Focus and Scope

Double Helix publishes work addressing linkages between critical thinking and writing, in and across the disciplines, and it is especially interested in pieces that explore and report on connections between pedagogical theory and classroom practice. The journal also invites proposals from potential guest editors for specially themed volumes that fall within its focus and scope.

Section Policies


5,000 to 10,000 words.


Of potentially any length and/or form, The Provocateur focuses on disrupting scholarly, institutional, and pedagogical conventions.


2,500 to 5,000 words. Reports from the Field focus more exclusively on specific pedagogical practices and are less invested in theory than Research Articles. They address institutional programs and initiatives, course and assignment design, assessment, instructor response, and readings of student work. Their modest length provides readers with an opportunity to learn quickly about a new practice and its implementation.


Of potentially any length and/or form, The Lower Frequencies exposes inequities in critical thinking and writing pedagogy. [See Editors' Introduction, "Toward Counternarratives of Critical Thinking and Writing," Vol. 9 (2021).]


750 to 1,800 words. DH welcomes reviews submitted within two years of a book’s publication and encourages reviews that discuss the pedagogical applications of books that do not explicitly address critical thinking or writing pedagogy.


Up to 2,500 words, Notes may include preliminary results of a study, responses to recent content in DH, comments on a current issue of concern, or other brief insights related to critical thinking and writing.

Peer Review Process

Peer review of submissions is double-blind, with reviewers' recommendations taken into strong consideration by the Editorial Team. The review process typically takes 6 weeks.

Publication Frequency

Double Helix is published annually in January.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

Double Helix is a publication of the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac University. ISSN 2372-7497. Works published in Double Helix are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 international License.