city libraries. Individual subscriptions also are available.

While attending an educational conference in Louisiana during the latter part of 1948, a group of delegates initiated a discussion about the difficulties Black scholars encounter when they attempt to publish their scholarly papers in professional journals. That discussion focused on the importance of Black educators having their reports of research and other articles published. A few weeks later, in early 1949, a group of those educators representing several colleges and universities met at Alcorn College and continued to discuss the matter in depth.

At the end of a full day of meetings and discussions, the group identified one of its members to investigate the problem of lack of access to publishing in professional journals and the feasibility of establishing a new professional journal for educators and scholars. Shortly thereafter, a report was submitted to the group detailing the evidence that Black scholars were being systematically denied access to professional media in which they could disseminate reports of their scholarly writing. A major recommendation from this report was that a new professional journal of high quality be established. Its purpose would be to provide an outlet for findings, proposals, and theories that could inform educators as well as the society at large. The report was adopted, and the first issue of The Negro Educational Review was published in January 1950. The Review matured as a scholarly organ and became firmly established and respected nationally and internationally.

The Review has never missed publication of an annual volume; however, over the years, it has missed publishing several individual issues due to lack of funds. Subscribers to The Negro Educational Review include individuals and institutions in North America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

R. Grann Lloyd
NER Editor-in-Chief, 1981 to 1995

Founders of The Negro Educational Review:

Dr. J. Irving E. Scott and Dr. R. Gran Lloyd founded The Negro Educational Review (NER) after meeting with educators at Alcorn College in Mississippi. The first issue of The Review was published in January 1950.

Dr. J. Irving E. Scott was born in Jamaica, West Indies on January 13, 1901. He received the AB degree from Lincoln University (PA), the MA degree from Wittenberg University, and the Ph. D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He was the author of numerous books, including: Living with Others, Finding My Way, Negro Students and Their Colleges, Getting the Most out of High School, and The Education of Black People in Florida. He served as President of the Citizens Investment Corporation. Because of his contributions, he was listed in Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. Dr. Scott was Editor-in-Chief of The Review from 1950 to 1981.

Dr. R. Grann Lloyd was born on August 18, 1918. He received the BS degree from Tennessee State University, the MA degree from Columbia University, and the Ph.D. degree from New York University. Dr. Lloyd’s successful career spawned over sixty publications. His significant career experience included Guest Economist, The Chase Manhattan Bank, International Department, 1975; Consultant to the Office of the Secretary, United States Treasury Department, 1973; Staff Member, President’s Council of Economic Affairs, 1970; Managing Editor, The Negro Educational Review, 1950; President, The Citizens Economic Development Corporation; and Economic Consultant to the Jacksonville Urban League. In his widespread community activities, he was a courageous champion for equality and justice for all Americans regardless of class, color, or religious creed. Standing on journalistic high ground, he wrote: “As a matter of both struggle for the rights all persons are due by virtue of their humanity…” Dr. Lloyd was Editor-in-Chief of the Review from 1981 to 1995.

A tribute to founders, Dr. J. Irving E. Scott and Dr. R. Grann Lloyd, is extended because of their impact on the national scene. Their works are important parts of the social history of this nation.

William Jimmerson Holloway NER Editor-in-Chief, 1995 to 1999.

Current advertising rates for a single issue of The Negro Educational Review are in U.S. dollars as follows:

Outside Back Cover: $500
Full Page: $250
Half Page: $155
Quarter Page $100

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Mailing Address

The Negro Educational Review
University of Pittsburgh
School of Education
Center for Urban Education
4303 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-383-4487

Submissions for the Negro Educational Review should be sent electronically to

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